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Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Enjoyment of the Season

Are you in the “holiday spirit” kind of mood? As we said last week, we love this time of year and are not just trying but actually enjoying every moment of it. For us, not waiting until the last minute to do things is key. Shopping is almost done, holidays parties have been given and attended and are still happening! Family time is planned with ornament making and Christmas movies being watched. It does take time and effort but is so worth the enjoyment of the season.

There is still plenty of time to make the most of the holidays if you haven’t already.  Set aside some time to bake cookies, drive thru a holiday light show and wrap presents.  It makes the season feel more relaxed when you schedule some fun and more fulfilled when you’re not rushing around and can actually enjoy your activities.  And don’t forget about the reason for the season; taking some time to be thankful for blessings adds an indescribable happiness to your heart that brightens your holidays!

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Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Bring on the Holidays!

It’s December and time for joyous holiday festivities! We love this time of year and it almost always includes cooking and baking up some tasty treats. With crazy work days, we are trying to find some baking short cuts to help ease the weekend time crunch. Here’s a recipe we tried that came out great and was quick and easy. It also lends itself to so many variations. We’ll list a few here..let us know if you try it too!


Pie Cookies
Ingredients: prepared refrigerated pie crust, sugar, cinnamon, butterscotch, chocolate chips or jam

Roll out the pie crust dough, use any festive cookie cutter you like, and place on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar or put chips on top. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. When still warm and out of the oven you could also spread your favorite holiday jam, jelly or pie filling on top. They definitely need the sweetness or “pie” topping to go with the more savory crust. Or you could frost the cookies and decorate any way you like to put your own holiday touch on them!

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Fun Weekend!

For the second year in a row we took a fantastic girls weekend away with our mom.  Our mission was getting a start on our Christmas shopping, eating of course and quality family time.

We don’t like to drive more than 3 hours, just enough for a get-away with an overnight stay.  We started early in the morning and stopped for lunch at a Cracker Barrel.  Home style food and nostalgic candy, perfect for stocking stuffers!  On to Yankee Candle Village in Massachusetts for hours of shopping which is always fun.  Their tree lighting was scheduled for the day we went which meant epic crowds and a line to pay that practically wrapped around the store.  Luckily it moved fast and everybody waiting was in a friendly “it’s Christmastime” frenzy!

We checked into an inn not too far away and had a lovely farm to table meal at their in-house restaurant.  The 3 of us shared small plates for dinner so we could try a variety of dishes.  After breakfast the next morning we headed home and the ride practically flew by because we were so engaged in deep conversation.  Such a great time for us to be together, refresh our spirits and enjoy the season!

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Happy Thanksgiving!

We are so thankful for all of the many blessings in our lives. It is our hope you are enjoying this Thanksgiving holiday with loved ones and a delicious meal! Our parents are making a scrumptious turkey with stuffing and we will bring more sides and dessert. Thank you for reading our blog and we wish you an abundance of peace!

Twin blessings, Holly & Heather

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Time

We are both listening to a daily meditation that Oprah and Deepak Chopra put out from time to time. The current particular session is all about time. The interesting thing is it is not about time management but about changing your whole perception of how time is used in your life.  The two points that seem to shine thru are: being able to live in the present and self-awareness.

How often do we trudge thru our days in a fog of a routine or “must-do” list without fully living in the moment?  Being aware and present is a mindset that can be hard to cultivate but exercising that muscle can bring you unbelievable joy in the tiniest moments.  Even sitting in traffic can be relaxing with a few deep breaths and the right music!  The passage of time in our lives is inevitable, making that time fulfilling can be life-changing.

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