Sunday, April 26, 2015

Mary Kennedy's Crispy Oatmeal Cookies


It's MJ and Victoria here! Please welcome our lovely friend, Mary Kennedy, author of The Dream Club Mysteries.    


  The second book will be out in August.  We are captivated by the cover.


 We loved the first one and can't wait for the next installment. Mary’s sharing her recipe for Crispy Oatmeal Cookies today.  It’s super easy and they freeze really well.  We think they’re ‘dreamy’!

Here’s a double bonus: Along with the recipe, Mary’s sharing some fascinating insights into dreams and she’s offering you a great giveaway.  You know the drill, darlins: read ‘til the end!

Recipe: Crispy Oatmeal Cookies


Ingredients:

one stick of butter
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon molasses
1 cup sugar
1 egg, unbeaten
1 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup rolled oats (the quick cook, instant kind)
1/3 cup each raisons, dates, nuts


Combine the first 7 ingredients and beat thoroughly. Add flour and baking soda. Mix well. Add remaining ingredients.


 Spray 2 cookie sheets with Pam and drop dough by tablespoons. I like to flatten each cookie with a fork before putting the sheets into the oven, 



I think it makes the cookies crispier.  Makes about 40 cookies. Bake 350 for about 12 minutes.


 

What the Dream Club series is all about: A group of Savannah women get together each week to share their dreams, eat some fabulous desserts, and solve a murder or two. 

Who is Mary Kennedy? Mary Kennedy is a clinical psychologist in private practice and lives on the east coast with her husband and eight neurotic cats. Both husband and cats have resisted her attempts to psychoanalyze them, but she remains optimistic. You can visit her at www.marykennedy.net

Five Things You Thought You Knew About Dreams

1. Most people don't dream. Actually, this isn't true. Sleep studies reveal that most people *do* dream, but they may not remember them.

2. Dreams really don't mean anything.  Actually, some dreams seem to be just a collection of random impulses, but when you see a pattern in dreams, it could be related to something going on in your life.

3. If you're dreaming, you're not getting a good night's rest. False. Most researchers believe that the brain needs to dream. It's a way of consolidating information and processing information.

4. If you dream about dying in your dream, it could be that your death is imminent. False! If you frequently dream about dying or being in dangerous situations, it could be that you're experiencing anxiety about something in your waking life. It doesn't mean anything beyond that.

5. You can train your mind to dream about a particular person or topic. I have some clients who have had some success with this, but in most cases, our mind goes down its own path when we dream and we can't control the content.





DREAM A LITTLE SCREAM, release date August 4, is Book Two in the Dream Club Mysteries.  We couldn't resist putting that cover again.  But you can pre-order right HERE

Leave a comment and you could win this beautiful dreamcatcher and a copy of Nightmares Can Be Murder, book one in the series.  Sweet dreams, everyone!







91 comments:

  1. Cookies sound delicious as does the Dream Series! Thanks for the recipe and the opportunity to win!
    angelhwk68@yahoo.com

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  2. SO interesting about dreams - the book sounds great! And I love the cookie recipe. EMS591@aol.com

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  3. The cookies look yummy! Thank you for the recipe.
    The info on the dreams are very interesting. Dream A Little Scream sounds like a great book. Thank you for a chance to win.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. Learned that a few things I thought about dreams weren't true. And love the cover of the book.

    The recipe sounds great. Oatmeal cookies are always good, and crispy cookies are my favorite.

    Thanks for the chance to win.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  5. Welcome to MLK, Mary! Thanks for this lovely recipe and your generous giveaway.

    XOX

    MJ/VA

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  6. You can't go wrong with oatmeal cookies! My daughter and I used to battle over which kind: she liked soft (no crunchy anything, not just cookies), I Iike any kind.

    And I have great dreams that usually involve traveling and crowds of people, who may or may not include people I know. Here's a question: how can you invent someone in your dreams that you have never seen? Not just a blob, but a complete stranger that you could describe to a sketch artist?

