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Due in large part to a recent uptick in views, likes and followers of my blog (each of which I am very grateful for!), I have decided to make the effort to post things here more frequently than I have.  Initially, I have had plenty of ideas to get from brain to paper, as it were.

One downside to this that I had not anticipated was the time(s) when the idea tank would run dry.  Contemplating this today leads me to write a different type of blog this time.  As you know, Faithful Reader, I use this platform to promote the wonders of life as a follower of Jesus Christ.  At the suggestion of my wife Betsy, I entered the blog-o-sphere as a another means to get the Gospel message out.  I take this calling quite seriously, devoting the majority of my writing time to this end.

But facing the above-mentioned block today, I decided to use this space to let you get to know me a little more personally.  From previous entries I’m sure you are aware that I am married to a wonderful girl (my High School Sweetheart, no less), have two adult children, Kenny and Auger, of whom I am proud and share our home with a delightful Goldendoodle, Violet.

What you may not know about me, however, is my infatuation with half-moon cookies (though many other sweet treats will do in a pinch).  I have taken on the self-appointed task of finding the very best one of these favorites of mine (It’s tough work, but someone has to do it), by checking out local bakeries in the locales I visit.

Though I do not have an accurate count as to how many half-moons have dedicated themselves to my research, suffice to say it is more than a few.  This painstaking approach has covered a number of different states in our union and many cities and towns in my area as well.  To date, as I am always ready for more testing, the single best half-moon cookie I have ever eaten is made in a small bakery in Oswego New York.  Cakes Galore produces a light batter with the kind of ‘tooth-pain’ sweet frosting that I so love.  All those other establishments who have participated come in tied for 2nd place (I don’t want to hurt any feelings and who knows, my research may bring me back to one of them in the future.)

I often tell anyone who will listen, and even those who don’t, about my fondness/obsession with half-moons.  These discussions have spawned a second branch of research, that being how do you eat a half-moon.  For example, on what side do you take the first bite? On the chocolate or vanilla side. (I take my first bite right at the line where they meet).  Do you eat one side before the other? Or maybe you just randomly chow it down.  For me, I start at the dividing line and always eat the chocolate side first, saving the sweeter vanilla for last.  The folks who have responded with more than just a look of ‘don’t you have anything better to do’, run the gamut of responses.  My study has revealed no indication of any distinct pattern of half-moon cookie consumption.   I’ll will no doubt continue to ask folks as it is usually a good conversation starter in a coffee shop where I might not be known.

So let’s keep up the fun! How ‘bout you? Half-moon cookies: do you prefer white or chocolate cookie mix? Do you have a preferred order in which you enjoy a half-moon? Would you care to send me some? (Remember to delete that question before publishing.) My questions pre-suppose you like half-moons.  If you don’t, I’m sure there is a support group out there for you somewhere.

As always, thanks for spending some time with me,

Pastor Chuck



11 thoughts on “Of writer’s block and half-moon cookies

      1. I looked them up and it appears they have New York origins, but that does not mean they won’t be here in California. Regardless though, I think I will try making some because the look delicious. A shortbread cookie with vanilla and chocolate frosting or fondant. I am going for the frosting 😋

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