posted on June 29, 2018 by Mary J. Williams


by Mary J. Williams

I thought a lot about my blog this month, and quite frankly, my mind went blank. I’m tired. Tired of rude, often nasty, shouting politicians. Tired of social media drama. Tired of the latest celebrity and their non-problem, problems. I don’t want to write another few paragraphs about forgiveness or self-awareness. (I’ll get back to the preaching from my personal pulpit next time).

The calendar is about to turn to July. The year is half over. Heck, the Hallmark channel has two weeks of Christmas movies scheduled—no idea if that’s a good thing or bad, debate among yourselves.

We don’t need another mind-twisting subject to contemplate. So, to quote the iconic Barbara Walters, every day, once a day, everyone deserves a cookie.

Even if you’re on a diet—been there, done that—you can make some for the favorite person in your life. Or for a neighbor. Or take a batch to your local fire department. You get the idea. Have a cookie, people.

My favorite dessert, I can spend hours reading recipes. Mixing together the ingredients in anticipation of the smell wafting through the house is a pleasure I can’t quite explain. But quite simply? I love the anticipation of the finished product. Sometimes good, sometimes sublime, sometimes inedible. Doesn’t matter. I will live to bake another day.

To ease you on your way, I’ll share one of my favorite cookie recipes. Enjoy.

(And if you hate to cook? No worries. Hit the local bakery. I won’t tell.)


2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large eggs

2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) chocolate chips

1 cup chopped nuts

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

Step 3

BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.


Mary J. Williams

Mary J. Williams

It Has Always Been My Dream To Write A Book

And I always knew it would be a romance novel. When I was a teenager I assumed my book would have a historical setting, those were the kinds of stories I liked best, I even grew my hair long so I could be like the heroines in my favorite stories. But now I see myself and my books in the present dealing with the joys and sorrows of our modern world. Harper Falls is a place my imagination dreamed up, but it is based in reality. I grew up in Washington State and went to school in a small town on the Columbia River. Harper Falls is that town but an idealized version. I hope you enjoy reading about the town and the characters.

And as much as I enjoyed telling their stories, these books are not the end of my dream but the beginning.

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