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Monday, April 20, 2009

Kindness and Cookies

After a relaxing evening Friday, Saturday was very busy and hectic for our family. I had a baby shower that morning,came home to help my daughter and her teammate work on an FFA agri-science fair project, and worked on a Bible class lesson I had worked on all week but hadn't managed to get all together. My husband was building a fence in a new pasture for some goats and had the boys helping him some. He even went an hour away to a Hobby Lobby to get supplies for my daughter's project, just to help us out. I can't ever get him to go to Hobby Lobby!

Anyway, my daughter needed some cookies made for an event Sunday afternoon. I was planning to make them later that night, but also had food to cook for our church's potluck meal the next day. Our oldest son, Zachary, volunteered to make the cookies. So, for this Gratituesday, which is Hosted by I am grateful for Zachary's kindness.

Zachary could tell that Lauren and I were way too busy that day to stop and make the cookies. He saw the need and volunteered his time. Actually, he had already helped his dad build the fence, but his dad asked him to. The cookies were something he volunteered to do on his own.
Zachary is a pretty good cook and knows his way around the kitchen. For some reason, though, he can't always unload the dishwasher and get everything put back up in the right place, but he's learning! On Saturday, Zachary wanted to make chocolate cookies. His dad has a certain favorite and we were looking for that recipe, but came across one that was a chocolate cookie with a marshmallow and chocolate icing on top - YUM! He decided that would be the perfect cookie to make. They didn't have a fancy name, just said 'chocolate cookies'. We named them 'Chocolate Globs'.

You know, now that I think about it, Zachary's kindness may have had an ulterior motive behind it! What do you think? :) I don't care if it did or not. Zachary was kind and helped our family when we needed it. "And be kind to one another..." Ephesians 4:32a

Chocolate Globs

1/2 c. shortening
1 c. sugar
1 egg

1/2 c. milk
1 t. vanilla

1 3/4 c. flour
1/2 t. baking soda

1/2 c. cocoa
Large marshmallows, cut in half

Cream shortening and sugar. Add egg and vanilla and mix well. Sift together dry ingredients. Add to creamed mixture, alternately with milk. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet. Bake 8 minutes at 350 degrees. Top with half marshmallow and bake 2 more minutes. Ice cookies with chocolate icing. He made about 4 dozen cookies.

Chocolate Globs Icing:
2 c. sifted powdered sugar
3 T. melted butter
5 T. cocoa
1/2 t. vanilla
dash of salt
4 T. cream (he used 2% milk)
Beat ingredients until smooth.

My brother-in-law writes a blog called "Waughs Wall". He preaches in Nashville and challenged his congregation a few weeks ago to bake cookies and take them to a neighbor that they didn't know well. I'm giving that same challenge to you. Could you show kindness this week by baking a batch of cookies for someone you don't know? Or maybe you can, like Zachary, just show kindness to someone you do know....with a 'Chocolate Glob' cookie! Thank you, Zachary!


Sarah said...

Wow! I am blown away at the kindness of your son. Bravo mama for raising such a great young man!

Snow White said...

what a precious son you have. And, those cookies sound delicious!

Organized Nutrition said...

WOW, what a wonderful boy you are raising!!!!! I hope his sister thought so too!!!!

Wa Wa Waughs said...

Go Zachary! Chocolate globs sound wonderful!

Brandi Sue said...

Aww that was sweet of both of them! (Joe for going to Hobby Lobby...guys don't go there willingly haha. And for Zachary's baking!!)

Lori said...

Thank you, everyone :). I appreciate your comments.

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