The cookies are baked. Mom and I spent the better part of yesterday laughing and mixing and almost collapsing, but they are done and we feel immense satisfaction.

So now there are pecan coconut chocolate chip, hazelnut chocolate chip, Michigan rocks (dates and walnuts), thummies (strawberry, raspberry, peach), walnut balls, secret ‘kiss’ cookies. So good. All made with music playing in the background, some old, some new, some lively, some mellow.

Some things are just worth the effort.