5 Holiday Cocktail and Mocktail Recipes

Holiday Cocktail and Mocktail Recipes

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Holiday parties are in full swing and I always love serving beautiful dishes and drinks! I recently shared one of my favorite holiday cocktail recipes to the blog, Christmas Sangria! It is so tasty and my friends always ask me to please make it or bring it to our Christmas parties. This made me want to experiment with more delicious drink recipes for the holiday season and, as more of my lovely friends are having babies, I have been experimenting with delicious mocktail recipes as well! Here are 5 holiday cocktail and mocktail recipes to enjoy this holiday season!

Merry Cranberry Cocktail Recipe

Holiday Cranberry Cocktail

This might be my new favorite holiday cocktail! Rim the edge of your glass with sugar. Mix equal parts Cranberry Sprite and Cranberry Juice, and add the Coconut Rum to your liking. I usually do a shot per serving for parties and then guests can add more if they wish! Also, can we please talk about how GORGEOUS these Mikasa Cheers Wine Glasses are? I even have the matching Christmas ornaments! They are perfect for entertaining because each glass has its own pattern and they look stunning! Okay, back to the recipe. 

Ingredients:

Cranberry Sprite

Cranberry Juice

Coconut Rum

Garnish:

Cranberries

Rosemary 

Sugar Rim 

Merry Cranberry Mocktail Recipe

Cranberry Cocktail Recipe

This is one of my new favorite holiday mocktails! The Coconut Lacroix gives you a hint of coconut just like the rum does in the cocktail version. It is absolutely delicious and looks fabulous! 

Ingredients:

Cranberry Sprite

Cranberry Juice

Coconut Lacroix

Garnish:

Cranberries

Rosemary

Sugar Rim

Rudolph’s Punch Cocktail Recipe

Cinnamon Apple and Cranberry Cocktail

This punch is absolutely delicious! The cinnamon stick gives the perfect amount of cinnamon without overpowering the drink and the sparkling cider and Moscato blend beautifully with the cranberry. I like to pour half a glass of Moscato and add equal parts Cranberry Juice and Sparkling Cranberry Apple Cider. This is definitely a tasty holiday treat! 

Ingredients:

Moscato

Cranberry Juice

Sparkling Cranberry Apple Cider 

Garnish:

Cranberries

Cinnamon Stick

 

Rudolph’s Punch Mocktail Recipe

Cinnamon and Cranberry Cocktail

This drink is just as yummy without the Moscato! Make it a delicious mocktail by adding Giner Ale instead of wine. It is so refreshing and will definitely put you in the holiday spirit! 

Ingredients:

Cranberry Juice

Ginger Ale

Sparkling Cranberry Apple Cider 

Garnish:

Cranberries

Cinnamon Stick

 

Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade Cocktail

Delicious Raspberry Cocktail

This Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade is SO delicious! Rim the glass with a Cosmopolitan Sugar Rim. I bought mine from our local liquor store. Add equal parts Raspberry Lemonade and Sprite with two shots of Coconut Rum, or to your liking. Add a fresh raspberry to your straw and enjoy! 

Ingredients:

Raspberry Lemonade 

Coconut Rum

Sprite

Garnish:

Raspberries

Cosmopolitan Sugar Rim

 

Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade Mocktail

Coconut Rum and Raspberry Lemonade Cocktail Recipe

This is one of my favorite non-alcoholic drinks ever! I love to have restaurants make this as a treat! Just mix the Raspberry Lemonade with the Sprite and rim the glass with cosmopolitan sugar. It will definitely be a hit for all of your mocktail loving guests. 

Ingredients:

Raspberry Lemonade

Sprite

Garnish:

Raspberries

Cosmopolitan Sugar Rim

 

Sparkling Apple Pie Cocktail Recipe

Holiday Mocktail Sparkling Cider Recipe

If you love apple pie and vanilla ice cream, you will love this holiday cocktail! Rim the glass with cinnamon sugar. Add two shots of Vanilla Vodka (or your preference) and fill the rest of the glass with Sparkling Apple Cider. Top it off with green apples, cranberries, and a cinnamon stick. 

Ingredients:

Vanilla Vodka

Sparkling Apple Cider

Garnish:

Green Apples

Cranberries

Cinnamon Sugar Rim

Cinnamon Stick

 

Sparkling Apple Pie Mocktail Recipe

Sparkling Cider Cocktail and Mocktail Recipe

You can still have the taste of apple pie with vanilla ice cream without the Vodka. Instead of Vanilla Vodka, just add a vanilla syrup or flavoring to make it a mocktail! It looks absolutely stunning and tastes even better! 

Ingredients:

Vanilla Syrup 

Sparkling Apple Cider

Garnish:

Green Apples

Cranberries 

Cinnamon Sugar Rim

Cinnamon Stick

 

Raspberry Cheer Cocktail Recipe 

Mocktail and Cocktail Recipe

This holiday cocktail is perfect for Christmas and New Year’s Eve! It is also extremely simple! Add raspberry sorbet to a champagne glass and pour in the Prosecco! This drink looks amazing and tastes soooo yummy! If you are wanting an extra special treat for Christmas morning, add orange sorbet instead of rasperry sorbet for a yummy Mimosa! 

Ingredients:

Raspberry Sorbet

Prosecco

Garnish:

Raspberries

 

Raspberry Cheer Mocktail Recipe 

Raspberry Cocktail Recipe

If you want the fizz and glam of this drink without the alcohol, just add Ginger Ale instead of Prosecco! It is still so tasty and is perfect for all of your guests! This is also a really fun mocktail for the kiddos! 

Ingredients:

Raspberry Sorbet 

Ginger Ale

Garnish:

Raspberries

Watch this tutorial to make each cocktail at home! 

 

Which holiday cocktail or mocktail are you going to try this season? Please remember to always drink responsibly. Cheers!

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The Best Christmas Songs Playlist For The Holiday Season

Christmas Songs Playlist

Y’all. This is my time! I know I say that in almost every Christmas post I write, but I just love this season so much! Of course, the beautiful Christmas lights, parties, and delicious treats are wonderful, but remembering what Christmas truly represents just brings joy to my heart. Jesus truly is the reason for the season and it just brings a special anointing to this time of year. One of my favorite things about this time of year is the joyful Christmas songs playing everywhere!

Christmas Song Playlist

If it wouldn’t drive my husband completely nuts, I would totally start listening in July. From the traditional Christmas carols and hymns to the funny and current Christmas songs, I just can’t get enough! I love having Christmas music playing while I’m baking, decorating, or when I’m driving around looking at Christmas lights! Here are 67 of my favorite Christmas songs! I hope you enjoy!

