Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Day of Love

Valentine's day is on Saturday so I wanted to do a little fun Valentine's day outfit.  Unfortunately I feel like I have been hit by the plague this week, and I was not up for taking pictures of myself.  But baking however, baking I can do!  I found these adorable cookie cutters at work and just had to do something for the blog.  This is my favorite cookie dough from one of our local grocery stores in Chattanooga, but they can easily be made from the recipe below.


2/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 5-ounce package dried cranberries
2/3 cup white chocolate chunks or chips


Preheat oven to 375¬ļF. 

Using an electric mixer, beat butter or margarine and sugar together in a medium mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs, mixing well. Combine oats, flour, baking soda and salt in a separate mixing bowl. Add to butter mixture in several additions, mixing well after each addition. Stir in dried cranberries and white chocolate chunks. 

Flatten out and place cutter over the dough.  Place on sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack. 

Lets talk cupid day for a second.  The roses, the heart shaped everything, the romance, it is really hard to feel awesome about yourself if you are single on a holiday like this one.  I want to shed some light on something though.  Everyone and I mean everyone has some form of love in their life.  A mother, a father, a friend, a pastor, maybe even a dog!  Regardless of the type of love, it is there whether we choose to accept it or not.  Saturday is all about celebrating the love in your life so I've put together a list , told by Parks and Recreation, of how you can enjoy V-Day even if you are single.

1.  Galentine's (or Broentine's) Day
Get al your girls (bro's) together and celebrate your friendship!  Go to brunch, rent a movie, do what ever you and your clique love to do.  If you have any question about this one just head over to the Netflix and let Leslie Knope give you the 411.

2.  Treat Yo Self
Think about your favorite place to be or your favorite thing to do and make it happen!  If you love hiking then spend the whole day loving the outdoors.  If you love to shop, shop away my friend!  Be kind to yourself, you deserve it!  Presonally I will be ordering a pizza and having a Shonda Rhimes marathon and I couldn't be more excited!
3.  Reminisce
Pull out your old photo albums and journals and look back at some good times in your life.  It's not healthy to live in the past but every once in a while its really nice to remember all the laughs and memories you've made. 
4.  Have a Mini Dance Party (even if it's just you)
Crank up Rihanna's S.O.S. and dance it out my friends.  Who says a dance party has to be with more than one person?  No one is around so bust a move you freaky dancers.
5.  If anything else just remember grocery stores will have discount candy for the next two weeks!
Happy Valentine's Day!
Mollie Anna

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