Winter can be a tough time of year. Less sunlight and, in some parts of the country, snow and cold can foster feelings of lethargy and depression. Help your family harness joy by getting outside together. Snow angels are fun at any age, cross-country skiing or just a brisk walk can help battle the winter blues. Recent studies show that exposure to sunlight helps increase the body’s energy with the release of Vitamin D. Together, thank God for the gift of family and fresh air!

Once back inside, baking homemade cookies is a way to warm up your family’s heart and soul:

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Reach out to friends and neighbors with a batch of homemade cookies as a way to spread joy this winter season. Encourage the kids to join you in the kitchen on Saturday morning. As you’re baking, talk about how our faith calls us to share and care for people in our community.

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt. Stir in flour, chocolate chips, and nuts. Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased pans. Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.