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Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Happy Holidays!

We will be taking next week off from posting on our blog to celebrate Christmas with our families. We wish you the happiest of holidays, and hope you enjoy all of your celebrations.  May you be surrounded by loved ones and enjoy the peace, joy and love this very special time of year brings!
Twin Blessings,
Holly & Heather

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Remain Calm

We’re in the thick of the holiday season and there seems to be so much to do: shopping, cooking, preparing for holiday guests and decorating. It is easy to feel stressed or anxious this time of year. Here are a few suggestions to help make this season a little more joyful:

1. Remain Calm.  Remember to breathe and not let the little things get to you.  If your favorite store is out of whatever it was that you were looking for, maintain a sense of flexibility as best as you can.  Don’t get easily bothered by people who may not be the most cheerful or helpful.  Don’t let anyone steal your joy!

2. Remember what’s important.  We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again:  It’s all about perspective.  There will always be someone who has more than you and someone who has less.  Focus on what you find most necessary to achieve this holiday (Seeing that special family member?  Buying that one special gift? Having some time to yourself for reflection and regeneration?) Traditions are important but change is necessary sometimes too.

3.  It’s ok to say “no”.  We might be too tight on time or money to say “yes” to every party we’re invited too.  It’s ok to plan for a quiet night in instead of filling every weekend making plans.

4. Make a list and check it twice.  Writing down all that needs to be done can help you prioritize all you need to accomplish.  When you have a few minutes to spare you can cross something small off on your to do list and save the larger chores for times when you can devote more of yourself to those tasks.

We love this time a year and all of our traditions old and new.  Following our own advice isn’t always easy, but it does make the season brighter!

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Go Cookies!

In the spirit of holiday cookie parties everywhere, in this post we will share our most beloved recipes for this time of year!

Kourabiedes (Greek Powdered Sugar Cookies)
Ingredients:
7 cups sifted flour
2 cups butter softened
½ cup sugar
2 egg yolks
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tbsp. brandy extract
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. ground cloves
2 cups confectioner’s sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl. Add egg yolks, brandy, flour, baking powder, cloves and vanilla. Combine ingredients with an electric mixer and then work together by hand forming a stiff dough. If the dough seems dry, add a little brandy or water, if too soft, add a little flour.
Shape into small, oval-shaped balls and place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for approximately 20 minutes. When cooled completely, dust cookies generously with powdered sugar. Enjoy!

Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup regular oats

3/4 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 cup melted butter

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 large egg

1/3 cup butterscotch chips

Preheat oven to 350. Combine flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt, stirring with a whisk. In a separate bowl, mix together sugars and butter until well blended.  Add vanilla and egg and mix until blended.  Gradually add in flour mixture, stirring until just combined.  Stir in butterscotch chips.  Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto lightly greased baking sheets.  Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes or until edges of cookies are lightly browned.  Cool on pan for 2 minutes and move to wire racks to finish cooling.  Yum!

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Enjoy Thanksgiving

 

We would like to wish all of our readers a most Happy Thanksgiving and hope you all enjoy this day to the fullest!

Twin Blessings, Holly & Heather

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Giving Thanks

In honor of Thanksgiving next week, we would like to reflect on a few things we are thankful for:

Family: Our children, husbands, parents, in-laws & each other!  We are so grateful to be sharing our lives with them.

Our Health: Today we are all well, we pray for those who are sick.

Food, Shelter, Clothing: The basics every human should have.

Love.

God: The ability to love Him and to love each other.

What are you thankful for?

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