Friday, December 19, 2014

Peppermint Bark Blossoms

I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.  Thank you Influenster and Hershey's Kisses!

These are my new go-to Christmas cookies; easy to make, taste heavenly, and look festive!
I love the original Peanut Butter Blossoms and I am all about Peppermint Bark. Combining the two? A no- brainer.  Have a cookie swap?  Try these and be prepared for compliments :)

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch- process cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup vegetable shortening or 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup peppermint crunch
unwrapped Hershey's Peppermint Kisses

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and set aside.
Cream butter and sugar in electric mixer with a paddle attachment.  Mix on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy.  Mix in shortening (or additional butter). Add eggs and vanilla; mix until creamy.  Gradually add flour mixture.  Add peppermint crunch until just combined.
Use a small ice cream scoop for uniform cookies and drop onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake until edges are firm and a toothpick comes out clean from center, about 12 minutes.  Insert unwrapped Hershey's Peppermint Kisses into center of each cookie.  Let cool on a wire rack.  Can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days. (Let's be honest, they never last that long.)

Modified from this Martha Stewart recipe

Thursday, December 18, 2014

I Believe: Faith

Keeping the Reason for the Season foremost, here is my I Believe: Faith edition.  Who can say it better then Hillsong Worship?!

I believe in God our Father
I believe in Christ the Son
I believe in the Holy Spirit
Our God is three in one
I believe in the resurrection
That we will rise again
For I believe in the name of Jesus

{Merry Christmas!}
My original I believe post here.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Santa's Workshop

Our neighborhood hosted a Santa's Workshop at the local park (literally right down the street from our house) that had fun crafts and activities; card making, cookie decorating, and pictures with Santa.

We met some friends at the house and walked down to the park together.  It was a sweet, small affair and Kinsey had fun spending time with her friends.

And there were no tears to be had when spending time with the Main Man.  #ChristmasWin
Anyone notice the matching Matilda Jane leggings?!  I die.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Pajama Party 2014

Getting new pajamas for Christmas has been a Family tradition growing up, so getting my daughters festive PJs is a must.  And getting to share them in a virtual Pajama Party?!  The icing on the cake :)

Kinsey's Pj's are from H&M (last year) and they are still a bit big, but super soft and cozy. Brielana's sleeper PJs are by Carter's (purchased at Costco. You can't beat $7.49!)  

And we just had to get one that stated "Baby's 1st Christmas."  Also by Carter's.
Her expressions crack me up!

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Ugly Christmas Sweater Link up

Today is the day!  In honor of National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day (it's totally a thing, check it out here) I'm proudly wearing mine!  It took me dayssss to find the perfect sweater and I am so proud of this baby.

An 80's trifecta: puff-paint, sequins, and pearls.  And it's vintage, so its authentically ugly ;)

Now it's your turn, link up below!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas Sugar Cookies

I love baking and cooking and never think to share on here, but since Christmas time is all about the treats, I'm sharing a delicious and easy sugar cookie recipe that Santa will enthusiastically approve.

This is a Tate's Bakery recipe from Tate's Bake Shop Baking with Kids (it's a must- have!!!):

1 cup salted butter, cold
1/2 cup firmly packed dark or light brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups all- purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch

How to make
1. In a food processor or large bowl, combine the butter, sugar and vanilla.  Mix them until they are just combined. Add the flour and cornstarch.  Mix until the dough comes together in a ball.
2. Form the dough in a flat disk, wrap in clear film and refrigerate for at least an hour or overnight.

3. Preheat the oven to 350 F.  Grease two cookie sheets or line them with silicon baking mats (I used parchment paper and it worked great.)
4. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until about 1/4 inch thick.  Cut the dough with cookie cutters.  Re-roll the trimmings and cut into more shapes until the dough is all used up.
5. Place cookies on prepared baking sheets.  These cookies don't really spread so 1/2 inch apart will be fine. Bake them for 10-15 minutes (depending on their size and thickness)  until they are golden brown.  Cool on a wire rack.
6. I iced mine with powdered sugar mixed with a little milk and added sprinkles galore!


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

What Brielana Wore: Not so ugly Christmas Sweater

As a special nod to Friday's Ugly Christmas Sweater link up Party, I thought it'd be cute to showcase an adorable baby in a not so ugly sweater.  This sweater has been worn by both my babies and is from my Mentor co-worker Ann, so it holds a special place in my heart.

If I was really on it, I would have dug up a picture of Kinsey wearing it, but that obviously didn't happen :)

I mean... that pom- pom... Darling!

And of course, you're invited:
Link up on Friday wearing your ugly Christmas Sweater!