Sunday, December 8, 2013

What Christmas Means to Me
It's that time of year--we're all going crazy, trying to get shopping done, meet with friends for parties and celebrations, and bake cookies.
It's that time of year--time to say thanks for all the good things in our lives. I'm especially thankful for my family. I have a lot of good memories of Christmases when I was growing up. In Colorado it's often a white Christmas, which is great if you get a sled but not so much if Santa leaves you a new bike.
I'm thankful for having a roof over my head and food on the table. The fireplace is lit, and considering it's eight below zero outside right now, it's truly a blessing. There are plenty of goodies in the kitchen, ensuring I'll have snacks while I write.
I'm thankful for friends, who come to the rescue when things aren't going well and help celebrate when things are good. The published author thing is like a rollercoaster, and it's good to have people who know you to keep things on an even keel.
I'm thankful for books--where would I be without them? A love of books led to a love of writing. I still read like a fiend, about five books a week.
And now, for the cookie recipe promised y'all:

No Bake Chocolate Cookies
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • Waxed paper
In a heavy saucepan bring to a boil, the sugar, cocoa, butter and milk. Let boil for 1 minute then add peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal. On a sheet of waxed paper, drop mixture by the teaspoonful, until cooled and hardened.
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