Easy Cookie Recipe

I love homemade cookies. They are one of my favorite sweet treats. I love the crunchy, chewy texture, and the fact that you can just pop them into your mouth, no plates or silverware needed. I can also put away quite a few if I’m not careful. This is why try not to bake them very often, they are too tempting for me.

When I do want to make a batch of homemade goodness, I like a simple recipe. My oldest daughter found a recipe using a cake mix. This is one of the easiest and most versatile recipes. You can use any flavor of cake mix, and you can use any kind of chips. I have often thought using a strawberry cake mix with white chocolate chips would be delicious, but I have never tried it.  I made cookies over the Christmas holiday using a spice cake mix (no chips), and they tasted like gingerbread cookies. You can add nuts to the recipe if you like, but I wouldn’t add nuts and chips in one recipe. It might make the cookies too chunky.

My daughter Emily submitted this recipe in our church cookbook.

In this recipe, I used a chocolate cake mix and semi chocolate chips. If you are a chocolate lover, these cookies are for you. To make the cookies, all you need is one box of chocolate cake mix. I used Devils Food cake, but you could use any flavor of chocolate cake mix. You will also need 2 eggs, 1/2 cup of oil, and about half of a bag of chips. I used the semi chocolate chips for my chocolate cookies.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix your ingredients well. Scoop out the batter using a tablespoon, and place the cookies about 2 inches apart.

Bake the cookies for about 12-15 minutes. These cookies are thick, and you can make them whatever size you like, but a tablespoon is a good size cookie. The chocolate cookies are a little harder to tell if they are done because of the dark chocolate color. Cooking time does depend on the size of the cookie (larger cookies, longer baking time). Let the cookies cool and then enjoy! Try not to eat them all, but I’m warning you, they will disappear quickly.

Yummy chocolate, chocolate chip cookies!

A Word For The New Year

Hello Friends,

Have you ever decided to choose a word for the new year? The purpose of choosing a word for the new year is to kind of pick a theme for your year, something inspirational. This is similar to making resolutions, except it’s a theme to live by, not just a list of goals. I like to pick a word, because when I lose focus, I just simply remember my word, and I helps me to get back on track.

For the past three years I have chosen a word for the year. One year I picked the word “fearless.” I felt that I was spending a lot of time being afraid of change, new or unfamiliar situations, the changing world, the future. Fear will paralyze us. It will keep us trapped, and we will never do anything for God if we live in fear. Fear shows a lack of faith. I heard a quote, although I can’t remember who said it, but it says “We fear man so much, because we fear God so little.” Great quote isn’t it. I remember thinking I don’t want to be someone who worries more about what man thinks of me, than what God thinks. Fear doesn’t come from God, 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God Hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” Isn’t that what we need, power, love and a sound mind. Fear robs us of all these. We can live fearless if we remember Isaiah 41:13 “For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.”

Another year, I chose the word “balance.” Do you ever feel out of balance. It seems like sometimes, I’m doing really well on my eating plan,  but can’t be consistent with my exercise. Another example is that I will do great at daily Bible reading, but my prayer life isn’t so great. It’s really hard to keep everything in check. Balance is very important. It comes through diligence, determination, and faithfulness. Balance allows us to live with power and purpose daily. Here’s another good quote (source unknown), “There are no short cuts to any place worth going!” Staying balanced is a lot of work, but it’s definitely worth it.

This year I tried to think of a word that would keep me motivated in all my goals for the new year. My word for this year is …

Persistence is defined as: continuing firmly or obstinately in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition. Did you get that last part, “in spite of difficulty or opposition. Difficulty will come, it’s predictable when you are trying to do something good.  It never fails that whenever I set my mind on goals for the new year, that I run into roadblocks. There is always something that makes my goals more difficult to accomplish, so I don’t accomplish them. I give up. This year, in spite of the roadblocks, I want to persevere and reach my goals. Persistence is a word that will inspire me not to give up. I found a verse in my Bible reading that really helps me remember what accomplishing goals will do for my soul. Proverbs 13:19a says, “The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul.”. I want to feel that sweet reward by being persistent this year in my goals. I love to listen to Zig Ziglar. He said, “You have to be before you can do, You have to do before you can have.” This sums up what it means to be persistent – a plan in action. Persistence requires you to do the work. My prayer for the year is that I can be persistent and live up to the potential that God has placed in my heart.

I made a visual reminder with Proverbs 13:19, a free printable for you to use, to remind you to be persistent and reach your goals for the new year so your soul can feel that sweet success!

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Do you have a word for the new year?



Welcome to Seasoned with Grace


I am so excited to welcome you to my new blog. My wish is that you will find encouragement and inspiration every time you visit. Here I will share with you all the things that inspire me. I will share things like home, faith, family, good food, DIY projects, crafts, motherhood, and homeschooling ideas..

I am new to the blogging world, although I have briefly had a free blog a few years back. During that time, I was homeschooling three children, and didn’t really have a lot of time to devote to my new hobby. My three students have grown a lot since that time. My oldest graduated, and recently married, my son will be graduating this spring, and so I will only have one student this fall. I am entering a new phase of life, hopefully one that will allow me more time to dedicate to blogging.

I love to read blogs. I enjoy seeing how other women manage home and family. I enjoy finding decorating ideas, DIY projects, recipes, holiday ideas, and devotionals that encourage my heart. My goal is to share all those things that will inspire us to be all that God has called us to be.

Welcome to Seasoned with Grace!