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    1. Hi Sheila, that's an interesting question. I once had a client who encountered a "recurring character" in her dreams and she could describe him down to the last detail. I find it fascinating, especially as her "Mystery Man" spoke a word to her. I asked her if he reminded of someone in real life and she said no. When you're awakened close to your usual wake-up time and then go back to sleep for a few minutes, people often report seeing very vivid images of faces. These images are so detailed, it's quite surprising. I think that either we "have" seen them in real life, perhaps in a crowd, or our mind has just put together a composite of facial characteristics and formed an image. Don't forget, besides processing information and consolidating memories, dreams give our brain a chance to "play." Maybe they like inventing new characters, just as we do!

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    2. Sheila, I meant to say, her "Dream Guy" never said a word to her. I left out a key word, my bad!

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  7. The cookies look delicious. Thank you for the recipe and this chance to win these wonderful prizes! :) areewekidding@yahoo.com

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  8. MJ, thank you so much for having me here today! Great fun and I hope everyone tries the cookies.

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  9. Either one of the books in this series could be an interesting addition to a mystery bok club. People can talk about your book, dreaming, and their personal dreams - no end of things to discuss. Crispy or chewy, oatmeal cookies are one my favorites. Thanks!

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  10. I hit "send" too fast and I meant to say that if anyone has any dream questions, I'd be happy to tackle them!

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  11. The recipe sounds really good! I love all the facts about dreams pretty interesting! I love the dream concept of your book very unique! Thanks for the chance!

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  12. Thanks, Mary. Oatmeal cookies have always been a favorite. Dreams are such an interesting topic. I've had premonition dreams. patucker54 (at aol dot com)

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    1. Patricia, premonition dreams are always interesting. Women seem to report these, more than men do, and they tend to occur in families who are "dreamers." It's a fascinating topic, thanks for stopping by.

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  13. Wow, great timing, plan on making these for our son today coming home from prom last pm. He loves oatmeal cookies:) Thank you for the chance to win! Can't wait to take a bite out of this book. Pennymarks@frontier.com

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    1. HI Penny, I'm sure your son will love them! Thanks for stopping by.

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  14. I'm really looking forward to DREAM A LITTLE SCREAM. The cookies sound wonderful. As far as dreams go ... Why do some dreams stay with us, so vivid, while others fade away? Thanks, Mary!

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    1. Hi Lisa, sometimes we relate emotionally to certain dreams...they have a special significance for us, or they are emotionally satisfying. And some dreams seem to be what they call "residue of the day" (like me dreaming of feeding my cats). The brain is just processing what it encountered during the day and it has no special significance. LOVED your review of Carolyn Hart, btw. She will be thrilled!!!!

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    2. Thanks, Mary. I love dreaming. And weird dreams are fun to try and figure out.

      And thank you for the kind words on my review. I'm so happy Carolyn has decided to continue the Death On Demand series. Hey, maybe her characters told her to going in a dream? ;-)

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  15. Excited about new release. I am one of those people who dream a lot. My question is why is it that sometime when I wake, I remember in great detail while other times I can only remember that there had been a dream?

    Bettyjo.English@gmail.com

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  16. Excited about new release. I am one of those people who dream a lot. My question is why is it that sometime when I wake, I remember in great detail while other times I can only remember that there had been a dream?

    Bettyjo.English@gmail.com

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    1. Betty Jo, Sometimes it depends on what stage of dreaming you were in. We tend to remember the dreams that happened right before waking. We actually cycle through 90 minute intervals of REM sleep during the night. Occasionally, you can remember the "earlier" ones if you see or hear something during the next day that jogs your memory. And then the whole dream comes into your head in a flash, it's really interesting when that happens.

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  17. I enjoyed the first book. Thank you for the contest. Keayy@yahoo.com

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  18. This sounds like a book right up my alley. Thanks for the chance to win.
    MarshaMysteryreader@yahoo.com

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  19. I loved the first book, and pre-ordered this one as soon as I saw the button. I'd love to win a print copy so I could put it in my Little Free Library, and share it with the neighborhood. <3

    llcejka at gmail dot com

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    1. That sounds like a wonderful idea, Lisa, thanks for stopping by!

