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Genesis 2:24 "Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh."

Today is our 50th wedding anniversary.

We have so many happy, beautiful memories of the past fifty years together. Sure there were times that we struggled, times that were tough for us, and if you ever get a chance to hear

Ken's testimony or my testimony, you'll hear about the tough times. But it's God that held us together and we want to give all the glory for this 50th anniversary to Him.

I want to say thank you God for keeping us together. Thank you God for being there: You were there when we didn't even know You were there, You were there when we weren't looking for You and You were there when we were ignoring You. But God! You were always there! So thank You. It is You and You alone who get the credit for us still being married fifty years later!

In honor of this day I want to do something a little different. I asked myself what I could do that comes from my heart? What do I do but cook and bake? I wanted to come up with something for you, friends and family, that was out of the ordinary. So as Ken and I were talking about our fifty years together and our two sons we have from our love of each other, I thought of all the cookies I've made over the years for them and their friends and for Ken to share at work or the ones I made for me because I love to make cookies!?!

I was thinking about making cookies...all the thousands of cookies I've made over the years...thousands of cookies over the past fifty years.

What popped into mind was to create a new cookie recipe. Ken's favorite has always been the chocolate chip cookie. Then I remembered our oldest son Kenneth and he likes a Ranger cookie and an Oatmeal Carmelita bar. Next is our second son Mike, his favorite has always been the same as his dad's, a chocolate chip cookie. Then, my favorites, not in any order, but I have three, a snickerdoodle, an oatmeal cookie and shortbread.

In order to give you a present from my family to you to celebrate our 50th anniversary I had to come up with a cookie that I could incorporate all four of our favorite flavor of cookie into one single cookie. By process of elimination, shortbread and caramel didn't quite fit into a cookie I had in mind. I kept the Ranger cookie Kenny liked, the oatmeal and butter that I like and of course, the chocolate chip for both Ken and Mike.

This is the resulting recipe of our fifty years together to honor God with the gift He has given us in our fifty years together as husband and wife and for our two great sons He has blessed us with. This is our gift to you! I hope you enjoy these cookies!


1 cup Butter, softened

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup White Sugar

1 1/2 cup Brown Sugar

2 Eggs, large

1 tsp Vanilla

2 1/2 cup Flour

1 tsp. Baking Soda

1/2 tsp Baking Powder

1/2 tsp Salt (omit if using salted butter)

1 tsp Cream of Tartar

1 cup Old Fashioned Oats

3 cups Rice Krispies

1 cup Coconut

1 cup Chocolate Chips

Beat butter, oil and sugars together for three minutes, using a stand mixer if possible. Then incorporate eggs and vanilla. Mix in flour, baking powder, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt if using. Do not overmix.

Stir in Oats, Rice Krispies, Coconut and lastly, chocolate chips.

Place dough in fridge for 20 minutes. Remove from fridge between bakings, then return dough to fridge between bakings.

Bake one pan at a time in the center rack of the oven. Do not use a hot pan to put the cookie dough on, always start with a cool pan.

Bake each pan for 12 minutes at 350°. Cool on pan for 3-4 minutes before removing to a rack.

This recipe will yield about 60 two inch cookies...I always make a lot of cookies!

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