Cooking with your Little Genius

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Cooking is a fun way that you and your little one can have stress free fun. Thank you Raising Little Geniuses LLC for the amazing idea and www.lifeloveandsugar.com for this delicious recipe.

HOW TO MAKE SOFT SUGAR COOKIES

If you’re wondering how to make soft and chewy sugar cookies, then you have to try this recipe. These cookies require no chilling, are easy to make, and stay wonderfully soft and chewy for DAYS!

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 37 minutes
  • Yield: 30-32 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 3/4 cups (358g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (224g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp (233g) granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp (28g) light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup sugar (additional for rolling)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
2. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium sized bowl and set aside.
3. Cream the butter and sugars together in a large mixer bowl on medium speed until light in color and fluffy. You should be able to see the change in color happen and know it’s ready.
4. Add the egg and mix until well combined.
5. Add the vanilla extract and mix until well combined.
6. Add the dry ingredients and mix until the dough is well combined. It will be thick and shouldn’t be sticky. Do not over mix. Once it’s well combined, use a rubber spatula to help it come together to form a more cohesive ball.
7. Create 1 1/2 tablespoon sized balls of cookie dough. Gently roll into a ball, then roll each ball in the additional sugar to coat. Set the balls on the baking sheet.
8. Bake cookies for 7-8 minutes. The cookies will spread and the centers will look soft, but should look done. Remove just before the edges begin to turn golden. Don’t over bake. The cookies will be a little puffy when you take them out of the oven but will fall a bit as they cool.
9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on baking sheets for 4-5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Together #4

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And we are back with the last 3 Relationship Tips for you during this time of quarantine. 

Remember- Quarantine can be a stressful time because of its uncertainty and its prolonged nature.  Today I want to speak specifically to relationships and what is happening to relationships during Covid-19. Added stress in any relationship could be detrimental, so here at Good Girl Issues I would like to offer tips and tricks to uplift and strengthen your relationship and spirit. The following points are here to help you as it has helped my husband and I who have been married for 9 years and together for 13 years. Believe it or not, in this pandemic you have the opportunity to really dig in and grow your relationship like never before. Here are the last three tips…

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10. Be willing to forgive. 

11. If tempers flare, take a break.

12. Know when to let something go.

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Prayer to Know God’s Divine Purpose For Your Life

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Dear Lord,

help me, oh Gracious Father to not be caught up in religion, but to be caught up in spirit; Your Holy Spirit that I might be more effectual in my prayers and be obedient to You (Jeremiah 1:5).

I want to serve Your Divine purpose, Lord; and do what is good and right in Your sight. Allow me, Dear Lord, to live in Your Light and the Love that You have for me. Show me how to be helpful to Your Kingdom.

Show me how to live a life of constant praise to You. Jeremiah 29:11. Bless Jesus Christ’s Holy Name.

Amen!

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Special Thanks to the Prayer Book for its incredible prayers.

Together #3

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And we are back with the next 3 Relationship Tips for you and your boo during this time of quarantine.  Remember- Quarantine can be a stressful time because of its uncertainty and its prolonged nature.  Today I want to speak specifically to relationships and what is happening to relationships during Covid-19. Added stress in any relationship could be detrimental, so here at Good Girl Issues I would like to offer tips and tricks to uplift and strengthen your relationship and spirit. The following points are here to help you as it has helped my husband and I who have been married for 9 years and together for 13 years. Believe it or not, in this pandemic you have the opportunity to really dig in and grow your relationship like never before. Here are the next three tips…

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7. Look back to the early stages of your relationship. 

8. Be open to change. 

9. If you need outside help for your relationship, reach out together.

Fun with Playdough

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If you have playdough and cookie cutters… then you have an opportunity for a good time! When it comes to fun with your little ones do not get complicated. Take out the good old-fashioned playdough and allow your children to make shapes and figures from the cookie cutters.

If you would like to take it a step further, ask your child to create a story using the shapes and figures they have created.

Enjoy!!!

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Letting Go of Resentment & Bitterness Prayer

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Heavenly Father,

I come to You now in the Name of my Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. Heavenly Father, life seems so unjust, so unfair. The pain of rejection is almost more than I can bear. My past relationships have ended in strife, anger, rejection, resentment, and bitterness.

Father, help me to let go of all bitterness and resentment. You are the One Who binds up and heals the brokenhearted. I receive Your anointing that breaks and destroys every yoke of bondage.

I receive emotional healing by faith according to Your Word, Isaiah 53:5, “and with His stripes we are healed”. I thank You for giving me the grace to stand firm until this process is complete.

I acknowledge and I thank You for my wise Counselor, the Holy Spirit! Thank You for helping me work out my salvation with fear and trembling, for it is You, Father, Who works in me to do Your will and to act according to Your good purpose. In the Name of Jesus, I choose to forgive those who have wronged me.

