Hot Chocolate And Cookies

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 12 - Hot Chocolate And Cookies - Doodlewash

Another favorite part of this season is the appearance of sweets that I rarely get to indulge in. In particular, hot chocolate and cookies, my pick for today’s prompt. A mug of hot chocolate is such a wonderful thing on a blustery and cold winter day. No matter how old I get, and I seemed to be doing that each year, I still think of coming home from sledding in the snow each time I have a sip. And as for cookies, I love how festive they become this time of year. That said, you’ll still find me loving those Danish butter cookies in the tin more than just about any other kind. Simple and plain, to be sure, but they’ve always been a tradition in my family. We don’t like the ones sprinkled with sugar on top as evidenced by those being the very last ones to ever be consumed each year. Opening the tin only to find the sugar covered cookies left was always a disappointment, so it was prudent to attack the tin early to get the best ones.

When Philippe and I were at my mom’s earlier this month, she had the traditional tin of butter cookies out and it was the first bite of Christmas we had during our stay. Pro tip, if you close the tin in between cookies, the count restarts back to just one. At least that’s what my sister once told me and I believed her simply because it’s a wonderful thing to believe. The same is true of Santa, of course. I figure the first day I don’t find myself wanting to believe reindeer can fly is the first day I’m actually getting old. The fun part about this season, for me, is seeing it with all the wonder one would find through the eyes of a child. Letting my mind and heart travel back to a time without cynical adult thinking and only youthful exuberance. A sense of sheer anticipation and joy that’s always shining inside, burning bright like lights on the tree.

Though this time of year, I really let myself become a kid again, I guess it’s something I strive for all the time. When I’m painting, I know in my heart that my observational skills will be far better if I wear the eyes of child seeing things for the very first time. I don’t assume to know everything there is to know about what I’m painting, and look carefully at things as though on my very first field trip to an unknown place. No matter how many times I paint the same subject, the child inside sees things that I might take for granted. New and wonderful bits of intrigue that I missed on my last painting and and so I’m thrilled to add them to the next one. I guess, in a way, every single time I sit down before dinner to quickly make a little doodlewash and write a story, it feels like the perfect treat. Every bit as memorable and wonderful as sitting down to have some hot chocolate and cookies.

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 #WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 12 - Hot Chocolate And Cookies - Doodlewash

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  1. June Hadaway 1 month ago

    Another beautiful story and painting. I look so forward to reading and seeing your paintings every evening. Thank you Charlie.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      That’s so lovely to hear! I’m so happy you enjoy these posts! Thanks you so much, June! 😃💕

  2. Laura 1 month ago

    Here’s to seeing the world through the eyes of a child…it’s a beautiful place.

  3. Jennifer McLean 1 month ago

    gosh I miss those butter cookies. I’m just lucky that the traditional company, Walkers, now makes gluten free shortbread. Christmas isn’t Christmas without shortbread! Mom used to make that melt in your mouth shortbread cookies, some with cherries on top, others plain. I always fought for the plain. I hear ya about the sugar on top!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Yay! Glad we weren’t along on the plain ones!! hehe! And yay to finding shortbread you can eat… that’s another wonderful part of the season! 😃💕

  4. Sandra Strait 1 month ago

    I do love the tinned shortbread cookies, but Mom’s homemade shortbread, hot from the oven – just butter, sugar and flour, can’t be beat. I have the recipe but with so few people around I’d eat way too much of it. It’s probably tastes better in my memory anyway. I’ll have the cup of hot chocolate though, especially if served up as pretty as your painting!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 I have to admit to liking the butter part best!! hehe

  5. Linda 1 month ago

    Such a lovely painting, Charlie! And your description of observing this holiday season through the eyes of a child- oh how wonderful! Enjoy and never lose that ability!

  6. Teri Casper 1 month ago

    It’s that 6 yer old in us all that has the most fun. Love how you keep yours alive and active. We should have a play date 😂😂😂

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks, Teri! 😃💕 Yeah, that six year old has all the fun… we should always listen! And a play date would be SO fun!! hehe

  7. Sharon Nolfi 1 month ago

    Wonderful color and shadows in your painting! Who doesn’t believe in Santa Claus? He’s the magic and love in each of use.

  8. smzang 1 month ago

    This post stirs my heart! I was writing a reply, and realized it was as long as your article. I tried to delete the last two paragraphs, but the gods were on your side and my whole diatribe just disappeared. Basically I had said when it comes to writing and painting, you are the bees knees. Ok, that isn’t what it really said, but that’s what it meant! Off now to put some more whipped topping on my hot chocolate.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Awww… I’m sorry I missed out on the full comment! But thanks so much for the encouragement! It’s tough to make these daily posts, so I’m thrilled that you think they’re any good! hehe… Thanks!! 😃💕

  9. Jill Kuhn 1 month ago

    Reading your stories and enjoying your art is ALWAYS a treat to me, Charlie! ❤️ You take me down memory lane and give me a smile! Thank you, friend! 🍷

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Aww thanks so much, Jill! 😃💕 That’s really the best lane to stroll down!! Love it!

