Halloween Chocolate Funfetti Cookies

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When witches go ridding

And black cats are seen,

the moon laughs & Whispers,

‘tis near Halloween

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… I’ll stop, I’m already scared. I wish I could tell you that I love Halloween – I don’t. I don’t see why someone would want to purposely be scared or scare other people.

I’m a total chicken – I still call my mom, when walking to the train/bus station and it’s dark outside … I wish I was kidding.

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This weekend I was watching the movie Hook (yes, the children’s movie) and Mr. LTSL told me to change the channel because it sounded scary … we’re pretty much besties!! I stinking love that kid.

So, I won’t be dressing up for Halloween – there are no trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood … instead I’ll be waiting for Saturday when all the candy goes on sale and then I can take it all and bake it in browines … or cookies … or c ake … or who am I to be biased?!?! – all 3!!

But just because I shitake mushrooms   at the slightest loud noise, and you won’t find me wearing a mask — it doesn’t mean I can’t sprinkle a little Halloween goodness all up in this joint!!

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Plus, the Halloween oreos looks so cool!!

Halloween Chocolate Funfetti Cookies

 1 Cup butter at room temperature

1 ¼  cup packed light brown sugar

½  cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1 Tablespoon pure vanilla

3 cups all-purpose flour

½ cup cocoa powder

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 bag Halloween oreos ( I ended up using 12)

Halloween sprinkles

Directions:

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl , cream butter and sugars. Add in eggs and vanilla until well combined.

In a medium bowl mix the flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda. Add to the wet ingredients.

Using a cookie scoop, sandwich two scoops of cookie dough around an Oreo ( it’s like a chocolate oreo hug!!).

Roll in a bowl of Halloween sprinkles

Bake cookies for 12 minutes.

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Ghosts, Goblins, Witches & Superheroes UNITE !! … or be like me and get into some comfy pjs and gouge on cookies and mini candy bars ( … kidding .. I won’t be doing this .. well, I won’t be doing it alone at least!!)

Wisdomist Wednesday: Stress Relief

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Life can be tough sometimes.

Whether you’re 5 or 95, sometimes the going gets coo-coo for cocoa puffs!!

Think about it:

School

Assignments

Mid-terms

Final Exams

Grades

Making the soccer team

Earning a spot in Band

Work

Finding a job that you like

Deadlines

Family commitments

Work commitments

Financial commitments

Friends

Spouse

Living a healthy lifestyle

Getting enough rest

*yawn*

 With trying to create a balance of all of that at any age – it can be FREAKING HARD!!

So, what do you do to cope with life’s stresses?

 Some days, I’ll be honest – I just want to give up! I want to throw in the towel and call it quits … I want to jump into bed, fall asleep and pretend it will all be better when I wake up. I’ve come to learn, that while I get in some extra snooze time, by doing this … the issues never actually just disappears. It’s really how I decide to deal with all of it.

 Growing up, I used different tactics – talking to family members helped a lot. I would also read, to take my mind off whatever it was that was bothering me. As I grew up, I began making “pro and con” lists to help me make decision – I made actions plans, focusing on what I could actually control – I set goals for myself .

 Now, to relieve stress … there are a bunch of little things that I do. Things just for myself, instead of focusing on pleasing everyone else ( HOLY MOLY THIS TOOK ME A LOOOONNNG ASS TIME TO LEARN how to do … and I still haven’t come close to mastering it!!).

 I’ve recently started keeping a journal. To me, it’s sort of like talking to someone. Except, the person you’re talking to just listens – there’s no response. You don’t have to be kind – you don’t have to watch your p’s & q’s .. I just write, anything – everything – whatever is on my mind … good or bad. It helps me relieve emotional stress, and at least get out into the world whatever it is that’s clogging my mind.

 I also bake/cook. As crazy as this may sound, when I’m in my kitchen – I’m in my world – I’m in my groove. I get relief from creating something delicious, then sharing it, and experiencing the emotions of others as they indulge in whatever it is I’ve made. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy – cookies work wonders!!

 For the last couple of years, I’ve also worked out. I hate it. I will never ever ever love working out. And the reason, when I head to the gym or decide to do an at home circuit – I get my behind kicked.every.single.time. But that’s also why I do it. It’s physical.  Most often I have to drag myself to do it – after though, I feel a million times better. This may be me all in my head, but there’s something about pushing my body physically to it’s limits – feeling a burn – physically stretching my body out … that helps me release life’s chaos.

 I’ve also found myself accepting a lot of life’s challenges. The fact of the matter is shit happens. Live, learn, laugh.

 Sorry for the babble today – it just seems as I look around a lot of people near and dear are feeling the pressure these days … and if I could, I would reach out and hug every single one of them. I would also remind them that stress isn’t bad, in fact – it teaches you just how amazingly strong you are and how intelligent you can be when making life choices.

 You do you boo boo, you’re damn good at doing you!! … sorry – just when you think I could be serious, I go and ruin it.  I want to know though, what do you to escape when need be?