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4 Ways to Decompress a Stressful Day

Sometimes without warning, life can become incredibly busy and chaotic causing stress not only on your day, but on your body as well. Using these 4 Ways to Decompress a Stressful Day will help you unwind, regroup, and regain focus.

Photos by the uber-talented Frenchly Photography.

My personal life has had it’s share of ups and downs creating times of chaos and calmness. Let’s be real here though… there’s definitely been more chaos than calm.

Since moving from Germany to the United States, I’ve found myself yearning for balance and peace in my life. Through the community of friends, colleagues, and military caregivers here in Washington, DC, I have learned so much about being mindful and the importance of self-care.

These tips are what work for me to decompress from a stressful day.

4 Ways to Decompress a Stressful Day

1: Drink Water

Do you get headaches? Feel tired all the time? Is your mouth dry and you just feel thirsty? These are all signs that you probably need more water in your life.

Since your brain is mostly water, drinking it helps you think, focus and concentrate better and be more alert. As an added bonus, your energy levels are also boosted!

I have constant headaches, but I find that drinking water helps relieve and prevent those headaches (migraines & back pains too!) which are commonly caused by dehydration. I have even gone as far as to look into something like a lower back pain chiropractor, to see if I can get any help with these pains. They can be a lot to deal with at times, so I’m sure this will make all the difference. My back pain affects my life in many different ways. I had to contact a lawyers like Aston Knight Solicitors in Bury to make sure I got the correct compensation for my personal injury. It’s all sorted out now though and I’m so glad!!
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Tips for Incorporating Water into Your Day

  • Instead of your second cup of coffee in the morning – fill your favorite water bottle and sip on that.
  • Speaking of favorite water bottles, mine is my teal Camelbak. Go to Target, Walmart or wherever and pick out a bottle, glass, cup that you love and will enjoy drinking from!
  • If you have the taste of water, try adding lemon or other citrus wedges to it for flavor. Not only will your water taste good, but the lemon aids in digestion.
  • Stop bringing the sugary drinks into the home or workplace. If you only have water to choose from, you’re more likely to drink it.

2: Practice Mindfulness & Meditation

In 2016, I was introduced to mindfulness for the first time by my husband who was in therapy for his PTSD at Fort Belvoir. The concept was instantly intriguing to me but I didn’t immediately do anything to learn more about it until I was a Fellow in the Dog Tag, Inc. Fellowship Program.

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.

In a mindful state your mind is fully attending to what’s happening, to what you’re doing, and to the space you’re moving through. Too often our minds veer from the moment and what we’re trying to accomplish and our mind takes flight.

We lose touch with our body, and pretty soon we’re engrossed in obsessive thoughts about something else and in turn those new thoughts tend to distract us and make us anxious.

Mindfulness can be practiced by simply incorporating a few proven techniques into every day life. When we meditate it doesn’t help to fixate on the benefits, but rather to just do the practice, and yet there are benefits or no one would do it.

When we’re mindful, we reduce stress, enhance performance, gain insight and awareness through observing our own mind, and increase our attention to others’ well-being.

Mindful meditation gives us a time in our lives when we can suspend judgment and unleash our natural curiosity about the workings of the mind, approaching our experience with warmth and kindness—to ourselves and others.

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As I find myself being stressed during my day, I take 5 minutes to breathe and become centered by practicing minute mindful meditation.

5 Minute Mindful Meditation

  1. Find a relaxed, comfortable position. You could be seated on a chair or on the floor on a cushion. Keep your back upright, but not too tight. Hands resting wherever they’re comfortable. Tongue on the roof of your mouth or wherever it’s comfortable.
  2. Notice and relax your body. Try to notice the shape of your body, its weight. Let yourself relax and become curious about your body seated here—the sensations it experiences, the touch, the connection with the floor or the chair. Relax any areas of tightness or tension. Just breathe.
  3. Tune into your breath. Feel the natural flow of breath—in, out. You don’t need to do anything to your breath. Not long, not short, just natural. Notice where you feel your breath in your body. It might be in your abdomen. It may be in your chest or throat or in your nostrils. See if you can feel the sensations of breath, one breath at a time. When one breath ends, the next breath begins.
  4. Be kind to your wandering mind. Now as you do this, you might notice that your mind may start to wander. You may start thinking about other things. If this happens, it is not a problem. It’s very natural. Just notice that your mind has wandered. You can say “thinking” or “wandering” in your head softly. And then gently redirect your attention right back to the breathing.
  5. Stay here for five to seven minutes. Notice your breath, in silence. From time to time, you’ll get lost in thought, then return to your breath.
  6. Check in before you check out. After a few minutes, once again notice your body, your whole body, seated here. Let yourself relax even more deeply and then offer yourself some appreciation for doing this practice today.

