”A friend loves as all times.” How I know that to be true! Rose is one of those friends. For over 20 years we’ve been talking and cooking, laughing and crying, and worshiping and praying together. Our appearances are completely different… my tall, red-headed, fair-skinned self is a contrast to her petite, dark-haired, olive-skinned beauty. But our insides are the same, as sisters in and followers of Christ. This joins us together in a beautiful friendship I know will last for eternity.
Rose is a gem among women. All who know her love her and look up to her. She’s the perfect combination of the biblical Mary and Martha. She loves to worship Jesus, whether it’s through music at church, God-given laughter, or just looking out her window and appreciating the beauty of God’s creation. She also will be the first one there in a crisis, bringing meals and comfort to the suffering. This I’ve watched her do for others as well as me.
She’s like a sister to me and aunt to my children. Our husbands are quite good friends also, so it is natural that our kids are more like cousins.
Which brings me (almost) to the wonderful recipe she shared with me. You see, she’s my eldest’s “mom away from home” while my girl is away at college. Words cannot describe how grateful I am that she’s near my baby. Rose made these delicious cookies for my girl, and her own eldest daughter, and my niece, who are all attending the same school near Rose’s home. They curled up on the couch and enjoyed the homemade mama warmth that chocolate chip cookies bring. And Rose took a picture, and shared it with me, and my mama’s heart was sad and happy all at the same time, missing my daughter, but knowing she’s in good hands…. Rose’s and God’s.
(PS… She added a few new ingredients to these cookies, some which are considered “health food,” so I think they count as healthy cookies, don’t you?) And the girls loved them!
Here, in her own wording, is Rose’s Absolutely Delicious, Slightly Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe (I made up the title.)
1 stick butter, 1/2 cup shortening, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup light brown sugar, 2 eggs, 2 tsp. vanilla, 2 cups flour, 2 1/2 cups oatmeal (processed until flakes look like powder). I used my food processor and pulsed for several minutes. (I also added the flax seed and instant coffee and processed at the same time.) 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 TBS flax seed, 3 packets of instant coffee ( I used Folgers), 1 bag of chocolate chips (I used a combination of milk and semi sweet).
Cream butter and shortening. Gradually add sugar. Blend for 3 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour, baking powder, soda and salt. Stir in oatmeal mix and add chocolate chips last. Refrigerate for an hour or overnight. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 min. I eyeball until they barely look set and let them keep cooking on cookie sheet. Be sure you have a gallon of milk! They are addictive!
I could say so much more about my friend, but there isn’t room or time to describe what a gift from God she is. I am so thankful He sent her into my life!