A Few of My Favorite Things

December 9, 2015

Vibrant red feathers. . .

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and muted grey shadows,

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blazing orange sunsets. . .

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and silver-laced mornings,

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Yesteryears children filled up with sweet memories,

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these are a few of my favorite things.

Girls in red dresses with happiness brimming,

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gingerbread houses with children’s sweet trimmings,

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heaps of confections. . .

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and bells that ring hope,

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these are a few of my favorite things.

Visits with loved ones from faraway places,

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houses that twinkle with red and green faces,

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remembering love that came down to this world,

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these are a few of my favorite things.

When the dog bites,

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when the bee stings,

when I’m feeling sad,

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I simply remember my favorite things,

and then I don’t feel so bad.

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Every year Ms. Millie, an elderly member of the garden club, brought a heaping plate of chocolate-chip cookies to the Christmas party, and every year she left with an empty plate. There was something special about her cookies, but I couldn’t figure out what. I asked her for the recipe.

“No,” she said. “It’s a secret.”

I asked her again the next year. . .

and the next. . .

and the next.

Resigned to my fate, on the fourth year, I quit asking. Much to my surprise, I received a note in the mail with the treasured recipe.

In honor of Ms. Millie, who has since passed, I share it with you now– my all time favorite.

Millie’s Secret Recipe

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • i cup cornflakes
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 bag chocolate chips

Mix all together. Bake at 350* for 10 minutes. Makes dozens, but it’s never enough.

I hope your holiday season is filled with your favorite things.

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Latest Comments

  1. Lynne says:

    Another beautiful composition! I was singing along with your words and pictures!

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  2. Nurse Kelly says:

    Oh Julie – just wonderful! Loved every moment of this post! And sending special thoughts up to Ms. Millie for sharing her recipe! Hope you have a wonderful holiday season 🙂

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  3. Becky says:

    Love, love, love this!!! And I am quite honored that I am in it. 🙂

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  4. Kathleen Gancer says:

    How beautiful. I can feel it in my bones and in my mind and in my heart! Merry Christmas from Chick and Kathleen Gancer

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  5. oakcoveresort says:

    Best Christmas card I’ve received, thank you !!

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  6. derrickjknight says:

    Love the ducks in the snow

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  7. Julie@frogpondfarm says:

    Oh this is a gorgeous post loaded with beautiful images, cheer and love, Thank you 😃

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  8. Jane says:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous shots, Julie! thanks for sharing some of your favourite things. Many are mine also. Best wishes.

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  9. Lucy says:

    What a beautiful post, full of amazing moments! ❤

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  10. Fabio says:

    A masterpiece, Julie! 🙂 Thank you!

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  11. katnchick says:

    Is that your Dad & Mom in the picture.Chick doesn’t recognize your Mom?

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  12. FlowerAlley says:

    Is that last shot of the peacock eating a cookie? I hope you had a great holiday, Prairie. You are still the blog queen.

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