From Mindful: Taking time for what matters

3: Stretch Your Pectoral Muscles

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I sit at a desk most days for several hours at a time and find myself hunched over with my shoulders rounded in toward my chest. Constantly, I’m reminding myself to sit tall and roll my shoulders back, however the pain and discomfort I feel in my neck, chest and shoulders is undeniable after sitting at my desk.

Last year, I went to a holistic physical therapist, Megan Anderson, for my back and neck pain along with headaches. She explained to me that the muscles in my chest were constricting, pulling tighter as I sat hunched at my desk.

To alleviate the pain associated with this, Megan my pain was to stretch my pectoral muscles at least once day.

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How to Stretch your Pectoral Muscles

  1. Find a 90 degree corner wall in your work space or home.
  2. Stand about a foot away from the wall with one foot forward and one back and gently bend your front knee.
  3. Lift both arms so they are shoulder height and bend your elbows at a 90 degree angle.
  4. Place your hands into the wall in front of you – one hand on each wall – and press your body forward. Keep your chin/head up. You should feel the stretch in your pectoral muscle. Hold this for 10-20 seconds.
  5. Switch positions of your feet and repeat the stretch.
  6. You can change the position of your hands up or down or how much you press into the stretch depending on what feels good for you body.

*I am not an expert physical therapist. This is just what has worked for me to ease stress. Please consult your doctor for a routine that’s right for you.

4: Practice Yoga

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If you would have asked me 3 years ago if I ever saw myself practicing yoga, I would have laughed at you. However, having witnessed the benefits personally I am a believer in the benefits and power of yoga today!

The benefits of yoga provide both instant gratification and lasting transformation. The practice of yoga will allow you to find stillness, peace and tranquility as well as helping to relieve stress and declutter the mind, allowing you to become more focused.

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The benefits of yoga aren’t limited to the mind, in fact the physical benefits of yoga have drastically changed my life for the better.

Physical Health Benefits of Yoga

  • Better Flexibility
  • Improve Posture
  • Better Balance
  • More Strength
  • Tones the Body
  • Better Sleep
  • More Energy
  • Decreases Chronic Pain

I have struggled with lower back pain my entire life with little help from my primary care doctors at my family clinic. My local USO was holding free yoga classes and I decided to attend several.

It changed my life so much that the USO asked me to film a video for them about my experience with yoga at their center.

After that first yoga practice at the USO, my body had never felt that amazing before. My muscles and joints stretched and moved, cracked and made noise that sounded like I was falling apart. However that couldn’t be further from the truth… my body was healing and growing strong.

After a quick search online, I found Yoga with Adreiene… a YouTube channel with hundreds of videos that tackled issues in every part of the body. Adriene’s approach to teaching the practice of yoga makes it feel as though she’s in the room with you, reading your mind and saying the exact right thing and the exact right time.

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My favorite videos with Adriene for back pain are:

Even if I don’t have time to do a full yoga session, I take time almost every day to a few stretches for my back. This usually happens in the shower… crazily enough!

Just to recap, these 4 Ways to Decompress a Stressful Day are the tips that I’ve picked up along the way that help me.

There are so many ways to take time to recharge, destress, and feel better and I hope that these four ideas inspire you to help yourself feel better.

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Overnight Oatmeal in a Jar

Simple to make, this overnight oatmeal in a jar is a healthy, delicious breakfast that is easily customized for any taste for the busy woman who wants to fuel her body for a fantastically productive day!
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In my quest to live a healthier life in 2018, I enlisted the help of a health coach, Eleanor Duelley of Simple.Healthy.Well.   Eleanor is a military wife as well as a mom and entrepreneur so I instantly felt a connection with her.

The first thing Eleanor taught me was to change what I was eating for breakfast.  Starting my day with a high protein, low-sugar meal will set my body up for a day of success including more energy and feeling less hungry.

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So that’s exactly what I did.

