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What are your thoughts on New Years Resolutions?

According to a study conducted on January 1, 2017, about 41% of Americans usually make New Years Resolutions, yet only 9.2% of those actually felt they were successful in achieving their resolutions. That may be why about 42% of Americans absolutely never make New Years Resolutions.

The study shows that 72.6% of resolutions were maintained through the first week, 68.4% past two weeks, and only 58.4% past one month.

So why is it that so few American’s are making resolutions and even fewer of those are seeing success?

“I Can’t Believe They’re Not Brownie’s” Cookies

I am a big fan of brownies. They are chocolaty and gooey in the middle, and they just taste, well, heavenly. But sometimes they are just a mess to eat… In general, my go to dessert is cookies. They make the perfect individual serving sizes, and somehow I don’t feel as bad when I eat two cookies as I do when I eat two brownies. I’m not sure about my logic there, but hey, it works for me!

This recipe is the best of both worlds. You get the gooey chocolaty goodness of a brownie in the easily transportable, snackable cookie form. Voila, “I can’t believe they’re not brownie’s,” cookies.

Using Music to Create A Sacred Christmas

Christmas is arguably my favorite time of year. Christmas lights decorate homes and trees, and brighten shorter days. Festive music plays, and children are excited for gifts and we enjoy the spirit of giving. Hopefully, we remember the birth of our Savior and try to be more like Him through love and service to each other.

Christmas also brings with it gratitude for blessings over the past year and hope for the year to come. But for some, the holiday’s also bring anxiety, depression, feelings of loss, or even disappointment. Those feelings can be even worse for those who are sick, who have experienced divorce, lost a loved one, or who are far from friends and family.

Praline Sweet Potato Bake

As my mom can attest, I kind of have a thing for sweet potatoes. They are just fabulous, especially when you add brown sugar! This Praline Sweet Potato recipe is on my to make list every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

This is also a great make ahead recipe. Bake the sweet potatoes in their skins the day before and put them in the fridge. When they are cold, the the sweet potatoes shrink in their skins which makes them super easy to peel. Believe me I have burned my fingers trying to peel sweet potatoes more than once before. It’s totally worth baking them the day/night before, plus it saves prep time the day you are cooking your meal.

Guest Post at Choosing Wisdom: 5 Takeaways From Failure

Today’s post was written for Lori Jackson’s blog Choosing Wisdom.

My friend Amanda Jensen is starting her health and fitness coaching business and invited me to join her September Accountability group. I was excited to join because getting healthier has been on my mind now for quite some time.

Unfortunately, I have allowed other things to distract me from taking care of myself physically. I am growing exponentially spiritually and intellectually, but I have been seriously neglecting my physical body.

Ready for a Change…

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Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. – Winston S. Churchill

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  1. Choosing Wisdom. (2017). Retrieved from https://www.choosingwisdom.org/5-takeaways-failure/

Grandma Betty’s Cheese Ball

As we approach the holiday season I always get nostalgic for my Grandmother’s recipes. This particular cheese ball recipe my Grandma Betty made for Thanksgiving and Christmas every year. The holiday’s just don’t feel right without it.

While there is no reason to only serve this during the holiday’s, I always crave it this time of year. Whenever I make this I am reminded of wonderful memories with my family, my amazing Grandma, her great food, and the feeling of love.

Pumpkin Pancakes

Fall is such a wonderful time of the year. The temperatures cool down, the leaves turn colors, and it’s time to break out pumpkins!

I always stock up on canned pumpkin now while it’s available, and pull it out throughout the next year. You can totally make your own pumpkin puree, but this is one thing that I find isn’t worth the effort to make at home. Canned pumpkin is readily available and cooks/bakes very nicely.

Mini Cherry Pies

... in a Jar

When I lived in Virginia, my cute neighbor’s husband was at the store one day and saw some Mini pies on a stick, and asked me to make some for him.  Specifically cherry.

It sounded like a fun idea, but I wasn’t feeling confident enough in my abilities to make pie on a stick that wouldn’t go all over the place and become pie on your lap… Small individual pies I could do, pie on a stick, not yet. Maybe I will come back and tackle that project another day…