Christmas Songs Playlist

  1. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays – ‘NSYNC
  2. Mary, Did You Know? – Pentatonix
  3. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Pentatonix
  4. I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Michael Buble
  5. Here We Come a-Caroling/ We Wish You a Merry Christmas – Perry Como
  6. I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas – Gayla Peevey
  7. O Holy Night – Celine Dion
  8. Joy To The World – Whitney Houston
  9. Silent Night – Jordan Smith
  10. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
  11. Run Rudolph Run – Chuck Berry
  12. Ring The Bells – Travis Cottrell featuring Natalie Grant
  13. Carol of the Bells – Pentatonix
  14. This Christmas – Christina Aguilera
  15. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Frank Sinatra
  16. Santa Clause Is Coming To Town – The Jackson 5
  17. Where Are You Christmas – Faith Hill
  18. Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
  19. Frosty The Snowman – Ella Fitzgerald
  20. What Christmas Means To Me – Stevie Wonder
  21. You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch – Thurl Ravenscroft
  22. Sleigh Ride – Andy Williams
  23. The 12 Days Of Christmas – Straight No Chaser
  24. Santa Clause Is Comin’ To Town – Bruce Springsteen
  25. All I Want for Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
  26. O Come All Ye Faithful – Nat King Cole
  27. Jingle Bells – Michael Buble featuring The Puppini Sisters
  28. Here With Us – Joy Williams
  29. Christmas Time Is Here – Vince Guaraldi Trio
  30. What Child Is This? Josh Groban
  31. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – Sarah McLachlan
  32. I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Frank Sinatra
  33. Breath Of Heaven (Mary’s Song) – Amy Grant
  34. Please Come Home for Christmas – Kelly Clarkson
  35. The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole
  36. Step Into Christmas – Elton John
  37. The Chipmunk Song – Alvin & The Chipmunks
  38. Rudolph The Red-Nose Reindeer – Gene Autry
  39. A Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives
  40. White Christmas – Bing Crosby
  41. Deck the Halls – Nat King Cole
  42. Grown-Up Christmas List – Amy Grant
  43. Kiss Me at Midnight – ‘NSYNC
  44. O Holy Night – A Cappella – ‘NSYNC
  45. The First Noel – ‘NSYNC
  46. Christmas Eve/Sarajevo – Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  47. The Nutcracker – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  48. Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer – Elmo & Patsy
  49. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Barenaked Ladies featuring Sarah McLachlan
  50. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause – The Ronettes
  51. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Frank Sinatra
  52. Peace On Earth/The Little Drummer Boy – Bing Crosby and David Bowie
  53. The Man With All The Toys – The Beach Boys
  54. Hot Chocolate – Tom Hanks
  55. Oh, Little Town Of Bethlehem – Burl Ives
  56. Snoopy’s Christmas – The Royal Guardsmen
  57. Sleigh Ride – The Ronettes
  58. This Gift – 98°
  59. Underneath The Tree – Kelly Clarkson
  60. Blue Christmas – Kelly Clarkson
  61. My Favorite Things – Kelly Clarkson
  62. Believe – Josh Groban
  63. The Polar Express – Tom Hanks
  64. We Wish You A Merry Christmas – John Denver and The Muppets
  65. Christmas Canon – Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  66. Do You Hear What I Hear? – Bing Crosby
  67. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams

Are you ready to start listening? Listen to my Christmas Cheer playlist over on Spotify to listen to these Christmas songs!

Do you have a favorite Christmas song or maybe a specific version of a Christmas song? I would love to hear it! Let me know in the comments below! Merry Christmas! 

 

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10 Awesome White Elephant Gift Ideas Under $30

Holiday Gift Guide - White Elephant Christmas Party

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We all have this struggle every year. Whether you are hosting a White Elephant gift exchange (I do every year) or you are attending one, there is always the struggle of what to buy! The older I get, I feel like the gifts are actually for real. When I was younger, people would bring these crazy silly gifts. One year, I won a random vase that someone found in their garage. It circulated our White Elephant gift exchange for three years! I’m honestly not sure where it is now.

White Elephant Gift Ideas

However, I have always wanted to give a real gift that someone will love! That is part of the fun, right? But, how do you find a truly awesome gift that meets the price limit? I have found 10 awesome White Elephant gift ideas under $30 that I would personally love to receive.

KitchenAid 4 oz. Coffee Grinder – $24.99

For the coffee lovers in your group, this coffee grinder is perfect! If you want to go the extra mile, grab a bag of coffee beans and a coffee mug to make it a little gift set! I promise this gift will be stolen the maximum amount of times!

Refinery Mixology Set – $14.99

I love the vintage design on this mixology set! This is the perfect gift for anyone who enjoys a tasty cocktail!

 

Cards Against Humanity – $25.00

This is such a great adult party game! Who knows, maybe the winner will be kind enough to break it out at the party!

 

Women’s Plush Slippers – $15.99

I have a White Elephant gift exchange with my group girls every year and I’m always looking for something they would love, but wouldn’t buy for themselves. These gorgeous and super comfy slippers are the perfect gift! In fact, I might be ordering a pair for myself this year…

 

S’ip by S’well 15 oz Stainless Steel Portable Water Bottle – $19.99

This is a great gift for anyone! It is perfect to keep with you at the office or while you are running errands! This is also the perfect gift for any essential oil lovers so that they can add their favorite oils to their water throughout the day!

 

Mr. Beer American Lager Craft Beer Making Kit – $29.99

How cool is this beer kit? Any beer lover would love to show off their skills this Christmas by making their own beer! 

Plaid Faux Mohair Throw – $17.99

I LOVE throws! In fact, my husband has asked if we could stop buying them for just a bit! We have so many. I would be thrilled to open this gift at my White Elephant party this year!

 

Refinery Corkscrew Wine Pulley – $19.99

How classy is this wine opener? If you want to really wow your party crowd, throw in a bottle of wine with this White Elephant gift!

 

Whiskey Barrel – $14.99

I already purchased this whiskey barrel for our White Elephant gift exchange! Surprise! However, my husband is already considering keeping this for himself and grabbing something else for our party. To be continued on that decision, but this would definitely be a winner with the whiskey lovers at your party. You know there is always one.

 

Stemless Wine Glasses – Set of 2 – $13.99

How GORGEOUS are these stemless wine glasses? They are super classy and would be great for a male or female gift. Add a bottle of wine to your gift and people will be fighting over this one like crazy!

If you are looking for more gift ideas, check out my holiday gift guide for men and my holiday gift guide for the entertainer in your life! Do you host a gift exchange every year or do you attend one? What is your go-to White Elephant gift?