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  20. A delightful book and wonderful recipe and great giveaway. Thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  21. Extremely interesting post which I enjoyed. Thanks for this intriguing book. What delectable cookies. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. I am looking forward to reading this series. Love the title of the new book! I have never put molasses in my oatmeal cookies, so I will be trying this recipe soon. Thank you for the lovely giveaway.
    debprice60@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Deb, one of my neighbors down south (who was an excellent cook--I was so lucky to live next door to her) told me about adding a touch of molasses and I really like the idea. Let me know how they turn out. Thanks for stopping by.

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  23. I could really enjoy reading that book while eating those cookies. Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  24. Thanks for the opportunity to win. Can't wait for the new book. I dream all the time. Many of them are about my dogs.

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  25. I dream about cats, Marlene, so I think we are kindred spirits! Thanks for stopping by.

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  26. Mary,
    What a fascinating idea for a mystery series! I would LOVE to win a copy of the first book, "Nightmares Can Be Murder."

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  27. Thanks for joining us today, Mary. Loved your facts about dreaming. You explained some things I had wondered about!

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  28. Welcome Mary, love the cookies and the book cover! But 8 cats? My hub and dog would leave home for sure:) xo

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    1. And my poor hubby has asthma!! He walks around with an inhaler, swearing that I am "trying to kill him." Still, he's just as much a softie with these cats as I am. They all turned up in our yard, one by one, and we took them in. Eight cats and no dogs (hubby is allergic to dogs). I love all animals. Sometimes I wish I could have a cat sanctuary (or maybe I already do...)

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  29. That is a gorgeous cover! Dreams are fascinating, ever when they are mundane like mine, usually. My dreams are usually so ordinary that when I have one that seems to have meaning, I pay attention. Your cookies sound good. Too good!

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    1. Sometimes even the "ordinary" dreams have some interesting symbols in them, Nancy. Try to figure out if they are related in any way to what is going on in your life. You might be surprised. I hope you try the cookies, they are so thin and crispy, I keep them stashed in the freezer so I don't eat too many.

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  30. congrats & continued success to Mary!!
    sharing the recipe with my sister-in-law!!!
    thank you for the giveaway.....

    cyn209 at juno dot com

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  31. Love this series! Oatmeal cookies are my favorite so definitely will make these! I do miss my mom's oatmeal cookies even though I have the recipe. Sharing with my oatmeal cookies & cozies loving friends! I should start a club! Thanks for the recipe & giveaway!!
    Tennisace50(@)yahoo.com

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  32. Thanks for the recipe and your book sounds great. About dreams, I wish I could remember mine. For some reason I don't. My sister, however, remembers hers and sometimes has horrible dreams about her deceased husband. He's been gone for years and they still happen. But their marriage was a happy one.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  33. Linda, that is sad about your sister, it sounds very upsetting for her. Wish I could offer some words of comfort. Sometimes the mind goes down some very dark paths when we're sleeping. Nightmares are more common in women than men, and they often run in families...the awful thing about nightmares is that the feelings tend to linger on the next day, even though we tell ourselves "it was just a dream." The subconscious is a powerful thing.

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  34. Sounds likes a great series. I am going to try that recipe for Mother's Day.
    davisel1830@hotmail.com

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  35. IWW had 8 cats once upon a time, plus a feral cat that we fed and added meds to his food when needed. We lived in the mountains and people would come up and dump unwanted cats. Oh. And did I mention our two dogs and crisp oatmeal cookies are my favorite, never tried them with dates before, can't wait. New series, I'm there.

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  36. Hi Meg, I used to live in Tennessee--Nashville. Well, actually in Hendersonville on the lake Always good to meet another cat lover. I think you will love the cookies, I really do. They are thin and crispy...thanks for stopping by..

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  37. This looks like a great new series! Thanks for the recipe and for the giveaway!
    sharonbabyme@yahoo.com

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  38. The cookies sound great. I don't care for dates, but my mom does. I think I'd put craisons instead! I'm looking forward to the second book!

