Monday, July 16, 2012

Cookies for...

Sometimes you just need to make cookies. Today was one of those days.

One of my sweet and wonderful friend's life was dramatically changed last night. I am broken hearted for her and her family. I cannot begin to understand how or why what happened, happened. My friend is a firecracker of a girl. She talks a mile a minute, she will do anything for a deal (including rummaging through my drawers while I am asleep to see if I have any bras from Victoria's Secret because she needed to know her size because of a huge online sale that ends at midnight), she fell in love hard and fast just like I did, she can make a mean pie crust (and thus a mean any-kind-of pie), she has a zest for life that honestly is incomparable to anyone else I know, and I had the joy of living with her for a year of endless laughter.

My heart is so heavy for her.

So among many coping mechanisms -- some healthy, some not, some are sometimes just needed -- I made cookies. And we ate them with relish tonight. Cookies on a heavy heart can certainly stimulate more tears, but at least they can be shared with others.

Both the cookies and the tears.

Cookies for the moment:

-Nestle Toll House cookie recipe. I recommend making half of the recipe unless you want to eat cookies for a week. And maybe you do.
-Make as directed, but instead of chocolate chips and nuts, add whatever you have on hand. Today, it was Heath Bar bits and a bar of milk chocolate.

I used 1/3 of the bag for half the cookie recipe.
Throw the bar in the food processor. It comes out in perfect, tiny, chocolate-swirled shavings.

A temporary reprieve from a world of sorrow.

But as a friend reminded me tonight, we have an eternal and heavenly reprieve in Jesus. Where, O death is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?

Lo, it is naught, for He has conquered the grave. Amen.

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