Friendship and vanilla coco chai cookies - Sophie's vanilla

A couple of years ago I had a very scary wake up call; I had a benign (thank God) tumor that needed to be removed from my salivary gland. It changed me both physically and emotionally as these things invariably do.

I have a physical scar from the surgery that runs  from the side of my face halfway down my neck. The scar will, with time, eventually fade but what the surgery took away also left me with tools to heal, tools to live a healthier, happier life.

Since the surgery, I have a much more positive attitude and I have cut out as much negative from my life as possible...we have one life...we don't know when our time is up...I don't want to waste any of that time being negative...period ...end of story.

** This post is supposed to be about friendship and tea cookies but somehow I had to say what I had to say...and so I continue**

In the last year I have become very close with one very special lady I've mentioned before; Sophie. When it comes to positivity, this girl knows how to ROCK IT. I swear, she always knows how to make me smile and laugh...she makes me happy. Recently, as we were talking and getting to know each other, I mentioned my surgery. She surprised me...she had no idea. I was like DUDE! Didn't you notice the big scar down the side of my neck?! NOPE ...all I see is you. It touched me so much! Our friendship may be new but I can tell you this much's a forever one.

On that note...this week I made vanilla bean coco chai tea cookies also using the vanilla extract she gifted me (see my earlier post). I was inspired by a recipe I found on Pinterest for London Fog cookies. Although I like Earl Grey Tea, I like Chai tea more and I had a wonderful assortment of David's Tea to choose from. The recipe called for Earl Grey tea leaves and when I opened my little chai tea bag I found ''nuts and bolts''. So I took out my mortar and pestle and pounded the contents to smithereens...easy fix. The cookies were divine and of course I had a special little bag just for my sista Sophie!

Here is the recipe I used. I substituted the Earl Grey tea for my David's Tea coco chai and I used a full teaspoon instead of half. I imagine you can substitute with any tea of your liking. Get ready for some serious aromatherapy!


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