Make your own mark. What a wonderful world it would be if everyone focused on making their own mark rather than acting cool because your mom/dad is successful or living vicariously through your child’s accomplishments in sports, the classroom or whatever stage it might be (and let me be clear, I am not saying that every kid with a successful parent or every parent with a prodigy child falls into this category!). Drew Brees’ wife, Brittany, said in an ESPN interview that there is one thing that decides whether a person is truly famous or not: “only if you make this world a better place.” Take a moment to reflect – what did you do today to make the world a better place? What kind of mark are you making?
It's cookie season. If you don’t have a cute little cousin selling Girl Scout cookies, call me or make your own. Betty Crocker made her mark with quality, basic recipes. Elizabeth made these with her friend, Zoe, and raved about how great they are (and people, Elizabeth doesn’t even like oatmeal!)
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
- 1/2 cup shortening (or substitute another ½ cup, aka 1 stick, butter)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips (or 1 cup raisins), optional
Mix all ingredients except oats, flour and chocolate chips in a large bowl. Then stir in the oats, flour and chocolate chips.
Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart. Bake 9-11 minutes or until light brown. Remove parchment paper with cookies still on top and place on baking rack to cool. Once cool, remove cookies from parchment paper.