Holly and Heather's Helping Hands

Inspirational Heartfelt Hints

Month: December, 2015

Holly and Heather’s Helpful Hint: Peace on Earth

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Happy Holidays!  We will be taking a break next week to celebrate, relax and unplug.  We hope you have a fun, safe and prosperous new year.  We wish the very best for you and hope that you are truly enjoying the spirit of the season.  Most of all, as the famous song lyric goes, “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.”

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: When Things Are Not As You Thought…

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It can be very disappointing to learn that something you once believed in is not at all as you’d assumed. Looking back, you may ask yourself, “Was it really ever true?” What follows might be a radical shift in thinking, believing or living that can shake us to our core. Maybe you’ve experienced a betrayal or just had flawed vision or learned something new and contrary to what you thought you knew all along. Maybe you are beyond disappointed at your newfound realization; maybe you are devastated. Part of growing up and interacting in the world is understanding that nothing and no one is perfect. Not even ourselves. So how do you handle the situation?

We think, reflecting on what you are feeling is important. Mulling it over, getting to the nitty-gritty of why you are so bothered can help work out any upsetting feelings you may be experiencing. Talking over the situation with someone helpful is also key. You may come to a better understanding or may just feel better for venting. And since it ’tis the season, focusing on what’s real and most important in your life right now, today, can somewhat diminish your disappointment. Moving on, letting go and surrounding yourself with positive people and things and not toxic ones will assist in healing. Give yourself the gift of time to adjust.

Holly and Heather’s Helpful Hint: Make Cookies!

This time of year we truly try to slow down every now and again and savor all that this season brings. One of our favorite things to do during Christmas time is bake cookies. The aroma in the house and that delicious bite of a cookie are something everyone can enjoy. What memories and traditions are being made in the process! We have done all sorts of baking during the holiday season from lemon squares to fudge, spice cake, peach cobbler and cheesecake. Here are two cookie recipes we are making this weekend for a big cookie swap. Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Cookies

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1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup packed brown sugar, 1 egg

Using a mixer combine all 3 ingredients.  Shape into 24 balls.  Place 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet in a 350 degree pre-heated oven for 10-12 minutes.  Transfer to a wire rack or plate to cool and dig in!  Optional: When out of the oven and still warm, press a few chocolate chips into each cookie.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares

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2 cups chocolate chips, 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter, 1 1/2 sticks of softened butter, 1 cup chunky peanut butter, 2 cups powdered sugar, 1 box of vanilla wafer cookies crushed, 12 ounces mini chocolate chips

Melt the 2 cups of chocolate chips and creamy peanut butter in the microwave.  Set aside. Mix the butter and chunky peanut butter until smooth.  Slowly stir in the powdered sugar.  Add the crushed vanilla wafers and mini chocolate chips. Spread into a well-greased 9×13 pan.  Pour the melted chocolate/peanut butter mixture on top.  Refrigerate for 1-2 hours then cut into squares and enjoy!

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Wait

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‘Tis the season for waiting! What?!? Have you heard that before? You’ve heard phrases like: ’tis the season for – giving, receiving, shopping, eating…etc. But waiting? That’s what we (and many others) believe. For those who celebrate Christmas, the weeks before December 25 (Advent) is a time for waiting, longing and preparing for that special day. It is in the waiting that we are getting ready to enjoy the celebration. We reflect on what Christmas means, we grow quiet contemplating the holiday. Here are some ideas that we try this time of year that you might think about trying too!

1. Practice patience and mindfulness as you go through the next few weeks.
2. Avoid places or situations that can steal your joy.
3. Light a special candle each night and spend a few quiet minutes by yourself.
4. Call or visit family or friends you haven’t seen in a while.
5. Donate a toy, food, or time to those in need.

We hope you find peace and joy in the coming weeks and remember what is most important in your life!

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