Instead of eating greek yogurt or cereal packed full of sugar, I switched to overnight oatmeal in a jar packed full of protein.

At first, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to stick to making myself a breakfast every morning, but to be honest it’s been extremely easy to do for myself.  This overnight oatmeal in a jar is make-ahead so there are no excuses when it comes to breakfast.

Just grab it from the refrigerator and enjoy!

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After only a week, I noticed a difference.  A huge difference actually.  Instead of being hungry every 60-90 minutes, I was now going 2 1/2-3 hours before I needed to eat again.

I wasn’t feeling that crash and burn mid-day from eating sugar first thing in the morning anymore.  I can’t tell what a huge difference just eating the right thing for breakfast has done for my day!

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Some other things I like to add to my overnight oatmeal in a jar include:

  • 2 Tbsp all-natural peanut butter (I use Jif)
  • Banana slices
  • Cinnamon & nutmeg
  • Kiwi – helps the body oxidize fat during moderate-intensity exercise
  • Nuts (I don’t add these because I’m allergic, however they’re full of protein and great for you!)
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Dark chocolate – In moderation, a few pieces of chocolate can be a great addition to overnight oats
  • Peaches – perfect addition to your overnight oats in summer
  • Figs (my new favorite fruit!)
  • Hemp seeds – rich in amino acids and help build muscle
  • Raw coconut – helps lower cholesterol
  • Persimmons – rich in vitamins A and C and high in fiber

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The point is, oatmeal doesn’t have to be boring! With so many options to mix in to overnight oats, there’s no reason not to make it perfect for you.

Pick your favorite things and make sure to start your day fabulously happy with this overnight oatmeal in a jar – the food you fuel your body!

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Overnight Oatmeal in a Jar

Overnight Oatmeal in a Jar

Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 2/3 cup milk (I used almond/cashew protein milk)
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • berries

Instructions

  1. In a small jar with a lid, mix together oats, chia seeds, milk and honey.
  2. Put lid on the jar and place in refrigerator overnight.
  3. When ready to eat, remove the lid and top with berries.

 

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Apple Pie

Traditional apple pie with tart green apples and an all-butter crust is the perfect dessert for any occasion!

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I usually only make apple pie during the holiday season.  It’s one of those desserts that is really so simple to make, but is a huge crowd-pleaser.

One of the tools I use to make this apple pie so easy to make is an apple-peeler-corer-slicer! The one I have is from Pampered Chef, however I’ve seen them in Walmart, on Amazon online and in Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  If you make apple pie, you must get one of these!

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In about 20 seconds, one apple is completed peeled, cored, and sliced… perfect for pie!

Seriously… it’s a dream.  Get one here or here! (affiliate links)

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Once you’ve got your apples ready, you can start adding all the ingredients that make the pie perfection.

Brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, a pinch of salt and BUTTER.  SO MUCH BUTTER! 

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For the crust you can either go simple with just a few slits in the top for ventilation or you can be creative!

Lately, I’ve been following @karinpfeiffboschek on Instagram and her pie crust game is ON FIRE!  You need to check her out! 

Personally, I like a simple crust only because I know my family doesn’t really care what the crust looks like… they’re interested in what’s under that crust!

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Using cookie cutters to cut a few shapes in the crust adds a simple, fun, seasonal, festive flair to the pie and takes no time at all to do.

Finishing off the crust with an egg wash and sugar will help brown the crust and give it a sweet crunch!

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Bake this apple pie until it’s a caramel golden brown, let it cool, then slice it up and EAT IT!

The combination of spices, sweetness of the sugar, tartness of the apples and the buttery, flakey crust make this apple pie PURE PERFECTION!

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Apple Pie

Apple Pie

Yield: 1 pie
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Ingredients

Pie Crust

  • 2 All Butter Pie Crusts
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • sugar
  • coarse sugar (I use Sugar in the Raw)

Filling

  • 5lb bag of green apples
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 lemon - zested & juiced
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3-1/2 cup cubed unsalted butter
  • 1 8" or 9" pie plate

