Holiday Challenge: The Twelve Days of Kindness

What if, instead of the Twelve Days of Christmas, we had the Twelve Days of Kindness? What if this holiday season in particular, when people might be needing a little more love and tenderness than usual, we each decided to set an intention of performing a daily act of kindness for 12 consecutive days? It’s not hard to imagine the benefits of such an endeavor. We would be making life just a little easier for our fellow humans. And, if even for a moment, the world would be a little softer, a little nicer, a little more welcoming. But…

Five Tips to Make This Holiday Season Super Chill

The holidays… for me it brings up visions of glamorous parties, festive twinkly lights, tearful reunions, delicious treats, and of course presents, presents, and more presents. In my imagination, it’s all so joyful and exciting. In reality, it’s a time of year when I have even more on my already busy To Do list: holiday shopping, holiday decorating, holiday baking, holiday entertaining, holiday dressing, holiday travel, holiday cards, etc., etc., etc. No matter that I have no intention of doing half of these things – the problem is I want to do all of these things because I worry…

Make This Now! Soft Chewy Ginger Spice Cookies

Shortly after I started annelovescoffeemore about a year ago, I wrote a post about the break-and-bake ginger cookie dough that Trader Joe’s sells in November and December. I love those cookies (“Yes, every night.”) They are so easy, and they taste great. But, most importantly, they are ready to be baked whenever you need or want. The problem is, then, that these cookies are a seasonal item. TJ’s only carries them for two months of the year, so what are we supposed to do the other 10 months? Hmmmm?

This is the answer: Learn to make…