Sep 182011
1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened 3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup sugar 1 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
2 large eggs 2/3 cup chocolate fudge ice cream topping
2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup baking cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt
1 cup vanilla milk chips 1/2 package (6 ounces) milk chocolate chips
2 packages (6 ounces) bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  1. Heat oven to 350.
  2. Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil greased with shortening.
  3. Beat cream cheese and butter in large bowl on medium speed about 2 minutes or until fluffy.  Add sugars, vanilla, almond extract, eggs and ice cream topping.  Beat about 3 minutes or until fluffy.
  4. Mix flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.  Stir into cream cheese mixture until evenly mixed.  Stir in remaining ingredients.
  5. Drop dough by heaping teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake 13 to 15 minutes or until edges are set.  Cool 5 minutes and remove from cookie sheet.  Finish cooling on wire rack.

Makes about 5 dozen

 Posted by at 7:40 pm
Sep 182011

And now we’re back to almost all Twitter updates as posts.  I’m slipping…. again.

Actually, a lot has happened.  My daughter graduated from high school and moved on to college.  We moved her into the dorms, but we still see her often since she works near home.  We have brunch on Sunday, which gives us a chance to catch up.  She misses the quiet of home sometimes, but I’m sure she’s enjoying more freedom.

Someone shattered the passenger side window of her car and rifled through her glove box.  Didn’t look like they took anything.  Luckily, she’s smart and didn’t have anything of worth in her car.  She got it fixed and then the door wouldn’t open so she had to take it back.  They didn’t get all the glass out of the door before they put the window back in, but it works now.

I was sick off and on this summer, so I have a lot to catch up on.  Every nook and cranny of the house needs cleaned especially since we’re getting the house ready for a guest in October.  We’ve known her for about 12 years now and this will be the first time we get to meet in person.  I can’t wait!

The yard is a mess, so we’re trying to make it look nice again.  I’m sure our neighbors are thanking us already.  Pulled all the dead sunflowers from under the window and I plan on replacing them with either mums or irises.  I miss my lacy irises.  The plain ol’ yellow ones have pretty much taken over everything.  I think I might be able to get some of the lacy ones from my mom.  I’ll have to ask.

I’m back to putting things up on CafePress and actually added a few products to Zazzle.  Rushing to get the Halloween art and photography up on Zazzle before its entirely too late, so that’s what I’m working on now.  I’ll be posting on that as I get things finished.

I’ve started reading every night again and I’m trying to turn it into a habit.  Even if I only read for 5 minutes, I make myself read every night.  Maybe one of these days I’ll actually finish this huge stack of unread books.  As for writing… I haven’t gotten back into the habit yet, but I write here and there.  I’ll be trying to turn it back into a habit starting in October, with a break for our visiting friend, so hopefully Nano won’t be such a shock to the system.

Speaking of Nano, I think I figured out what I’m going to do this year.  I’m hoping the early decision bodes well for how it will go.  Gives me plenty of time to think about where I want the story to go and to get a little research done.  I think I’m starting to get a little excited about it.

Last year, I said I was going to post time-saving meals for Nano and didn’t get around to it.  This year, I’ll link to some recipes posted on the Community Cookbook and try to get some more posted before Nano arrives.  I’ll probably repost the Nano tips from last year, too.

Enough babbling… back to work for me!

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