 

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Southern Cornbread Dressing Recipe

Dressing Recipe

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Dressing or stuffing? That seems to be a constant debate around the holidays. In my family, we have always had a southern cornbread dressing recipe, not stuffing! This is easily my favorite dish at Thanksgiving and Christmas! I know there are multiple ways to make dressing, but my favorite way is a savory and dry dressing compared to a sweeter moist recipe. The combination of the dressing with homemade gravy absolute perfection! I’m getting excited just thinking about it! I promise you will impress all of your holiday guests with this delicious recipe!

Cornbread Dressing

Buttermilk Cornbread Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups cornmeal
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 6 tbsp butter

Other Cornbread Dressing Ingredients

  • 8 tbsp. butter
  • 2 cups celery; chopped 
  • 1 large onion; chopped 
  • 4 cups organic chicken stock
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 tsp. sage
  • 1 tsp. rosemary
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 8 pieces of dried bread broken into pieces

Let’s Get Cooking! 

Mix all ingredients together for the cornbread and bake at 350ºF for 25 minutes.

While the cornbread is baking, put the 8 pieces of bread in the toaster oven at 200ºF for about 10 minutes. This will help dry the bread out, just make sure you don’t get it too crispy. If you don’t have a toaster oven, you can just let the bread sit long enough for it to dry out. 

Cornbread Dressing Recipe Ingredients

Add all of the other ingredients together in a big bowl. When chopping the veggies, a Ninja Express Chop and the Clever Cutter will be lifesavers! Especially around the holidays! 

Recipe Ingredients Cornbread Dressing

Crumble the cornbread. Add the cornbread and the broken bread pieces to the other ingredients. Mix well.

Ingredients Cornbread Dressing Recipe

Cornbread Dressing Ingredients

Add the mixture to a greased casserole dish and bake at 350ºF for 50-60 minutes. This will depend on how crispy you like your dressing. If you like a softer moist dressing, bake for about 30-40 minutes. If you are like my family and you enjoy it crispier, just watch the top to make sure you aren’t overcooking the dressing.

Homemade Dressing Recipe

Cornbread Dressing Recipe

Serve with your delicious holiday spread and enjoy with some delicious brown gravy! Happy holidays, friends!

 
Southern Cornbread Dressing Recipe
Enjoy this delicious southern cornbread dressing recipe at your holiday gathering!
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Ingredients
  1. Buttermilk Cornbread Ingredients
  2. 1 ½ cups cornmeal
  3. ½ cup all purpose flour
  4. -2 tsp baking soda
  5. -1 tsp salt
  6. -1 egg
  7. 1 ¼ cup buttermilk
  8. 6 tblsp butter
  9. Other Cornbread Dressing Ingredients
  10. 8 tblsp butter
  11. 2 cups chopped celery
  12. 1 chopped large onion
  13. 4 cups organic chicken stock
  14. 1 tsp salt
  15. 3 tsp sage
  16. 1 tsp rosemary
  17. 1 tsp thyme
  18. 1 tsp black pepper
  19. 1 sp oregano
  20. 8 pieces of dried bread broken into pieces
Instructions
  1. Mix all cornbread ingredients together and bake at 350ºF for 25 minutes.
  2. While the cornbread is baking, put the 8 pieces of bread in the toaster oven at 200ºF for about 10 minutes. This will help dry the bread out, just make sure you don’t get it too crispy. If you don't have a toaster oven, you can just let the bread sit out for a while.
  3. Add all of the other ingredients for the dressing together in a big bowl.
  4. Crumble the cornbread.
  5. Add the crumbled cornbread and bread pieces to other ingredients. Mix well.
  6. Add the mixture to a greased casserole dish and bake at 350ºF for 50-60 minutes.
  7. Serve with you delicious holiday spread and enjoy with some delicious brown gravy! Happy holidays, friends!
Notes
  1. This total cook time will depend on how crispy you like your dressing. If you like a softer moist dressing, bake for about 30-40 minutes. If you are like my family and you enjoy it crispier, just watch the top to make sure you aren’t overcooking the dressing.
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My 2017 Liebster Award Nomination

Liebster Award

I am so honored and excited to be recognized as a new blogger by being nominated for the 2017 Liebster Award! So many thanks to Melissa from Life’s Twisted Tales for nominating me for this award! You should pop over to her blog and check out her amazing travel adventures! Her photos are stunning and her adventures will make you want to drop everything and jump on a plane! Her post about her wine tasting in Santorini is magical! Her love for life and travel is inspiring. Her blog is sure to add many new adventures to your bucket list! Thank you so much, Melissa, for nominating me for this award!

So, What Exactly Is A Liebster Award?

The Global Aussie outlines the award as a way for bloggers to recognize newer bloggers! This is a great way to recognize their hard work starting out as a blogger and to help them gain exposure. The award also helps connect and support the blogging community. In German, the term “Liebster” means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. You really can’t give a better compliment!

 

10 Random Facts About Me, The Sassy Southern!

  1. I told my now husband to wait three months when he first asked me out on a date. Now please don’t think I’m rude. I really liked him, but he asked me out in March and I knew that if we started dating, my finals for that semester would go out the window! Thankfully for me, he was the man for me and waited. He found out from one of my friends what time my last final ended and showed up at TCU outside of my class and asked if he could please take me to lunch. I hadn’t slept the night before and I was in a giant t-shirt and Nike shorts, but of course, I wasn’t going to say no! While we were at lunch, he told me that he would pick me up for our real date that evening. Two dates in one day? I knew I had hit the jackpot! 
  2. I LOVE sweet tea. I know, southern girl loves sweet tea. Shocking! But it really is my favorite drink. In fact, when I was first coming up with names for my blog, Sweet Tea and Sass was on the list. However, I’m really glad I went with The Sassy Southern. 
  3. I am currently a dental school wife! My hunky husband is in his last year of dental school and I could not be more proud of him! This has been his dream since he was five years old. He graduates this year! 
  4. I was an only child for 10 years until my perfect baby brother was finally brought into my life! Y’all. I prayed specifically for a little brother for so many years and goodness did God deliver. He is seriously one of my best friends and the perfect brother. I am so thankful for him! 
  5. I lived in Ireland for 4 months! I had the privilege of studying abroad during my junior year of college with one of my best friends! We lived in Dublin and traveled Europe on the weekends! It was one of the coolest experiences of my life! 
  1. I am like a child at Christmas. I LOVE EVERY SECOND OF IT! I am the person who is chomping at the bit to put up my Christmas decorations, I will wait in a 2-hour line to drive through a Christmas light display, and I welcome the traffic and crowds because to me, it is the joyful hustle and bustle of the holidays.
  2. I bleed purple. For those who now think I’m a crazy person, let me explain. I graduated from TCU in Fort Worth Texas and I am so proud to be a Horned Frog. Go Frogs!
  3. I had 9 bridesmaids and they are all my forever friends. I know a lot of people think it is impossible to have more than one or two best friends, but I have to disagree. Three of my bridesmaids have been my best friends since I was a baby, three have been my best friends since I was seven, two of my bridesmaids I met in college and they instantly became my people and forever friends, and one of my bridesmaids is my sister-in-law! All of these beautiful ladies have and continue to be a constant source of love and support in my life and I can’t imagine doing life without them.
  4. I think I have the greatest family in the entire world. My immediate family, my extended family, and my in-laws and their extended families. I love all of them so much and they have all made a big impact on who I am today. I seriously hit the jackpot with my husband’s family. They have welcomed and loved me from day one and I am so grateful to be in their beautiful family.
  5. I love murder mysteries and crime shows! Please don’t misunderstand, I don’t love that there is a reason that these shows exist, but seeing how detectives investigate and find answers is fascinating to me. It is like a big puzzle of clues. My husband and I are always looking for new podcasts and shows, so if you have any favorites, please let me know!

