Surprise Virtual Potluck for Christy Jordan

 Cookies and Cream Crunch Cookie Bites | Simply Southern Baking

 

Today is a special day and it’s so exciting to share this with you.  Welcome to a Virtual Potluck for Christy Jordan.  Good morning Christy!   If you’ve not heard of Christy Jordan’s Southern Plate, you need to check out her site as soon as you can.  She shares recipes for down-home Southern comfort food and has the best stories to tell about life.  Her second cookbook, Come Home to Supper, is due out in just a few weeks and it’s on my must get list for sure (of course I already have the first one).

Let me start at the beginning of how this virtual potluck came about.  Christy was in a horseback riding accident just over two months ago and broke both legs.  She was in a wheelchair for a time and is now able to stand and walk a little before it’s time to sit back down.  As you can imagine, she’s been in quite a fix making meals during this time.  Check out her multiple posts entitled “100 Reasons Why I’m Not a Cowgirl” to follow her journey (starting with her July 29th post).  One of my favorites is her post on How to Make Brownies with Two Broke Legs.  She has a terrific sense of humor and is an extremely gifted writer.

Christy has remained so positive throughout this ordeal.  She encourages everyone with her kind words and inspirational messages on Facebook (if you don’t follow her, it’s a must).  She’s an early riser and posts the most heartwarming messages to her readers, who are really like her extended family.  I’ve shared some of these with my friends and family as I know it will touch their hearts too.  Take a look at one of her recent morning posts:

No matter how old we get, there is always this ingrained need to know someone loves us and is proud of us. There are many people in your life who feel both those things when it comes to you, though they may not say it – pride, sometimes even personalities, make it difficult for the words to form.

I know you have days where you wonder if anyone notices all your effort and I’m here to tell you they do, and the effects are more far reaching than you can imagine.

So just in case you haven’t heard it lately and just in case you need to:

I love you and I’m so very proud of you.

Keep your chin up, you got this.

Good Morning

Now isn’t that an uplifting way to start the day?  Even now it makes me feel all warm inside.

As Christy brings so much sunshine to others, I wanted to find a way to give back to her during this challenging time.  Typically, you take food to a sick friend or family member in need.  Since time and distance were an issue, I thought the next best thing would be to throw a virtual potluck for Christy.  A few weeks after her accident, I contacted her friend Stacey of Southern Bite to get his thoughts about this and he was totally on board.  Next thing you know, I started calling on my food blogging friends to share easy recipes and they were thrilled to help (their recipes are listed at the bottom of this post).  Stacey and I stayed in touch and he promised not to let the surprise slip when he saw Christy.  We’ve been keeping this under wraps for several weeks now and we’re happy the day has finally arrived. 

Christy, this potluck is for you!  Surprise!  You are loved by so many people and we are blessed to know you (if only virtually for now).  You have such a kind and giving spirit with a faith that’s as bright as the sun after the rain.  I hope we get to meet some day and just sit and chat for awhile.  Enjoy this celebration of you!  Maybe next time we can have a good old-fashioned dinner on the ground celebration.  Wouldn’t that be something?

 Cookies and Cream Crunch Cookie Bites | Simply Southern Baking

 

Keeping with an easy recipe theme, I created these Cookies & Cream Crunch Cookie Bites that start with a sugar cookie mix.  You get a double dose of cookies and cream in these two-bite treats.  What a nice surprise to take a bite and find a kiss inside.  There’s a little bit of crunch from the cereal and the cookie bits inside the kisses.  Let me tell you, these cookies are totally addictive!  You’ll be going back for another and another and…well, you get the picture.  I had to get them out of the house to family and friends before we ate them all by ourselves!  Enjoy!

 

Want to join in the celebration with us?  Check out the other recipes that are part of this virtual potluck.  For those of you on Twitter, the hashtag is #PotluckforChristy.

Banana Pudding from Veronica of My Catholic Kitchen

Caramel Pound Cake from Stacey of Southern Bite

Chicken Salad from Elizabeth of Food Ramblings

Easy Slow Cooker Pork Chops and Hash Browns from Kristin of Dizzy Busy and Hungry

Herbed Cream Pasta with Bacon from Brandy of Farmer’s Wife Rambles

Mint Chocolate Espresso Pudding from Wanda of My Sweet Zepol

Pepperoni Bread from Karen at In The Kitchen With KP

Potluck Party Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese from Raquel of Organized Island

Roasted Fig and Ricotta Crositini from Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

Sausage and Kale Casserole from Pam of Blueberries and Blessings

Spinach and Zucchini Lasagna from Samantha of The Little Ferraro Kitchen

Tomato and Boursin Tartlets from Liz of That Skinny Chick Can Bake

 

This post is linked to I’m Lovin It, Two Cup Tuesday, Tasteful Tuesdays, Whimsy Wednesday, What’s Cookin’ Wednesday, Wake Up Wednesdays, Link Party Palooza

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35 Responses to Cookies & Cream Crunch Cookie Bites

  1. I’m sitting here writing and I start getting these pings on my blog so I checked them out. Suddenly, all these bloggers are linking to me and I’m wondering why all of a sudden. So I start seeing this #potluckforchristy and my first thought was “Oh no! They are doing something for someone else named Christy and they are linking to me instead of her by mistake!” I hurried over to check out the posts so I could let them know (and so they could link to the right Christy) and I end up here. Reading this. As the sun is rising and tears are streaming down my face I cannot tell you the grateful aching in my heart right now. I am overwhelmed with your kindness, honored that you would even take notice of me, and I have never been so surprised. I’ve never really been surprised before!
    I may think of more eloquent things to say later but for now I’m just going to sit here and cry and give thanks to God for being so generous with his love. I’m overwhelmed. I can’t believe someone would do this for me. Overwhelmed. Thank you.