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  39. The cookies sound yummy. The Dream Series sounds fabulous! Would love to read! Thanks for the chance. Patty
    paddydee54@hotmail.com

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  40. Oh, those cookies look delicious. I much prefer crispy to soft, but I am very much in the minority in that in my family. :)

    I'm fascinated by dreams (and loved Nightmares can be Murder partly because of that, but mostly because it was just a darn good story with terrific characters) because I often remember at least chunks of mine and have since I was a tot. Usually they are just long and meandering, containing things that have been niggling at me, but I have nightmares more often than I would like and I tend to wake up before there is any sort of conclusion and I am left unsettled. I much prefer the times I wake up laughing.

    Oh, and I love the mention of the neurotic cats because I was owned by the world's most neurotic (but still completely perfect in every way) beagle, who still makes his way into my dreams on a regular basis, thank goodness.

    michstjame at gmail dot com

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    1. Those of us with neurotic pets usually find that they are our favorites :-) They bring a smile to our face and are fun to have around.

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  41. Love oatmeal cookies! Sometimes I will wake up from a dream completely befuddled and wonder "where the heck did that come from?!"
    bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  42. Hi Celia, I think we all have had those dreams...we wake up, just shaking our heads in amazement!

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  43. Yummy cookies, a good book, and a dream catcher to capture all bad dreams. Sounds perfect to me.

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  44. Thank you for the recipe Mary! Never thought to add molasses. Bet it's wonderful.
    Can't wait to read this series.

    What do you think about dreams where we are talking to a person who has passed on? It's been comforting to me, but doesn't happen often. I wake up feeling like I really did talk to them.

    Have a great week!
    Joan (jsomers421@gmailcom; somersethouse.me)

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    1. Joan, whenever my clients report a dream in which they're visited by a loved one who has passed, they find great comfort in it. I think it's a really positive thing.

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  45. Thanks for the cookie recipe. I love to bake. I look forward to reading the first book of this series.

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  46. I once had a dream catcher and I swear it helped me through PTSD night terrors. It was later destroyed by a new kitten in the house. I actually did not mind as I felt it held a lot of terrors.
    Planning on making my Grandmother's Oatmeal cookies later today.

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    1. Hi Liz, a sharp-eyed reader noticed that the dream catcher on the cover of Nightmares Can Be Murder is broken. A cat is playing with it. They wondered if the artist deliberately painted it "broken" to show that bad dreams(nightmares) could slip through. Of if it was the just the result of a playful cat. It am always amazed at how observant readers are. I had never even noticed the dream catcher was broken and had never thought of that interpretation. The dream catcher on the new book SCREAM a LITTLE SCREAM is not broken. Interesting!

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  47. I love the cover of this book. I like all kinds of oatmeal cookies. I am excited to check out this book. crossxjo@hotmail.com

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  48. Cookies look good so does the book.

    ourbutton@yahoo.com

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  49. The cookies sound delicious.
    I consider my dreams to be "in flight movies."

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  50. How come I didn't know about this series?!!! Hope I receive a copy!! rachaelabrams317@gmail.com

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  51. Libby, I love the term "in flight movies"--that is a GREAT image!!

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  52. These oatmeal cookies sound dreamy. No nightmares after eating them!

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  53. I've always been fascinated by dream meanings. Would love to read this series! Cindysnyder83@gmail.com

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  54. TreadwellRuth@gmail.comApril 26, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    I have read books about dreams, I was part of a group that met weekly for two years discussing our dreams and using "If this were my dream I would think..." method. I would love to read your first book-possibly for free? and then I would buy the next ones I promise!

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    1. You had your own dream club! (You could have been my research assistant!) I've only met a handful of people who have been to dream clubs, mostly here in the northeast. And two years is quite a long time for any group to exist, it must have been wonderful. How I wish I could have been there.

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  55. The cookies sound great, and I plan to try them. I love crispy cookies! I would love to read this series also. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of the book. cking78503@aol.com

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  56. Welcome, Mary, what a fun and informative post. I'm loving your comment replies on dreams, too. How I'd love to program my night's rest for excursions on white sand beaches with ocean breezes. Virtual vacation dreaming, that's my dream! Do you think it could become a reality? In the meantime, your terrific books await--and happy congrats on the upcoming release of your second DREAM CLUB MYSTERY, huzzah!

