LET IT SNOWWe only have a few more days of winter, at least according to the calendar.  Mother Nature may have other plans, as we here in Kansas know all too well.  In any case, today is Oreo Cookie Day!  How will you enjoy these sweet treats?  A favorite, of course, is a big glass of milk for dunking – or how about a large cup of coffee for dunking?  That sounds good!  🙂

Not to put a damper on the day, but a friend on facebook mentioned that Nabisco is moving to Mexico and it made me so sad.  I really hope our economy turns around to the point where they bring Nabisco and many other companies back to America, don’t you?

Through the years Nabisco has come up with SEVEN varieties of Oreo cookies:

  • Oreo Chocolate
  • Oreo Fudge Cremes
  • Oreo Chocolate Birthday Cake Flavor Cremes
  • Oreo Double Stuf Chocolate
  • Oreo Lemon Cremes
  • Oreo Double Stuf Golden
  • Oreo Double Stuf Heads or Tails

There’s a perfect Oreo for every mood you find yourself in – and let’s face it, variety really IS the spice of life!

How about adding a few Oreos to your favorite brownie mix?

OREO BROWNIE TREATS (makes 24 brownies)


1 pkg. (19-21 oz) brownie mix (for a 9×13 pan)

15 Oreo Chocolate Cookies, coarsely chopped


Stir chopped cookies into batter.  Prepare pan and pour batter in pan.  Bake as directed on package.

Note:  When baking in a glass baking dish instead of a metal pan, always reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees.

Per Brownie:

170 calories

8 g fat

2.5 g saturated fat

20 mg cholesterol

125 mg sodium

25 g carbohydrates

1 g fiber

16 g sugar

2 g protein

To lower the carbohydrates and sugar content, I use Pillsbury Sugar Free brownie mix – but it takes two boxes to make 9×13 size.  Adding Oreo pieces does add a bit of sugar and carbohydrate back into the brownie, but it’s not enough per brownie to matter.  🙂  Now, if you sit and eat the whole 9×13 pan of brownies – remember you’re adding 15 cookies!  Then you have to count them!  🙂









Mariam Yahya Ibrahim is in my thoughts and prayers. When I first heard about her imprisonment and sentence of death because she would not renounce her Christian faith, my heart broke. The so-called “government” in Sudan is nothing like what we’re used to here in America. If you are not a Muslim, you are in grave danger.

Sharia law considers her a Muslim and does not recognize her marriage to a Christian.

She is unlikely to change her mind despite giving birth in prison

– Daniel Sani, Mariam’s husband

I’m tempted to say I wish there was more I could do than pray, then I realize that prayer is powerful and probably the best thing I can do for her. I hope you are praying too.

Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, an American Marine, took a wrong turn and ended up in a Mexican prison. He has been beaten and treated very badly. He had all of his possessions in his vehicle, including a few guns. He has a court date of June 4th according to CNN.

Again, my thoughts and prayers are with that situation. I pray he gets back to America SOON.

When I am tempted to complain about my country, I look around at the strict and sometimes ridiculous intolerance of other countries and decide that living here is not so bad. Sometimes I think we as Americans are perhaps too tolerant, but I think it’s better to be more forgiving of another who may not share my opinions and beliefs than to threaten their life if they don’t believe exactly the same way I do.

Freedom in America will always trump tyranny in another country! May others show tolerance of my Christian faith. May I show tolerance too, and meet others where they are. God commands us to LOVE. Nowhere in scripture does He ask us to judge. It’s my job to love and to pray and gently uplift others. ❤