I’m incredibly lucky in many areas of my life, and one of those areas is most definitely my in-laws.  I feel awful for friends and coworkers who tell me hideous stories of the drama, nasty remarks, and more that they deal with, and I thank my lucky stars that I have zero ability to relate to this scenario.  From day one, my in-laws have been nothing but welcoming and loving towards me.  In the past year and a few months since Dad passed away, they have been especially helpful and extra supportive – helping with the kids whenever we need it and just generally being there for us.  Really, lucky doesn’t begin to cover it.

In just one more expression of their ongoing awesomeness, they recently returned from a trip to Hawaii with souvenirs for us.  No, mine wasn’t a shell necklace a la Chandler in Friends.  It was a package of Kona coffee (yummmm) and a package of macadamia nuts for baking (double yummmm).  I can’t think of anything I would have liked more!  While I definitely have a few other uses in mind for the remainder, I couldn’t resist whipping up a batch of white chocolate chunk macadamia nut cookies.  I mean, really.  A tender, buttery cookie with chunks of sweet white chocolate and rich macadamia nuts?  I had no choice, you see.