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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 September 18, 2020

                      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                      Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                      Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                      1. Exercise Daily

                      It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                      If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                      Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                      If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                      2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                      Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                      One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                      This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                      3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                      Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                      Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                      Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                      4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                      Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                      The basic nutritional advice includes:

                      • Eat unprocessed foods
                      • Eat more veggies
                      • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                      • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                      Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                        5. Watch Out for Travel

                        Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                        This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                        If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                        6. Start Slow

                        Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                        If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                        7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                        Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                        My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                        If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                        I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                        Final Thoughts

                        Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                        Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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