There was a time when
the sun seemed to laugh upon the bay
happily – and the brilliance blinded me
to the choking motor, silently struggling 

underneath your weighty demands.
Never whining, regardless playing along.

The restaurant stank of a dead sea
and the water, though clear
tasted rotten.                                            I drank,
how could I have known of              the poison?
June is innocent and her magic intoxicating.

Twilight is a lingering goodbye
that accepts a black velvet night and
promises late night laments,

the lighting bugs and crickets didn’t even try
to compete with the county fair,
lights demanding attention,
whistles, beeps – buzzing electrics, persistent droning,

cotton candy, face paint – mirror mazes, twisting rides – 
all an illusion of joy, a spectacle  
your performance was …
joys of childhood wrapped into one:
              ice cream, summer’s treat
              cookie, mom’s specialty 
              cupcake, birthdays’ delight

for cookies...
½ cup butter (1 stick)
1-1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon vanilla 
1-1/3 cup oats
1 cup flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/3 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup pecans, finely chopped 

for cupcake...
ice cream
chocolate syrup 
crushed pecans 

what TO DO
in a large bowl…
cream butter with brown sugar
add the egg, beat well
add vanilla, mix

in a small bowl…
combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, slat, cinnamon, nutmeg

in another small bowl…
mix oat, chocolate chips, pecans
to the large bowl...
add the flour mixture in 3 parts 
add the oat mixture in 3 parts
(alternate between the flour & oats)
mix well

in a cupcake pan…
line the pan with cupcake holders
spoon in about 1 tbs of dough
press down lightly with the spoon

preheat oven to 350 F
bake for 7-10 mins
let cool

to assemble the cupcakes...
spoon ice cream atop cookie
mix syrup with crush pecans
spoon this mixture atop ice cream
spoon more ice cream atop 
freeze for a few hours

for JUST cookies
on a cookie sheet…
spoon dough onto ungreased sheet 
bake at 350 F for 10 mins 

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