We're officially in the thick of holiday season with Halloween just behind us. It's a busy time of year, full of gift shopping, family gatherings, end-of-year to-dos, and, if you're in a cold region, winter prepping! In the moments between the rush and bustle, these holiday months also encourage us to reflect on the year behind and all we have to be thankful for.
I'm someone who appreciates the little things -- I think the "small stuff" in life has the potential to bring the most joy: a moment shared with a friend, a song that pulls at your heartstrings, a note from a special friend you get in the mail, feeling warm under blankets on a snowy day.
In this post, I want to share one of the little things that always brings me joy during the holiday season: food! Everyone has their own recipes for things, and here at the end of the year, we're all making our unique, rich holiday favorites, steeped in family tradition. In my family, Grandma Maine lives on in many of our recipes all year -- mostly because no one could do it like her. (If you missed it, check out my very first blog post, where I talk more about this special lady).
Here's a recipe for one of my family's recurring holiday-time treats. :)
Oven temp: 350
Bake time: 10-12 min
1/2 c vegetable oil
4 squares unsweetened chocolate, melted
2 c sugar
2 t vanilla
2 c flour, all purpose
2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1 c confectioner's sugar
Mix oil, chocolate, and sugar. Blend in one egg at a time. Add vanilla. Measure flour by sifting. Stir flour, baking powder, and salt into oil mixture. Chill several hours or overnight.
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Drop teaspoonfuls of dough into powdered sugar. Roll in sugar and shape into balls. Place 2" apart on greased sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes (do not overbake). Makes about 6 dozen cookies.
Circling back to the theme of thankfulness: I'd like to invite you to join a Facebook group started by my friend and fellow entrepreneur Dr. Becca Lake. The group, 21 Days of Gratitude - Cultivating a Gratitude Practice, is a project for those of us who want to actively focus on ways to be thankful this season. And what better time to start than the month of November? By the 23rd, when our hands are clasped around the dinner table, we'll all be ready to rattle off 21 days' worth of wonderful things. :)