The Sassy Southern

My Liebster Award Nominations Questions Answered

1. Where was your very first vacation?
My very first vacation was to Disney World when I was three years old! This counts, right? Thankfully, my mom was all about videoing every second of our vacation and we have a giant photo album from our entire trip! I still love flipping through those photos and watching videos from that trip. We went with some very close family friends and we all still reminisce about that trip to this day. My parents have always planned amazing vacations for our family and encouraged my brother and I to take every opportunity possible to explore this beautiful world. I think Disney World was the perfect first vacation.

2. Do you prefer to fly or take a road trip?
I think this really depends on where you are going! I love a good road trip, but I do love to fly. I have definitely done my fair share of both. I think if I had to pick only one, I would probably rather fly. While I do love the adventures you can find during a road trip, I also like having more time at my destination to relax, explore, and enjoy what that city has to offer.

3. If you could take only one more trip, where would you go?
Oh my goodness this is a tough one! I think I would have to say Greece. I have dreamed of going to Greece for years and if this was my last trip, I would probably want to spend a couple of months exploring Greece! Side note, I’m super thankful this is only hypothetical because there are so many more places I want to visit!

4. Have you ever visited a place just because you saw it in a book or movie? Where?
I don’t think I have ever visited somewhere only because I saw it in a movie or read it in a book. This has definitely confirmed my reasons for wanting to visit, but I don’t think it has been the only reason.

5. What is your favorite book or series?
If I have to pick just one, I would probably say Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. This is a book that I read every couple of years and I never get tired of reading it. It has romance, suspense, encouragement, and is a constant reminder of God’s love and faithfulness. I cry every time I read it and I love it!

6. If you could give someone $1,000,000 who would you give it to?
My mom and dad. Hands down. With no hesitation. They are two of the most loving and giving people and they deserve the world. They have sacrificed so much for my brother and me and they have always done it happily. I would LOVE to just give them 1,000,000 to live out any dream they have had, but sacrificed for our family. And knowing both of them, they would end up donating the majority of it to organizations and families in need before spending a penny on themselves.

7. Why did you start your blog?
I have always loved to cook, decorate, and try new DIY and home décor projects. I started learning how many bloggers were making a living through their blog and I was so inspired. I remember telling my parents about this in college and how amazing it would be to make a living from blogging about things I love and do every day! I put the idea aside for a couple of years and then one day, my dad brought it back up and told me he thought I should go for it. He had read an article about a blogger who was making quite a bit of money each month from their blog doing something that they loved! He and my mom both really encouraged me to get started and I’m so glad that they did! They are constantly encouraging and supporting me through this new and exciting adventure! Working on my blog brings me so much joy and I have loved getting to know so many other talented and creative bloggers!

8. When do you find time to blog?
Late at night and on the weekends! I still have a full-time job, so nights and weekends are my time! I truly love doing it, so I will realize it is 2 AM and I should probably go to bed!

9. What do you do when you have writer’s block?
Walk away. Sometimes you need to just do life to help push through writer’s block. You never know what will inspire you and get those wheels turning!

10. What is your favorite post made by you, and why?
Oh this is a tough one! I would probably have to say my post, 10 Holiday Traditions for Your First Merry Married Christmas! Christmas is my absolute favorite time of year! I married the man of my dreams in 2016 and last Christmas was our first married Christmas. We had so much fun starting new traditions together as Mr. & Mrs. These traditions are great for anyone, really! Single, newlyweds, or married for 10 years, they are a great way to enjoy and celebrate the holidays!

11. Which actor should play you in the movie about your life, and why?
Reese Witherspoon. While I realize that she is blonde and I am a brunette, I have always LOVED her as an actress and I feel like we have very similar personalities. I have loved so many of her characters and I would be honored if she played me in a movie about my life!

 My Liebster Award Nominees  

Shayne and TyShayne and Ty are high school sweethearts and now newlyweds! They are originally from Colorado but are currently living in Georgia. Follow their lifestyle blog to learn about wedding tips, travel ideas, and living life together in a new city as newlyweds! I always love reading their new posts and I LOVED their post about 3 true crime podcasts to listen to on your next road trip. My husband and I have already started listening to one and we are hooked! Head over to check out their latest posts. You will not be disappointed!

Us Living Life – You will definitely want to get to know Josh and his adorable family!  The Woods family shares family-friendly tips and entertainment ideas over on their blog and they are full of laughs! I love how open and honest their blog posts are and they cover everything from travel, food, parenting, DIY to their hilarious family adventures. You will definitely want to head over and check them out!

The Caffeinated Bibliophile – If you are looking for a great book to read, Heidi is your girl! She loves reading, writing, coffee, and tea, and shares Christian historical fiction and general historical fiction. She also shares reviews on romance and mysteries! With each book review, she provides her suggestion for the best hot beverage to enjoy while reading that book! Pop over and find a new book to cuddle up with this holiday season!

She Roams About – If you love to travel, you will want to get to know Melissa from She Roams About! She shares about travel tips and her personal travel adventures, as well as delicious foods, and inspiring quotes and stories from her travel adventures! Pop over and check out her blog. I think you will really enjoy reading about her adventures!

The Salted Mint – You will love getting to know Allie from The Salted Mint! She is a photographer and graphic designer sharing her travel adventures, DIY projects, and beautiful photography! Her photos will honestly make your eyes happy! I really enjoy reading her blog and I think you will too! 

