Habitica Cookie Exchange!

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In honor of the holiday season, the Habitica Team is here to share our favorite cookie recipes!

First, a cookie collaboration from Alys and shanaqui!

Start with this shortbread recipe: https://thehappyfoodie.co.uk/recipes/the-very-best-shortbread

Of the recipe, shanaqui says: “I always loved shortbread as a kid but never had it made for me… and then my wife got a Mary Berry book, masses of semolina to use, and a new oven. We *might* have eaten most of the first batch before the oven even cooled. No regrets!”

If you’d like to make them into adorable snails rather than cutouts or rectangles, Alys recommends you slightly reduce the liquid in the above recipe.

To make the snail bodies, roll dough into 6cm long shapes, thinner at one end, and flatten slightly. Place them at least 2cm apart on a lightly greased oven tray.

Make the heads by rolling dough into balls and placing the balls on the thick ends of the bodies. Create the faces with cachous for eyes and mouths and thin strips of liquorice for antennae.

Cook as described in the recipe but cooking time will probably need to be less than the recipe says because the shapes are small.

After cooking, melt white cooking chocolate and drizzle over the snails’ backs with a piping bag or a spoon. Use more melted chocolate to attach shell-shaped chocolates to the backs.

 

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Fox Town offers a delicious (and gluten- and dairy-free!) Ricciarelli (Almond Cookie) recipe!

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150C)

Mix 230 g almond flour (a generous 2 cups) with 130 g confectioner’s (powdered) sugar (a scant 1 1/2 cups unsifted), 1/2 t baking soda, 1/2 t salt

In a small bowl mix one egg, 2T honey, and 1/2 t vanilla extract;
add into dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Dough will be firm and a bit sticky.

roll into 1” balls, roll balls in more confectioners sugar, and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Bake 18 minutes.

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Beffymaroo is here with a childhood favorite: a Spritz recipe, presented to you as an 80’s flashback (courtesy of the classic Wisconsin Electric Cookie Book):

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These cookies are traditionally made with a cookie press- an item that often ends up at thrift stores, so that’s a great place to pick one up inexpensively.

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Piyo goes for a cookie that’s great any time of the year: Cookies and Cream cookies!

https://kirbiecravings.com/soft-cookies-and-cream-cookies-2/g

And, for another fantastic anytime cookie, check out her favorite chocolate chip recipe: https://kyleekitchen.blogspot.com/2015/08/tips-and-tricks-for-perfect-chocolate.html

And last but not least, Redphoenix gives us a neat and simple recipe for salt dough!

It’s not quite an edible cookie dough (because I’m still trying to find my go-to cookie recipe!) [editor’s note: Beffymaroo definitely tried to eat this dough as a child anyway] but I have been on a bit of a kick to decorate for the holidays without spending money on chintzy, poor-quality decorations. Hence, salt dough, which is classic, easy, and extremely cost-effective.

Mix 1 cup flour and half a cup of salt. Add most of a half cup of water (not all of it—you may want to reserve some until you have a sense of how much moisture your dough needs. Mud textures are fun but uncooperative in holding to a particular shape).

Roll out the dough. I prefer somewhere around half a centimeter or a quarter of an inch in thickness. Cut out with cookie cutters, or a glass or jar if you haven’t got cookie cutters and you’re ok with round ones. If you have a straw handy, it’s useful for making a nice clean hole if you’re planning to string up ornaments later.

Bake at 200F (93C), but play around with this temperature setting, as every oven is different. Let cool and dry, which may take anywhere from a day to several days. Once it’s dry, you can do things like decorate it with markers, apply a layer of ModPodge (which will seal it and also add gloss), or if you’re lazy and/or a minimalist like me, string it with a pretty ribbon and hang it up.

What’s your favorite cookie recipe? Let us know in the comments, or on our Twitter, tumblr, Facebook, or Instagram!

