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Girls Weekend & Mint Kiss Cookies

February 10, 2011

Going away for a weekend with my girlfriends! Woo Hoo! We get away together at least once a year (2 or more times when we can) to invest time in our relationships; this particular weekend has been on the books since last October. We were all together June, 2010 at my son’s wedding; fun time, but I was a tad distracted & over-programmed, but I looked great! :0)

For this weekend I have planned the menu, bought the groceries & chosen wonderful wines. We have been concerned about the weather – of course we are, it’s February! Today I am prepping the meals so I won’t have to spend the entire weekend in the kitchen.

J suggested we bring boards games; C wants to see our favorite movies; R reminded us to bring our Bibles. I am also bringing my journal, sketch pad & charcoal pencils. P & L are struggling with last minute scheduling conflicts… I suggested that next time we plan our weekend somewhere we can work on our tans… excuse me, our vitamin D levels!

Friendships often take a back seat in our hurry-up lifestyles, as though we can do everything by ourselves, need help from no one, can be modern-day hermits – alone in a crowd. The aloneness is so sad & so unnecessary – but to combat aloneness requires commitment & hard work. We must put ourselves at risk to be a friend: risk rejection, risk hurt, risk loss. The benefits are so much greater than the risk – a heart that hurts when you hurt, rejoices when you rejoice, an arm wrapped around your shoulder in times of grief, loss, fear, joy & a partner who prays for you when you are unable to pray for yourself.

This is going to be a great weekend because my Sisters By Choice are taking time out of their busy lives to invest in our friendship. Hope your weekend will be wonderful, too.

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Mint Kiss Cookies

I found the original recipe for these cookies on the back of a Mint Truffle Kiss package; I have adapted it a bit… I bought the Mint Kisses in December – the only time of year I have ever seen them on the shelf. I’ll take one batch this weekend with the girls. The 2nd batch I will send to my sons for Valentines Day.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted Butter
  • 2/3 cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • ¼ cup Cocoa
  • 2 cup All-purpose Flour
  • 48 Mint Truffle Kisses, unwrapped
  • Powdered Sugar

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Cream butter; Add sugar; Beat until fluffy.
  3. Add vanilla & cocoa; Mix well.
  4. Stir in flour until mixed.
  5. Mold 1/2 Tablespoon–ish of dough around Kiss.
  6. Bake 8 – 10 min. DO NOT OVERBAKE!
  7. Cool completely.
  8. Roll in powdered sugar.
  9. Re-roll in powdered sugar when ready to serve.
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