Nominees should visit The Global Aussie site for official rules and guidelines. Everything you need to know is under the section, What to do if nominated for the Liebster Award. Make sure to include your answers to my nominee questions listed below in your post! I can’t wait to read them! 

My Questions for 2017 Liebster Award Nominees

  1. What is your favorite recipe to make and why?
  2. If you could travel anywhere for FREE, where would you go and why?
  3. 5-Star Luxury Resort or Camping?
  4. Coffee or Tea?
  5. If you could give someone $1,000,000, whom would you give it to?
  6. How many US States have you visited and which one did you like the most?
  7. If you were given $10,000 to decorate your home, would you rather do it yourself or hire someone to do it?
  8. Why did you decide to start a blog?
  9. Would you rather read the book or watch the movie?
  10. What is your favorite season of the year and why?
  11. What is your favorite post made by you, and why?

 One of My Favorite Bloggers

The very first blog I ever started following was Eat Yourself Skinny! Kelly is the talented chef behind the delicious, but healthier recipes you will find on her blog. Honestly, Eat Yourself Skinny really opened my eyes to the blogging world and inspired me to start blogging! Remember the blog I mentioned above that I first told my parents about? It was this one! I found myself constantly reading her posts and trying her delicious recipes! I have loved watching her blog grow over the years and it has truly been a source of inspiration as I start my blog journey. If you are a lover of food, but not so much the calories that so many yummy recipes come with, you will definitely want to check out her beautiful and delicious blog! I promise you will thank me! Thank you, Kelly, for sharing your delicious recipes with all of us!

Thank you again, Melissa, for the 2017 Liebster Award nomination! It is so encouraging to be recognized for the hard work I have put into my blog. This has truly become a passion for me and I love every minute of it!

Keep it sassy, but classy friends!

 

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Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Gifts For Men Under $100

10 Gifts For Men Under $100

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Shopping for the men in my life is never easy. I always ask for a list from Jeremy (the hubs), my dad, and my brother. I want to make sure I buy something special that each one of them will love, but all three of them are the type that if they need or want something, they just go get it! I find myself constantly searching for the perfect gift each year and thankfully, after a lot of searching, I usually find it! To make things a little bit easier, I teamed up with Jeremy and asked him to make a list of Target’s Top 10 Gifts for Men Under $100.

Libbey Spirits Decanter: $12.99

This Libbey Spirits Decanter is simple and classy. Pair this with a bottle of his favorite beverage and you will be definitely be deemed the best gift giver this holiday season! And for $12.99, you can’t beat that deal! 

Mustache Cufflinks – $25.99

These curly mustache cufflinks will add a whimsical, but classy look to your man’s style! These make for great stocking stuffers, too! 

Men’s Weekend Bag – $29.99

I absolutely LOVE this men’s weekend bag! We purchased new luggage for Jeremy last year for a dental conference and I think he is wishing this bag had been available! It is super classy and the perfect size for a weekend getaway! 

Folding Pocket Knife – $36.99

This folding pocket knife is the perfect holiday gift for the man in your life who likes to stay prepared! 

Craft Beer Kit – $39.99

We all have someone on our gift list this year who would love this Craft Beer Kit! This would also make for a pretty cool White Elephant present! 

Men’s Watch – $53.99

Jeremy absolutely loves watches and he has already informed me that this Timex men’s watch with a leather strap would make a very nice gift! Hint noted. 

Men’s Wool Pea Coat – $60.00

Jeremy actually owns this Wool Pea Coat and it looks so good! It is perfect a casual night out, but it also pairs nicely with a suit. He can also personally attest to how warm and comfortable it is!  

Men’s Valet Stand – $79.99

I’m adding this valet stand to Jeremy’s list myself. I love the look but I also love that he can hang his clothes on it and leave his watch and cufflinks neatly on the tray. There is even a mirror on the top! This is a great way to keep clothes off of the floor and it is a great way to help your man get ready for the next morning! 

Nintendo 2DS – $79.99

This Nintendo 2DS is perfect for the video game lover! I’ll admit, I still love to play some of my favorite Nintendo games! I will take a Super Mario challenge any day! 

Bluetooth Speaker – $99.99

This water-resistant Bluetooth Speaker will play your man’s favorite music for up to 12 hours! You can also enable Siri or Google for easy voice commands. It is easy to travel with and it will ensure that he is always the life of the party! 

The best thing about shopping with Target? You can get 5% off with your Target REDcard AND free shipping straight to your door when shopping online! If you don’t have a Target REDcard I would highly recommend applying for one right now! You can do it online and it doesn’t take long at all. Target.com has SO many gift options that aren’t available in store, so you never know what amazing products you might find! Did you find something on this list for the men in your life? 

Are you looking for more gift ideas? Check out my holiday gift guide for the entertainer in your life

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10 Holiday Traditions For Your First Merry Married Christmas

First Christmas Ornament

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Merry Christmas, friends! Happy Holidays! I absolutely LOVE this time of year! It brings so much joy to my soul. My parents have always made Christmas such a special and meaningful time in our home and I have always wanted to carry some of those traditions over to a family of my own. This will be the second Christmas that Jeremy (the hunky husband) and I are spending together as Mr. & Mrs. and I can’t wait to celebrate the traditions we started last year for our first Merry Married Christmas! Whether this is your first Christmas as Mr. & Mrs. or if you have been married for 10 years, check out our favorite holiday traditions to celebrate as a family!

10 Holiday Traditions

Attend a Candlelight Christmas Eve Service

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

This has been one of my favorite things about Christmas since I was a little girl. Jesus truly is the reason for the season. It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, but we want to make sure we never forget the meaning of this beautiful time of year. Even if you don’t have a home church, find a local church with a candlelight Christmas Eve service. It is a beautiful time to slow down and really reflect on the meaning of Christmas. This is something I grew up doing and something Jeremy and I have done together since we started dating. It is, of course, part of our married Christmas traditions and is something we will continue to do with our future kiddos!

Buy Your First Christmas Tree and Christmas Decorations Together

Christmas Tree Decor
See the adorable wine glass ornaments? These are from the Mikassa Cheers collection and they match our actual wine glasses!

This is SO MUCH FUN! There are so many firsts you are celebrating as a married couple during your first year of marriage and this is definitely an exciting one! We went to one of our favorite places on earth, Target, and found an amazing deal on the most beautiful Christmas tree! Right now, Target has 20% off of their artificial Christmas Trees! If you would rather shop together for your Christmas tree at home in your PJs, you can find the one you love on Target’s website and order it to ship to your home or pick up at your local Target! If you decided to pick it up at your local Target, this is the perfect time to shop for all of your Christmas décor. Target also has some great deals on their holiday décor and lights!

