Holly and Heather's Helping Hands

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Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Enjoy The Holidays!

We just wanted to take this week’s blog to wish all our followers happy holidays!

We hope you have a blessed Passover, a joyous Easter and a happy Spring!

Celebrate Life!

Twin Blessings, H & H

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: If I Could Just Close My Eyes…

A family debate recently ensued regarding going to the doctor. One family member commented that the dentist was the most feared doctor to visit. Another decided that, hands down, the eye doctor was the most dreaded. This spurred on a discussion about both doctors.

On the one hand, many people are phobic about going to the dentist: needles, pain, numbness, and a myriad of other reasons attribute to this fear (you can add your own in the comment section if you’d like :) ). There are even ads on tv about sedation dentistry.  The eye doctor had almost none of these associated hardships, so why the dread? You can’t close your eyes. At a routine eye doctor visit, you are forced to see it all. At any other doctor, you can meditate, shut your eyes, imagine you are somewhere else, breathe through any pain or discomfort you may experience. But not the eye doctor. Those pressure tests (not the puffs of air but the machine that actually touches your eye) cause white knuckle gripping of the chair and a few, “Wait, just give me one more second” of nerve-steadying deep breaths.

So this got us to thinking about how difficult it is to face our fears. Stare them down, look them in the eye, confront them head on what ever they may be. What if we could just close our eyes through all the bad times?  Would that make them more tolerable? Is it just about getting through the difficult situation or learning, growing, becoming stronger or somehow better for it?

As to the doctor debate, most people would argue that going to the dentist is a more painful experience than the eye doctor.  What do you think?

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Spring into Happiness!

This is a great time of year. A time of renewal in our hearts spiritually, a time of rebirth of everything in the garden, a time of lighter days and warmer weather. What is bringing you joy now? Do something that makes you smile, even if it is only one thing. Let the season of spring wash over you and give you a little bit of happiness. Take a walk outside, read a good book, do something fun with your family. We like to cook and every now and then we indulge in the kitchen with a sweet new recipe. Dessert is the best when it’s homemade!  Here are a couple of great one’s we make:

Heather’s No-Bake Cheesecake:

2 bricks of cream cheese, softened

1 can sweet & condensed milk

1 graham cracker pie crust

Beat the cream cheese and sweet & condensed milk together in a bowl until it is creamy with no lumps.  Pour into graham cracker crust, cover & refrigerate for a few hours or until set.  So easy, so delicious & only 3 ingredients!  You can top it with fresh strawberries if you like.  I folded frozen blueberries into mine right before I poured it into the pie crust.  It made the whole batter turn purple, we loved it!

Holly’s Tiramisu Trifle:

1 pound cake

1/2 cup brewed coffee, room temperature

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 small tub of mascarpone cheese

1 tub of sweetened whipped cream

strawberries or any soft fruit you like

Cut the pound cake into cubes and place one layer of cake in the bottom of a trifle bowl.  Mix the coffee with the vanilla and drizzle one-quarter of it onto the cake.  Mix the whipped cream with the cheese and spread one-quarter  over the cake.  Layer the strawberries on top of the cream.  Repeat with three more layers.  Refrigerate when done…the longer it is refrigerated, the more delicious it gets!

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Sacrifices

We all give up something from time to time, whether we want to or have to.  That’s just part of life.  In an effort to do good in this world, sometimes it’s our time, sometimes our talent and sometimes our treasure that we give from.  This is a sacrificial time of year from a religious perspective. Many people are giving up something for the purpose of renewal and positive change in their lives.  If you are a parent, you sacrifice year round for your children.  We spend many a day watching the clock so we are not late picking them up or taking them somewhere. We give up going out on weekends and spend time watching their favorite show with them or helping them study for a test.  A positive perspective for looking at ways in which you sacrifice is knowing that you are doing good for someone else.  We thought we’d share ways we sacrifice, not just this time of year, but on a regular basis in the hopes of inspiring our readers to write about their experiences as well.

Our time:  We like to volunteer at our local churches.  Many houses of worship have so many charitable endeavors to choose from.  We have both taught religious education on a weekly basis (that is a big time commitment and a lot of work but very needed!)  We help out at the food pantry bagging groceries.  We also volunteer at the homeless shelter making food and setting up beds.  When the kids were younger we helped out with their boy and girl scout troops regularly and at school for the parent teacher organizations.  We also take time each year to clean out our closets and donate clothes.

Our talent: We are crafters at heart and love to crotchet blankets and scarves to donate to the needy.  As young kids our mom took us with our dancing school classes to nursing homes to perform for the residents, and with our own children we have brought them there to sing during the holidays and make cheery cards in the summertime.  We have also cooked and made various goodies for fundraisers.

Our Treasure:  Donations run the gamut from Heifer International to cancer fighting organizations, asthma research to veterans and animal shelters.  Please be sure to research your charity so you know your donation is going to a reputable organization and doing the most good.

We have done many of these things over time and we know that everyone makes sacrifices big and small each day.  We hope that you see yours as a way of giving and doing something positive for someone else and that you may be inspired by our choices as well to help spread goodness in this world!

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: When to Get in the Middle and When to Stay Out

Other people’s battles are tricky when you are caught in the middle. When do you help mend fences and when do you butt out?  It happens to us all – a friend may speak of another friend with whom they are having difficulties, maybe a family member is upset with another family member and you want to help work out the problem.  The difficulty with that is that it’s really not your problem.  So how involved do you get?  Sometimes people just want to vent.  They want to tell you whatever’s bothering them and they don’t want any advice or feedback.  They don’t want you to solve anything, they just need to get something off their chest and then they feel better.  On the other hand, doing nothing may not sit well with you.  Their issue may be indirectly affecting you; after all, you are close to both parties.  Getting in the middle requires seeing both points of view and having the patience to let others heal with time.  If that time never comes, you will have to accept that you cannot change others, only how you yourself deal with the situation.

How does all of this translate into making the world a kinder place?  It’s simple. When you help others to get along or resolve a situation, you are a peace maker.  That’s great in life!  And when the opposite happens and you have to mind your own business, that is ok too.  You can’t solve everyone’s problems.  That means your time is free to work on something positive in your own life.  The tricky part comes in discerning which route to take.

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