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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 November 11, 2019

                      How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                      How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                      Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                      To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                      Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                      1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                      Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                      Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                      To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                      2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                      Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                      If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                      Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                      3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                      Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                      Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                      4. Feed Your Brain

                      Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                      This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                      Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                      Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                      5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                      According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                      Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                      Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                      6. Write it Down

                      If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                      It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                      You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                      7. Listen to Music

                      Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                      8. Visual Concepts

                      In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                      Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                      Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                      9. Teach Someone Else

                      Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                      Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                      10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                      Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                      So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                      Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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