Don’t forget to use your Target REDcard for an extra 5% off! That is 25% off one of those beautiful Christmas Trees! If you don’t have a Target REDcard, I HIGHLY recommend you get one now! They have a credit card and a debit card option. If you are like me and don’t like to have too many credit cards, the debit card is the perfect option! It links directly to your current checking account! The debit card and credit card give you a 5% discount on your total purchase at Target, free shipping on most items from Target.com, and extended time for returns! I also just learned that REDcard holders get early access to special events and sales. For example, all REDcard holders get early access to select Black Friday deals on Target.com! I have saved SO much money over the years with my REDcard! Apply now to start saving at Target!

Buy a Mr. & Mrs. Holiday Ornament

First Christmas Ornament

Having an ornament to establish your first married Christmas is a must! We ordered this custom ornament from TP&C Design Studio on Etsy and I am in love with our ornament. It looks so beautiful on our tree and is a beautiful reminder of our first Christmas together. This is our second Christmas as Mr. & Mrs. and I’m so excited to hang it on the tree this year!

Host Your First Holiday Dinner Party and Gift Exchange

Christmas Sangria Holiday Cocktail

If you have read my blog posts before, you probably already know how much I love to entertain! I definitely got this from my momma. I will really find any reason to entertain. If this is your first year married or your 10th, you probably have a lot of gorgeous wedding gifts that you would love to show off to your friends! I know I couldn’t wait to pull out my wedding china and stemware! This is also a great time to show off your gorgeous Christmas decorations that you have worked so hard on this season! Organize a gift exchange, plan a dinner menu and cocktail menu, and have your favorite people over for a fun night to kick off the holidays! If you could use a few extra items to help you entertain, check out my holiday gift guide for the entertainer!

Have A Decorate The Tree Party

Christmas Ornaments

This is a tradition that I brought to our marriage from my childhood. My mom is seriously the best about making everything feel special and fun, especially around the holidays. We would always have a night where our whole family would have hot chocolate, watch a Christmas movie, and decorate the Christmas tree. My dad would always hold me up so that I could put the angel on the tree. This was my job and my brother was more than happy to let me have it! This is a tradition I have always wanted to do with my family and Jeremy and I had so much fun doing this last year for our first married Christmas. We watched Elf, had hot chocolate, and decorated our beautiful Christmas tree! I’m so excited to do it again this year!

Find a Charity and Give Back

While it is easy to get caught up in the gifts and holiday events during this time of year, it is so important to never forget how important it is to bless others. Our church always does a food drive and gift drive to provide Christmas dinner and gifts for families in the community. We have so much fun shopping for these beautiful families and it brings us so much joy knowing that we are able to help put a smile on their faces on Christmas day. Another charity that we love to participate in each year is Operation Christmas Child with Samaritan’s Purse. For those who are not familiar with this charity, this is a beautiful way to share God’s love with children all around the world at Christmas time. You can assemble a shoebox and drop it off at drop-off location near you, or you can create a box online! Their website has a lot of great suggestions for what to put in the shoebox and what the kids really want and need. My school always did this when I was growing up and it was so much fun to go shopping for these beautiful children and we have loved participating in this throughout the years. 

Have a Gingerbread House Decorating Contest

Gingerbread House Decorating Contest

This is a tradition we actually started when we were dating and my brother participates in this tradition with us each year. We all have our own gingerbread house and we have 1 hour to decorate our house using only the items that come in our kit. We can use any tools we can think of, but we can’t add anything to the house that doesn’t come in our box. We put on a Christmas movie and get to work! Once we are done, we take pictures of each house and label them A, B, and C. I post it on Facebook and ask our friends to leave a comment with their vote for A, B, or C. This keeps it completely anonymous to our friends to make sure there isn’t any bias. We put a time limit on the voting and then tally the votes once the Facebook voting portion of the contest ends. Once we tally the votes, we post the winning house with the winner’s name on Facebook and the winner gets bragging rights for the year. It is so much fun and a great activity to do together with our family. This is a Christmas tradition we are so excited to start with our future kids!

Look At Christmas Lights Together

Christmas Lights

This makes for a great date night and can be as inexpensive as you like! Bring some holiday treats and hot chocolate with you and drive around listening to Christmas music and looking at gorgeous Christmas light displays. If you aren’t sure where to go, Google the best Christmas light for your area. We have a couple of neighborhoods and parks that we go to every year. They are so beautiful and really put you in the Christmas spirit!

If you want to bring a little extra holiday cheer to someone, turn it into your very own Christmas light contest! Decide which house has the best lights from the night and leave them your first place prize for the most impressive Christmas light display! We made our own little award for the house that we picked and included a $15 dollar gift card to Target! We left it completely anonymous and just thanked them for bringing us so much joy through their beautiful lights display. Here is what our card says:

Thank you for making our evening Merry & Bright with your lovely Christmas lights! To thank you for bringing joy to this anointed season, we would like to award you with the Most Joyful Lights Award! We are not professional Christmas light judges, but we consider ourselves to be seasoned amateurs! We hope this gift spreads a little Christmas cheer! Merry Christmas! Luke 2:14

Disclaimer: If you decide to do this, just make sure you are cautious and following the law. Since this is their private home and property, assess the situation and make sure you can safely leave the card for them without causing alarm to the homeowners. The goal is to bless them, not make them think a suspicious person is lurking around and cause an unsafe situation.

Attend a Local Holiday Event

Gaylord ICE Christmas Activity
This is all made out of ice!

There are always so many fun Christmas events to attend, but never enough time! One of our favorite things to do each year is to go to the ICE exhibit at the Gaylord Texan. ICE is a walkthrough exhibit featuring close to 2 million pounds of ice sculptures! Each year is a different theme and it is only 9°F inside! They provide a parka for everyone to wear and there is always a giant ice slide a the end! When you leave the exhibit, there is a convenient hot chocolate bar ready for you to warm up! If you live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, I highly recommend visiting the Gaylord Texan. They have so many fun holiday activities and they go all out for their Christmas decorations. It is so much fun for the whole family!

Have A Christmas Shopping Date Day

Christmas Shopping
We LOVE going to the Nutcracker Christmas Market each year! This was us last year and Jeremy was sporting his curly mustache to support Movember!

It really is more blessed to give than to receive! I have so much fun making my list of gifts for my loved ones each year! For our first year as a married couple, we had an even larger list of gifts to give. We decided to make a full date day out of it! We started the day with a delicious brunch, need all the energy for this full day, went shopping, took a break to catch a Christmas movie, shopped some more and then ended the day with a dinner date. It was very tiring, but so much fun! We spend the following day watching Christmas movies and wrapping our presents!

