Salted Butter Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies

I've been studying up on the Law of Giving lately from my new read "The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success." Why, you may wonder? Because I believe there's a whole lot of pretty wonderful stuff out there that we can't see. Remember those Planet Earth or Cosmos's episodes you binged a while back?  The earth is too marvelous for words, am I right?  We spend quite a bit of our lives understanding what we can see, but not usually what we can't. So, I'm on an intriguing quest to know more, and to see where we fit into all of it. 

This Law could really be called "The Law of Giving and Receiving." How fitting a recipe for such a topic . . . who wouldn't love an excuse to make up a batch of these to give, and who wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of a handful of these babies? 

But first, let's get you all caught up on the Law of Giving so you give your cookies like a PRO. The Universe operates through a dynamic exchange of giving and receiving. Nothing is static. Think about that for a moment - you can see how that feels true, right? We could get into the specifics of how and why this works, but I know you're really eye-ballin' that cookie dough, so let's get right to it.

The key points to putting this Law into action are:
1) The more you give, the more you receive. 
2) Anything that is of value in life will multiply when given. 
3) If in the act of giving, you feel you have lost something or you have given grudgingly, then there is no energy behind the giving. 
4) The easiest way to get what you want, is to help others get what they want. 
5) Your giving does not have to be monetary. Give the gift of a card, a flower, a compliment, a silent blessing, a book, a hug, attention, appreciation, love . . . or cookies ; ) 

So how can you put this into action and start seeing some pretty cool things happen in your life? Start the process of circulation: make a decision that wherever you go, you will GIVE. Whomever you come into contact, give them something. When you go to someone's home, bring them a gift, if even a card. The more you give, the more you will see the miraculous affects of this Law at work in your life. And the more you receive, the greater your ability will be to give. See how that works? That's pretty sweet. Now, onto the COOKIES!!!

The recipe is from Alison Roman’s first cookbook "Dining In." If you're on Instagram and follow any foodies, you might have seen these babies taunting you in your feed. One look at the title and they had me at salted butter. I realized all my life I've been quite the square only putting unsalted in my cart. 

Salted Butter Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies

You'll roll the dough into cookie dough logs and let it cool in the fridge for 2 hours or the freezer for 30 minutes.  

Salted Butter Chocolate Chunk Shortbread

I'm all for subbing ingredients in a pinch, but a little trip to the store to get these just right, is worth it. The must-have ingredients are ~ salted butter, flaky sea salt, really good vanilla, and a chocolate baking bar at your favorite cacao level. 

Salted Butter Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies
Salted Butter Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies

What you'll get when they're finished is a dynamic exchange of salty and sweet, soft and crunchy. . . cookie and shortbread, and oh my gracious. . . . . that burst in your mouth butter! 

Salted Butter Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Chookies

What are you waiting for?! RUN to the store, grab some containers while you're picking up the ingredients, call up a friend to come over and co-chef the best freaking cookies to grace your oven in a while. Turn up the music. Double the batch. Make sure not to eat all the dough. Smell all the smells. Then see what the joy of giving cookies can bring into your life, your neighbors, and loves. But don't stop there, keep practicing giving. You are a part of the dynamic exchange of the Universe, and that makes you too marvelous not to be a giver. XO ~ Jen

Get the Recipe here! 

My #1 Mistake

This is my cautionary tale for the mother, father, partner, and any individual who is busy. About 7 years ago I started my dream photo business and built it to success . . . but I did it all all wrong.

I lost the art of play. I didn't set boundaries. I didn't factor in what kind of lifestyle I wanted. I didn't really see my children and partner. Without me realizing - I was always in my to-do list, in my tomorrow, in the next project, in my worry, in my re-hashing a sent email, trapped in my mind and not living my life. I lost track of time. I did not understand the importance of being truly present and alive.

All the money in the world is not worth the years I missed of sleeping, proper eating, walks in the sunshine, laughter, and the memories I could have created with my family. I blinked and here we are, 7 years older. I finally shut my computer down a few months ago. When I did, it was as if I had been freed from a prison cell. I felt emotions more deeply. I saw color more vividly. I saw my family - I saw how truly beautiful they are. I saw the sunrise tip toe into my bedroom. I felt my furry companion purring at my side. I smelled the coffee beans before I ground them. I felt grass between my toes. I heard brilliant belly laughs. I took pleasure in pause and silence. When I awoke, I realized the deal I had made. A deal that took my breath away once I saw the terms. I traded time for pursuit. I squandered the most precious gift I had ever been gifted. I said goodbye to my children's childhood. I lost countless evenings spent wrapped in my lover's arms. I made a deal so painful that my only solace is in knowing I will never make that deal again, and that other's may learn from my mistake.

I rarely work in the evenings now. But if I must they tell me "it's okay, we're used to it." And then while holding back tears, all I want to do is rush to my children in the past, hold their smaller bodies in my arms that I didn’t take time to memorize, and tell them I’m so sorry. I want to mold my body in between his arms and and listen to every laugh that exits his body during late night tv. Then I’d turn to Jen 7 years ago and shake her. I'd wake her up. I'd tell her that everything you want is right in front of you. Be ambitious. Pursue your passions. Be a dreamer. Be a doer. But be balanced. Be a mother, a lover, a daughter, a friend first. Build everything with them at your side. Build it cautiously, without a single layer of regret. Build it differently.

