Death by Chocolate

My husband always says when I get bored I get dangerous. These cookies are definitely on that list. Really excellent! Enjoy.

1/2 cup butter, melted
2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup (4 T) unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips.

Melt butter and let cool. Mix in brown sugar. Making sure mix is not hot, mix in egg. Mix in cocoa, flour, baking soda, and salt. Finally stir in  chocolate chips.

Get a scooper if you have one or else use a spoon to form 1T cookie balls. Place in refrigerator and chill for about an hour.

Oven 350F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Place cookie balls on sheets about two inches apart.

Bake for 10 minutes. When out of oven press in about 5-6 more chips on top of each cookie so chips melt. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before moving cookies.

Makes up to 3 dozen cookies.


Grocery Shopping

My husband and I went grocery shopping yesterday. Well, I didn’t shop but waited in the car and observed the shoppers. I didn’t count the number of people going into and out of the store but it was a steady stream, maybe a new customer every minute or so. The parking lot was about half full or less. During the half hour I waited I saw only one lady with a mask. No one wiped down the handle before grabbing the cart.

Precautions for covid-19 seem extreme but can’t hurt. Here is a short video on safe grocery shopping that might be interesting.

How is everyone doing?

Back in the (Novel-Writing) Saddle Again

It’s been awhile since I’ve done fiction writing. It’s hard. That’s the main reason.

You can always find something else to do, something that may be easier and certainly will give you rewards on a shorter time-scale. I’ve been building my publishing business ( that helps authors truly self-publish  rather than being caught in the bear-trap of subsidy publishers. Subsidies are another blog for another day, but I’ll just  say I feel like I treat my clients super-well and help to guide them through a complicated maze of how-to-publish-a-book without getting ripped off.

But I digress. Fiction writing, that’s what I want to talk about. Continue reading “Back in the (Novel-Writing) Saddle Again”

Covid 19

Welcome to my new blog! Do you like my new website? I’m excited.

Right now the COVID-19 virus is all in the news. We’re hearing stories of mounting casualties in the USA and across the world, and being told, especially if you are over 65 and/or have health concerns, that you are particularly vulnerable to this thing.

Thankfully in this country while we hear reports of outbreaks in certain areas, most of us haven’t seen direct illnesses (yet). There WAS a run on the supermarkets last week starting about Thursday 3/12 — completely empty shelves especially for paper products and canned goods — and many churches including mine cancelled services on Sunday. Schools and colleges are closing or going to online instruction, and workers are being told if at all possible to work from home. You might see people now wearing a mask as they walk around the community. Cars have an open road through streets that are normally jammed. Continue reading “Covid 19”