My Favorite Holiday Cookie Recipe

As we wind down the year, one of the things that says “Aaah, the holidays are here!” to me the most is the smell of yummy, fresh baked cookies. With time being short, I’m always on the lookout for a great cookie recipe that’s not only delicious, but time-effective in the kitchen too.

A friend of mine gave me this awesome recipe for Chewy Spice Cookies a few years ago — and it has quickly become a family favorite and staple. Fits the sweet tooth bill any time of year, actually! So while you might not typically find a cookie recipe here on this blog, I thought I’d use it to share with you a great find that my family and I so enjoy. And I hope you will too!

Happy Holidays and all the best for 2010!

Bonnie Stern’s Chewy Spice Cookies

Ingredients

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1/4 cup molasses

1 1/2 tbsp. coffee

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp cloves

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup chopped dried apricots

1/4 cup chopped candied ginger (sounds odd, but easy to find in the grocery’s baking aisle)

2 tbsp. sugar

Method

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

2. Cream butter with sugar until light. Beat in egg, molasses and coffee, mixing well between additions.

3. Mix or sift dry ingredients together. Stir into batter. Mix in fruit.

4. Knead batter into a ball and divide into 8 equal pieces.

5. Roll each piece into a log about 1 “/2.5 cm in diameter and about 12 ” long. Place on cookie sheet and press flat.

6. Bake 9-10 minutes — cookies should still be soft. Spring with granulated sugar. Cut about 1 “/2.5 cm wide slices on the diagonal. You will get about 8 cookies per strip.

Manifesting a Vegas Luxury Suite for $90

I recently attended David Neagle’s “Experience the Reality of Success” seminar in Las Vegas, which is a truly incredible event. It’s all about shifting your mindset and learning how to manifest. I even had the opportunity to meet with Ivanka Trump, who is a truly inspirational and savvy business woman!

I stayed at Caesar’s Palace in a lovely room for $180/night when I heard about an opportunity to get a room rate of only $90/night through www.hotels.com. I decided I want to be a good steward of my money and made the switch for the last night of my stay. It was a hassle checking out of one room, and checking into another, but…. check out this video to see what I ended up with! Apparently these suites typically go in the $1500/night range, but I got this one for only $90! It was a great reminder of what a strong intention to manifest abundance can create!

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In the second video, my friend and media and communications coach extraordinaire, Annetta Wilson, shares her reaction at my fantastic find. Enjoy!

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Holiday Survival Strategies Contest – Dec. 19 Deadline

Are you secretly dreading the holidays?

Maybe you know what I’m talking about. The rounds of holiday parties without a partner. Scheduling who gets the kids when (and struggling to keep everything as normal as possible for their sake). Trying to get everything done without any help.

I know what you’re feeling. I’ve been there. And that’s why this year, I wanted to do something to make life easier for you.

I’m holding a contest where you can share your best tips and stories for navigating through the holiday season. The winner gets a copy of my brand new program, The Divorce Resource Kit.

Not only will this be a way for you to share your best tips (and maybe win a prize) but you also might find an answer to a problem you’ve been struggling with.

You can post your contest entry right here on the blog or email it to my assistant Lisa at Lisa@ThriveAfterDivorce.com.

The contest ends Friday, December 19. I’ll be announcing the winner on Monday, December 22.

I hope you’ll join in for this fun contest and share your ideas and tips with us! That way, we’ll all be winners!

The Divorce 101 Show is a Contest Finalist!

Wow, my new podcast The Divorce 101 Show was named a finalist in Alex Mandossian’s and Paul Colligan’s Podcast Secrets Challenge Contest!  This past winter I took an amazing course with Alex and Paul that taught everything someone needs to know about creating a podcast, which is like an online radio show.

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New Free Podcast – The Divorce 101 Show

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