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Cinnamon-Sugar Snickerdoodle Cookies

Nov 27, 2019
Snickerdoodle Cookies

The kid in me always comes out during the holidays when I make a round (or two) of soft & chewy cinnamon-sugar snickerdoodle cookies! My girls also devour them! Who doesn't love to snuggle up with a good holiday read , a warm beverage and something sweet to eat while they read? Or while they line up their favorite Hallmark Christmas movies? I know that is my favorite! Here is my absolute go-to recipe from Modern Honey.

Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 2 3/4 cup Flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
Cinnamon-Sugar Mixture:
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Cinnamon
 
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar for 4-5 minutes until light and...

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2019 Holiday Series Part II Excerpt

Nov 23, 2019

The Perfect Christmas

Cassie loved Christmas and for years she worked hard to make it perfect for her family but her husband wanted something more from his wife. Something that she was just too exhausted to give - time and attention that he craved - and to see her smile again. She knew she was not giving the marriage 100% and yet, she felt like he didn’t appreciate her efforts. Her efforts for a perfect Christmas were born out of deep hurt many years ago - a hurt that she didn’t want to face, until an accident that would turn her life around.
John had been spending longer and longer nights away at “work” and when Cassie met his new employee, she knew why. But then the unthinkable happened one cold night - Cassie had an accident while taking a walk outside of their daughter's school. She was in a coma at the hospital where John discovered what he had right in front of him as they prayed and held his wife's hand. While sleeping, he saw the pain in his...
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2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Nov 22, 2019
2019 Mary & Martha Holiday Gift Guides

Shop This Guide: Under $50-  Made with Love Casserole Carrier, Grace & Gratitude Footed Sever, Fresh Joy Glass Cloche, Faithfulness Kitchen Caddy, My Life Photo & Card HolderPrayer Journal with PenIt Is Well Pillow, Fresh Joy Baking Dish, Grace & Gratitude Pitcher | Under $35 - 100 Days of Bible Promises + Fresh Joy Mug, 100 Days of Grace & Gratitude + Heirloom White Mug, Sanctuary Candles $30 Each, Fresh Joy Loaf Pan, Authentic Living DevotionalHoney Jar, Encouragement Box + Cards

A few thoughts...This collection of gifts under $50 are great for small gifts, colleagues and friends! The Honey Jar can be used for fresh flowers as an alternative to the honey & comes with a second lid to store and scoop! The Casserole Carrier can be used for hot or cold foods and even has compartments for side dishes, utensils. Great for picnic packing too! 

Candace Cameron Bure's Authentic Living...

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3 Ways to Find Stillness During Christmas

Nov 22, 2019
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Christmas is a one of my favorite times of the year! I love the lights, the colors, the carols and hymns and all the fun we have creating a joyous Christmas for our family and friends. I simply can’t wait to begin.  But, somehow in the flurry of activities, a part of me longs to slow down. To savor the moments of each day before Christmas Day. So I began to search for ways to do that even while creating Christmas at home.

When I wrote my memoir, I learned the value of knowing how to just be, especially after experiencing trauma and grief. I learned that the doors of healing open when I can ‘just be’ with my emotions without judgment.  To find stillness within and know God is present opens the door to peace and joy - which is why I LOVE this devotional journal! 100 days of doodling and inspiration! Give it a try ------->

Just Be Moments

I have created what I call ‘just be moments’ throughout the year,...

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Shop Simply Christmas - By Candace Cameron Bure

Nov 22, 2019
Peace. Rest. Be Blessed

 

Greet all your guests with a message perfect for Christmas and all year long! This maryandmartha_060720191724 copy_.jpgdurable coir mat will do the hard work of welcoming! The "Welcome" begins at the door of your home. Made of natural coir fibers. Imported. When you send this message, those you welcome into your home feel embraced and loved.

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Geometric Metal Wreath | Peace on Earth | Welcome 

Christmas is a great time to welcome many to your home. Standing on the doormat that welcomes, let this Geometric Metal Wreath that fits any décor and welcome your Christmas season guests with a timeless truth, Peace on Earth. And here’s the great news…it’s reversible so that you can use it year round. One side says “peace of earth” the other side says “welcome”. It continues to send a message of love and hospitality. You can also add moss and a birds nest in the spring, daisies in the summer and fall leaves and pumpkins in...

