Get It While It’s Hot!


I’m going to sign up for Obamacare soon…I just have to send out my Christmas cards and get my real estate calendars in the mail first.

I’ve been feeling like it’s midnight at five o’clock lately, which has not helped to keep my energy level going strong.

But hey, through the darkest time of the year, I have managed not to gain 20 pounds despite the fact that I’ve baked a half dozen poppy seed and nut rolls, a double batch of my all-time favorite chocolate chip cookies with red and green Holiday M&M’s (see recipe below*), a double batch of my yummy Swiss Butter Cookies with Lemon frosting,  a few batches of “Basler Brunsli”, and to make 9 jars of “Marroni Creme” with the extremely tasty chestnuts that we’ve been blessed with this year.

Tomorrow is the Solstice, the start of Winter, the day with the least amount of light, and we all know what the day after signifies don’t we?

That’s right, daylight hours starts to get longer, and before you know it, ta da!  Spring will be here.

If you want to feel something, and maybe even get up off your booty and move it, click on the clip below.

Oh, and Happy Holidays!


* My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies*
(from “The Great Book of Chocolate” by David Lebovitz)

I like to soak the nuts for a few hours.  Then I toast them in the oven.

1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (120 grams) firmly packed light brown sugar
8 tablespoons (1 stick) (115 grams) unsalted butter, cold, cut into 1/2-inch (1cm) pieces
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 cups (175 grams) all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt or 1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt (Deb option)
1 1/2 cups (200 grams) semisweet chocolate chips, or, Holiday M&M’s
1 cup (130 grams) walnuts or pecans, toasted and chopped

Adjust the oven rack to the top third of the oven and preheat to 300F (150C). Line three baking sheets with parchment paper.

Beat the sugars and butters together until smooth. Mix in the egg, vanilla, and baking soda.

Stir together the flour and salt, then mix them into the batter. Mix in the chocolate chips and nuts.

Scoop the cookie dough into 2-tablespoon (5cm) balls and place 8 balls, spaced 4 inches (10cm) apart, on each of the baking sheets.

Bake for 18 minutes, or until pale golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

Pack them quickly and send off to loved ones asap 🙂


About Sadhvi

Sadhvi's trying to find the balance in life over 50 without having any surgery, taking any pills, or killing anyone. She doesn't want to look or feel the way she felt when she was 20 or 30. Trusting that everything is really OK unless you think about it helps her make it through each day. Also realizing that nothing can be done, and, that nothing matters really helps. Gardening (and weeding), poppies and flowers, painting on things, baking, and sharing on Oops50 helps to make it all right too.

9 thoughts on “Get It While It’s Hot!

  1. You’re a better person than I am. Haven’t baked a “thang” so far. I’ve been dedicated to finishing my soon to be released book – and now I think I’ve gotten there! Maybe still time to fill the air with sweet aromas. Stay warm and happy and healthy. And keep those posts coming.

  2. Loved the rocking video! Yooo man can he rock! Now for these cookies – all I can say the bag you sent us is empty – did you hear me? EMPTY. Your brownies are #1 and these just might knock them off this position (although we have not had any brownies lately – hint hint). Today Santa’s helper in Asheville sent another batch of great butter heart cookies. My partner had to hide that bag from me or they would be gone also. You are a great cook – love everything you sent to us. Happy holidays – Love you Sadhvi

  3. Sadhvi, thanks so much for sending that video ad for the Obamacare. I love it! Will watch many times and forward around!
    Happy Solstice.

  4. WOW! Great-looking treat and delicious- sounding goodies!! We just this week signed up for new BCBS plans under Filled out the applications on-line (very easy) and then went to the BCBS office on Hendersonville road to get some questions answered and finish the process and ended up with better policies than we currently have and amazingly low premiums. GO FOR IT!

  5. Sadhvi…that’s a work of art…at first I was thinking ooh Sadhvi, that must be a troll…but being somewhat blind I didn’t have my glasses on…but when I did…ooh, lo and behold…it’s a buddha -troll surrounded by a christmas wonderland of goodies..!!! besitos to you and the señor

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