Sunday, December 17, 2017

Black pepper cookies...who'd have thunk?

Do you ever collect recipes, thinking to yourself, "Oh, I HAVE to try this!" You save the recipe and there it sits, in your recipe box, or book, or Pinterest board. The problem with those recipes, if you didn't try it beforehand, is you didn't try it beforehand so you have no idea how it will turn out. Time marches on. Then one day, you see that recipe you had to have so long ago and finally decide today is the day. And when you do, one of two things will happen; it will either take you totally by surprise and be shockingly, mouth watering, yumminess. Or it will be a total flop. 

Those are the kind of recipes I tend to collect. And this is one that I've had for at least fifteen years, if not longer. I know this because it's a Marlboro Country Store recipe, that likely came from a carton of cigarettes I purchased before I quit in 2004.

While sorting through Christmas cookie recipes this month, I came across this recipe as I do every year. This time, I decided to give it a try.

Who knew black pepper works so well in a cookie? It does, and these are amazingly good. Everyone who tries them, wants more. They remind me of a ginger snap cookie, with just a hint of warmth from the black pepper.


File this under, you just never know...

Monday, December 19, 2016

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Blue Skies and Gentle Breezes: Once Upon A Cold Dark Night...

Blue Skies and Gentle Breezes: Once Upon A Cold Dark Night...:

With Halloween just around the corner, many here in J-Land are sharing scary stories.  Sandra, owner of Sandra's Scribbles  often finds ...

Monday, October 3, 2016

An Open Letter... (re-awakened)

Blue Skies and Gentle Breezes: An Open Letter...: Diamond Rio "I Believe" To My Devine Creator: With each passing day I learn. These lessons you place in my path for a reason....

Friday, July 8, 2016


"I am a person that believes in the personal dignity of every human being.  I am known for my authenticity, honesty, and clarity in my interactions with others.  I am firmly committed to the well-being and life of community and will use my gifts of critical reflection, organization, passion, and speech to foster unity and well-being in all the communities to which I work and belong."


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

My View...Between the ears

About a month ago, a friend of mine ventured into the world of blogging. And when she asked me if I would be interested in writing about my trail riding experiences for her blog, I could not turn her down.

Last month I took my first trail ride on AJ, the horse who bucked me off a year ago. An experience I chose to be my first entry for her blog.  It can be found --->Happy Trails and Tales


Wednesday, March 16, 2016