Jennifer Lee Coaching

The Mother of All Mexican Casseroles

Every day could be Taco Tuesday at our house and I don't think anyone would complain. It's easily our favorite dinner, especially mine if guacamole is involved.  Instead of the usual hard shell taco, try this healthy Mexican casserole. (you could even use it for taco filling - that's delicious!) The first time I made this I remember dumping everything into my dutch oven and feeling like . . . that's it? I walked away with so much satisfaction knowing my part of dinner was done and all I had to do was wait to eat it! Wow is it a family-pleaser. It's requested nearly every week and I happily oblige. Keep scrolling for your new family favorite recipe - it's a keeper!!

Healthy Mexican Quinoa Casserole Recipe
Healthy Mexican Quinoa Casserole Recipe
Healthy Mexican Quinoa Casserole Recipe
Healthy Mexican Quinoa Casserole Recipe
Healthy Mexican Quinoa Casserole Recipe

21 Day Fix Mexican Casserole

Why I closed my photography business . . .

I love the uncertainty of my life, and boy am I lucky that it doesn't drive Justin mad. This is big. Let me catch you up real quick, secrets divulged and all. . .

About 8 years ago, I almost quit photography before I began. Nobody knew who I was, my photos were garbage at the time, and I didn't have a single booked client. Justin (and my heart) said keep going. All logic pointed to waiting, but I'm glad I didn't listen. Instead, I opened my photography studio on Maine Street. Within a few months I had the beginnings of a successful photography business. I booked up with incredible clients and watched my little dream grow from nothing to my everything.

Then my path became uncertain. My heart wasn't completely fulfilled, and something more was calling me. I wrote a journal entry that simply said - "I want my job to be helping people."

5 years ago, my desire to create something new was stirring. I began designing a unique platform for creative professionals to run an organized business, online. It was projected to gross $1,645,000 by the end of the 2nd year. Except, we needed investors. I was in negotiation with a successful company in Portland who wanted to partner with me. The CEO was getting ready to fly us out to give me the floor to present the idea. Then at the last minute, they backed out. I stayed in bed the entire day, soaking my sheets in tears. The next day I picked up a book called “Onward,” and onward my soul went. About a month later I found out we were having June and honestly, I was too tired to start all over again. I wisely chose to focus on being a mother.

This is when my path stayed the same. My heart was less ignited, I started to feel mediocrity set in, and life became a waiting room. I wanted something more, but instead of believing I could have it, I continued waiting.

1 year ago, my many years of focusing on my business ventures instead of myself - compounded. I came across a fitness program that put me on a powerful path of inner and outer wellness. I believed this could give me an outlet to help others, so I became a fitness coach. It re-awakened my desire to build a business around helping others, but I wanted to help on a deeper level.

My path became uncertain again. My first dream was calling more clearly this time. "I want to show people their dreams are possible and that they can create lives they love living."

I have taken a leap into the thing that I've always known I was made to do:  So, here I am in this new role, ready to serve YOU. I'm having conversations daily with people who want more from life. I guide clients through powerful inner transformations so that they can become their highest self and make their impact on the world. I do this through individual coaching sessions and online courses I've created.

Now, here I stand today, much like I stood at the beginning of my photography business. All signs point to wait before I take my next leap. This leap is my biggest yet. It is the business I have wanted my entire life but I never saw a way for it to exist. Now I do. Everything in my logical world is telling me to stop, go back, turn around to safety. But my heart is so brilliantly beating with calm courage, and a huge YES. Go for it. You are meant for this. Every leap I've ever taken has brought into my life more riches than I could ever experience staying comfortable. There is nothing worth experiencing in the waiting room of life. Exit it today, and every day, and start creating a life that lights you up. My coaching supports the entrepreneurial spirit, shows the dreamer how to take action, and helps the hopeless find purpose and courage to shine their light into the world. How will you boldly and creatively serve the world? If you're denying who you truly are and what you're meant to do, then the world is missing out on your light. I would love to guide you into a life and business you really, truly LOVE. There is magic that exists on the inside of you and I want to show you how to find it, that's what I'm in the business of. . .

It's official, my name is Jennifer and I'm a Life and Business Coach. Gosh, I’m overwhelmed with emotion at how good those words feel. I really want this kind of joy for you too. If you're ready to take the leap into your dreams, I'm ready to show you how. I’ve passionately created a 6 week course that can change EVERYTHING for you. Reach out to me! We start 2/18, let's leap together ❤️


Jennifer Lee Life & Business Coaching

Skinny Strawberry Kombucha Cocktail

Vodka is my jam. I'm always looking for different mixers that are low in calories without compromising on taste. Vodka / Soda gets a little boring, am I right? When I heard about Kombucha as a mixer - I'm thinking that totally cancels out the booze right?! I went straight to the store to pick up some strawberry Kombucha and play with a new cocktail recipe. I added one measured level shot of vodka, sliced strawberries, mint sprigs, ice, and filled an 8 oz glass with Synergy Strawberry Kombucha. If you need to sweeten it, you could make a simple syrup and add to taste. Cheers friends! 

1 Shot of Vodka
8oz Kombucha (flavor of your choice) 
Sliced Strawberries
1-2 mint sprigs
(optional: make a simple syrup using equal parts sugar and water, heating until dissolved, then pouring in once it is cool) 

Kombucha Cocktail Vodka Skinny Healthy Recipe
Kombucha Cocktail Vodka Skinny Healthy Recipe
Kombucha Cocktail Recipe