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Vanilla Melt Away Cookies

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You all are the best. I received so many kind, supportive, and just down right great comments yesterday. Thanks! In celebration of the week almost being over and Husband coming home soon, I thought I'd post a cookie recipe. I made these little gems at Christmas time and never got the recipe up, but it's worth getting back to now. Have you ever had melt away cookies?! There are lots of variations (mint, chocolate, coffee...), but my very favorite are the deliciously simple vanilla cookies with vanilla icing. These cookies are a cross between a Mexican wedding cake cookie and shortbread in Continue Reading →


Double Chocolate Cherry Cordial M&M Cookies

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I love enjoying foods in their proper season. The kids begged my to buy a watermelon last week at the grocery store and I told them no. Watermelon is not meant to be eaten in February. I explained to them that it is a "summer food" and things taste even better when you have to wait a little while to enjoy them in their proper season. Candy follows a similar pattern in my life. I love Cadbury Mini Eggs at Easter, candy corn at Halloween, English toffee at Christmas, and cinnamon lips at Valentine's. Having to wait all year to enjoy Continue Reading →


Pretty in Pink Valentine’s Popcorn

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Valentine's is just around the corner! Today I'm sharing a lovely and delicious Valentine popcorn treat. It's quick, easy, super cute, and makes a big batch. This is the perfect thing to bring to a party, make for your kids to enjoy after school, or divvy it up into those fun little cellophane bags to surprise your neighbors. This popcorn is sweet and sticky. It has conversation hearts and sprinkles hiding in it, and it's a lovely shade of light pink. Things that are sweet, pink, and full of hearts are always a good thing in my book. Now all you have to Continue Reading →


Eggnog Ice Cream

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It's Christmas Eve Eve! And what does that mean? Running around like a crazy person trying to finish up projects, wrap gifts, baking, figuring out what appetizers to make for Christmas Eve, and about a million other things. I know I'm not alone either... I've seen your busy instagram and facebook up-dates! If you are in need of a ridiculously easy, tasty, and quick dessert then look no more, this easy eggnog ice cream will be sure to please. It literally has two ingredients and practically makes itself. Plus all that spice and creaminess from the eggnog makes for a delicious Continue Reading →


White Chocolate Bottomed Ginger Cookies

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It's December! How did December get there?! If you are like me you are getting into the full swing of the holiday season and all of its little perks. There are cookies to bake, gifts to hand-craft, and parties to attend and host. Those three things are some of my very favorite parts of the holidays. When I think about cookies, parties, and handmade gifts I often think of the delightful smells that go with those things. The spicy sweet ginger, the rustic cedar tree we always cut from the mountain, the warm cider from our own apples we pressed, popcorn to Continue Reading →


Hot Cocoa Gift Set

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Christmas is in the air and I know I'm not the only one thinking about what to give all the people that I love. We just moved to the tiny town that my husband grew up in. Tiny town life means two things 1) we know and are friends with nearly everyone or 2) we are related to everyone else. My list for friends and neighbor gifts is huge this year so I've been pondering on the perfect thing to give that won't break the bank. That's where this adorable hot cocoa gift set comes in. All of the jars, cups, Continue Reading →


The Ultimate American Girl Acessory Guide: Buy it, Make it, Love it

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I can't believe that Christmas is almost here! If you are like me you are putting the finishing touches on the house, baking all kinds of treats, and buying the last of your gifts. This year I was lucky enough to snag an American Girl doll on a major sale. I paid less than $60 (including shipping!) for the doll, first book, and an extra set of clothes. I'm beyond excited to give such a wonderful gift to my six-year-old. She is going to be so excited on Christmas morning because she's been asking for a "big doll" for months Continue Reading →


White Chocolate Gingerbread Blondies

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Once in a while I come across a recipe that is simply perfect and I make that recipe over and over again. That is the case with these amazing White Chocolate Gingerbread Blondies. They were served at a church function by a lovely woman named Molly years ago. Everyone went nuts over them and so she handed out the recipe like a true friend. That recipe has graced my cookie plates and many holiday parties since. I'm not crazy over gingerbread but this is just the right mix of sweet, spiced, ginger, and chocolate to make an outstanding treat. Plus you Continue Reading →


Mint Dipped Double Chocolate Cookies

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After getting a whopping 18 inches of snow this weekend it officially feels like Christmas. Snow makes everything so clean, bright, and well, just plain Christmas-like. I've gotten most of my shopping done for my family, minus the stocking stuffers, and now it's time for me to turn my attention to friends and neighbor gifts. I love, love, LOVE to make cookie/goodie plates every year and I love to get them out to friends as early as I can. I try to beat the cookie burn-out by being the first one to have my treats in their kitchens. I start planning, Continue Reading →


Whole Grain Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cake from Texanerin Baking

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Hello all! While I’m enjoying the newest (and teeniest) member of our family, I have asked some of my very favorite blogging friends to share some of their absolute favorite posts with you. Today's post is from Erin. She's my healthy dessert idol! She's never met a recipe that she couldn't improve with whole grains and my, is she good at it! If you are looking to be a little more healthy but still enjoy your desserts and baked goods, Erin and her blog are the place for you. Enjoy!   Hi everyone! I'm Erin and blog over at Texanerin Baking. Originally Continue Reading →