I choose to live a life of forgiveness because You have forgiven me. With the help of the Holy Spirit, I get rid of` all resentments, bitterness, rage, anger, brawling, and slander, along with every form of malice. I desire to be kind and passionate to others, forgiving them, just as through Christ, You forgave me. With the help of the Holy Spirit, I make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy, for I know that without holiness, no one will see You.

I chose to receive and to not miss Your grace and that no roots of resentment or bitterness grow up within me to cause trouble. I will watch and pray that I will not enter into temptation or cause others to stumble.

Thank You, Heavenly Father, that You watch over Your Word to perform it and that whom the Son has set free is free indeed. I declare that I have overcome resentment and bitterness by the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the word of my testimony.

Amen

Thank you Prayer Book for this incredible prayer!

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Carry the Baker

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Today we are highlighting an incredible Baker blazing the trail as a mother, wife and USAF veteran who has completed two tours in Afghanistan! This CEO on the go is a God-fearing woman who has a heart of gold and a passion for spreading love through her faith and deliciously baked goods.

This “Good Girl” doesn’t mind being outspoken, funny, determined, and unashamed of being authentically herself! She says: “Baking is not only a hobby for me but also my passion. Everything is made from scratch & our secret ingredient is love 🧡.”

This champion stands on the scripture 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 and believes in the concept of uplifting and moving the community forward through positive thought, action, and entrepreneurship. Francheska not only bakes but helps to inspire others in the community who want to learn how to discover and accomplish their highest potential. This sweetheart is all about her family and sets an example for her children as a fearless victor who follows her dreams and served her country.

Francheska Monroe is making moves and will soon be an operating home bakery. You can find her on Instagram and Facebook as @CarryTheBaker.

Let’s raise a glass as we honor this queen who is doing her thing!

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Together #2

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And we are back with the next 3 Relationship Tips for you and your boo during this time of quarantine.  Remember- Quarantine can be a stressful time because of its uncertainty and its prolonged nature.  Today I want to speak specifically to relationships and what is happening to relationships during Covid-19. Added stress in any relationship could be detrimental, so here at Good Girl Issues I would like to offer tips and tricks to uplift and strengthen your relationship and spirit. The following points are here to help you as it has helped my husband and I who have been married for 9 years and together for 13 years. Believe it or not, in this pandemic you have the opportunity to really dig in and grow your relationship like never before. Here are the next three tips…

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4. Recognize what’s important to your partner.

5. Don’t make “winning” your goal.

6. Learn how to respectfully resolve conflict.

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Gods Promise to Bless Me- Prayer

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As I give, it is given unto me, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. Luke 6:38.

My God makes all grace abound toward me in every favor and earthly blessing, so that I have all sufficiency for all things and I abound to every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8. I am blessed in the city, blessed in the field, blessed coming in, and blessed going out, my laying down, my rising up.

I am blessed in my finances, in my health, and in my relationships; they all flourish in the Lord. The blessings of the Lord overtake me in all areas of my life and I receive them. Deut 28:1-14. I am like a tree planted by rivers of water. I bring forth fruit in my season, my leaf shall not wither, and whatever I do will prosper if it is done in accordance to God’s will for your life. Psalms 1:3.

The blessings of the Lord makes you truly rich, and He adds no sorrow with it. Proverbs 10:22. The Lord has opened unto me His good treasure and blessed the work of my hands. He has commanded the blessing upon me in my storehouse and all that I undertake. Deuteronomy 28:8 and 12. God delights in my prosperity. Deuteronomy 8:18, 11:12 God has given me all things that pertain to life and godliness, and I am well able to possess all that God has provided for me. Numbers 13:30, 2 Peter 1:3-4.

I delight myself in the Lord, and He gives me the desires of my heart. Psalms 37:4. The Lord rebukes the devourer for my sake, and no weapon that is formed against me will prosper. By my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ I declare that all obstacles and hindrances to my prosperity are now dissolved, Isaiah 54:17. The Lord is my shepherd, and I do not want. Jesus came that I might have life and have it more abundantly. Psalms 23:1; John 10:10.

Amen

Thank you, Prayer book, for your scripturally based prayers.

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Today We Celebrate All Mothers

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I would like to take today to honor all forms of mothers! My hat goes off to the Biological, Surrogate, Adoptive, Auntie Mother, Stepmom’s, Single Mothers, Foster Mothers, Coaches, Teachers, and More!

Thank you to all who has mothered. The world benefits and grows from you love, care, and selfless support. We know that motherhood goes far beyond the ability to get pregnant and bare a child. Motherhood is the decision to put children and their wellbeing before yourself. Thank you, Mothers, Thank you!

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