 

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Use Case Spotlight: Professionalization and “Adulting” Skills

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This month, our Use Case Spotlight focuses on professionalization and “adulting” skills — all those things that we managed to avoid as kids and now unfortunately have to remember on a regular basis, for example, like paying the bills! Fortunately, there are plenty of examples from users on just how to user Habitica to help with that…

First of all, goaskmissalice explains that she views Habitica like a personal assistant:

ALL of my “run my business” tasks are in Habitica and I pretend that my Avatar is my personal assistant, here to remind me about things that are complicated, multi-step or involve deadlines. Sometimes I will drag myself through some tedious task simply because I am about to defeat a bossfight. It reminds me to reorder supplies, warns me when our advertising campaign needs to be renewed and helps me keep track of things that might have otherwise fallen through the cracks. My employees know to take it seriously when I tell them I AM PUTTING THIS ON MY HABITICA.

They better take it seriously! Nobody wants to disappoint Melior, right?

Mavro_Asteri shares how they plan their day on Habitica:

It’s a great tool for teams, but I also use for work: I’ll go through my morning emails, mark actionable items back as “Unread” then make my work To Do list for that day based on those unread emails. As more requests are made during the day, I’ll add to the To Do list. If everything isn’t done in that day, I’ll copy the incomplete tasks to the Next day’s list, then complete the current To Do for the evening.

chikadee talks about how they use Guilds and Challenges for extra motivation, and how they use Habits and To-Dos in managing their time:

I use YNAB (although I’m lapsing) so there is a YNAB challenge in the Financial Discipline guild that I use to remind me to budget regularly and when to do budget check ups. I use todo challenges or the planning challenges in the Planner Addicts guild to remind me about sifting through my work e-mails and such. I also use habits for being on time to appointments and work. Positive habits if I’m on time or 15 mins early and negative if I’m late, really late, or have to cancel something last minute. I kind of use To Dos as a brain dump sometimes for things I need to go shopping for or to do. There’s a deep dark red to do right now to change my headlight!

Finally, Rieye has some thoughts on how to keep things balanced:

Self-care tasks like meditating and singing and drinking water are at the very top of the list so that every time I look at Habitica I see those first.

When everything gets frustrating, I have a “Extra Adulting” habit that I can click to remind myself that it’s not about me, it’s just stuff that has to get done, and at least I get points 🙂

There are other suggestions in the guild that are well worth reading, so don’t forget to check out the Use Case Spotlights Guild. You can even add your own strategies, and if you share something for next topic when we announce it, you could be featured in next month’s post!

And of course, there’s also a Guild Spotlight to help you look for further ideas on how to take care of yourself.

Professionalization and “Adulting” Skills: Guild Spotlight

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A lot of us struggle with the everyday tasks of adult life like paying bills, and with adjusting to the routines of professional life. Fortunately, there are some Guilds out there on Habitica dedicating to figuring this sort of thing out!

Life BasicsSometimes, the simplest things are actually pretty hard. The Life Basics Guild is about getting the foundations right: the users there know all about executive dysfunction, fatigue, depression, and all those issues that can get between you and “proper adulting”. If you’re looking for support with fixing the fundamentals, this Guild is perfect.

Financial DisciplineNeed to look ahead, save money, figure out why there’s never anything left at the end of the month? This Guild is all about getting control of your finances and staying organised. There are challenges running as well as plenty of users ready to share their tips and experiences!

Time ManagementThis Guild is a one-stop-shop for all kinds of tips and tricks on managing your time. The members know all about pomodoros and bulletjournals, the Eisenhower matrix and more. Check out the description and post in the chat to get all kinds of support!

Don’t forget to check out the Use Case Spotlight on the same topic for advice from users just like you!

Habitican Shared Task Lists

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It’s Wiki Wednesday! Once a month we highlight a helpful post from the Wiki with tips about productivity, wellness, and optimizing your use of Habitica!

It can be really useful to know how other people use Habitica, especially when you’re just starting out. How do people distinguish between Dailies and Habits? What do you need to do every day? The Shared Task Lists page can help with those burning questions, for newbies and veterans alike.

Each Habitican develops their own unique way of setting up their tasks in Habitica, but there is always curiosity about what others have on their lists. This page allows Habiticans to share some of their tasks with others. Since the Habitica community is global and has users from all ages and backgrounds, seeing shared tasks can be very enlightening and educational for all. Feel free to add your own tasks to this page!

Shopping around for the right new Dailies to make your task list complete? Check out the full article here!