Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Shortbread Cookies

This shortbread recipe is very dear to me, because it is my Poppa's recipe. It is one of my favorite recipes to make around Christmas time and it is easy as can be! Let's get started!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Peanut Blossom Cookies

This recipe is one of my all-time favorites! One of my favorite things that my family does at Christmas time is bake (really, we bake all year!) but at Christmas time we bake cookies to give away to our friends, neighbors, and family! We fill little tins with a mix of cookies and deliver them to our favorite people! Well, these peanut blossom cookies are one of my family's favorite to include in our cookie tins!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Music for Monday: Love is Christmas

There are 26 days until Christmas & this week marks my very last week of school, so I am a happy girl! The song that I am sharing today might be one of my favorite Christmas songs of all time...

Friday, November 25, 2016

Friday Favorites: It Snowed!!

Happy Friday! I am in the thick of end of semester exams, essays, projects... so I have been a little exhausted lately. Despite my exhaustion, there were still so many good things about this week & I am excited to share them all with you!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Apple Crisp

My family had this apple crisp for dessert on Saturday night and I had never realized how perfect apple crisp is for fall, but warm apple crisp is where it's at! I have been making this recipe out of the Fannie Farmer cookbook for about 10 years and it is always good and easy as can be! Let's get started so you can get baking! :)

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Homemade Popcorn

I love homemade Popcorn - and I didn't realize how easy it was to make until recently! My mom often makes popcorn and she has a couple of fun recipes that I will share eventually, but for now we're sticking to the plain old salt & butter popcorn! Here is how we do popcorn in my house:

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Almond Snowball Cookies

On Friday night, I finished all of my homework (yeah, I did homework on a Friday night - I'm a party!) and then my mama told me she was craving a dessert with almond in it. Well I took this craving and my own personal craving for snow and went to Pinterest! And as always, Pinterest delivered! These almond snowball cookies are pure bliss - you can find the original recipe HERE, but here is how I made them...

Monday, November 21, 2016

Music for Monday: Shake Up Christmas!

If I'm being completely honest, I've been listening to Christmas music since November 1st (maybe even a little before). And I have been keeping a list of songs to share with all of you, but I've been waiting until it is more socially acceptable for me to advertise Christmas music. So there are 5 (FIVE!!!) Mondays between now and Christmas and I can't wait to share my very favorite Christmas songs with you between now and then!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! My house usually has some fun treats but this week the desserts and snacks around here have been especially delicious! Here are my favorite things from this week...

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Apple Crumble Muffins

I know these are called muffins, but they really are just like cake. These apple crumble muffins are so good, I have been enjoying them as snacks all week!

 The recipe is from a cookbook called Cooking with Love - The Best Recipes from Montreal's Finest Cooks. My batch made 23 muffins but you might be able to stretch it to make 24.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Mini Gingerbread Men :)

Yesterday, I posted a delicious gingerbread & cream cheese frosting cupcake frosting recipe and today I'm sharing the recipe for those cute little gingerbread men that sit on top of the cupcake! You can find the cupcake recipe HERE and here a picture of the cupcake for reference:
So cute, right? Well the recipe I used for the little ginger bread men is from Mrs. Field's Cookie Book and I quartered the recipe because I only needed 15 gingerbread men. I ended up with 88 (!!!) mini gingerbread men! So if you want to cut this recipe down even more - go for it, but the extra gingerbread men are delicious for snacking on!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Gingerbread Cupcakes

Last week was a little nuts, and by the time Friday rolled around, I needed some Christmas in my life! These adorable, festive cupcakes were perfect! Today, I am going to share the recipe for the gingerbread cupcake & the cream cheese frosting and tomorrow, I am going to share how I did those little gingerbread men on top because they were quite time consuming and I figured they deserved a post of their own! You can find the recipe for the gingerbread men HERE.

I found this recipe on Cooking Classy and if you are interested, you can find the original recipe HERE.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Friday, November 11, 2016

Friday Favorites

Friday is here & I am so ready for the weekend! A little bit of real talk before we begin - some weeks, I do a great job of tracking my favorite things but this week was not one of those weeks! I had so much school work this week, I'm amazed I was able to stay on top of all of it & keep blogging everyday! Here are a few things that keep me sane during the crazy weeks...

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Top 5: Quotes Edition #3

I love looking at quotes on Pinterest and I am excited to share my favorite quotes as of lately! I have two posts exactly like this one from July & September, you can find them HERE & HERE.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

These cupcakes are chocolate perfection! I have shared the recipe for the cupcakes before, so what I'm really sharing today is the frosting! You can find the recipe for the cupcakes HERE! This recipe makes A LOT of icing - it definitely makes enough to frost 24 cupcakes and I always have a little left over.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016


This waffle recipe comes from the little pamphlet that came with my family's waffle maker - so it is nothing fancy but it is delicious and I am so excited to share this recipe with you today! Small disclaimer before we start, I did a terrible job of taking pictures for this post! I missed a whole bunch of the little in between steps so I will do my best to explain everything and hopefully compensate with more picture when I make these again!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Music for Monday: Alessia Cara

Hello Monday readers! Last week, I got to see Alessia Cara - holy moly! She was amazing! I have some favorites of hers that I already knew going into the concert. Like...

Friday, November 4, 2016

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday & Happy November! This week has been absolute fall bliss for me! Here are my favorite things from this week:

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Party Games: 2 Minute to Win it Games

These are 2 great games to use a 'in-between' games at a party. I typically use them in between dinner and cake or in between cake and presents because they are so quick but you can play them a couple of times to stall until the next activity!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Baking with the Bean: Pecan Turtle Bars

My little sister made these yummy bars for my family this weekend, and she took some pictures so I could share the recipe with you today! My sister has been called 'the bean' ever since she was in my mom's stomach and the nickname has stuck, so whenever I mention her on here, I will refer to her as The Bean! :) Well, she made these bars and they are to die for!! They are such a fun little treat to have after dinner!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Halloween Sugar Cookies!

I hope you all had a fun Halloween yesterday! I realize that I am sharing a Halloween recipe the day after Halloween, but I figured these sugar cookies are still delicious and you can cut them into any shapes you'd like. And it's still pumpkin season right!? So you can whip up a bunch of pumpkin shaped sugar cookies! I use the sugar cookie recipe from Mrs. Field's Cookie Book - you can find the recipe on page 57!