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Gluten Free Almond Shortbread Cookies

Friday, June 24, 2016

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There is something about the change of a season. Whether that be a change in the weather season or a change in a season of your life. It brings a sense of adventure and curiosity, a feeling of renewal and optimism.

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Summer is officially here even though it's been feeling like summer for several weeks with the temperature. And now that I am entering another season of my life by moving yet again (6th move in 6 years), there are few things that I am enjoying to just take a breather and enjoy this season of life.

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Being able to sit out in the sunshine with a refreshing drink and tasty treat is what I live for these days. A and I haven't even searched for a new home in Missouri so I don't know what to look forward to. But I can say that I will miss our screened deck in Maryland and listening to all the birds chirping from our cypress trees. This is generally where I go to relax and enjoy my summer treats.

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So what is it that I've been quenching my thirst with this summer? Snapple® Straight Up™ Tea! It's been my go-to beverage because it's refreshing, cold, and made with all natural ingredients with nothing artificial.

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When I saw that Snapple® had two new varieties teas (Sorta Sweet Honey Green Tea and Rooibos), I snatched them up from Giant Food and knew that a shortbread cookie with pair perfectly with them. But not just any shortbread cookie, Gluten Free Almond Shortbread Cookie would do the trick.

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Gluten Free Almond Shortbread Cookies
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Yield: 9 cookies
Nutrition per cookie: 106 Calories | 5 g Carb | 9 g Fat | 3 g Protein | 3 g Sugar

  • 1 cup Almond Meal
  • 3 tablespoons Butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons Powdered Sugar
  • pinch Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix together with hand mixer or stand mixer.
  3. Use your hands to mix the remaining cookie dough until it forms a ball.
  4. Roll dough into 9 balls, about 1 tablespoon each.
  5. Place cookie balls onto prepared cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray or use a silpat.
  6. Flatten each cookie ball using three fingers until they are about 3/4 inch high.
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Allow to cool on cookie sheet for at least 15 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!

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What Snapple® Straight Up™ Tea would you love to try (Unsweetened, Sorta Sweet, Sweet, Sorta Sweet Honey Green Tea, or Rooibos)?
What's your favorite thing about summer?
Are you currently experiencing any season changes in your life?

Four Reasons To Smile More

Friday, May 27, 2016

When you first meet a person, what is the first thing you notice? Their eyes, height, hair color, what they're wearing, or their smile? I know for me, I like to look at people's teeth. It's kind of like an obsession. 

I grew up having many different oral contraptions that lead me to braces. Since then, I religiously wear retainers to bed. Not only do I value having a good smile, my oral healthcare is pretty important to me. We get one original set of teeth and it's one of the first things that people notice. 

This year (2016) is the year of taking my health into my own hands. I've shared with you the importance of practicing self-care techniques and how critical it is to schedule your annual professional eye exam. Now let's talk about oral health. 
Think of the daily strain you put your teeth through. We all know the saying, "But first, coffee". Coffee definitely isn't the best thing you could be drinking for your oral health. We cannot forget juices, smoothies, tea, sugar, etc. can wreak havoc on our pearly whites and can erode your enamel. So let's talk about two important things that help maintain good dental hygiene - a toothbrush and toothpaste.

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I recently started using Colgate Enamel Health Mineral Repair Toothpaste. Just like I use a moisturizing lotion to replenish my skin, brushing with Colgate Enamel Health Mineral Repair Toothpaste twice daily can strengthen weakened enamel by replenishing it with vital minerals for stronger, healthy enamel. Plus it helps absorb essential minerals, such as natural calcium, for that stronger, healthy enamel.

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Outside of discussing the importance of taking care of our teeth and dental hygiene, we should also talk about why it is beneficial to smile. There are so many great reasons to smile, see below.

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Smiling can help reduce stress.
It's really that last thing you are thinking about when you are stressed or feeling overwhelmed. But if you can just force yourself to smile, it could actually help reduce stress. I like to think of it as positive thinking. 

Smiling can encourage others to smile.
It's like a sneeze - they are contagious. The same goes when someone smiles towards you, you tend to flash them at least the smallest of grins back. 
Smiling can add years on to your life.
Having a happy disposition can have an impact on your health and your life expectancy. There are two types of smiles, Duchenne and Non-Duchenne. A Duchenne smile is a true, genuine smile. You know, smiling with your eyes and this is the type of smile we want to aim to have to increase our life expectancy.

And most importantly, we are born with the ability to smile.
This is not something that is learned as a child. If a baby is born blind, they still have the ability to smile. So you have no excuse!

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I'm encouraging you to smile more today, and every day. And if you are looking for a new addition to your oral healthcare routine, try Colgate Enamel Health Mineral Repair Toothpaste. The invigorating toothpaste tastes great and makes your teeth feel squeaky clean. Plus, having a strong and healthy enamel, you'll be able to Smile With Strength™.

What are your reasons to smile more?
Share a funny joke in the comments to make us all smile!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.