Friday, December 9, 2016

My Favorite Christmas Cookies

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is baking up wonderful sweet treats. Each year I do a mix of family traditions and new recipes.  This year I am afraid time will pass me by a bit and I won't get nearly enough baking done.  Looking over my list of cookies from previous years only makes me want to make more. If you are searching for a few more cookies to bake up here is a list of my favorites. 
















Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Holiday Shopping at UncommonGoods

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas if that means lots of packages being delivered to our house. Are you done with your Christmas shopping?  I always have a goal of being done by Thanksgiving.  It never happens. 

This year I am about 85% done and most of my shopping was completed online.  If you want to go to one website to do all of your shopping it should be UncommonGoods. They really do have something for EVERYONE.  And their items are super unique and well uncommon. There is no risk here of getting something someone already has or will get from someone else this holiday season.


UncommonGoods helped me do some early Christmas shopping and I was able to get something for several members of my family.  


I spent some time browsing the website and going through all of their suggestion lists for men, kids and stockings.  I got something for Baby Morris to be.  The little organic cotton veggie teethers were too cute to pass up.  Miss O got a cute little doggy night light. You squeeze the leg and the whole thing lights up.  


My aunt is an avid gardener and after a quick search I thought this tool kit was beautiful.  Each tool has a wooden handle and stainless steel.  The best part is the packaging. The tools came in a large wooden box that can be re-purposed as a planter. It's two gifts in one.


I got this super cool taco kit for Mr. J. Unfortunately he was home when the delivery happened and opened the box before I could stop him.  My hubby thought he was being a good husband. It came in this beautiful wooden box for storage.  I didn't mention earlier but most all of the items from UncommonGoods are created with the environment in mind, without harm to animals or people. Their mission is to support and provide a platform for artists and designers. The taco kit came with a little note from the artist. 


If you still have some shopping to do check out UncommonGoods for the rest of those on your list. You will find something.

*This post was sponsored by Uncommon Goods but all opinions are my own. 

"At the core of our company is a great respect for the integrity of the creative individual and the belief that it is our responsibility to use our business to impact the world in a positive way."

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Peanut Butter Blossoms


Hello Hello!  Things have not slowed down one bit since I last checked in but I did manage to do a bit of holiday baking this weekend.  I made the classic Peanut Butter Blossoms first.  These are Mr. J's favorite cookies this time of year. 

It was a family affair as Miss O helped unwrap the chocolates.  She also did a very good job of taking the unwrapped chocolate from the finished container.  She just didn't want to give up the chocolate. I cannot say I blame her but it got to the point I wasn't sure we would have enough to finish the cookies.  

I hope to do a bit more baking before Christmas but my list far exceeds the amount of sweets we will be able to consume.  



Peanut Butter Blossoms

by Emily Morris
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Keywords: bake dessert chocolate peanut butter cookie
Ingredients (36 cookies)
  • 36 Hershey's Kisses Milk Chocolates
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup additional granulated sugar for rolling 
Instructions
Heat oven to 375°F. Remove wrappers from chocolates.

Beat butter and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar, if desired; place on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate into center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges.

Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Makes about 36 cookies.
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