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F degrees.
  2. Prepare first pie crust according to directions above.
  3. Gently place pie crust in pie plate and press into the plate. Trim excess dough off the edges. Chill until ready to fill.
  4. Peel, core, and slice the apples and place them in a large bowl.
  5. Add lemon zest, lemon juice, sugars, vanilla, salt, and flour. Toss together until completely coated.
  6. Pour apples into prepared cold pie crust. Gently press the apples into the plate so no pockets of space are left and apples fill the entire crust. Place small cubes of butter across the top of the pie. Use as much or as little of the butter as you want - there's no right amount of butter to add here.
  7. Chill while preparing top crust.
  8. Prepare second crust according to directions in recipe above. Roll out the dough and use cookie cutters to cut out a couple shapes in the top. You can skip this step if you prefer to just put a few slits in the top for vent holes.
  9. Gently place second crust on top of apples and butter. Trim off the extra crust and crimp the edges together.
  10. Place extra dough cut-outs on top or slit the dough in a few places to vent.
  11. In a small bowl, mix together the water and egg. Brush the egg wash over the entire surface of the pie.
  12. Sprinkle generously with coarse sugar.
  13. Place the pie on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes at 375F degrees. Reduce heat to 325 F and continue baking for 45-70 minutes or until the crust is dark, golden brown.
  14. If the edges begin to burn, cover them with a pie crust cover or tin foil.
  15. Allow pie to cool completely before serving.

 

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All Butter Pie Crust

This simple, buttery and delicious recipe for easy-to-make all butter pie crust will be your go-to recipe once you try it!

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Most people who follow my blog know that I hate making pie crust from scratch.

For the past 10 years, every time I tried making it, I just couldn’t get the consistency or texture just how I wanted it.

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Then, my fellow blogger and friend Dorothy over at Crazy for Crust posted a video and tutorial to make a pie crust that I had never seen before.

Her recipe used a food processor instead of cutting in the butter by hand.  I was intrigued and knew I needed to test this method for myself.

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What I found was that using a food processor took all the work out of making an all butter pie crust and was completely fool proof!

Even I couldn’t screw it up!

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Using ice cold butter and ice cold water were the keys to creating that flaky crust.

The blades of the food processor cut the cold butter into the flour perfectly, making a soft dough perfect for all my holiday pies!

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One batch of this makes enough for one pie crust, which I really like.

I make the crust when I need it and don’t have to worry about the dough getting too warm while I’m making the filling or prepping other ingredients.

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During the holiday season, this all butter pie crust works great with any fruit or custard pie.  It can be pre-baked or filled and baked.

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This all butter pie crust is the BEST crust ever!

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All Butter Pie Crust

All Butter Pie Crust

Yield: 1 pie crust
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, diced and chilled
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2-4 tablespoons ice water
  • food processor
  • 8 or 9 inch pie plate

Instructions

  1. Dice cold butter into cubes and freeze for 10 minutes.
  2. Mix 1/3 cup water and 4-5 ice cubes together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Mix together the flour and the salt in a small bowl then pour into the bowl of the food processor.
  4. Add the cold cubed butter and pulse together until the butter is crumbly.
  5. Add 2 Tbsp of ice cold water and pulse the dough.
  6. Add up to 2 Tbsp more of ice cold water and pulse until the dough comes together in a ball.
  7. Dust flour over a clean surface and place dough on top.
  8. Using a floured rolling pin, roll dough into 11-12 inch circle.
  9. Using the rolling pin, transfer the dough into the pie plate and gently press into the plate.
  10. Trim the extra dough off the edges.
  11. Crimp the dough edges.
  12. Fill and bake immediately.

 

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Shortbread Cookies

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Simple, buttery, and delicious, these shortbread cookies made with Bob’s Red Mill all-purpose flour are the best treat to make for the holiday season!

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I love giving the gift of baked goods, especially shortbread cookies.  There is just something special about a batch of homemade shortbread cookies in a bakery box, tied with a bow, and accompanied by a sweet note that makes the recipients heart happy.

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So when Bob’s Red Mill asked me if I wanted to bake some cookies using their flour to give as a gift, I  knew the answer was yes! Bob’s Red Mill provided me with the highest quality all-purpose flour I’ve ever used which really made these shortbread cookies shine!

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As long as I’ve been baking and blogging, I’ve been gifting my baked goods to my friends, neighbors, family, and co-workers.  Whether it was Valentine’s day gifts or biscotti for Emily’s teachers or desserts for soldiers & families at a dinner at an overseas military base in Germany… I know that it feels so good to give to others.

