Chocolate Chip Snowballs


Lots of cookies will be made over the next month. We have so many favorites which we make year after year but this year we are making a few favorites slightly differently. We love Snowballs, Mexican Wedding Cakes, or Russian Tea Cake cookies which are all basically shortbread with nuts rolled in confectionery sugar. Some…

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Week 37: I have been reading about Covid confinement burnout lately and I know I am there. In Michigan on October 12th we had 1,829 cases of Covid diagnosed that day. Six weeks, or so later, we are at 8,000 to 11,000 a day. What changed? A couple things. First the Supreme Court of Michigan…

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Week 36: When my kids were little one of their favorite books that we would read when they had a bad day was “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” by Judith Viorst. Poor Alexander sees everything going wrong during the day and he dreams of going to Australia because everything would…

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Week 35: Covid-19 numbers are going up everywhere it seems. Our little county is over triple the number of cases we had in the spring. I heard from several blogging friends from around the world that they are seeing the same things in their countries. As we get ready to head into winter here we…

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Week 34: Since it is close to Thanksgiving and everyone is writing about gratitude and thankfulness I am thankful for the gorgeous Michigan weather we have been having this past week. It snowed last Sunday but since about Wednesday it has been in the high 60s and low 70s. It is projected to continue into…

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Day 231/ Week 33: Happy Halloween! We are once again preparing for an unknown here. Will we have 200-300 trick or treaters or 2? They announced last month, before Michigan numbers for Covid-19 started spiking, that they would have in person trick or treating in our area. There are lots of trunk or treats and…

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I don’t know about you but as I am watching the number of Covid-19 cases rise across the country I am thankful that the percentage of people of dying from Covid is dropping significantly but I am concerned about the number of cases. When I went to the doctor the other day I was telling…

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Thirty-one weeks: We went to Costco in Kalamazoo the other day to get a few items. We cannot find Basmati rice here so we ended up getting a 15 pound bag! We will share it but we were tired of not having rice. I have been researching best practices for storing larger amounts of food-…

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Thirty weeks: It has now been seven months since I have seen my parents. My father is fragile as far as his health especially his lungs so I am terrified of the kids or I bringing something to them. Even if it isn’t Covid the flu or something else is just as bad could really…

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Twenty-nine weeks: Over 200 days since Covid-19 shut downs began and now the Trumps have tested positive for Covid-19. I wonder if this changes everything or nothing at all. I went to play handbells at church the other day and realized I have not been inside somewhere in quite awhile. I went to a store…

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Week Twenty-eight: If you follow any sort of social media or news you probably get the sense that things here in the US are a bit tense. It seems like everyone everywhere is on edge. I had a friend ask I had considered prepping for my family. Not, really I mean we have plenty of…