2021 Twelve Days of Cookies – Frosted Gingerbread Nut Cookies

What better way to start the 2021 twelve days of cookies than with a spiced gingerbread cookie! We have made our fair share of gingerbread over the years, but this one had frosting and sounded delicious. It was a must in our lineup this year.  Spoiler alert… It ended up being yummy just like we thought!

We are so excited to share this holiday tradition with you again this year. Grab a cup of coffee or cocoa and let’s get started!

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The Perfect Blend – Coffee Wedding Favors

We are so happy and very lucky that we were able to have a wedding with all of our close family and friends in attendance. Wedding favors are the perfect way to send guests home a little personalized message of “we appreciate that you came”. Below is what we did but there are so many great ideas out there! Make it unique to who you are as a couple or incorporate a special memory. My husband and I had our first date at a coffee shop, so we brought that coffee (same shop!) back to our wedding day as our favor.  

Comment with what you did for your favors (or what you want to do one day).

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Thanksgiving Themed Brunch

With the leaves falling outside, my husband and I hosted our first brunch married! If you are new to the blog, we do a brunch with my husband’s family where we rotate who hosts monthly. It’s been a tradition since June of 2019 with no end in sight. This was our first November brunch hosting so of course we took inspiration from Thanksgiving dinner! The tastes, smells, feelings of Thanksgiving were in our minds as we started to brainstorm ideas. I truly believe this was the best brunch we have put on yet! The food was delicious, I mean is there anything better than Pecan Pie French Toast??

Below is our menu (complete with our actual stuffing recipe from Thanksgiving made into stuffins), and how we arranged our table.

The place cards are compliments of Cricut! Super easy and fun to make. Search “Thanksgiving” on Cricut design space and you will find it.

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Bro-BQ Party

While I was at my lemon themed bridal shower, my fiancé hosted our closest male relatives at the house for a Brobeque AKA Bro-BQ to celebrate the upcoming wedding! It was easy enough to plan because there were only three items we needed: beef, booze, and cigars. We even found chocolate cigars for my nephew (See’s Candies) and a cake that looked like a burger (Smith’s Grocery Store) for some dessert. I am hoping it catches on because my fiancé had a blast!

How do you feel about a Bro-BQ? I’ve included the link to the chocolate cigars below!

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Christmas Cookies in July – Loaded S’mores Cookies

Is it even July if I don’t have a post about Christmas cookies?? If you are new to the blog, cookies are probably the favorite baked item and Christmas is easily the holiday with the most content on here! My mom and I have a tradition of the 12 Days of Cookies leading up to Christmas, if you want to read more about the 2020 cookies check out some of these popular cookies from last year (Peanut Butter and Oreo Brookies, Pecan Pie Bars)! These cookies will 100% be made again, probably this weekend they were that good! These have the crunch and chew of a good s’more, and don’t worry they are LOADED with chocolate and marshmallows. Definitely the perfect summer cookie to make!

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3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Baking is a comfort to me. In good times, I bake to celebrate. In hard times, I bake to feel nostalgic. This week has been full of emotions for me so baking tonight helped my mental state immensely. To feel that warmth and to have a delicious treat, I tested out this three ingredient peanut butter cookie. It tasted delicious! The main noticeable difference is that the cookie is more crumbly than a traditional peanut butter cookie.

If you are short on time or want an easy snack, I highly recommend making a batch of these up!

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Air Fryer Chicken Sandwich Recipe

I LOVE my air fryer for weeknight dinners! I made this chicken sandwich last night and I know it will already be a staple for dinner at our house. The prep time was about 20 minutes but only because I wanted it to marinate in the buttermilk mixture for a little extra time. While it sat in the buttermilk I worked on sides and prepping the mixture to perform my dredge on the chicken.

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S’mores Please

As I write this I am cuddled up in a cabin with the wind going crazy outside and I have one thing on my mind, S’mores. The delicious fireside snack that is synonymous with campouts, campfires, and sticky finger memories. As the sweet treat occupies my mind (and seemingly far away in reality with the current weather), I instead wondered about the origins of the S’more. While there is some debate surrounding the actual origins, the most common story was that the recipe for a S’more was originally published in a Girl Scout Guidebook under the name “Some More” in 1927. It’s unsure of when it turned from “Some More” to “S’more” but the camping treat is sure to be a beloved treat by many.

It has also become increasingly popular to put a twist on the classes S’more! One of my favorite variations is to use a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup instead of a Hershey’s Chocolate Bar. I have had friends who have exchanged the classic graham cracker sandwiching material in place of other cookie varieties such as Oreos, Milano Cookies, or some homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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Spring Brunch Recipes

My fiancé and I were in charge of the May brunch tradition with his family this year. If you haven’t already checked out the table décor and some tips for table arrangements, the link to that post is here. We have been abnormally busy this May and that led to a few last minute decisions, such as what to even make! Thankfully Pinterest and Google came through for us and we landed on the following four recipes.

All of these recipes turned out wonderful! Including the Eggs Benedict where I: 1) Made my first Hollandaise sauce, and 2) Poached eggs for the first time! The recipe for the Eggs Benedict used a different technique for poaching eggs from what I have seen previously where you lower the eggs gently into the simmering water with a measuring cup. It worked great for me, well until I started rushing at the end as people arrived so I had a few eggs that weren’t as perfect.

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