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10 Gorgeous and Insanely Delicious Cookies for This Fall

10 Gorgeous and Insanely Delicious Cookies for This Fall

It’s that time of year again. Orange reds and browns are everywhere, the leaves are falling and the air is cold and crisp. Fall means that family is in town, good food is on the table and the strolls in the park are more romantic. It’s also the best time of year for a warm cup of coffee or cocoa while waiting for delicious cookies to finish baking.

Here are some fantastic cookie recipes to make your home smell heavenly and keep your stomach full.

1. Pumpkin cookies with a cream cheese frosting

Pumpkin cookies with cream cheese

    What is fall without a pumpkin recipe? This delicious combination between sugar and spice is perfect for those who do not like a cookie too sweet. It will go perfectly with an afternoon latte as you sit down and catch up with a friend or work on some homework before fall break.

    2. Pecan pie thumb prints

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    pecan pie thumb prints

      Like pecan pie? These cookies are very easy and simple to make. Pies are great, but sometimes cookies are easier — they are perfect for sharing at fall potlucks and dinner parties because they save you the effort of slicing a pie. Grab the link recipe here.

      3. Apple butter cookies

      apple peanut butter cookies

        Apple butter cookies can be turned into a healthier option for some fall treats. Who doesn’t love apple flavored things? Both recipes can be found here (original) and here (healthier option).

        4. Chai chocolate chip biscotti

        chai chocolate chip biscotti

          If pumpkin is too much spice for you, try a chai chocolate chip biscotti. This is perfect for dipping into your fall drink on a cozy, lazy Sunday afternoon or a late Saturday morning. Make it with this recipe.

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          5. Molasses cookie with a lemon glaze

          molasses cookie with lemon glaze

            For something with a bitter sweet taste, try these molasses cookies. They have a wholesome flavor, and the glaze is a nice addition to even out the slight bitterness. Click here to find out how to make it.

            6. Sugar cookies with butter cream frosting

            Lofthouse Copycat Sugar Cookies
              Lofthouse Copycat Sugar Cookies

              Ever see those wonderful cookies in the grocery store and wish you could make them on your own? You know exactly what I am talking about — the soft, melt in your mouth goodness that you can buy year round for each type of holiday.

              Now you can make them and here is how.

              7. Chocolate chip banana oatmeal cookies

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              choclate chip banana cookies

                Love the oatmeal raisin cookie taste without the raisins? Try substituting it with chocolate chips! It’s every chocolate lover’s dream and goes perfectly with a cup of any type of dark roast coffee. The banana added to the mix isn’t bad, either. Give me the recipe!

                8. Smores bars

                smores bars

                  This is perfect if you are in the mood for s’mores and can’t build a campfire. With a graham cracker crust, the melted chocolate and a toasted marshmallow combination, your evening will be perfect while you watch the leaves fall. Start making it here.

                  9. Chocolate chip cookie in a cup

                  chocolate chip cookie in a cup

                    For all the students out there without the time (or oven) to make anything during finals, this recipe is for you! All you need is a microwave and the right ingredients for a perfect evening break from studying.

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                    10. Salted caramel shortbread

                    salted caramel short bread

                      For the perfect match to a caramel machiatto, try salted caramel shortbread. If coffee isn’t your thing, try having a plain blonde roast instead. Caramel lovers approve of this recipe!

                      Now that you have got some recipes, pick your favorite one and bring it to the next fall potluck or dinner you’re invited to. If you do not want to do that, don’t worry. No one is going to judge you for keeping all these goodies all to yourself.

                      Featured photo credit: Untitled/Rosario Arellano via flickr.com

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                      Last Updated on January 21, 2020

                      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                      Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                      your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                        Why You Need a Vision

                        Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                        How to Create Your Life Vision

                        Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                        What Do You Want?

                        The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                        It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                        Some tips to guide you:

                        • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                        • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                        • Give yourself permission to dream.
                        • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                        • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                        Some questions to start your exploration:

                        • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                        • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                        • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                        • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                        • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                        • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                        • What qualities would you like to develop?
                        • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                        • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                        • What would you most like to accomplish?
                        • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                        It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                        What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                        Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                        A few prompts to get you started:

                        • What will you have accomplished already?
                        • How will you feel about yourself?
                        • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                        • What does your ideal day look like?
                        • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                        • What would you be doing?
                        • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                        • How are you dressed?
                        • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                        • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                        • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                        It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                        Plan Backwards

                        It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                        • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                        • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                        • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                        • What important actions would you have had to take?
                        • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                        • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                        • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                        • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                        • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                        Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                        It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

                        Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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