    • Robin says:

      Christy, now you’ve got me in tears. You are so deserving and appreciated by everyone who knows you…we just wanted you to know how special you are as you’ve told us so many times. It’s hard to put into words what your encouraging messages mean. Sometimes, it’s just what I needed to hear and I’m sure others feel the same way. Long distance hugs my friend and sister in the faith. Have a blessed day. :)

  2. Liz says:

    Robin, I am thrilled to be included in this potluck celebration for Christy. You are a kind and giving friend…and Christy is truly an inspiration with her positive attitude in adversity. I will attempt to follow her example…thank you both.

  3. Amanda says:

    What a beautiful way to honor Christy! How lovely! Thank you for putting this together and bringing a little more sunshine into the world. :)

  4. Angie says:

    Such a sweet thing to do!!! Christy is truly an inspiration and an amazing person. She is such an encourager and definitely the real deal!! LOVE her true life stories!!

  5. Mary says:

    What a kind thing to do! And what a deserving person to do it for! Thank you all for making “our” Christy happy.

  6. Wendy Read says:

    Wow! This is so lovely Robin! And considering that I even got to taste these as you so kindly gifted some to me at the Farmer’s Market makes this even sweeter :) You are a doll! I wish speedy healing to Christy.

  7. Cassie Anderson says:

    I’ve been down a few roads of darkness and felt lost to the world after going through a divorce. I follow Christy on Facebook and Instagram and look forward to her ‘good morning’ post each day. She may not be aware of this, but many of her posts brought me back to life. Each one had grace and offered a sense of peace. I definitely did not take her words lightly. I let them hit me so hard..hard enough to bring the light back into my world. I couldn’t thank her enough. All I can say is what I posted on her Facebook a few years ago when I first began to follow her… If we had more people in the world like her..the world would be so much better. Thank you Mrs. Christy Jordan:)

  8. Wanda says:

    Robin, you have a heart of gold. Thank you for putting this virtual potluck together for Christy and thank you for inviting me to be a part of her surprise. Hugs dear friend!

  9. Tara says:

    We love you Christy! And these cookies sound absolutely delicious!!! Can’t wait to try them!

  10. Anita says:

    These cookies look so good! I’m putting them on my “must try” list. Love Christy Jordan & Southern Plate. So glad I have now found your site, too!

    • Robin says:

      Hi Anita. Let me known when you make them…I’m sure they’ll disappear fast! Hope to see you back here often. :)

  11. Brandon says:

    This is a wonderful tribute to a fabulous lady! Christy is such a blessing to so many of us. I still remember my first email exchanges with her and our conversation about our mamaws and the similarity of our family recipes (we grew up in neighboring counties).
    Thank you all for this gift to her and thank you,Christy, for being you and letting God shine through you!

    • Robin says:

      We were happy to do this Brandon. Christy let’s her light shine for all to see. How special it must have been to talk about your mamaws with her.

  12. Robin, these cookie bites are adorable and look amazing! This would be such a great treat for the kids. Pinning!

    Thank you again for coordinating the potluck. Not only did you do a wonderful thing for your friend, but it has been a great experience for all of us participating and a great way to meet other bloggers and work together on something so positive. I am appreciative of the opportunity and look forward to continuing to follow everyone and keep in touch! :-)

  13. Thank you so much for hosting this, I know you put a lot of time and effort in it. You truly are a good friend. I love the cookie bites and cant wait to make them.

  14. Paula says:

    Kudos to all who took part in this virtual potluck for Christy, some great looking recipes & blogs to check out further…indeed, she is a lovely and special lady! Christy, don’t know if you remember our meeting at LuVici’s when I was managing chef there…you and Angela were having lunch.
    Take care and continue to bless others with your love of cooking and sharing it!

    Paula aka mecookin

    mecookin4ever.blogspot.com

  15. helen pennington says:

    Robin cannot wait to make these and this was a great tribute for a most wonderful deserving person love you Christy and your family.

  16. Susan says:

    Robin, you did such an amazing job putting this together for Christy. You are such a good friend and sweetheart and wow this cookies look amazing too!

  17. Ala says:

    This is such a sweet idea–and I’m so glad I stumbled across your post via a scoop.com blog (I hadn’t heard of them but they reposted one of my own recipes, so talk about good fate!). I love folding all sorts of candies and chocolates into cookie dough, but even though cookies and cream bars are one of my favorite candies ever, I hadn’t even considered it. Might have to try this idea with Oreo cheesecake cookies too! Thanks so much for sharing :)

  18. OMG my mouth is literally watering! LOOKS SO AMAZING!

    p.s. Such a sweet idea :)

  19. Hi, Robin! I saw this on SITS Girls Sharefest and had to come over and take a look! The cookies look and sound delicious, and I love what you did for Christy. :) She mentioned in her response that she got notifications on her blog. Would you “take me to school” as my husband says, and tell me how to tag or link to someone’s blog?

    Happy to be following you- hope you enjoy your weekend!

    Love, Joy

    • Robin says:

      Hi Joy. Glad you like the cookies. When you link to another blog post, that person gets a message (ping or trackback) that their post was mentioned on another blog. Christy’s e-mail probably starting “pinging” as all of our posts went live that morning. Hope that helps.

  20. Sarah says:

    These look AMAZING! I’m going to bookmark this page to bake these later. Happy SITSShareFest!

  21. Heather says:

    What an amazing woman to be celebrating! I can definitely relate to keeping the sense of humor…that and God are how I have survived all trials! Thanks for the post (the recipe looks scrumptious!) and thanks for introducing me to such a strong and courageous woman!

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