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Triple White Chocolate Peppermint Blossoms

Triple White Chocolate Peppermint Blossoms by | A soft white chocolate pudding cookie with Peppermint Kisses!

I have this roll of Christmas wrapping paper that has magical powers. No matter how much I use it each year, it never reduces in size. I'm not kidding, really. It's not even pretty paper, just green with gold writing. I don't even like it much. But it never goes away, regardless of how much I try. Every year, I wrap the largest gifts in it. Huge boxes, at least 2 or 3 every year. Plus others. Every. Single. Year. Other rolls of paper get used up. Beautiful papers are long gone, and my ugly green one is still kicking. Guess how long I've been using the magical paper. Just go ahead...take a guess. I'll wait. This Christmas will mark the 12th Christmas I've used that paper. TWELVE years. And guess what? Mel bought that roll of paper … {continue reading}

Salted Caramel Chocolate Latte & Peppermint Hot Chocolate {Mr. Coffee Latte}

Salted Caramel Chocolate Latte by #coffee #latte #caramel

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I am addicted to coffee. I like to say I "like" it instead of I "need" it, but who am I kidding? Even my daughter knows not to ask me questions in the morning until I've had my first sip. When our power goes out (which seems to be an absurd amount), no matter what time of day it happens, I tell my husband "You'll stop at Starbucks for me tomorrow morning, right???" So, yeah. Addicted with a capital I can't live without it. After my workouts in the morning, I often stop and get a latte for my mid-morning jolt. There is something to be said about sitting down to work with a hot coffee or latte drink. It's comforting, especially during these cold and wet winter days. But those lattes are expensive! … {continue reading}

Crazy Sweet Tuesday

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Welcome to Crazy Sweet Tuesday, where sugar is the main event! Before we start the party, I want to give a shout out to a fabulous photographer here in the Sacramento area (well, Rocklin/Roseville if you know where that is). Kellie from Kirkpatrick Photography did our family photos last weekend and they are fabulous! If you are looking to get some photos done for Christmas or just because, go check her out. Take a look at some of the awesome shots she got: {I think I need to get Mel a shotgun. ;)} {I'm not sharing the 3 of us...because, well. It's my Christmas card and I haven't sent them yet!} I know she's running some specials through December 31, 2012 and you can get some awesome photos for very affordable prices. You can also … {continue reading}

Funfetti Marshmallows

Funfetti Marshmallows by #marshmallow #funfetti #Christmas

Before we get started, go check me out over at Design Dazzle today! I'm sharing some FUNFETTI sandwich cookies, filled with marshmallow frosting!!! It's funfetti madness 'round these parts, yo! I had a horrible realization the other day: Fat pants just make you fatter. Seriously, did you already know this? I think I had an that has been sadly confirmed over the past few weeks. You see, on days when it's cold, cloudy, and rainy all I want to do is wear sweats and that sweater and do stuff around the house, like surf pinterest clean. The way I figure it is, if all I'm doing is picking up at school...why bother get all the way dressed nice? {I know, I'm giving you a great visual of me, aren't I?} Anyway, you … {continue reading}

Whatever Friday

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Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had a great week. Before I bore you with my weekly recap, let's talk TV, mmkay? Specifically, Top Chef. How many of you love that show? I am obsessed with it, and have been since the beginning, 10 seasons ago! Thanks to Bravo and Social Chorus, I'm going to be posting occasionally about the 10th season, Top Chef: Seattle. It's a way to get me a little bit more connected to one of my favorite shows. Top Chef airs on Bravo on Wednesday nights at 9pm EST. This past week, two contestants were eliminated, but {SPOILER ALERT!} my beloved CJ was saved. (I've loved him since his first season on the show!) You know what really shocked me about this weeks' episode? They made dessert and it was all good! … {continue reading}

Nutter Butter Cheesecake Cookies & Giveaway

Nutter Butter Cheesecake #Cookies by | A moist cookie made with cream cheese and rolled in Nutter Butters!

Do you ever get so many ideas for baking in your head that you just need to sloooooooow it down a little? That's been me this week. I have a bunch of stuff baked up and ready to share over the next few weeks, thanks to Thanksgiving and some potlucks at school. But now that turkey day is over and the Christmas decorating has begun, all I can think about are cookies. And candy. And bark. And fudge. And how much I want to bakeeverythingrightnow. I think I have enough stuff in my head to last me well past Christmas, unless I post 14 times a week. However, I do not think I have enough space in my jeans for all this baking. I guess I'll just have to take one for the team, right? {Or, shove it all off on my friends. Hi friends! You don't … {continue reading}

Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies & Giveaway

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Truvia® Natural Sweetener for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. You guys know how much I love sugar. And, how much I love cookies. So, the Holiday season is pretty much my FAVORITE time of year. I start dreaming about all the cookies I'm going to make months in advance. Last year, right after we moved into our new house, one of our new neighbors brought us cookies. Can I tell you how happy that made me? I mean, it was like Christmas came early or something. Let's just say, at our old house? I was lucky if the neighbors would say hello to us, let alone bring me cookies. Anyway, my new BFFs brought me some of the best little chocolate mint cookies I'd ever had. They were … {continue reading}

Lemon Meringue Pie Fudge

Lemon Meringue Pie Fudge by | A tart lemon fudge with a lemon shortbread crust topped with a marshmallow fudge swirl!

When I was two, I fell on my face and killed my front tooth. It required a root canal (which is my first memory) and I then lived with a green front tooth until, oh, I think first grade. I had braces twice, the second time having to have four adult  teeth pulled. When I had my wisdom teeth pulled they were impacted, which caused me to lose 9 lbs in 3 days and if I remember correctly, I got an infection. After Jordan was born I went to a new dentist who got his dental license from the Donald Duck school of dentistry. He was a quack if I ever saw one. But me, being in the throes of postpartum and needing my teeth cleaned in the 45 minutes until I needed to nurse, I ignored my instincts. This man's "special beeping machine" told me I … {continue reading}

Crazy Sweet Tuesday

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Welcome to Crazy Sweet Tuesday, where I'm still full from my weekend of binge eating. I mean, that's kind of what Thanksgiving is about, besides all the thankfulness. Eating. Lots. Of. Food. Who am I kidding? It's what the entire month of December is about, right? Now that Christmas is on the horizon, I'm all about cookies, fudge, candy, and bark. Bring on the fat pants, people! The sugar is here to stay for awhile. ;) Thanks for coming to the party every week. I'm super thankful for ALL OF YOU. Now, let's talk features! Mamaw Pie {Layers of Fabulousness} by I Should Be Mopping The Floor {I want to bury my face in it.} Black Bottom Butterscotch Cookies by Something Swanky {I am in looooove with butterscotch.} Molasses … {continue reading}

Gingerbread Oreo Stuffed Snickerdoodles

Gingerbread Oreo stuffed Snickerdoodles by

Let's talk about Elf on the Shelf, shall we? Do you have an elf? We do. His name is France, and he shows up about the time the Christmas decorations do. Since we were gone over Thanksgiving, we will be decorating next weekend, thus saving me from an extra week of trying to beat Jordan downstairs in the morning to throw France to his new location without her seeing me. Because really. After a long day and a glass of wine, moving France from the Barbie car to his new home on top the curtains or making a mess in cornstarch is the last thing on my mind. Let me give you a tip if you have never had an elf before and this is your first year: take it slow, don't over promise. One year, France left Jordan a note encouraging that she use the … {continue reading}

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