  10. Nancy Sapp 1 month ago

    Here it is 10 p.m. & NOW I want some hot chocolate & those scrumptious-looking cookies you painted. ALL your foods look Divine – the way you paint them. I thought for sure I saw Santa last year & the year before. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Hehe! Yay! I’m sure you DID see him then! And you deserve a treat! DO it!! hehe 😃💕

  11. SnehLata Maheshwari 1 month ago

    Lovely story n cup of chocolate as well.charlie.

  12. Rod Fletcher 1 month ago

    Nice on Charlie. I’m afraid the Danish cookies are too ‘melt in the mouth’ for me, and so I have already got in my stash of butter shortbreads from Scotland. Same plain fare, but the butter makes them divine. The other thing is – they go so well with a glass of sherry or port..🥂

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Quite true! hehe… I indulge in Scottish shortbread as well. It’s nearly like biting directly into a stick of butter. Glorious!! 😃💕

  13. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 1 month ago

    The child in you must be a lot of fun to share cookies and not chocolate with. I bet you could make a gray day sparkle. Perfect special power for this season.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Aww that’s such a sweet thing to say! Thanks, Sharon! I would definitely share my cookies and chocolate with you, my friend! 😃💕

  14. Painting sweets and glossy red, thinking reindeer and Santa – you must be my lost brother, Charlie 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Aww… that would be awesome to discover, Violeta!! 😃💕 Thanks! Glossy reds are really tough for me, so it’s good I’m getting a bit of practice this month!

  15. Pamela Smith 1 month ago

    Charlie,I totally agree seeing first through a child’s eyes,such excitement.
    Yummy painting..

  16. Ros Selle 1 month ago

    It feels like Christmas already!

  17. Nay Aung 1 month ago

    Wow really love your red Charlie!!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Aww thanks, Nay! 😃💕 I appreciate that! I’m trying to get better about using reds! hehe

  18. jmnowak 1 month ago

    Your jam shortbread used to be a favourite of mine, at any time. But, I don’t seem to see them any more. Maybe that’s a good thing; gives my teeth a fighting chance! 😁 Hot choc, yum (cute mug).

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks, Janina! 😃💕 hehe… yeah… thankfully I only test my teeth like this once a year! lol

  19. Susan Cuss 1 month ago

    I can almost feel the cold snow melting into my socks. Yes, we had hot chocolate and cookies after tobogganing too! Exhilarating. Ah, we should always strive to see the magic of this world through the eyes of a child! Nice memory and nice painting.

    • Kaye Boggs 1 month ago

      I just had to get up from my computer and make myself a cup of Mocha because my mouth was watering recalling hot chocolate days…and it is so good to sip on this cool morning in Florida.

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        Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

        Awesome!! Sounds like you had the perfect treat! Glad I could tempt you! 😉💕

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Susan! 😃💕 Yeah, sliding around in the snow was such a fun time and hot chocolate was the perfect conclusion! We don’t get as much snow here these days with the changing climate, but it’s always a treat when it shows up! 😃💕

  20. Jacob 1 month ago

    Perfectly cosy! I drink plenty of hot chocolate throughout the year, but it tastes better at Christmas, for definite – maybe it’s the shortbread!

    Hahaha, I do the reset with the tin too, and it’s the same with the box of sweets and the tube of Pringles, and any other container of temptation. It really works! 😉

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      See??? It totally works! Brilliant! LOL And yeah, I do think the shortbread add a lot to the hot chocolate this time of year. It’s pure magic!! hehe 😃💕

  21. Delores Azary 1 month ago

    I love your hot chocolate and cookies!

  22. Heide 1 month ago

    I love how your charming stories often conceal rich philosophies and lessons — like remembering to seek wonder in the world, as if seeing through the eyes of a child. In your honor I will have hot chocolate tonight, Charlie, and raise a toast to your good health. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Excellent!! And cheers to you and your inner child, Heide! May you both live long and happy lives together! 😃💕

  23. Thomas Blanchard 1 month ago

    Nice! I enjoy Danish butter cookies but homemade shortbread in its buttery goodness is best in my book.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      I’m now drooling… thankfully, I’m not a YouTube blogger…. LOL YUM! Yes please, Tom! 😃💕

  24. Sandra Gilbert 1 month ago

    I think your paintings and little stories a a treat too, best enjoyed with a nice cup of something hot… tea, coffee, or hot chocolate all do the trick.

  25. […] hill again. Perhaps, if I’m lucky, when I reach the bottom, I’ll get to enjoy a lovely cup of hot chocolate and some gingerbread […]

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