Today is the 12th of December … so I'm a day behind on Cookie Posts! So sorry, but I was so tired last Friday PM that I had been asleep two hours by this time … it just catches up to me sometimes. And I'm going to beg off a little easy tonight as well. I 'took the day off' today (as much as a stay-at-home mom can!) and went to the movies with a friend. I recommend such activity for moms as often as possible. I can only manage it about once a month and if I'm lucky? … a couple of times. You would think with my kids in school all day that I would have more time, but with household chores, decorating, photography, laundry, grocery shopping, bill paying, chauffeuring, holiday planning … well, there's not much time left at the end of 24 hours!! My friend, Leese (a nickname to preserve her privacy since I didn't ask permission to talk about her on here!), is fabulous in scouting out what movies we would both enjoy, what theatres they are in, and what times they are showing. Then when we see something, we pay attention to the previews so we can make plans for our next outing! We go out during the day, so as not to take evening family time, or weekends. It's a great deal!
Today, Leese and I spent two hours and 45 minutes watching Australia and I would say it was worth it. It was rainy and windy outdoors, yet warm and cozy in the theatre … that, alone, made it worth it!! We're expecting a snow storm this weekend so anything cozy is welcome! Australia is a movie based on a part of history that I knew nothing about and that I will be researching for my own understanding of its truth. I thought Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman did a believable job in their roles and that the little "Creamy" was fantastic in his. "I sing you to me!" was one of his favorite lines for me. There were underlying themes of Family and Love along with the history of Australia and its culture and history. At one point, the Little Guy (NOT Hugh Jackman! The character, Nullah!) says a line that totally resonated with me and what I do … I wish I could quote him verbatim and in his Aboriginal dialect, but since I can't, I'll make an attempt with my feeble memory … he says,
"Now I knowm why we tellm stories … so we can still dream-um and lov-um."
His message is that within families (and you HAVE to see it to know exactly what I mean!), stories are passed down, experiences are related, and memories are recorded so that our dreams of the future can live on and so that we continue to love our heritage, love those in our present, and love those we are passing all that on to! For me, it was a movie worth spending most of my Fri-day seeing.
Last night Aly babysat for a new family. The 'Family' itself is not new in that there are a few years of marriage under their belt and there are also three children to be accounted for! Emily babysat for them in years past and now that she is on to bigger and better things, Aly inherited a bit of work with these wonderful people so the family is "NEW" for her. Now that I've sufficiently explained my verbage, I'll move on …
I often 'market' Aly's cards … can't help myself! For those of you who are not aware (here I go again!), she is an artist par excellence and she creates greeting cards with her originals. There's a gallery that you can access to your right there called Aly's Gallery (I've even hyper-linked it for you here!) and you can order as many of her cards as you want. She has sold to shops and at bazaars and she's been commissioned by both grandmothers (what more could you expect?!) and also by a VP at Bank of America for several hundred cards per year. Enough braggin' on HER … SHE was braggin' on ME last night. She told her "new family" about my blog and all these cookies and the mom said that she was looking for some recipes and had one to contribute as well. (More on that story in the times to come!)
The recipe I offer you this evening is from the "New Family" … Mock Girl Scout Thin Mints. GS Thin Mints are the ones I order the most of from my 'favorite Girl Scout': Z-Girl (she knows who she is!!) These Mock ones are wonderful as well, as all accounts coming my way attest. I can't attest to it myself because I didn't taste them. I'm trusting my 'new friend' because my grocery didn't have the mints I needed and we've had two power outages already tonight and I'm typing like there's no tomorrow in case there's another one before I finish!
These cookies don't require flour, sugar, eggs, or butter … they are a bit of a cheat! But on a stormy, lazy night? Who could ask for anything better?!
Mock GS Mints
1 bag (12 oz) chocolate chips (I recommend semi-sweet.)
1 bag (12 oz) Andes Crème de Mint chips (These are hard to find, so call around to local stores before you head out—you'll save yourself some headache!)
Melt chocolate in bowl, in micro or double boiler, and stir. Dip the Ritz in them, and shake off excess chocolate. You can use tongs, so as not to leave finger prints. Then, place on wax paper, and put in fridge or freezer, for up to an hour to harden. THEY ARE AWESOME!
Hints from the homefront … you could also dip them in colored sugars or cookie sprinkles for a festive look … just like Chocolate Dipped Pretzels!
Sorry there are no pictures … come back tomorrow! There are sure to be some then!
11 days till my brother and his family come!