Thursday, October 15, 2015


Fudgy Mint Cookies 


  • 1 package devil's food cake mix (regular size)
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  •       2 Packages of Chocolate Covered Mints    

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon water

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, mix cake mix, butter, eggs and water to form a soft dough. Shape dough into 1-in. balls; roll in confectioners' sugar. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  2. Bake 8-10 minutes or until set. Immediately press a mint into center of each cookie. Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 3 dozen      

This is another recipe from Taste of Home-
5 Ingredients.  I just love this cookbook!

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I've been reading seriously since I was 8 years old, and now, I'm pretty dedicated to carrying either 2 books and a magazine, or three books wherever I go.  It doesn't matter if I'm headed to a get together, a doctor's office, or a wedding - it's just what I do. I may not read them, but I feel a sense of comfort knowing those books are near, just in case. I've never really had it happen, but if you want to read when we're hanging out, I'm not offended.   

On the other end of the spectrum, I've noticed that people will text during a conversation or do some tweeting while in church, at work, standing in line or at a PTA Meeting.  Many more carry on entire Facebook discussions at the dinner table with friends and family. Married couples are on Instagram while sitting next to each other.  I have my thoughts, but was wondering what you think about either of these situations.

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  1. Ohh those cookies sound good.

    Okay, the texting when someone comes over to my house isn't bad because my family knows that it drives me crazy. But I think it's rude. If you come over for a visit...visit..put the phone down and talk.

    1. I understand that texting is the new thing and everyone is doing it, but I think are times to turn it off and just hang out, when possible. Hugs...

  2. The only time I will carry multiple books at a time is if I'm almost done with my current read. there is nothing absolutely worst than finding yourself with a downtime sans book. Oh the horror. Texting while in church? Y'all are going to hell.

    1. LOL! I think I agree with you, Joy! Texting in church just seems sooo wrong!!! Hugs...

  3. Thank you for the recipe (anything chocolate makes my day), and your very wise post on important issues.

    1. Hey Angela! We're in total agreement on all those great goodies, right?! Appreciate the kudos. Makes me feel special!!! Hugs...

  4. reading? sure. texting? that's just dumb. I think you should only text on your own time and in your own space. I guess we are too much into our gadgets. do people even talk in person anymore?

    hope you have a lovely day.

    1. Sometimes I know people who need to be by their phones have no choice but to text, but I still like being able to connect one on one with no interruptions if we're hanging out. Good point! Hugs

  5. When I was in my 20s, I'd go with my husband (at the time) to his friends' houses, where they'd sit around playing video games for hours or watching movies I hated. Yet if I pulled out a book and read, it was considered "rude." To me, it's no ruder than them watching/doing something I'm not interested in and expecting me to just sit there and watch. I don't know why reading gets such a bad reputation!

    1. LOL! What the heck? I don't understand why people think we're rude or weird for reading, but that's life, right? Hugs...Ro

  6. Yum on those cookies!

    I tend to do FB or messaging no matter where I am but usually it's work related. If I'm away from the house for 4-5 hours for dinner/book club or lunch and a movie or whatever I have to check in now and again to make sure everything is okay on the work front. I try to make it quick though :D

    1. Ditto on the cookies! If I ever get to come visit, or we're at Barnes and Noble, I'll keep that in mind. (lol) Know you're busy!!! Hugs...

  7. Oh man, those cookies look so good!Thankfully our oven is broken so I'm spared from making a batch because you're making my mouh water

    1. I'm very partial to mint and chocolate, so this was a win-win! Hugs...Ro

  8. Love chocolate and mint together...yummm!!!
    I, too, carry books with me everywhere. I need to know that I can read something I enjoy if I have to wait somewhere.
    Did your readers know that looking through magazines that have been handled by many germ filled hands, while waiting to see their doctor just might make them sick? Another good reason to bring your own reading material~
    Of course...I just happen to find comfort in my books :)

    1. Yep, definitely my fave flavors. I agree. Something about having those books with me is comforting, too. Hugs...Ro


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