Autumn always inspires me to make acorn cookies!
Acorn Cookie Recipe
2 cups walnuts (pecans will work too!), finely chopped but not ground
Put 1/2 cup aside for later
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
combine in food processor or mixer
3 cups flour
1/2 teas baking soda
add flour, baking powder and 1 1/2 cup nuts
1 teas. vanilla extract
add vanilla and process until dough is mixed
Refrigerate until firm for a couple of hours or overnight.
Preheat the oven to 350 F
Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Shape dough into 1 inch balls - should make about 3 dozen cookies.
Bake until firm and lightly browned on the bottom.
Roast remaining 1/2 cup nuts on parchment paper on a cookie sheet in 350 F oven until brown, stirring occasionally to brown evenly.
1 cup chocolate morsels, dark or milk chocolate, based on your preference -
2 teas. shortening
in a small microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds. Stir. Heat for 30 more seconds.
Stir until evenly melted and ready for dipping.
Assembling the Acorns
The cookies are very rich so handle carefully.
Dip about a third of the end of each cookie in chocolate and then dip into the nuts!
Lafayette Gilchrist and Daryl Davis, piano masters from Baltimore, MD, mesmerized the crowd at the Creative Alliance on Friday, September 27th. This town is over flowing with talent. Have I mentioned I love Baltimore?
The sun enters Libra annually from September 23 until October 22. Libra is an air sign, ruled by Venus. Venus also rules the earth sign Taurus so they share some of the same zodiac herbs. Characteristics of people born under Libra are
Libra herbs are all of the feminine gender and ruled by Venus.
This showed up as a memory on Facebook and prompted me to repost. I've had it out since January and in these challenging times, it's kept me focussed and provided peace of mind.
It's that time of year! This has been our of sight, out of mind since the move in July. My course prompted me to look for it and display it again. It's helpful to reflect on what I cherish, what I want to create in my life and business, what I want to surrender and release, and why I know these things are meant to be. Hope it prompts you to do a map of your amazing life! I love the ocean and roses. Create your map with things that are personal to you!
This quote captures a concept I've been processing for quite some time. I'm convinced it takes self confidence to love*. I've watched people withhold love, and it seems they are often afraid if they give too much away, there won't be enough left for them. Those with high self esteem openly give love, praise and encouragement.
Love is boundless. A Russian folk tale tells of a mother who had five children. One asked her which she loved best. She took the flame from a candle to light five candles and explained that the original flame was the same size as it was at the beginning, and each of the five candles had the same size flame. None of the candles had any less. That's how love is. It never decreases because it is given away. It remains the same, or even greater.
If we are aware that fear and lack of confidence are the reasons people hold back, we can be more compassionate and not take things personally.
*Love in this instance refers to love for humanity, not romantic love.
I love vision boards and goal settings, but if they aren't visual and engaging, I lose interest. I started making maps years ago and they keep me on task! Circling completed tasks gives me much more satisfaction thank checking off linear lists. If you are a creative, you may want to try this approach. The limbs from the my tree are based on my values. These have changed over the years, but always include health, relationships, creativity, and learning and education.
Gratitude is alway at the base of my goals. If we don't appreciate what we have now, we'll never be content. Leave a space for seeds - people, places and/or things that may - or may not - flower and grow. Also included a space for completely unexpected opportunities! One year I took a trip to Paris and bought a house - both completely unplanned when I made my draft goal map! Life is over flowing with possibilities. Leave a space for them!
You are probably all familiar with today's Hidden Treasure, but what you might not know are some of it's hidden virtues! I've always thought of it as a place to go to exercise, but it is so much more! Last evening my friend Hal Gamber invited me to an event at Cafe Troia in Towson, MD, to learn more about the Y (YMCA).
Yes, there are buildings located throughout the area. The Orokawa Y in Towson is located at 600 W. Chesapeake Avenue. But their services spread far beyond the four walls of the building. They are committed to contributing to a "stronger, healthier, more connected community for all".
Y people are for a better us
Here are a few thing you might not know about the Y.
With so many programs and services being cut through recently, it is a comfort to know that there is an agency providing quality support and community connection! For more information, visit the Y in Towson.
The Bygone, located at 400 International Drive, invites you to "step back into the roaring glamour of days passed." It has a 20s flair, and is billed as Harbor East's most elevated and exciting dining experience. You enter the Four Seasons Hotel lobby and take the Bygone elevator to the 29th floor for a spectacular view, creative and delectable dishes and phenomenal service!
Two weeks ago, Carrie and Izzy came from New Jersey and took me to the Bygone for brunch. On Sunday, John joined me for a return visit. It's fantastic!
I wore my vintage dress with the Baltimore Oriole print (see below) and we spent hours enjoying the view while we dined on the finest and freshest seafood, fruits and vegetables, and delectable pastries. It's an experience you'll always treasure!
"My mission is
to help others see and cherish the beauty,
romance and treasures within and around them
that are often dismissed or completely overlooked."
Mikell is a writer, artist and professional treasure hunter, finding the greatest treasures in the wonderful people who enter her life!