HOME sign – Valentine’s Snoopy

I started a little tradition the first February my boyfriend and I were together where I cut out 14 red paper hearts and every day I would give him a heart with a reason why I love him written on it. For the last few years, we haven’t lived together so it would be a texted photo of the heart in the morning. This year we live together and it has made every day’s unveiling even more special! I have been taping them to the mirror in the bathroom every night so he wakes up and sees the new one first thing. I consider them my annual Love Notes to him. Do you have any traditions for your significant other to show or tell how much you love them?

If you’ve been following the blog for a bit, you’ll remember I had made a wooden HOME sign with the “O” being removable. This allows me to add a seasonal shape to our front entryway for holidays without always creating a whole new sign! I knew I wanted a cartoon character as my base so when I found this picture of cute Snoopy holding a heart, it was meant to be. Overall the hardest thing about doing a character like this is that everyone knows what Snoopy looks like. Getting details right are so important for a well-known character. To make it even harder; after my initial sketch out for the outline and details, the first white paint layer lost all my sketched details and I was now hand painting Snoopy’s eyes, mouth, ears, and toes!

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Easy DIY Valentine’s Button Sign

Ah Valentine’s Day, the perfect time to decorate our little apartment with all different shades of pink and red hearts galore. This cute little button sign was inspired by a button wreath sign I saw scrolling through Pinterest and thought, “That would be a perfect craft for Valentine’s Day”! While putting my new Valentine’s decoration up in our apartment, the history buff in me started to wonder how the heart became a symbol of love and why does this universal heart shape look different than say a human heart?

First off, thanks to TIME I found out that prior to the 13th and 14th centuries, the heart was used for only decorative reasons. The symbolism began to grow as romantic love began to take shape in the medieval period. The connection between love and the heart was more religious than romantic at the beginning. Eric Jager, a medieval literature professor at UCLA, said that “at that time period people thought of hearts as books of memory, a place where God’s commands are written, and feelings for the beloved were somehow written on your heart.” There were stories imagining “female saints whose hearts are said to be cut open after their death, and inside their hearts are inscriptions indicating their love for God or Jesus.”

So the heart shaped does tie back to actual hearts everyone! Even if it is a little bit of a dark history. The article later goes on to express that cardiologist Carlos Machado says that the familiar heart shape we recognize today does somewhat resemble the human heart in an echocardiograms but even more so the look of a bird or reptile heart. I highly recommend reading the whole article! The link is below.

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Final Day of Christmas Cookie Countdown 2019 – Caramel Coconut Bars

Thank you for following us for these last twelve days as we made these cookies and upheld a cherished tradition between my mom and I. There are some traditions that make your heart feel so happy and full. Laughing at our silly inside jokes, singing Christmas carols, and talking to my mom in the kitchen during these 12 days of cookies does just that for me. With a very thankful and full heart (and stomach with all these cookies), I’m excited to wish everyone reading this a very Merry Christmas!

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2nd Day of Cookies – Macarons

We have made what feels like thousands of different cookies over the years but surprisingly, we have not tried making the classic Macaron. What better time than two days before Christmas and on a day off work! These cute little treats are going to be used for a Christmas get together with both my boyfriend and mine families tonight. Have you make macarons before? What is your favorite flavor?

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3rd Day of Cookies – Clementine Spritz

I love the anticipation leading up to Christmas. I love all of the traditions, events, decorations, and most of all; seeing my family and friends. It passes by so quickly that I can’t believe that we are only THREE days away from Christmas already! These clementine spritz cookies are great because they make up a lot of cookies! They are used for both neighbor gifts and a perfect filler on a Christmas cookie tray for parties. If you make these and think the icing isn’t important, just as a warning, I one hundred percent think that the part of this cookie with the most clementine flavor was the icing.

Uncooked Clementine Spritz
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4th Day Christmas Cookie – Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie

We have 4 days until Christmas and I am really excited to be sharing this cookie next! What I love about it is that it is a twist on the classic chocolate chip cookie with the addition of the chopped Rolo candies. Plus, it is a simple drop cookie so no chill or roll time is needed! When it comes to drop cookies, the best tool invented is the cookie scooper. It is similar to an ice cream scoop but it has a piece of metal that moves to drop the dough out of the scoop and onto the baking sheet. If you don’t have one yet, I would highly recommend getting one. Our cookie scoop size is 1 ½ Tablespoons we use it for almost every cookie we make.

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5th Day Christmas Cookie – Glazed Apple Oat Cookies

This apple spiced cookie is reminiscent of the flavors you would find in an apple pie; so warm and cozy. It’s perfect for a cold winter night, especially when that winter night is only 5 days away from Christmas! As of today, I have officially finished all of my Christmas shopping. Now all I need to do is wrap the gifts. I enjoy wrapping gifts at this time of year though. Wrapping gifts is almost therapeutic for me around Christmas. A fun Christmas movie on and a big cup of hot coffee while I wrap makes for a relaxing night. How do you feel about wrapping?

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