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How to Handle Blogging as a Hobby

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Blogging is not easy. It consumes your life, but also puts many aspects of your life on display for all to see; opening your life for both lovely comments that brighten your day but also nasty verbal abuse thrown at you over social media (both of which I’ve had – nasty verbal abuse more recently than nice comments). Many bloggers (specifically those who have been blogging for years and who have a massive following) do so for a living, making enough money to support themselves from their blog on it’s own. I applaud those people! Good for you!

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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 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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