Wait, Christmas is Over?!

(Disclaimer: I meant to publish this weeks ago and completely forgot! Better late than never…)

I can’t believe Thanksgiving, Cookie Day(s), Christmas, a Minnesota Vikings game, a New Years Wedding and more are all over! I’ve been looking forward to so many events with family and friends — now they’re all wrapped up. I loved, more than anything, having a few days off from work so I could hang out at home with my family.

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Now we’re well into January which, for me, is the hardest month of the year! In Minnesota it’s been -7 degrees + a wicked windchill which does not make me a happy person. This month is cold and dark but I’m getting through it – everyone is.

Now I need to plan a few crafts and actually follow through with them. That’s something I can do inside! I’ve been pretty into adult coloring books lately so that’s been my latest activity while watching TV or listening to music.

I hope you’re having a good Tuesday. Stay warm!

 

Ritz Peanut Butter Christmas Cookies

Let’s talk about peanut butter again because it’s one of greatest things to ever be invented.

Am I right?

So here we have a no-bake Ritz Peanut Butter Christmas Cookies recipe, compliments of my lovely mother. These are so easy and so good. It’s also a great Christmas activity for kids! Take my word for it.

Ritz Peanut Butter Christmas Cookies Recipe:

  • 1 Box of Ritz Crackers
  • 1-2 Packages of Almond Bark (chocolate or white)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Sprinkles/fun decorations
  • Parchment paper

Directions:

  1. Spread peanut butter between two crackers to make small sandwiches. Make a whole pile or as many as you’d like. Trust me – they go fast!
  2. In microwave safe bowl, melt almond bark according to packaging instructions.
  3. Submerge cracker sandwiches into melted almond bark and cover completely.
  4. Line up almond bark-covered cracker sandwiches on parchment paper to cool and dry.
  5. Use sprinkles, frosting guns, etc to decorate the cookies to your liking.
  6. ENJOY!!

And you can even go wild and creative with decorating! I give you creative freedom. I made a batch of plaid ones Saturday morning and I’m happy with how they turned out. They remind me of my school uniform as a kid. 🙂

So, take a crack at these cookies and let me know what you think!

Until next time,

TTFN.

A World-Famous Peanut Butter Ball Recipe

You’re going to be glad you stopped by today after my five-month hiatus! I’m sharing my mom’s world-famous peanut butter ball recipe. Okay, that might be a bit dramatic but these balls are sooooo good. I look forward to making (and eating!) them every Christmas.

And the best part? They’re super straightforward to make and no oven is needed! Add this recipe to your roster for Christmas cookie baking for this year or next.

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“Reeses” Peanut Butter Ball Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of melted butter
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 cup of peanut butter
  • 1-2 packages of chocolate almond bark
  • Mini cupcake liners

Steps:

  1. Mix butter, powdered sugar and peanut butter together in a large bowl.
  2. Chill in refrigerator.
  3. Roll dough into balls once chilled
  4. Melt almond bark in a separate microwave-safe bowl
  5. Put melted chocolate in the bottom of the mini cupcake liners, add ball, then cover ball in melted chocolate
  6. Let balls chill
  7. Enjoy!!

Tip: I like to make the balls on the smaller side because this treat can get very rich once submerged in almond bark.

Tip: The ingredients above make about 1 batch which equals roughly 50 balls  – depending on how big you make them.

Tip: It’s naturally a gluten-free cookie recipe! Okay, let me rephrase that – there’s nothing natural about these balls but the ingredients are all gluten-free.

Well, how about that? Let me know what you think of them!

20th Annual Cookie Day!

On Saturday I went home for Cookie Day. One of my favorite days of the year. Remember when I wrote about the 1,008 Christmas Cookies (and Counting) last year? This year, Cookie Day was extra special as we marked 20 years! The ladies were in charge of the real cookies and I was in charge of dipping pretzels, ritz peanut butter crackers and peanut butter balls in almond bark. I’m so happy my friend Emma joined us and helped me dip. 🙂

What kind of Christmas cookies do you make?

(Please take a second to appreciate that it’s “snowing” on my blog. How fancy is that?)

5 Movies to Get You in the Christmas Spirit

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, you can bet your boots I’ve been listening to Michael Buble Christmas music. But music isn’t the only way to prepare for Christmas. I want to share with you a few of my favorite holiday movies to get you into the Christmas spirit!

1. White Christmas – This is my all-time favorite. I LOVE THIS MOVIE. Bing Crosby is timeless (duh), the outfits are stunning and the music is legendary! If only I could be a dainty tap dancer with killer lipstick.

2. The Holiday – Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jack Black, and Jude Law make this movie unforgettable, and some of the movie takes place in England. What’s not to love?! Someone take me to the English countryside!!

3. Elf – What a nice feel-good movie. It’s still hilarious year after year!

4. Love Actually – Okay, I’ve only seen this movie twice, so maybe it’s not legit to put it on my list, but I loved it! What a lovely rom-com.

5. While You Were Sleeping – You weren’t expecting that one, were you? I watched this one again last year for the first time since the ’90s and it was great! You can’t go wrong with Sandra Bullock.

