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#nationalcookieday: Healthy Oatmeal Cranberry Breakfast Cookies

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In honor of National Cookie Day, and as a way to counteract all the butter and sugar we consumed yesterday with our Spritz Butter Cookies, I decided to whip up something a wee bit healthier today. And since I started baking these at 8 in the morning (and wanted to eat them shortly thereafter), what better kind of cookie than one we could eat for breakfast? There’s no refined sugar or flour in these Healthy Oatmeal Cranberry Breakfast Cookies, so it’s practically like eating oatmeal, right?

The flavor of these cookies is a little reminiscent of a traditional, nostalgic oatmeal raisin cookie—which I love—but with an updated flavor profile that includes the sweetness from bananas and the tartness of dried cranberries. As an added twist, I dusted the tops of these with just a small pinch of salt, which gave them the perfect balance of sweet and salty and crunchy and YUM.

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Nostalgic Saturday Sweets: Spritz Cookies {Recipe}

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Every year when December rolled around, my brother, Kurt, and I would eagerly wait for the arrival of a package. Normally it would show up on our doorstep a few weeks before Christmas, wrapped in brown Kraft paper and haphazardly taped and postmarked. Kurt and I would see our address written in our grandmother’s cursive, and just like that, our stomachs would start growling, and we would salivate in sweet anticipation.

Because we knew what was inside: cookies. And lots of them.

After hauling the box in the kitchen and extracting the brightly colored tins, we’d open them to find a smörgåsbord of baked goods. Wax paper lined layers of cookies laced with sugar, chocolate, peanut butter, vanilla, sprinkles, nuts, and butter stared up at us, taunting us with their sweetness. What would we pick first? And how could we pick just one?

We never picked just one. Thank goodness she sent multiple tins.

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Modern Nostalgia · Nostalgia · Quotes

Simple Nostalgia: Snow

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O the snow, the beautiful snow
Filling the sky and the earth below!”

So starts the old nostalgic winter poem by John Whitaker Watson, and so too—hopefully—will be the start to the second day of December here in Colorado. As I write this, the weather folks are calling for a little bit of snow. A very little bit, but around here, you never really know. Could be a blizzard.

Or it could be just a couple of flakes.

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#tbt: Looking Forward to the First December Snow

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What is it about December snow? There is something magical about big white fluffy flakes, dancing in the air, ushering in winter. Of course, most years it snows here much earlier than December. Sometimes in September.  Usually in October. Definitely in November.

But December snow, especially that first December snow, is real snow. It’s an honest snow. A nostalgic snow. It’s the snow that you could watch for hours, dusting the ground, then accumulating into inches and then feet. It’s the snow that will lay the foundation for snowmen and snowballs and snow angels and snow forts.  It’s the snow that will cover rooftops and hang heavy from evergreen trees.  It’s the snow that will blanket the ground, insulating the world and creating a quiet like no other.

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Modern Nostalgia · Music · Music Monday · Nostalgia

Music Monday Bonus: Music that Speaks to Your Heart (and Soul)

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Since my daughter Zoey was about 2, she’s had a handful of favorite songs, and while they’re all different genres, there are similarities among them: they’re catchy, easy to sing to, they have a good beat, and they make you want to dance. If she could make a playlist of her favorites, it would probably consist of the following songs:

  1. Wagon Wheel – Darius Rucker
  2. Shake it Off – Taylor Swift
  3. Roar – Katy Perry
  4. Biscuits – Kacey Musgraves
  5. Brave – Sara Bareilles
  6. Shut Up and Dance – Walk the Moon
  7. Honey, I’m Good – Andy Grammer
  8. Love Never Felt So Good – Michael Jackson (ft. Justin Timberlake)
  9. HandClap – Fitz and the Tantrums
  10. Electric Love – BØRNS
  11. Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake
  12. Brand New – Ben Rector

I know I’m biased and all, but that’s actually a pretty darn good mix, don’t you think? Just looking at that list makes me happy. Continue reading “Music Monday Bonus: Music that Speaks to Your Heart (and Soul)”