9th Day Cookie – Chocolate Covered Minty Cookies

Drumroll please…Hello second day of the “copycat girl scout” series! It is 9 days before Christmas and these sweet treats were the perfect fill for a Monday night. Especially after a late Monday work night. The key is planning with this Christmas cookie tradition. I knew today would be a late one so the dough was made before work and chilled until I was able to be off work. Then it was as simple as slicing and throwing in the oven! Slice and bakes are perfect for busy days, well as long as the dough is made the night before or morning of. While making these (and tasting these), next time I would make sure to cut closer to 1/8 inch slices for a true Thinmint copycat. I’d love to hear what your favorite girl scout cookie is in the comments below!

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10th Day Cookie – Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie

It’s 10 days before Christmas and I am beyond excited! I try to savor every moment of this time of year because I adore every little detail. I love the way the snow is illuminated by the house lights, I love how stores are filled with people shopping for someone they care about (sometimes you can catch when a stranger finds that perfect gift and their face lights up), and I love how the 12 days of cookies is an excuse to have a sweet treat everyday. 😉 This cookie is the start of a mini “copycat girl scout cookie” grouping. Ours didn’t turn out quite the same but that’s from drizzling with chocolate instead of coating the cookie entirely. We did cover two cookies entirely with chocolate and it did taste like a Tagalong girl scout cookie, so good!

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11th Day Cookie- Peppermint Macaroons

Is there a flavor more akin to Christmas than peppermint? I mean think about it, every year people go crazy for the Starbucks Peppermint Mocha (Including me) and stores have an array of treats from peppermint candy canes to peppermint hot cocoa. You’ll notice candy canes are sprinkled on this sweet treat but not just any candy cane… it’s topped with a crushed green, red, and white striped candy cane; my personal favorite! Even though I know it is the same flavor as the red and white striped, something about adding that extra Christmas color of green makes the candy cane taste better.  Side note, has anyone tried the kale candy cane that I heard about this year? While trying to remember what vegetable it was, I also stumbled across a rotisserie chicken flavored candy cane… so many questions.

On the 11th Day Before Christmas… Peppermint Macaroons

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Sweetest Time of the Year

Today kicks off the sweetest time of the year. Our annual 12 Days of Cookies starts today! I repeat, we are 12 days away from Christmas! This is not a drill! We are so excited to be sharing our tradition on the blog again this year. With the crazy schedules around this time of year, keeping this tradition alive has been so important to us. This year we did have a hard time narrowing down the new cookies to try. We tried to make sure there are different flavor profiles, but a lot of times the chocoholic in us won out.  This first cookie is compliments of Better Homes & Garden’s magazine. We hope you enjoy and definitely give this recipe a try!

On the 12th Day Before Christmas…. Cookies & Cream Drops

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Christmas Woodland Wreath

Anyone else spend a long time in their local craft stores floral department when prepping for a new wreath? It is one of my favorite things to do when creating a new wreath. Plus it allows me to test a few different concepts before I make a purchase. We have all been there when an idea doesn’t come together like you think, right? Haha. I’ll lay the wreath form in the cart and continue to add or subtract items until the desired look is achieved. The finished wreath is below but click “read more” to see my layout inside of JoAnn’s. This cute woodland Christmas wreath might be one of my favorites! Comment below what your favorite Christmas wreath theme is? I’ve listed some below to get you thinking!

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Whimsical Stocking Holder

With Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” playing through our house, the snow continues to pile up outside (White Christmas is my favorite Christmas movie of all time! If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend watching it ASAP). It’s the first snow day of the season for us and it falls perfectly at the beginning of December. I LOVE snow during Christmastime. There’s something magical about the way Christmas lights glisten against the pristine candy like landscape. The first snow day fell on a weekend which means only one thing… Christmas Craft Project! Our family has some really special stockings that were handmade by my mom years ago. Surprisingly, with such beautiful stockings we didn’t have a stocking holder for them. Command Strips have worked great but we wanted a unique way to display our stockings. My mom and I brainstormed the idea for these whimsical stocking holders while decorating a Gingerbread Train (found at Target) and now we are excited to share it with you!

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Gifting Christmas Gnomes

Tis the season for holiday parties and celebrating with those that you love! What comes with needing to enjoy every moment of the company you’re with is also a need for that perfect gift to thank the hosts. A few posts back I made a little gnome and decided that a handmade gnome would be perfect for the upcoming parties. These little guys are slightly different in design and finish than the previous ones. They have already delighted at an early holiday party that we attended and as gifts for the attendees of our thanksgiving dinner. Would you want to order a few of these for your house or as gifts? Comment below and let me know!

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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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