Sunday, January 4, 2015

Sunday Sweetness: Confidence vs Hope & Brownie Candy Cane Kiss Cookies


I have almost been waiting a week to share this with you! A whole week! Well.. since I arose on Monday. As it resonated with me that whole day (and through the week) I began to see other's speaking on confidence too. So I know that I know deep within that this is an area that many people struggle with. I can say I used to be one of them, and lately I can truly feel like I can say I have began to step into confidence like no other time in my life.

Why?

Because I am learning who I am, why I am on this earth, and above that ... that I matter just as much as you, and those yet to be born. That's right. We all have something to give the world! We all have something within us to change the world not only around us but for generations to come. That doesn't come with fear though. It doesn't come with hope alone either.

Hope, in the way most people see it and use is leaves room for doubt. It leaves a crack in the window for fear to breeze it's way in. Hope is not all we allow it to be. Think about it... How many times have you said "I hope so.". That is WAY different than "I Know so". See. to say you know something means you have confidence in it. To say you hope something means that you really would like to see it happen but you don't want to either commit to it, or there is something hindering your thought process. Hope, is not the same as faith. See you can have faith with confidence, but faith with hope ... leaves a door open for "what might not be".

I know many of you might be shaking your head at me wondering what the heck is wrong with me. But let that sink in! The words you use have power. The intention you use those words ... has just a LOT more power. Be careful. Allow yourself to hear yourself and the words your using. Allow yourself to feel the intention behind the words. You might just be shocked.

Now! How about a quick and yummy thing to pop in the oven to greet friends for the game, or perhaps to have for the kids when they come  home from school.

Before Christmas vacation started a sweet student's mother gave our whole staff a brownie mix with an oven mitt and spoon. I tucked it away to play with and I was glad I did! Last week I shared the peppermint cheesecake and I had some candy cane hershey kisses and well.. I wanted to play! One of our favorite Christmas cookies is the "Peanut Blossoms" and this is my tweak and take on that.



Ingredients 
1 package of brownie mix
1/4 cup oil
2 -3 Tbs water
1 egg
12 - 16 Candy Cane Kisses


Directions
1. Preheat oven to 375*
2. Mix all ingredients together (except for candy) until combined. Will be thick.
3. Using a table spoon measuring spoon, scoop out cookie dough into a ball and drop onto lined and sprayed cookie sheet. Do not put more than 9 on a cookie sheet.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 8 minutes or so.
5. Take out of oven and let cool for a minute or so, then add one candy kiss in the center of cookie. If you add it too soon ` this candy will melt!
6. Scoop out onto cooling rack and allow to completely cool. (If you want you could put them in the fridge to help make sure the candy kiss keeps it's shape.



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P.S I know there are biblical verses on hope and most them lead with confidence. YOU MUST have confidence for there to be no doubt in hope.

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