All Our Guests Bring Joy

All Our Guests Bring Joy

 I was a military wife for 20 years and we moved on average every 2 years or so.  We learned to make friends quickly because we never knew just how long we had in any given military assignment. 

My husband and I would invite people over on the spur of the moment.  Now I am NOT here to tell you that every one we invited became our best friends, but it sure was interesting.

We even had a standing joke-sort of our family motto- “All our guests bring joy.  Some by coming, others by leaving.” :-)

Some of the things I did to make entertaining easier was prepare foods in advance and freeze.  Cookies are especially great for this technique.  They can even be popped in the oven toward the end of the meal and served warm.  Who doesn’t love a warm chocolate chip cookie?

I realize everyone just doesn’t have the desire to make their own cookie dough, but even the grocery store dairy cases yield a cookie dough you can bake at home.  These convenient doughs can be frozen, too.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 c. margarine
1/2 c. butter                                                      

2 eggs
1 tsp. each baking powder & baking soda
1-1/2 c. brown sugar, firmly packed                      
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. white sugar
2-1/2 c. all purpose flour

12 oz. milk chocolate chips                                                                    
1/2 c. chopped pecans, optional

Melt margarine and butter. Add rest of ingredients, except for nuts and chips. When well mixed, add the chips and nuts.

Refrigerate for 1 hour. Scoop dough into balls about the size of a golf ball. Place on an un-greased cookie sheet, about 8 to a pan. (I use a silicone mat on the cookie sheet for all my cookie baking)

Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes. Cookies should be lightly browned on edges. Allow to cool 5 minutes before removing from pan. These cookies are best consumed the same day they are made. Variations: Use white chocolate chips and dried cranberries instead of the chocolate with chopped walnuts or almonds.

Note-You can make those little square dough pieces you buy in the store (for 1/2 the price, I might add).  Just line a 9 x 13 pan with plastic wrap. Pat dough in pan about 2″ deep. You won’t fill the entire pan. With spatula, cut across dough to make 2″ squares.  Freeze until firm, then break apart into 1 dozen increments.

Place in 1 qt. freezer bags and label and date the package. Keep in freezer up to 3 months.  Fresh cookies are only 15 minutes away. 

Proverbs 18:24- A man who hath friends must show himself friendly.  Bake someone these cookies and you might just make a friend for life!

Confectionately Yours,