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I recently read an article that listed the benefits of cooking for others.  This article said that cooking for others:

  • Is an altruistic act, but also so much more…
  • Is a form of nurturing…
  • Can create bonds and build community…
  • Is a form of self-care…
  • Is a practice of mindfulness.

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Mindfulness is something I try to practice daily and it makes sense why baking and mindfulness go hand in hand.

The article goes on to say… “That’s one of the interesting things about cooking, is that if you look at all the psychological benefits, there’s a cumulative effect: it’s self care, it’s taking care of others, it’s physical care, it’s mindfulness, and it hits on meeting basic needs for yourself and others. There are a lot of pieces that come into cooking a meal for others.”

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These shortbread cookies were made with one person in mind.  My new boss Kevin at ThanksUSA.  I met Kevin last year because he’s also on the Board of Directors at Dog Tag Inc. where I was a Fellow in their program.   I didn’t know much about him then, but knew that he had accomplished great things as a Lt. Col in the Marine Corp and then as the founder of Hiring Our Heroes.

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I realized quickly what an incredible leader Kevin is and found myself excited by his ability to see the leadership potential in me.  For me, this meant everything.   The last 3 years have been full of uncertainty and for Kevin to see so clearly in my abilities was the reassurance I needed that I had made the right decision to take a full time position with ThanksUSA.

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So, one Friday after a busy morning of presentations and meetings… I stopped Kevin in the parking lot and said I had a gift for him.  I handed him the box of shortbread cookies with a note and told him I baked them, hugged him and wished him a good weekend.

It felt good to acknowledge how much his leadership meant to me.  It felt good to do something nice for him.  It felt good to bake something that I know would brighten his day.

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And that… that is why it’s so important to bake and give to others.

The past week on two separate days, I had cookies and brownies for all the neighborhood kids as they got off the bus after school.  One of the mom’s looked at me and said, “Oh… so you’re THAT MOM.”

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Yes.  I am that mom… and nothing will ever change that.

Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread Cookies

Yield: 8 dozen
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 57 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4½ cups Bob's Red Mill All-Purpose Flour
  • nonpareiles
  • melted chocolate

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325F degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together cold butter and brown sugar.
  3. Add the salt and 3½ cups of the flour and mix on medium-low speed until combined.
  4. Replace paddle attachment with the dough hook. Sprinkle ½ cup flour and turn the mixer on low-medium. Allow the hook to knead dough adding as much of the remaining ½ cup flour as needed to make the dough soft, pliable, and similar to play-dough, not sticky.
  5. Divide dough into three sections and pat into a disc. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes or until slightly firm enough to roll out.
  6. On a floured surface, roll disc of dough out to about 1/4 inch thickness. Using a cookie cutter, cut out the dough and place each cookie inch apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  7. If decorating with sprinkles, pour sprinkles into a bowl and press the side of each cookie into the sprinkles and then place on the baking sheet.
  8. Using a fork, poke holes in the top of each cookie.
  9. Bake 12-20 minutes, or until edges are golden brown. The bake time will depend on the size of your cookie cutter. Smaller shapes 1in-2in will need 12-15 minutes - while larger shapes will need up to 20 minutes.
  10. Repeat with the remaining dough, working in batches so dough stays chilled and workable.
  11. Cool completely on wire rack before serving.
  12. Store cookies in an air tight container at room temperature.
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Brown Sugar Cinnamon Cream Cheese Fruit Dip

Looking for something different to serve at your next football party?  Make this Brown Sugar Cinnamon Cream Cheese Fruit Dip… it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser!

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There isn’t much to say about this fruit dip other than it is DELICIOUS.

I won’t bore you with a long, drawn out story about where the recipe came from and why I’m made… because let’s be honest here.  This fruit dip has been done a million times on almost every food blog… ever!

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The only difference here is that I made it for the first time I’m posting it on The JavaCupcake Blog.

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So, enjoy these pretty photos taken by my fabulous friend Fanette of Frenchly Photography, make some fruit dip, slice an apple and enjoy!

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Brown Sugar Cinnamon Cream Cheese Fruit Dip

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Cream Cheese Fruit Dip

Yield: 1 cup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Cream Cheese Fruit Dip Author: JavaCupcake Prep time: 10 mins Total time: 10 mins Serves: 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 8oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • mini chocolate chips, optional

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients, mixing until incorporated and smooth.
  2. Garnish with mini chocolate chips. (optional)

 

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