Soft Baked Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies

Posted on Dec 17, 2014 in Appetizers/Snacks, Desserts, Holiday | 0 comments

soft baked cranberry cookies

Surprise, surprise! Another cookie recipe! :) I can’t help it. I love cookies. They are my Achille’s heel. I absolutely can NOT turn them down. Which is exactly why I wanted to host a cookie exchange this year. MORE COOKIES! :) My sister-in-law brought these Soft Baked Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies from Sally’s Baking Addiction and I’m so glad she did! Now I’m sharing them with you! :) 

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Lumps of Coal Treats

Posted on Dec 16, 2014 in Appetizers/Snacks, Desserts, Featured, Holiday | 4 comments


lumps of coal treats

A friend of mine posted a photo in our Pinterest, Posts and Pals Facebook group (please join us!) with chocolate bars labeled as “lumps of coal” made with OREOS. Being the skeptic that I am, I was forced to test this recipe for myself. It seemed a bit easy and I didn’t think it would really work, but I was happily proven wrong! These lumps of coal are yummy and as easy to make as Rice Krispie Treats! They may not have the most nuanced and refined flavors, but they look awesome. You’re going to hope you’re on the Naughty List if these are the lumps of coal in your stocking! :)

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Holiday Party Recipe: Dark Chocolate Chipotle Cookies

Posted on Dec 15, 2014 in Desserts, Featured, Holiday | 5 comments

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #SeasonedGreetings

seasoned greetings tabasco cookies

As I’ve mentioned a few times, I hosted a cookie exchange last week, and I’ve had cookies on the mind and on the blog ever since! OREO Cookie Balls, Cranberry White Chocolate cookies (coming soon) felt cookies (you don’t want to eat those) and now Dark Chocolate Chip Chipotle Cookies. Today’s recipe has that extra ingredient that takes it from just another cookie recipe to delicious party food

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Felt Christmas Cookie Ornaments

Posted on Dec 12, 2014 in Crafts, Holiday, Kids | 1 comment

felt Christmas cookie

I have unintentionally posted about cookies all week long. I now deem it “Cookie Week” and will pretend that it was planned all along! Thus let it be known.

However, these felt Christmas cookies wouldn’t taste all that great. :) We had an ornament exchange for our homeschool co-op Christmas party today, and I put these together in about twenty minutes. Honestly, if I can do it, ANYONE can. I don’t sew. Ever. Replacing buttons is about as advanced as my sewing skills ever got. These felt cookies are fun, easy to customize and something the kids can help you make. 

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Let’s Get Real #69

Posted on Dec 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Woot! Woot! Let’s get this Friday started. Let’s Get Real is all about Healthy Living. That’s right! It’s all about Real Food, fitness, health and wellness, and home life tips and tricks from Real people. That’s you! Grab a cup of coffee (or other preferred beverage ). Relax into a comfy spot and take some time to get to know the great folks that link up here.

** If you are interested in co-hosting Let’s Get Real with us, we would love to have you. Please email Christina at: It’s super easy to host and a whole lot of fun.

Let's Get Real Friday Party
I’m not big on rules (since this is what I do for fun), but I do have a couple of guidelines.
1) Follow all your co-hosts. We follow back! Leave a comment for us on the post and we will know you are a new follower.





2) Please don’t link and run! Follow and comment on at least 3 other blogs. The more effort you put into getting to know everyone, the more you will get in return. Everyone is here to get more readers and traffic to their blogs so let’s show them some love!
3) Let people know where you party! Add our party badge or link back to the party on your blog or post.


We will be pinning our favorites!!
My Let’s Get Real Featured blogger this week is:
(Drum Roll Please!)
Free Santa Sack Silhouette Cut File
I can’t even being to tell you how impressed I am with this! It’s amazing what you can do with a cutting machine! I LOVE the idea of these big Santa bags, especially when you are toting things home after visiting family on Christmas morning. Check out the how-to over on Fynes Design.

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5 Beautiful Christmas Cookies (and one for New Year’s Eve)

Posted on Dec 10, 2014 in Desserts | 2 comments

cookie collection

One of my favorite things about the holidays is all the baking I get to do. It really is warm here in southern California for most of the year, so I don’t like to use my oven very often. But the closer we get to Christmas, the cooler the nights and mornings are, and then I get the urge to bake! I put together a quick collection of Christmas cookies for you to be inspired by this season. Whether you’re headed to a cookie exchange or just baking for fun, you’re sure to find something you’ll love here! Just click on the photos or the links below them to be taken to the original sources and recipes. Please pin from there if you want to save a particular recipe, or pin the photo above to save the whole collection. Happy baking! 

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Times Square OREO Cookie Balls

Posted on Dec 8, 2014 in Appetizers/Snacks, Desserts, Featured, Holiday | 22 comments

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #OREOCookieBalls

glitter oreo cookie balls

This last weekend I hosted my first cookie exchange. We had Oatmeal Butterscotch cookies, Cranberry and White Chocolate Soft Batch (you may be seeing the recipe for those popping up here soon) Pumpkin Whoopie pies, Wafer Cookie Truffles and OREO Cookie balls. I figured I would use the opportunity to practice what I’m going to make for New Year’s Eve: Times Square OREO Cookie Balls. I’ve never actually been to Times Square, and certainly not for New Year’s Eve, but the image of the sparkly ball dropping at midnight is just synonymous with ringing in the new year! OREO cookie balls are so easy to make (they only have three ingredients) and it’s fun to play around with different way to “dress” them. :)

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