Wednesday, December 24, 2014

That Time of Year Again

Sweater:  J.Crew ~ Jeans:  J.Crew ~ Socks:  Forever 21 ~ Boots:  L.L. Bean 
Hair Clip:  J.Crew ~ Scarf:  Forever 21 ~ Ring:  David Yurman

I am having a very hard time believing tomorrow is Christmas.  I work in retail so it doesn’t come as a surprise, but I just cannot believe it is already here.  We stress and we plan, eat and we shop until the big day finally arrives.  There is so much pressure for this one day to be perfect it has almost made me want to just skip it this year.  Both of my grandparents have been in and out of the hospital this month, so it has made me a little less jolly and a little more aware this holiday season.  I’ve tried really hard to get into all the hype, but every time it just feels so hollow and artificial.  Now before you think I’ve gone all Scrooge I must explain to you that while my holiday spirit is lacking my love for my family and friends has grown. 

Being home has been such an incredible blessing so far.  I get so stuck in my routine sometimes I forget to come home and be with people who love me, flaws and all.  Once I gave up trying to force myself to be in the Christmas spirit I kind of figured out a different reason to love this time of year.  All the worries that filled my mind slowly diminished, and I found myself again.  This semester kind of broke me down a bit and I feel like I lost myself somewhere along the way.  Since being home I’ve had conversations filled with laughter and old memories with my friends. Rolled out homemade cookie dough into Christmas cookies with my mom.  Drove down to Opryland with the whole family to see the lights.  Somehow during all of this I slowly have felt my self come back together again.  

To me that is how we all should feel this time of year.  Forget the gifts and the christmas cards and remember who makes you smile.  Be with the people who build you back up again.  I am so grateful to be healthy and to be surrounded by such a loving family and I thank God for the beautiful life he has given us.  Take a moment today and rejoice in the life that is yours.  Fill yourself with the fruit of the spirit and share it with others around you.  I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!

Xoxo
Mollie Anna

Galatians 5:22
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Cookies

Top:  Old Navy ~ Pants:  J.Crew ~ Flats:  Steve Madden ~ Pearl Necklace:  Francescas's Collection's Green Necklace:  J.Crew Factory ~ Bracelet:  Charming Charlie's ~ Ring:  David Yurman


The Only Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe You'll Ever Need

Ingredients

3 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2/3 cup margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1 - 2 tablespoon of milk

Preparation

Mix dry ingredients together in a giant bowl then add sugar, vanilla, eggs, and margarine.  drop or spoon onto a greased cookie sheet or roll out and cut with your favorite holiday cookie cutters.  If the dough is very soft you may need to refrigerate for a couple of hours before rolling it out.

Bake

Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 5 to 8 minutes.  Pull from the over, let them cool and decorate!

I have been making Christmas sugar cookies for years with my family, but this recipe is by far the most delicious I have ever had.  Mrs. Debbie Coats is a woman I have had the pleasure of working with at Talbots.  Let me just say, she ladies and gentleman, is a master in the kitchen!  She always makes these cookies for us during the holidays, and let me just tell you they are so melt in your mouth delicious you won't ever need another sugar cookie recipe again.  For my birthday this year she gave me this apron.  She read my post where I made homemade bread and decided that I deserved my very own christmas apron for a holiday post.  She then so graciously shared her famous Christmas sugar cookie recipe with me and for my readers.  So if you are a huge baker this time of year like me, give this recipe a try.  I hope all of you are enjoying this holiday season so far.  Don't let the stress that this time of year sometimes brings get you down.  Enjoy this time with your loved one's, hey maybe you could even throw a Christmas cookie decorating party!  

xoxo
Mollie Anna



Saturday, December 6, 2014

Finals Week

You know the whole week is basically going to be one giant snowball of disappointment.
You convince yourself that all nighters are okay, and then you wonder why you are having a nervous break down.
You predict exactly what your relatives will say at Christmas when you tell them your grades for the semester.
You eat simply as a way to procrastinate, and by the end of the week you wonder why you've gained five pounds.
Along with eating, you find many other ways to avoid studying, because literally anything is more fun.
Then the final comes and there are people in your class you've never seen before and your all, "where has that hot dude with the beard been all semester?"
Then you take the final, and it's literally in another language.  It all comes down to making an "educated guess".
You wait for the results of the final that will determine your grade, knowing there is nothing else you can do.
You get the grade back and by the grace of God you passed by one point.  Just don't even question it.
The friend you've been studying with all semester gets a better grade in the class than you,
but then you realize you still did better than the skanky girl who cheated all semester.
After all of your exams you kind of sit and reflect on the week.  You wonder how someone so mentally exhausted could still feel so many emotions.
But then it's all over and you get to go home and see your friends and family and life is kind of okay again.
Happy Finals week!

xoxo
Mollie Anna





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