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Today, August 22, with heavy hearts and wonderful memories, my church family and I said goodbye to a dear friend. Dulce succumbed to her painful battle with cancer the same day she celebrated her 42nd birthday. She will be missed but I am comforted knowing she is no longer in pain. I will always cherish our friendship and remember her beautiful smile.

Tuesday afternoon, we received more than a half-inch of rain. It was glorious. I swear the grass was making a slurping noise soaking in that moisture!

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This week has gone so fast. I have so much to do that I’m on the verge of an emotional breakdown. I might cry before the weekend arrives.

School starts next Tuesday but I will go to the campus Monday to prepare as much as I can prior to the students’ arrival. Beginning the first day of school, I’m doing a long-term substitute assignment (eight weeks) in a 7th grade Language Arts classroom. It should be interesting as I had these students last year when they were sixth-graders. Some were jewels, while others gave me gray hairs. They all kept me entertained, that’s for sure!!!!!

Cell phones are the bain of my existence. I won’t even raise my blood pressure trying to explain.

Instead, I’ll eat these cookies.

Thanks to Pinterest (and Jillie at One Good Thing), I found this recipe for cake mix cookies that are super-easy to make and require just four (4) ingredients: 1 boxed cake mix, 2 eggs, 1 stick butter (melted), and icing. I hosted a dinner for the Haiti Mission Team and made these cookies for dessert. I used Duncan Hines strawberry cake mix and cream cheese icing. The cookies were extremely easy to prepare, soft and chewy, and very tasty. The secret, in addition to the short ingredient list, is NOT to overcook them. Just 8-10 minutes will do the trick. Let cool before icing and making into sandwiches.

I have a confession: when I hosted dinner for the Haiti team, I did not clean our bedroom or bathroom. I only cleaned the kitchen and living area and guest bathroom. If someone had opened our bedroom door, I would have ran for the hills!

Hug your loved ones tight tonight.

By |2012-08-22T22:54:36+00:00August 22nd, 2012|Blog, Uncategorized|8 Comments

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  1. wilma August 22, 2012 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    Nicole, so sorry to hear of the passing of your friend, Dulce. I remember seeing her post on your blog, I’m sure you will miss her dearly. Those cookies sure looked good.. I might have to try them with the sugar free cake mix. We’re off to Ky next Tuesday morning bright and early.. The family reunion will be that Saturday, so i’ll have some time to visit your mom and dad, and my brother before that busy day.. wish you could be there.. would be a hoot, lol..

    • Nicole August 22, 2012 at 11:11 pm - Reply

      Oh Wilma, I wish I could be there for the reunion too. I actually thought about coming up for a big surprise (SURPRISE!) but there’s just no way. School starts next week, my to-do list is growing every day, and I’ve got some other things going on that I just can’t leave town. Have fun without me. And, you *MUST* shoot that .338 Lapua before you leave Shady Grove Road. Put your big girl panties on and pull that trigger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  2. greengoround August 22, 2012 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your beautiful friend. Sending lots of love and prayers for all her friends and family.
    On a lighter note, the cookies look and sound delicious. I will be making these very soon. My boys thank you in advance but my thighs are begging for you to apologize. 🙂

    • Nicole August 22, 2012 at 11:44 pm - Reply

      Dear Adorable Green Children, you’re welcome. Make sure Mommy does NOT overcook the cookies!!!!!!
      Dear Mommy’s Thighs, I refuse to apologize for delicious goodness. You can hate me but the tastebuds always win.


  3. Celeste Zachry August 23, 2012 at 6:54 am - Reply

    Kirsten is making these cookies this weekend! How funny!

    Still reeling from Dulce’s passing, but I’m so grateful she’s no longer in pain.

    • Nicole August 23, 2012 at 8:33 am - Reply

      I’m thinking about doing a tray of these cookies in multiple flavors for the lunch Saturday …… or is that what K is planning to do? I’ll do something else. =)

  4. Myra Price August 23, 2012 at 8:30 am - Reply

    What a beautiful tribute to Dulce! And you are right, her smile was beautiful.

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