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  • Writer's pictureCharlsie Pecoraro

The Holiday Countdown in Mobile & Baton Rouge!

Cookies cooling on a rack.
Marion Cookies

If you spend a few minutes on social media or get out in public you will find people experiencing different emotions during the holidays. Children are on their best behavior because "Santa" is watching. Parents are busy with working, shopping and driving the kids to various parties. Some enjoy the hustle and bustle while others are stressed.

Some folks are facing Christmas without a loved one. Our parents are no longer living so we look for ways to honor them every year.

One thing that my husband and I do is bake cookies. We use his mother's recipe aptly named "Marion Cookies". I roll them out with an antique wooden rolling pin that belonged to my mom. Our kitchen feels crowded with "love" because we know the mothers are watching and enjoying being a part of our tradition.

My mother adored Christmas time and always made certain that it was a memorable occasion for me. I remember standing on a stool helping her roll out cookies and decorate them for friends and family. She made incredible divinity and other holiday delights. Our home smelled glorious and I know my dad packed on a few extra pounds every year! I saw him relax and really enjoy life during the holidays. He was a hard working entrepreneur with numerous employees depending on his efforts for their income. It could be very draining on him at times.

Instead of getting caught up in the self-imposed burdens of the season, why not find the joy? Uncover a way to commemorate your loved ones. Spend time with the people who love you. Call an old friend. Visit a lonely neighbor. Get outside in nature and soak in the fresh air.

Cherish the reason for the is all about love for one another.

Marion Cookie Recipe


3/4 cup of butter, softened

1 cup of sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

Mix shortening, butter, eggs and vanilla thoroughly then add baking powder, flour, sugar and salt. Form into dough and refrigerate for 1 hour

Preheat Oven to 350

Roll out dough on floured surface.

Cut into cookie circles and place on cookie sheet

Bake for 10-12 minutes

Let cookies cool on rack for 5 minutes, add icing if you want to!


Last Minute Shopping Deals & Events in Mobile!

Crimson Blue Boutique - Saturday Super Deals up to 50% off! 10AM-2PM Click here for more information!

Nouveau on Dauphin - 12 days of Christmas Savings! Click here for more! Gift cards are available too!

Domke Christmas Dirty Santa & Wine Party - Friday 6:30-9PM. Click here for more information! You can still get a custom gift basket, gift cards or sign up for Wine Club!

Ruby Ribbon with Melissa - Huge savings! Click here for more information

Reney's Honey Butter has sampler gift bags for folks on your list! Click here for more!

Ashley Scarbrough has got you covered for all those last minute beauty gifts. Click here!

Hickory Pit, Clean Eatz, The Cheese Cottage & Joe's Pizza & Pasta are all offering gift cards for the holiday season of giving!

Shop local, Support local! #wearebettertogether


Fun Things Happening this Week in Baton Rouge!

Mestizo Market - 3rd annual market featuring 10 local artists and entrepreneurs on Tuesday, December 18 from 5-9PM. Click here for details!

Ice Skating on the River - click here for details!

Visit Baton Rouge - check out the CVB's website for great things happening in and around the Red Stick this week. Click here for more!

Avant Tous has incredible spa specials for the holidays. Click here for details!


Let's offer a warm welcome to the latest addition to! Meet Ron Finch, owner of Enviro-Master of Mobile. This unique service aids in preventing the spread of contagious disease through hygiene.

Read more about Ron and his team by clicking here.

Great company and great leader!


I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

~ Charlsie


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