Holly and Heather's Helping Hands

Inspirational Heartfelt Hints

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Fulfillment

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Fulfillment is a great word for a positive mindset. We strive to be fulfilled in our lives emotionally, with our relationships, our spirituality, in our jobs and just in living our lives. Living with a purpose and staying present are great ways to be fulfilled.  So how do we get there? Start where you are and focus on the good in your life. Remember you are loved – by others, by God – and love back. Having love in your life is most important.  Love others, yourself, animals; love puts us in a great place. It’s what should fuel our lives!

Do you love what you do? To be fulfilled, think about what makes you happy. Maybe you enjoy certain activities that you can incorporate into your daily life.  Think of how you would like to spend every day if money were no object, what kind of environment would bring you joy? Focus on different surroundings – outside, inside; people – alone, a few, a crowd; activity – creative, physical.  Take your loves and incorporate them into your daily life.  It can bring meaning and happiness to your world.  One thing we love to do is focus on feeding our family good food.  It may seem trivial to some, but it really does bring a feeling of fulfillment to us to make nourishing dishes – happiness to taste something delicious, contentment to feed our families well, and joy to cook in the kitchen!  And it’s something that we can easily incorporate into our day.

Get fulfilled, remember it’s the month of everything good!  And focus on the love!!

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Accepting Life’s Curveballs

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While reflecting on last week’s blog which focused on positive change as part of our New Year’s resolutions, some horrible tragedies were unfolding in our country and around the world this week. We don’t know about you but for us it takes a Herculean effort to stay mindful and positive while such sadness takes center stage in the lives of others. Accepting tragedy, disappointment, imperfections in our lives and communities becomes increasingly difficult. That is why a resolution to promote positive, peaceful actions is even more vital.

Taking time to sit quietly each morning and set our intention for the day, one day at a time, is so important. It centers us and helps put the important matters of the day forefront on our agendas. Among the “busy-ness” of the day – work, errands, etc. – there is always time for love, kind words and a helpful spirit while we are immersed in our day. Is is hard? It can be at times. Do curve balls get thrown even as we’re trying our best? Absolutely. But should we stop trying? Never.

Holly and Heather’s Helpful Hint: New Year, Month of Everything Good!

 

The new year is always a popular time to make resolutions to enrich your life for the better. Lose weight, exercise more and stop smoking are just a few popular things on people’s wish list. All great resolutions but what if you crave more than a physical change for well-being? Maybe you’ve reached past goals and are looking to better your life in a different way?

For the month of January, we’d like to inspire you to look at life in a positive, helping way. Focusing on your community, the environment, a cause or charitable endeavor and your healthy, beautiful self.  The goal is to be fulfilled emotionally and purposefully.  We have always been motivated to help make this world a better place, and a happy, healthy you is part of that goal!

xoxo, H & H

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Celebrate!

Image result for happy holidaysWe would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and joy to every faith you’re celebrating! May you feel the presence of love and peace during this wonderful time of year. We will be taking a break next week to ring in the new year and look forward to starting a happy and healthy 2017 with you!

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Enjoy the Treats of the Season!

One of our annual Christmas traditions includes having a cookie party! In addition to sharing great treats with our friends and loved ones, we play games, have an ornament swap and enjoy the company. We’d like to share a couple of the delicious baked items we made this week!

Holly’s Christmas Pinwheel Cookies

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This easy recipe was actually made with 4 packages of refrigerated already prepared sugar cookie dough to save time (who doesn’t need to save time this month!) but feel free to make a traditional dough from scratch. In addition, cocoa powder, peppermint extract and green or red food coloring is also needed.

Roll out 2 packages of the dough into 2 rectangles about 1/4 inch thick each. Take the third package of dough and mix with 1-2 tablespoons of cocoa until the dough turns brown. Then roll the chocolate dough out to a rectangle and place on top of one of the plain sugar cookie dough rectangles. Take the last dough package and mix with a drop or two of peppermint extract (a little goes a long way) and a few drops of either red or green food coloring until you have the color you like.  Then roll the peppermint dough into a rectangle and place it on top of the remaining plain sugar cookie dough rectangle.  Cut each of the dough rectangles in half.  Refrigerate dough for five minutes.  Carefully roll each rectangle to resemble a pinwheel looking log.  Then slice into 1/2 inch cookies, place two inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 12-14 minutes.  Cool before eating.  So festive!

Heather’s Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies

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1/2 cup granulated sugar, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 6 tbsp and 1 stick softened butter, 2 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tbsp molasses, 1 & 1/2 cups whole wheat flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 & 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 3 cups quick oats, 1 cup butterscotch chips

Pre-heat oven to 350. Cream together both sugars and butter with mixer on medium. Add eggs, vanilla and molasses and beat on medium.  Add sifted whole wheat flour, baking soda and cinnamon, hand mix until combined.  Add oats and butterscotch chips and mix well by hand.  Scoop out rounded tablespoons of dough onto ungreased cookie sheet and bake 10-11 minutes. Cool and store covered.  Cookies will be dark due to the molasses.  Delicious!

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