Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Hybrid Philosophy: Word Counters

Peppermint Stuffed Cookies: starting with 2 cheats makes these little treats no-bake, only assembly required. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #cookies

Counting my words again. 

Today my fellow Word Counters and I are sharing our monthly group post. Each month one group member picks  a number between 12 and 50. All participating bloggers are then challenged to write something (or a few somethings, as the case may be) using that exact number of words. Today we all share what we came up with. 

 This month's number is 43. 
It was chosen by Mimi of Messymimi's Meanderings.

As I've been doing in these Word Counters posts, I've chosen a theme and am using my word count multiple times in keeping with the theme. This month I've chosen the theme Hybrid Philosophy, I'm dipping my toe in the waters of Karma, Existentialism, Nature vs Nurture, and more. All inspired by a bag. . .

~ Inspiration can come from the strangest, most random places. Like a bag you walk out of the store with, carrying your holiday cards. I had walked out of the card store without ever really looking at the bag they'd given me. Who does?

~ I placed my purchases on the kitchen counter, took off and hung up my coat, started emptying the grocery bags, putting things away, and as the counter started to clear, there it was, staring me in the face, a message. It was this:

~ Although I can thank the card company for grabbing my attention and getting me thinking now, the message, of course, is not theirs. Sartre is credited with the theory of existentialism. He believed that our actions are what make us who we are.
~ I'm not someone who fully believes in karma, that what you put out there comes back to you. If only it were that easy! But that boomerang theory isn't backed up by facts. If true, nothing bad would ever happen to kind people.
~ I'm not talking about recipes going wrong, burning the roast, the cookies falling apart. It isn't the little things, it's the major life changes, heartbreaks. They happen to all of us, no one is immune, no matter how good or kind we are.


Peppermint Stuffed Cookies: starting with 2 cheats makes these little treats no-bake, only assembly required. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #cookies
Peppermint Stuffed Cookies

~ I remember, while suffering the brutal ups and downs of infertility, finally being pregnant, then losing the baby. I went into surgery reading a book called "When Bad Things Happen to Good People." They do. They're not karma, not because they are deserved.
~ And don't forget nature vs nurture, you have to add that into the mix too. I believe in both. We are most definitely born with some inherent traits. And our upbringing has to impact how we grow and develop. We don't control either.
~ We start with our nature add the nurture provided, and a sprinkling of karma, the rest is up to us. We learn from our choices or not, giving us the power. Being a good person isn't for a reward. It is the reward.

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Peppermint Stuffed Cookies

4 oz candy canes or starlight mints
1 cup canned vanilla frosting
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
50 vanilla wafer cookies
3 oz candy melts, white, red, or a mixture of both
*Finely crush the mints.
*Mix the frosting with the peppermint extract and half of the crushed candy.
*Lay out half of the vanilla wafer cookies, flat side up, and pipe about 1 TBSP frosting onto each. Sandwich pressing the flat side of the remaining 25 cookies onto the top.
*Melt the candy melts according to package directions. Dip half of each cookie into the melted topping and immediately sprinkle with the remaining crushed mints.
*Place onto parchment paper and allow to set completely.


  1. I SO agree! I am the sum total of my upbringing, my experiences and my choices. Wonderful food for thought!
    (Good thing you also provided the food!) 😉

  2. Your final paragraph was so perfect. And you are a good person, Karen. Stay safe! Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

  3. Much is beyond our control, it's our response to what happens to us that is in our control.

    Hope you are having a wonderful December!

    1. I agree, in many circumstances it's not what happens, but what we do with it.

  4. A wise person once told me that I wasn't responsible for my first thought. However, the next thoughts I had total control over.

    1. I like that and see how it's true, first thought is more of a reaction, after that we have the ability (and sometimes the responsibility) to think it through.

  5. My calendar told me to head over to your blog today to read about Nature vs Nurture. How did I know about this, did you give me a heads up because we were talking about the subject? Back in my mind I feel like it was something like that.
    Anyway. Unfortunately it's not enough to be a good person. AS you're saying bad things can and will happen to good people, and sometimes it even feels like too many good things are happening to bad people. However, over a lifetime I like to believe that Karma or nature will do their job and make things right. Or not.
    I just lost a person in my life, I don't even dare to call him a friend. We've only just met over some business. A super nice, positive and friendly guy. Got diagnosed with several kinds of cancer and passed away within 7 or 8 months. Heartbreaking. I'm working on a post about it.
    I'll have one of those cookies now, please.

    1. Yes, we were talking about it, but I can't remember what started the conversation.
      I'm sorry about your friend, and I firmly believe that cancer is not something that happens to people who somehow deserve it.

  6. Wow, what a post those cookies sound nice...........
    I live in the moment and go with the flow of life

  7. The people around me are going through crazy shitstorms. They're all good people. This post reminds me: We are not defined by the storms; we are defined by what we do when the storms hit and in the aftermath.

    1. I agree, when bad things happen to us, it's not because we aren't (or aren't trying to be) good people.

  8. I do believe in karma, but it's not the end all. There are always things that happen to all of us that shouldn't in a perfect world. Pain happens no matter how good a person we are or are not. I guess it's how we deal with that pain that makes all of the difference.


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