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    1. Thanks so much, Cleo! I admire you, not only as a fabulous writer but a big-time cat lover. I am always amazed at how many mystery writers love cats. It's like a secret handshake...it gets us in the club. Maybe someday we will have the technology to program our dreams, that would be wonderful!!

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  57. Dreams are such an interesting subject. When I was a kid, I had a recurring dream of being chased at night through a desolate, mountainous area. I didn't know who or what was chasing me and I don't know what triggered the dream but I had it for a long time. Now, I seldom remember my dreams. Your book sounds intriguing, your cookies sound yummy and maybe a dreamcatcher could catch my dreams and help me to remember them! Thank you for a very interesting post and a generous contest!
    woodrumbetty@gmail.com

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    1. Your childhood dream is a classic anxiety dream, remote, desolate location, being chased, being vulnerable, tec. I am so glad you are no longer troubled with dreams like that. Thank you for stopping by.

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  58. Whoops I tried publishing a comment, but I dont think it worked :(. If I double comment I'm really sorry! Lets try this again...
    I love crispy cookies! But I don't like dates, can I switch them out with cherries? I have always said that dreams have a meaning! Some people think they do some people don't. I guess it just depends on a persons veiws. Do you know what a dream guide is? I've only heard a little bit about them. I don't really know what they are. I love dream catchers! The book looks great! I have actually been looking for it. I saw it on goodreads once but then I forgot what it was called, so I never found it... until now!! Thanks for the giveaway!!!
    magicgirl2357@yahoo.com

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    1. Yes, cherries would be great. And you don't really need dates. Some people just use raisins and walnuts. Or just walnuts. It's a great recipe and you can make any modifications you like. They are thin and crispy, really amazing!

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  59. Thanks for the recipe and these books sound delightful. I do have a question though, what about dreams (Like I have) where you are either lost or can not find your way back home? It's starting to trouble me. Anyway....I am a firm believer that dreams do have a meaning or a message to them. Can't wait to read this series. Maybe your dream catcher can help me contain them......lol

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    1. Hi Lizzie, that's another classic anxiety dream. You would be surprised how many clients have described that dream to me. It's usually late at night, they find themselves in a strange place, (with no money, no car, no ID) and haven't a clue how they have gotten there. They feel helpless, powerless and struggle to get out of this awful situation.

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  60. PS once again, I never remember to leave my e-mail address.....lizabiley2@mac.com
    Thank you for the opportunity to enter

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  61. Thanks for the delicious recipe!
    Dreams are a fascinating subject - sometimes I can remember a dream clearly, other times I remember the last segment and then it's gone.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  62. Taurus, the main thing to remember about any dream is that the details aren't as important as the emotion you feel during the dream (and when you wake up.). Is it a feeling of fear, danger, relief, excitement, gratitude? Try to capture the emotion when you want to analyze a dream. Even a segment can be very interesting and might reveal something about your waking life.

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  63. Fun recipe! Your books sound interesting and I love the cover. Funny thing my dad remembers everything he dreams and details. I tell him it is because he sleeps so long and wakes up so much. Mom doesnt remember any of her dreams. I wonder if age plays a part in that as they are both seniors. Thanks for the chance to win what I am sure is a wonderful book and such a great dreamcatcher too. kayt18 at comcast dot net

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  64. Maybe we should wind up the comments in the next half hour? Say at 10:00 pm, and I'll choose a winner first thing tomorrow morning? I have REALLY enjoyed being here with you and I am so happy that other people find dreams as fascinating as I do. Thanks so much!!!

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  65. Hi Kay, it would be interesting to know if you remember your dreams, since your Dad remembers everything in detail and your Mom doesn't. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  66. This series sounds great. The recipe looks yummy.
    Moonbay7399@gmail.com

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  67. I love oatmeal cookies! My husband not so much...

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  68. The cookies look delicious! I wish I could remember my dreams but it is a rare occurrence. Look forward to reading this series!

    scouts579 (at) aol (dot) com

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  69. I have maze dreams and I dream a lot. Someone asked me if I read ancient Greek Stories?
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  70. Dream guys, cookies, mysteries... Oh my! Love them all!

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