Sunday, April 14, 2019

Spring Offerings

Sharon Harris is a Minnesota poet and a writer. She has had over 200 poems published in various anthologies and magazines. Her hobbies include photography and reading. Sharon  has published several poetry books that include: Timeless Tracks, Life Savors, and Unspoken. She is the co-editor for the Talking Stick, a Minnesota literary journal published by the Jackpine Writers' Bloc. It is produced entirely by Minnesota writers for Minnesota writers since the beginning in 1995. Sharon proofs, edits and is on the Board of directors for the Jack Pine Writers' Bloc, an active writing group in north central Minnesota. 
A link for ordering published books by Jack Pine Writers'Bloc
Sharon has participated every year in the Northwoods Art and Book Festival, Hackensack MN. She is pictured on the left and on the right with her good friend Niomi Phillips was one of the volunteers for the event. Visit with Sharon on August 10th at the art and book festival. She will be selling copies of Talking Stick and some of her own books.    

"Spring Madness"
by Sharon Harris

do you not hear that sweet musical sound?
it's snow melting, dripping from the eaves,
gurgling, bubbling in rushing streams
and rivulets, choked with leaves, mud and ice
but surging onward heedlessly
singing, singing.

spring is out there
waiting for me.
it sings to me
it calls me.
let me go!
I am gone from your arms.

I shall return
but not till spring's madness is gone from my veins
not till I am aching from dancing and running.
you cannot make me stay
no matter how I love you
when spring is outside
calling, calling.

Previously published in 1984 in Timeless Tracks

While waiting for the snow to disappear and spring to reappear I am offering a new cookie recipe. It's reminiscent of your favorite campfire smores with only 4 ingredients. 

S'more Cookies
Cook's Notes:
No need to have a campfire to enjoy this cookie dessert. Served warm it's gooey, chocolaty and tastes just like the traditional s'more. Maybe even better as the marshmallows don't get burned. Recipe adapted from BHG and makes 20 cookies.


  • 1- 16.5 oz. roll of refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough (I used Nestles Chocolate Chips)
  • ½ cup finely crushed graham crackers (3 sleeves), divided
  • 10 whole regular marshmallows, halved crosswise
  • 2 large 4.4 oz Hersheys Chocolate Bars (they will be some left over for the cook)
  • Bring roll of cookie dough to room temperature for easier handling.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl stir together cookie dough and 1/3 cup crushed graham crackers. Shape dough into 1 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on baking sheet. Place sheet in freezer for 10 minutes to chill.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Bake 8-9 minutes. Remove cookies and move rack closer to top and change temperature to 425 degrees. Place a marshmallow half, cut side up, in the center of each cookie. Top with a piece of chocolate. Return cookies back to oven and bake until marshmallows are softened. Watch carefully so as not to over bake. Remove from oven and sprinkle cookies immediately with rest of graham cracker crumbs. Let cookies set for a few minutes and transfer to a wire cooling rack.
SW Spring Blooms


  1. Sharon is an absolute delight. And dedicated to the craft of writing and of publishing the work of Minnesota writers. What a gem, all around.

  2. What an interesting twist to elevate refrigerated cookie dough.


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