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Blogmas Day 11: Christmas Cookies

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I am a cookie fiend. I’m not afraid to admit it. I love cookies more than any other sweets, candy or junk food out there. And, of course, if they’re homemade than even better!!

I don’t make cookies often (cause they’ll be gone within 30 minutes of coming out of the oven), but when I do I don’t really get fancy. For years I’ve stuck to the same few cookie recipes and when it comes to the holidays I don’t variate. Why change a good thing? So my favourite Christmas cookies are really just my favourite Chocolate Chip Cookies with a holiday spin!

I’ve always followed the Martha Stewart recipe when it comes to my chocolate chip cookies. They’re so soft and gooey – and the perfect combination of salty and sweet. That’s the important part….mmmm salty! But for my holiday version I add one little step! I smash up a few candy canes and throw those in too! So simple, but really takes it up a Christmas-y notch!

Here’s the recipe:

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1.2 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup (2 sticks) room temp. unsalted butter

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 cup packed light-brown sugar

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

2 large eggs

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

AND MY HOLIDAY ADDITION:

1 cup crushed peppermint candy canes

Preheat your oven to 350F. Whisk together flour and baking soda, set aside. Using an electric mixer is always better…but I don’t have one. So using your arm muscles combine the butter with both sugars until light and fluffy. Add salt, vanilla and eggs and mix well for a few minutes. Add the flour mixture until combined, then stir in chocolate chips and candy canes. Using a tablespoon drop balls of the dough about 2 inches apart on a parking sheet with a piece of parchment paper. Bake until golden brown, about 8-10 minutes!

Want them more cakey? Add less butter and less sugar. Want them thinner? Add more butter and more granulated sugar than brown sugar. Martha Stewart can explain it better here.

What are your favourite holiday cookie recipes?! I’m sure you’re much more adventurous than I am, but I’ll be sitting here stuffing my face so I don’t care.

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Blogmas Day 10: Favourite Holiday Films

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The holidays bring people together in many ways, including snuggling up for some good holiday films. Many believe that Christmas themed movies are cheesy and lame, but ask any chick-flick movie lover or any fan of Chevy Chase and they’ll have a strong argument against that. I happen to fall into both of those categories so I have a few favourite holiday films to share with you.

The Chick-Flicks – Of course the chick-flick holiday classics are quite popular this time of year (even if Netflix doesn’t have a single one for my viewing pleasure). I binge watch holiday-themed chick-flicks every year and whether or not the line-up changes there are two that remain: Love Actually and The Holiday. Just such feel good movies.

The Cartoons – Everyone is a kid at heart during the holidays. Whether it’s sliding down the hill on a toboggan, or scalding your tongue on the hot cocoa, the holiday’s just make people feel like care-free kids again! That’s why I still love the cartoon Christmas classics such as Rudolph (you know, the one with the dentist/elf), as well as A Charlie Brown Christmas!

The Family Favourites – And then of course there are those classic Christmas movies that are neither children’s, nor or the sappy female persuasion. These are the family favourites and they include Elf, Santa Clause and Home Alone. No holiday movie fest is complete without these fun films!

What is your favourite Holiday film?

 

Blogmas Day 9: Holiday Pinspiration

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I’ve been pinning up a storm! Do you follow my Pinterest boards? The holiday season is always a busy time for us Pinterest addicts; looking for holiday recipes, decorating inspiration, and DIY gift ideas. My favourite holiday ‘inspiration’ is always anything DIY for the holidays. Not only is it cheaper, but allows me to stretch my creative side and always looks so much more rustic and detailed; the little things that people notice.

Catching my eye in the realms of Pinterest this holiday season are the DIY Christmas gifts. Amazing ideas for those who are hard to shop for, those who you’d like to customize gifts for, or even those who you’ve waited till the last minute to shop for. Customizing gifts can be quite expensive, so why not take matters into your own hands and make them yourself? You don’t have to be Martha Stewart or even an avid crafter. All you need is a little bit of patience and a trip to the local craft store. Then the Pinterest boards will take you through it step by step. I’ve already created a few DIY Christmas gifts and I have a few more up my sleeve!

Whether your looking to decorate your house or table, amaze your friends and family with scrumptious recipes, or dazzle with homemade, rustic, and detailed gifts, Pinterest is the place to be this holiday season. So start clicking away and get Pinspired like I’ve been.

What are your favourite categories to browse on Pinterest?

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