DIY Gnome

Halloween has just ended and that means Christmas is knocking. With my LOVE of Christmas, I am more than happy to answer! We have seen these cute gnomes for a while now and finally decided to give them a go ourselves tonight. I am SO happy that we did. After we finished, they were so cute that we wanted to name them. We are taking suggestions so comment below with your ideas! Make sure it’s Christmasy though! Continue reading to find out how our gnomes came to life.

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Christmas Cookies in July

It’s Christmas in July at our house and what better way to celebrate than to bake a seasonal mash up cookie. We are combining our tradition around Christmastime (12 Days of Cookies) and a favorite summer flavor – root beer floats. This worked out perfectly! We had made a root beer float cookie back in December of 2013 so a throwback to that Christmas season was fitting. So grab an iced coffee, and if you’re like us at embracing this whole Christmas in July celebration, some Christmas music, and let’s get baking!

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Christmas Stocking Holder in July

My love of Christmas absolutely embraces the phrase “Christmas in July”. With a new apartment a whole new opportunity for Christmas crafts opened up and I could not wait to make the first decoration any longer. I made a custom stocking for my boyfriend this last Christmas, so it was fitting that the first decoration would be a stocking hanger. I am already excited to hang this up in our cute little home this holiday season. Even though it’s a little weird to be wearing shorts while working on a Christmas craft, I loved every minute and I’m sure that this won’t be my last one this July.

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Cinnamon Roll Cookie Makeover

My ideal morning is waking up to a hot cup of coffee and a warm cinnamon roll. To add a new spin, these are cinnamon roll cookies that taste delicious dunked in a hot cup of coffee (tried and true!). It’s okay to have cookies for breakfast if it’s these right? One of the components to this cookie that might make it taste the most like the sweet bread is the addition of yeast to the dough mixture. It’s been a busy day of Christmas activities, so we made the dough and rolled them before throwing the logs into the refrigerator and heading off to lunch and then the Nutcracker ballet. Once we got home we sliced and baked these fun treats.

4th Day Before Christmas – Cinnamon Roll Cookies

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Cinnamon Chips + Cookies = A Perfect Pair

Has anyone ever heard of Cinnamon Chips before? I have not so this discovery is revolutionary! This cookie combines cinnamon chips and one of the most underused spices in baking (in my opinion), Cardamom. The combination of the two adds new flavor and depth to the normal snickerdoodle cookie dough recipe. Cardomom adds an additional spicy component and accentuates cinnamon when used. Is there a baking chip you have found that was amazing to you?

5th Day Before Christmas – Cinnamon Chip Chai-Spiced Snickerdoodles

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Gingerbread Love

Whoever created gingerbread is a genius! Thankfully for everyone on this blog, my other passion is history so I went on a quick research adventure to learn more about the spiced treat (While of course snacking on some gingerbread of my own). Although ginger originates in Asia, most of the credit to today’s popularized “gingerbread” flavors seems to be by the Europeans in the middle ages. Elizabeth I is mostly credited with decorating cookies into “gingerbread men” after having some made that resembled guests. Even better, George Washington’s mother, served gingerbread to the Marquis de Lafayette and the confection was passed down for generations in the family (I recently finished Washington by Ron Chernow so this fact made me quite excited to learn).

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It’s a Pie! It’s a Cookie! It’s a Pie Cookie!

There are so many different pies that we make at Thanksgiving! Pumpkin, Apple, but my favorite is Pecan Pie. Cold Pecan Pie is my after Thanksgiving snack, and what I have when I take a break decorating the Christmas tree. But wait, it’s not Thanksgiving, it’s almost Christmas! What are we doing talking about pies then? Well, the cookie on the 7th day before Christmas we are making pecan pie thumbprint cookies.

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