Do you have a favorite Christmas or Holiday tradition with your family? Or maybe you have a charity that you volunteer for each year? I would love to hear how you celebrate the holidays each year!

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Christmas Sangria Holiday Cocktail

Christmas Sangria Holiday Cocktail

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I LOVE sangria! If it is on the menu, I’m probably going to order it. The hubs and I had signature cocktails at our wedding and mine was a White Berry Sangria. It was so delicious! I still have people tell me how much they loved my signature cocktail! I love making delicious cocktails for dinner parties, but I really love making them around the holidays. There are just so many delicious flavors and fruits to incorporate and let’s be honest, they just look lovely on serving trays and bar carts. My favorite cocktail to make around the holidays is this apple and cranberry Christmas Sangria! It is so crisp and refreshing and is absolutely lovely in a champagne glass! It takes no time to make and will really impress all of your holiday guests!

Cranberry and Apple Sangria

Christmas Sangria Ingredients:

2 Green Apples; Chopped

2 Cups of Fresh Cranberries

½ Cup of Granulated Sugar

1 Bunch of Rosemary

1 Bottle of Moscato

1 Bottle of Sparkling Apple Cider

Sugared Cranberries - Christmas Sangria Recipe

Chop both green apples into small pieces. Add all but a few of the pieces of green apple to the bottom of your drink pitcher. You will use the other pieces for garnish.

Rinse the cranberries in a colander and immediately roll a handful into the sugar. Set aside the sugared cranberries to use for the garnish.

Add all cranberries except the sugared cranberries to the pitcher.

Christmas Sangria Recipe Cranberries

Use a muddler or wooden spoon to crush some of the fruit in the bottom of the pitcher. I crush just a few pieces of fruit, specifically the cranberries, to leave a nice flavor. I like to leave most of the fruit whole because it looks so lovely in the pitcher and in the glass.

Pour in the moscato and the sparkling apple cider. Add rosemary to the top to garnish.

Sangria Holiday Cocktail

Wet the rim your champagne flutes with a little bit of water and roll in granulated sugar and fill with the Christmas Sangria. Also, can we just take a moment to admire these beautiful Mikasa Cheers Champagne Flutes? I’m in love with this design! I have this design for all of my bar glasses and I love that each glass has its own unique design!

Holiday Sangria Cocktail

Add a few of the sugared cranberries and apple pieces to the top of the cocktail. Garnish each glass with one piece of rosemary and enjoy!

Holiday Sangria

Christmas Sangria Recipe

What’s your favorite holiday cocktail? I’m always looking for new recipes!

Christmas Sangria Cocktail
This delicious holiday cocktail will impress all of your guests!
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Prep Time
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Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Green Apples; Chopped
  2. 2 Cups of Fresh Cranberries
  3. ½ Cup of Granulated Sugar
  4. 1 Bunch of Rosemary
  5. 1 Bottle of Moscato
  6. 1 Bottle of Sparkling Apple Cider
Instructions
  1. Chop both green apples into small pieces. Add all but a few of the pieces of green apple to the bottom of your drink pitcher. You will use the other pieces for garnish.
  2. Rinse the cranberries in a colander and immediately roll a handful in sugar. Set aside the sugared cranberries to use for the garnish.
  3. Add all cranberries except the sugared cranberries to the pitcher.
  4. Use a muddler or wooden spoon to crush some of the fruit in the bottom of the pitcher.
  5. Pour in the moscato and the sparkling apple cider. Add rosemary to the top to garnish.
  6. Rim your champagne glasses with sugar and fill with the Christmas Sangria.
  7. Add a few of the she sugared cranberries and apple pieces to the top of cocktail. Garnish each glass with one piece of rosemary.
  8. Enjoy!
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S’mores Chocolate Chip Cookies

S'moores Chocolate Chip Cookies

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The fall season is the start of sweater weather, the holidays, and so many fun family traditions and memories. We all have our favorite recipes to cook and bake during certain seasons and one of my favorite treats in the whole world are s’mores! They are just so delicious! However, they are very messy to make and they are only good as soon as they come off of the fire! These delicious s’mores chocolate chip cookies give you the delicious s’mores taste, without the mess AND you can keep them in your favorite cookie jar or freeze them for later! These s’mores chocolate chip cookies have quickly become a staple in our home during the fall and they are a popular request from my friends to bring to our holiday parties!

S'moores Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

If you love this GORGEOUS Threshold marble tray as much as I do, you should probably just treat your self right now and have it delivered straight to your door from Target! The incredible price will surprise you. 

S’mores Chocolate Chip Cookies Ingredients:

½ Cup of Crushed Graham Crackers

2 Hershey’s Chocolate Bars

1 Cup of Mini Marshmallows

2 Sticks of Butter; Softened

1 Cup of Sugar

1 Cup of Brown Sugar

2 Large Eggs

2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract

2 Cups All-Purpose Flour

1 Teaspoon Baking Powder

½ Teaspoon Baking Soda

½ Teaspoon Salt

2 Cups of Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips

Let’s Get Cooking!

Heat oven to 375 °F.

In a medium mixing bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

S'moores Cookie Ingredients

In your Kitchen Aid Mixer, mix the sugar, brown sugar, and butter on medium. Beat in the eggs and vanilla on medium. If you don’t have a Kitchen Aid stand mixer or hand mixer, you can definitely do this by hand! However, I would highly recommend purchasing a beautiful Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer and your life will be so wonderful! Okay, back to baking.

Crushed Graham Crackers S'moores Recipe

Slowly add your flour mixture while your mixer stays on low. If your flour mixture sticks to the sides of the bowl, use a spatula to push the excess flour into your mixture. Once your ingredients are combined and your blended ingredients look like cookie dough, add your crushed graham crackers and mix on low until combined. This is where my Ninja Chop comes in handy! It quickly crushes my graham crackers to my preferred consistency. This saves my hand a lot work and prevents the graham crackers from flying all over my kitchen as I break the plastic bag I’m crushing them in! It’s okay; we have all been there!

S'mores Cookie Recipe

Kitchen AId Mixer S'mores Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Fold in your chocolate chips. Let the cookie dough chill for 10 minutes. 

S'mores Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Add cookie dough to a greased cookie sheet. Can we please stop and take a moment to appreciate these beautiful gold Threshold cookie sheets from Target? They come in a set of three different sizes and they make my kitchen look so glamorous while I bake! Did I mention that they are an absolute steal and are super easy to clean? Okay, back to baking.  I like to use a 1 ½- inch cookie scoop when scooping out my cookie dough. I am in love with this beautiful gold cookie scoop from Target! It matches my gold measuring cups and gold measuring spoons! It helps keep each ball of cookie dough close to the same size so that they cook evenly. It also really makes my eyes happy while I cook.