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Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cups

Nov 11, 2019
Dark Chocolate

The best words to ever pair together are: chocolate and improving your mood! Dark chocolate in particular, has mood and brain boosting benefits that you can't ignore. Dark chocolate is now considered an anti-aging, anti-inflammatory “superfood” for the brain and body! For Thanksgiving, or any special dinner - bringing these delicious dark chocolate and raspberry cups will check both off the list!

What is Dark Chocolate and it's Benefits:

Chocolate itself is made from the fermented, roasted, and finely ground seeds of Theobroma cacao tree. When purchasing chocolate, look for chocolate that is ANTIOXIDANTlabeled “70%” because this means it contains 70% ground cacao and roughly 30% sugar (however 60% for baking desserts is what I personally use because it makes a difference in "sweetness" for taste). The ground cacao is comprised of cacao butter (a natural oil) along with ground particles of the cacao seed. The ground cacao contains a...

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2019 Holiday Series: Part I Excerpt

Nov 10, 2019

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The Perfect Christmas 

Cassie loved Christmas and for years she worked hard to make it perfect for her family but her husband wanted something more from his wife. Something that she was just too exhausted to give - time and attention that he craved - and to see her smile again. She knew she was not giving the marriage 100% and yet, she felt like he didn’t appreciate her efforts. Her efforts for a perfect Christmas were born out of deep hurt many years ago - a hurt that she didn’t want to face, until an accident that would turn her life around.
John had been spending longer and longer nights away at “work” and when Cassie met his new employee, she knew why. But then the unthinkable happened one cold night - Cassie had an accident while taking a walk outside of their daughter's school. She was in a coma at the hospital where John discovered what he had right in front of him as they prayed and held his wife's hand. While sleeping,...
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Buckwheat Blueberry Pancakes

Oct 12, 2019
Always Watching...

While working on my research with my historical fiction novel based around post WWII - I thought back to my Grandmother (Oma) who was from Germany. As a little girl, I always watched Oma from behind, usually peeking around the doorway. I never moved too quickly because I didn't want to startle her. She was so fragile and while I didn't understand exactly why at the time - I did know that she needed us to be gentle around her. Part of me was afraid to move too hard and fast or say the wrong thing, yet a bigger part of me wanted to run up to her and hug her tight. She was always mumbling to herself or seemed very lost in thought - which I couldn't blame her suffering such intense Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from the war.

The kitchen was my favorite place to spy on her and how she appeared. All her quirky behavior paused when she was in the kitchen - it was the only place she seemed to be happy. Blueberries soaked in full fat milk with sugar, meats and...

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Beat Mental Fatigue

Aug 08, 2019
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 I remember waking up one morning...

When I was about 5 months pregnant with my third daughter, Luna and feeling as though I was literally beaten up in my sleep. My hips were really starting to ache - hello fourth pregnancy and my body remembering all those pains so very well – and my head felt so off. It wasn’t a headache and I wasn’t particularly tired, it just felt cluttered. It was almost as if it was still running in overtime from the day before and all the activity. It was the end of the school year for my oldest and she was graduating from elementary school, so there was a lot to do!

I sat up and put my feet on the floor and took some big breaths. I knew I needed to start my day and think about myself and my growing baby girl, so I started to make my way to the kitchen. I stood next to the sink and it was as if my brain decided to stop working. I couldn’t remember where everything was and I laughed a bit to myself because I thought, great...

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Tart Montmorency Cherry-Chamomile Smoothie

Aug 05, 2019
Just Sleep Well

Yeah...easier said then done #amiright? 

Sleep and anxiety are the two biggest areas of the work that I do when helping moms recover their mental health. Many moms might read that and laugh and say “Sleep? What’s that?” And yes, as a mom of three girls, I understand this ALL too well! 

26 Days to Better Sleep FREE Series! Click Here to Jump In!

After YEARS of chronic sleep issues on and off - I’ve learned not only how critical quality of sleep is for our current and future health but also for our mental wellness! Everything starts with sleep and as a writer, that is easier said than done - especially when inspiration from my stories usually comes in the overnight hours.

Here is an easy tip anyone can try!

Go Red Before Bed

Let’s review tart montmorency cherries, my top food recommendation to help aide Cherry Chamomile Smoothie Recipesleep. Tart cherries are one of the few natural sources of melatonin, which is responsible for the regulation of the...

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