Don’t forget the kid movies like Home Alone, Jack Frost and Frosty the Snowman! What are some of your favorite Christmas movies?

A Few of My Favorite (Christmas) Things

So it’s the day after Christmas. Technically Christmas isn’t over for me until after I celebrate with 60+ relatives on my dad’s side this weekend. Let’s just say last year’s get-together was the biggest party of the year, in my opinion. What I’m trying to say is that I’m not quite finished blogging about Christmas just yet.

Here are a few pretty cards, crafts, and things I absolutely love:

mini wreath garland // The Merry Thought

mini wreath garland // The Merry Thought

Poppytalk Handmade // Artist: MAPLE AND BELMONT

Poppytalk Handmade // Artist: MAPLE AND BELMONT

neon tags // M&J Blog

neon tags // M&J Blog

Merry Christmas // Whit & Whistle

Merry Christmas // Wit & Whistle

splatter wrappings // instagram: goforthcreative

splatter wrappings // instagram: goforthcreative

What are a few of your favorite Christmas-y things?

Merry & Bright

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I don’t have much to say today, but I wanted to share a few recent holiday-inspired photos from my Instagram. I’m excited to go home in the middle of the week for Christmas. I have to work the first part and second part of the week but that’s alright! A little break in the middle is better than nothing. 🙂 🙂

Merry Christmas, everyone! And as Bing Crosby sings it best, “May your days be merry and bright. And may all your Christmases be white.”

1,008 Christmas Cookies (and Counting)

So, every year around this time, we get together for Cookie Day. We bake every Christmas cookie you could ever think of all day long–from sun up to sun down. It’s a blast! Our grand total this year was 84 dozen. And that wasn’t including pretzels and crackers dipped in almond bark. It takes a team of women, and it’s a long day, but it’s one of my favorite days of the year. Emma, one of my bestest friends, came to help us out! I loved having her there to be my sidekick.

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Believe it or not, this year was the 19th annual Cookie Day! I remember rushing home from school as a kid and bursting through the front door with tables upon tables of cookies cooling. Cookies are absolutely everywhere. It’s a kid’s dream.

Is your mouth watering yet?

Gearing Up for Christmas

Sorry for the lack of posts over the Thanksgiving weekend. I took a break from most social media (besides Pinterest of course) and spent quality time with my family. It was great getting out of the office for a few days. A change of scenery is always good. I got to catch up (and laugh my head off) with family friends and high school friends–which was much needed. I see my college friends all the time, but I worry about losing touch with friends who live more than 10 miles away.

I decorated my parents’ house for Christmas over the weekend and last night my roommate and I decorated our apartment. Well, we started decorating our apartment with a few hand-me-down decorations. I bought few decorations after Christmas last year and I want to do that again this year. My roommate and I are going to pick up a real tree, lights and ornaments later this week! I’m super pumped. I haven’t had a real tree for Christmas since I was a little kid. Like since before double digits.

I’m also planning on making a few Christmas crafts. Yes. Christmas crafts. No, I’m not all talk. I’m actually going to do it! I’ll put my crafts on here. Just you wait.

Makeup Makeover at Macy’s

This morning I chugged my coffee and caught an earlier bus to arrive at the downtown Minneapolis Macy’s right when their doors opened. Why do you ask? They are having a 1-day sale (which extends to tomorrow morning, so technically a 1 and 1/2 day sale) with lots of great deals. I saw a Clinique makeup bag set for $39.50 in the weekly ad I just had to have.

Clinique "Party Favours" Makeup Set

Clinique “Party Favours” Makeup Set

So there I was, waltzing through Macy’s at 8 a.m. on a mission. Usually when I go this Macy’s I’m on my lunch break, so I’m wandering around without a purpose. If you haven’t been to this Macy’s, you need to go. There are so many floors (about 10?) and they’re all so brightly lit and the staff members are very helpful. The eighth floor has a Holiday theme now that anyone can go tour. I might take my parents there this weekend. If I do, I’ll definitely share Christmas explosion photos with you all.

Before I got sidetracked I was trying to tell you this…I ended up buying myself the makeup set you see here. Merry Christmas to me (early)! I usually wear crappy makeup when my Mary Kay stuff runs out, so I thought it was about time for me to upgrade being I’m a 23-year-old working girl and all. I think it was a pretty great deal for nail polish, eye shadow, eye liner, mascara and lip gloss. The best part? The hot pink and purple makeup bag! I love really bright things so this bag is right up my alley.

I’m thinking the darker eye shadow will make my eyes pop. Bam. Sometime I feel like my eyes are hidden behind my brown glasses and dark eyebrows. Maybe I’ll give myself a mini-makeover some night this week. Maybe you won’t even recognize me!  Maybe the dark cranberry lip gloss will make me look sophisticated. Like a woman who leisurely sips red wine, chats politics and throws her head back when she laughs. (I don’t know if lipstick can change your persona, but here’s to hoping!)

I gotta know: Do people buy themselves Christmas gifts? Am I really weird for doing this?