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Chocolate & Butterscotch Chip Oatmeal Cookies, for When Finding Joy in the Small Stuff is a Good Start

Chocolate & Butterscotch Chip Oatmeal Cookies, for When Finding Joy in the Small Stuff is a Good Start post image

Sometimes in life, there isn't much opportunity for replenishment of the soul, as important as that can truly be. And I always know when it's time for me to begin to draw into myself some nourishment from the external world as well as from the spiritual one, because the things that I typically so easily find to be shimmery and glowing, seem like they're beginning to lack a bit of luster and shine. And I begin to feel, quite frankly, like I'm beginning to lack a ... {more please!}

“Sweet Heat” Mexican Hot Chocolate Brownies, and How a Little Spice Can Be The Best Thing

“Sweet Heat” Mexican Hot Chocolate Brownies, and How a Little Spice Can Be The Best Thing post image

Sometimes a little heat can be just the ticket to making things...interesting. In food, spices turn up the volume on the eating experience, filling the one partaking with a gentle warmth that seems to radiate, awakening the senses, making them heightened and better able to receive an experience of the culinary kind in all of its glory. Spices such as cinnamon and cayenne have an earthy and very primal note to them, and when they're sprinkled into something either sweet or savory, create a unique and ... {more please!}

Christmas Eve Sipping Chocolate, and Luxuriating in the Light of Anticipation

Christmas Eve Sipping Chocolate, and Luxuriating in the Light of Anticipation post image

There's a reverent hush that seems to fall over Christmas Eve the way a soft blanket gently drapes across a body in need of soothing comfort and warmth. As the twilight of this special evening comes upon us, it creates a space for the glimmering, shimmering lights to sparkle and reveal themselves, and makes way for the twinkling stars in the cold, clear sky to blink and wink at us as if to express their own joy at this precious and wonder-filled time of year. In ... {more please!}

So This Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Walks Into A Bar…

So This Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Walks Into A Bar… post image

No joke, I love a good cookie. Thick, soft, and loaded with comforting sweetness (and perhaps even still a bit warm, fresh out of the oven), a cookie can be the perfect grab-n-go dessert to nibble on with a cold glass of milk or a strong, hot coffee. But when a good cookie can be turned into a thick, decadent bar, then things get seriously (and deliciously) taken to another mouth-watering level. (I guess you could call it “raising the bar” on cookies.) A few weeks ... {more please!}

“Chubby Hubby” Cookies, Freshly Baked And No Freezer Required

“Chubby Hubby” Cookies, Freshly Baked And No Freezer Required post image

We all like to enjoy ice cream in our household; however, I would probably call my hubby more of a “connoisseur” of it. You see, I'm pretty much a creature of habit when I enjoy this delicious treat of the cold and creamy kind, as I'm a “Rocky Road” or "coffee-flavored, slow-churned-lower-fat-variety" kind of gal, not really deviating much from that flavor profile or style when I'm shopping for ice cream for myself. My husband on the other hand, loves to try out various flavors and ... {more please!}