Cook for 9 minutes at 375 °F.

Cookie Dough Scoop S'mores Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Gold Cookie Sheet - S'mores Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

S'mores Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pull the cookies out of the oven and add 4-6 minimarshmallows on top. Bake for another 2-3 minutes until the marshmallows start to brown. Quick tip, don’t let the marshmallows get too brown! This will cause them to melt completely into the cookie and you don’t get the ooey-gooey marshmellowey goodness on top!

S'mores Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

S'moores Chocolate Chip Cookies

S'moores Cookie Recipe

Let the cookies cool for 10 minutes and then add a piece of Hershey’s chocolate to the middle of each cookie.

S'moores Chocolate Chip Cookies

S'moores Cookie Recipe

These are delicious straight out of the oven, room temperature, cold, and frozen! Basically, they are good all day every day! Serve with coffee, hot chocolate, or milk and enjoy!

S'moores Cookie Recipe

S'moores Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Have you tried this recipe? Leave me a comment below to let me know how your S’mores cookies turn out!

S'mores Chocolate Chip Cookies
The taste of s'mores wrapped in a chocolate chip cookie!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
11 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
11 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Cup of Crushed Graham Crackers (About 10 Graham Crackers)
  2. 2 Hershey’s Chocolate Bars
  3. 1 Cup of Mini Marshmallows
  4. 2 Sticks of Butter; Softened
  5. 3/4 Cup of Sugar
  6. 3/4 Cup of Brown Sugar
  7. 2 Large Eggs
  8. 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  9. 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  10. 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  11. 1 Teaspoon Salt
  12. 2 Cups of Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 375 °F.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In your Kitchen Aid Mixer, mix the sugar, brown sugar, and butter on medium.
  4. Beat in the eggs and vanilla on medium.
  5. Slowly add your flour mixture while your mixer stays on low.
  6. Once your ingredients are combined and your blended ingredients look like cookie dough, add your crushed graham crackers and mix on low until combined.
  7. Fold in your chocolate chips. Let cookie dough chill for 10 minutes.
  8. Add cookie dough to a greased cookie sheet. I like to use a 1 ½- inch cookie scoop. I am in love with this beautiful gold cookie scoop from Target!
  9. Cook for 9 minutes at 375.
  10. Pull the cookies out of the oven and add 4-6 mini marshmallows on top of each cookie.
  11. Bake for another 2-3 minutes until the marshmallows start to brown.
  12. Let the cookies cool for 10 minutes and then add a piece of Hershey’s chocolate to the middle of each cookie.
  13. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Quick tip, don’t let the marshmallows get too brown! This will cause them to melt completely into the cookie and you don’t get that ooey gooey marshmellowey goodness on top!
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Zucchini Lasagna Recipe

Zucchini Lasagna

Zucchini Lasagna

I want to start this post by expressing how much I LOVE Italian food! It is probably my favorite cuisine. However, it is Jeremy’s (the hubs) least favorite cuisine. So we take turns on when we eat Italian food. This is a great example of what we call a compromise. Most of the dishes I love are usually on the unhealthier side of the scale and full of carbs. One of my friends told me that she had purchased a mandoline and had started replacing pasta with veggies. Obviously, this wasn’t a new concept, but something I hadn’t tried. Since we were trying to eat better, I decided to purchase a mandoline and try it for myself! We purchased this super handy Mandoline Slicer and it works really well! However, for all of my KitchenAid lovers out there like me, I have this Kitchen Aid Vegetable Sheet cutter on my Christmas list this year! The mandoline does work really well, but I would love to save the hassle and just let my beautiful KitchenAid do the work!

Zucchini Slices from Mandoline

Okay, back to the recipe. I decided to make my own version of lasagna using zucchini and my favorite spaghetti sauce! It was so easy and so delicious and we didn’t even miss the pasta! I made it for friends one night and everyone loved it! It was a definite hit! Ready to make this delicious recipe? Here is what you will need:

Zucchini Lasagna Recipe Ingredients:

4 Large Zucchini – Thinly Sliced 

1 lb. Ground Beef

1 Jar of Pasta Sauce (I really like Classico)

15 oz. Low Fat Ricotta Cheese

16 oz. Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

8 oz. Grated Parmesan Cheese  

Let’s Get Cooking! Recipe Directions: 

Mandaline Veggie Slicer

Zucchini Slices from Mandoline

Heat the oven to 350°F. Slice the Zucchini as thinly as possible and add to a greased baking sheet. Salt the sliced zucchini and bake for 12 minutes.

Baked Zucchini Recipe

Baked Zucchini

Cook the ground beef and drain the grease. Add the pasta sauce to the ground beef and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and let the sauce simmer.

Spaghetti Meat Sauce

Mix the grated parmesan, ricotta cheese, and 8 oz of the mozzarella together in a bowl.

Lasagna Cheese Mixture

In a casserole dish, take a small amount of the meat sauce and cover the bottom of the dish. Layer the half of the zucchini on top of the meat sauce. Cover the zucchini with the cheese mixture and cover with the meat sauce. Repeat this step. Cover the meat sauce with the rest of the mozzarella cheese.

Baked Zucchini Lasagna Recipe

Baked Zucchini Lasagna

Zucchini Lasagna

Zucchini Lasagna Recipe

 

Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes or until the cheese starts to brown. Serve with salad and garlic bread.

 Zucchini Lasagna

I hope you enjoy this delicious dish as much as we do! Happy healthy-ier eating!

Zucchini Lasagna
Serves 6
A delicious and healthier take on lasagna!
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Cook Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 Large Zucchini
  2. 1 lb. Ground Beef
  3. 1 Jar of Pasta Sauce (I really like Classico)
  4. 15 oz. Low Fat Ricotta Cheese
  5. 16 oz. Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  6. 8 oz. Grated Parmesan Cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Slice the Zucchini as thinly as possible and add to a greased baking sheet.
  3. Salt the sliced zucchini and bake for 12 minutes.
  4. Cook the ground beef and drain the grease.
  5. Add the pasta sauce to the ground beef and bring to a boil.
  6. Lower the heat and let the sauce simmer.
  7. Mix the grated parmesean, ricotta cheese, and 8 oz of the mozerella together in a bowl.
  8. In a casserole dish, take a small amount of the meat sauce and cover the bottom of the dish.
  9. Layer the half of the zuchinni ontop of the meat sauce.
  10. Cover the zucchini with the cheese mixture and cover with the meat sauce.
  11. Repeat this step. Cover the the meat sauce with the rest of the mozerella cheese.
  12. Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes or until the cheese starts to brown.
  13. Serve with salad and garlic bread. Enjoy!
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