Yummies for Winter
by Jacquie Rogers
Here we are—November! I’m just getting used to writing 2014 and next thing you know, it’ll be 2015. But there’s a lot to do in these last two months. There’s the big Thanksgiving doin’s, Christmas shopping (my credit card is already screaming), baking, cleaning, decorating... It seems like you never run out of things to do this time of year.
Oh wait, you got stuck on the baking part, didn’t you, and now your mouth is watering for... drum roll please... Monster Cookies! And do I have a recipe for you. These are soooo good. My grandkids love them. I have no idea where this recipe came from, but we’ve been making them for years.
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
Blend these ingredients until smooth:
1 cup butter (softened)
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2½ cups flour (I use spelt)
1½ tsp soda
½ tsp salt
Blend dry ingredients to sugar mixture.
Add and blend:
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup M&Ms (without peanuts)
1 cup chopped pecans
Or whatever tickles your taste buds!
Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Use an ice cream scoop to dip out cookie dough. Roll dough in your hands to make a ball. Place it on the parchment paper and squish it out some. Leave plenty of room between cookies for the dough to spread.
Bake for 10 to 14 minutes, depending on cookie size and oven temperature (all ovens are different). Let cool for 10 minutes (5 if you're impatient) before you take the cookies off the sheet or they'll fall apart.
You can generally reuse the parchment paper for the next batch or two. If you use oil instead of parchment paper, recoat before placing second batch on the sheet.
YUMMY to my tummy!!!
Ahem. Back to the serious stuff. I’ll certainly have plenty to do. I have to write a chapter and a few other scenes in a collaborative novel, a short story, and three-fourths of a novel. That puts me at about 110,000 words before the end of the year. Not sure that’s all going to happen considering all the other things going on this time of year, but I’ll give it a whirl.
Someone asked me if I was going to participate in NaNoWriMo. Frankly, I’d like to take November off! I think the whole setup is great for writers who want a little extra push, or who aren’t confident in their ability to produce pages.
But enough of that—let’s get back to the turkey.
Mr R and I wish you all a
Sleight of Heart
by Jacquie Rogers
A gamblin' man with magic hands
A strait-laced spinster
A missing brother
A crazy adventure