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“Just Roll with It” Serving up Recipes and Humor

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By Sheri Hopkins, Lifestyle Contributor

Hello everyone! I sort of feel like we live in Washington State with all the rain we have had. Larry did my yard before the rain started. I hope all you moms had a wonderful Mother’s Day. I had a day with my kids and grandkids. We had a whirlwind weekend celebrating Mother’s Day, graduation of my middle grandson, Evan and 21st birthday of my oldest grandson Ethan. We were on the go all weekend.

One of the gifts I received for Mother’s Day was a new scale. I asked for it, so Shannon, my daughter, got them for me. I started thinking about when COVID hit, and we were stuck at home, and we all gained 15 or more pounds. During this time, I had to go to the doctor and had to wear them dumb masks. The nurse calls my name and I go back, and she tells me to “step on the scales”. I sure didn’t want to and when she got the reading, I told her “boy those masks really weigh a lot.” She just turned and looked at me. I don’t think she thought that was as funny as I did. The only good thing about them masks was you could put M&M candies or some kind of small candy in them and snack during the day and nobody would know. I did see where someone was selling their scales on Facebook marketplace. Honey, that’s the way to go. Just get rid of them lying scales. None of them are accurate. The reason I wanted a new set of scales I got on mine and they said I weighed 102 pounds and I just kept trying and it said I weighed 102. It sure made me feel good for a little while even though I knew one leg weighed 102 pounds. I used to be a member of the Hartford Think Thin Diet Club. I called it the “Fat Farm”. I went over there for years and was asked by someone if it worked and I pointed at myself and said, “it works!” I was not a good example or spokesperson for the club. We were more of a social club than a diet club, but we sure had fun. All that being said, I found this wonderful recipe for Orange Creamsicle Cookies. My good friend and neighbor brough me a whole case of white chocolate chips, so I have been trying to find recipes for them. Have a wonderful week and try to stay dry!

ORANGE CREAMSICLE COOKIES
15.25 oz. white cake mix (1 box)
3 oz. box of orange Jello
2 tablespoons of orange zest
8 tablespoons salted butter (softened)
2 large eggs (room temperature)
11 oz. of white chocolate chips
Preheat oven 350 degrees, line your cookie sheets with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the white cake mix, orange Jello and orange zest until fully combined. Add the butter and eggs to the bowl. Use a hand mixer or stand mixer to beat the ingredients together just until combined, about two minutes. Fold in the white chocolate chips into the cookie dough. Do tablespoons of dough and roll into balls. I would chill the dough, because it is sticky and will be easier to work with if it’s cold. Put on a cookie sheet, two inches apart and bake for 10-13 minutes or until the edges are set. Remove from the oven and let cool for about 10 minutes. Enjoy them.

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