Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint Cookies

Yay! It's holiday baking time!

I took a little break from baking cookies since I baked over 800 cookies for the
cookie table at our daughter's wedding this summer, but I'm ready to get back at it
again with The Sweetest Season Cookie Exchange. I've partnered together with a
few of my favorite food bloggers and we're sharing a virtual cookie exchange to
inspire you to share the cookie love with some sweet cookie recipes!

My family loves thumbprint cookies and these mixed berry Jam Thumbprint Cookies are
always on my holiday baking list! Buttery goodness plus sweet berry jam can't be beat!

Thumbprint Cookies

Don't forget to check out all of the other cookie recipes from The Sweetest Season Cookie
Exchange and happy baking!

Thumbprint Cookies

Jam Thumbprint Cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar plus more for dusting
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/8 tsp. salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup berry jam (I used strawberry and blueberry)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In the bowl of a stand mixer beat butter and sugar on high speed until it's nice and fluffy,
about 3 minutes.  Add vanilla and salt. Switch the mixer to low and slowly add the
flour - I add a half cup at a time.  Mix just until combined - don't over mix! The dough
will be a little sticky.

Using a small cookie scoop, drop dough onto lined baking sheets.  Using the back of a
teaspoon dipped in flour, make a deep well in the middle of each cookie. Fill cookie
centers with jam (I use about 1/2 tsp. of jam for each cookie).

Bake for 12-16 minutes or until golden and puffy. They shouldn't brown much, so keep
an eye on them.

Cool on baking sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish
cooling.  Once completely cooled, dust with confectioners sugar.

Yield - 2 dozen


Monday, December 2, 2019

Paint and Shake Christmas Ornaments

Paint and Shake Ornaments

Let's get crafty!
There's just something about the holidays that gets me into a crafty mood.
I don't know why - it's not like I don't have a million other things to do, but cleaning,
baking and shopping can wait. Let's make some cute new ornaments for the tree!

Here's what you'll need:

clear glass ornaments (you can find them at Michael's or Hobby Lobby)
acrylic craft paint (I prefer Martha Stewart brand)
an old egg carton for holding the ornaments to dry
ribbon, pom poms. etc.

Gather your supplies and carefully remove the tops from each ornament.
Squirt about one tablespoon of paint inside an ornament. Holding your finger over the
opening shake the paint around, rotating to cover the entire ornament with paint.
Add a little more paint if needed for complete coverage.

Place ornaments upside down to dry. I use an empty egg carton, but you could also
use small plastic or paper disposable cups.
Warning - paint will drip out of the ornaments as they are drying, so keep a paper
towel handy to wipe the opening.

Leave ornaments upside down overnight to completely dry.  Replace ornament tops.
Adorn with ribbon or pom poms if desired and hang them on your Christmas tree.


Paint and Shake Ornaments

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Holiday Gift Guide for Essential Oil Fans

Hey friends! Happy Thanksgiving!

Today I'm sharing my Holiday Gift Guide for Essential Oil Fans.
I'm a huge fan of essential oils (you can read why I love them so much here) and I know
that many of you are as well, so share this with your significant other or use it as a guide
to buy a gift for a friend who loves oils. They will love you!

Happy Shopping!

Antro-Inspired Essential Oil Bag
Aria Diffuser
Essential Glow Book
Valor Vibes Mug
Pretty Roller Bottles
Oil + Glass Recipe Book
Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelets
Diffuser Travel Bag

{This is not a sponsored post, just products that I love or that are on my own wish list.
There are a couple affiliate links.}

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Fall Fun with Solo Stove

This post is in partnership with Solo Stove.  All opinions stated in this post are my own.

Solo Stove Outdoor Fire Pit
If you need me this weekend, you'll find me here, sitting by our Solo Stove Bonfire.
It's my new favorite thing to do!

We've had an outdoor fire pit for years and it's been nice, but after sitting by it for
awhile you and your clothes begin to smell like a fire pit and no one likes that!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Paleo Cranberry Clementine Muffins

This post is in partnership with Pete and Gerry's Organic Eggs
All opinions in this post are my own.

Paleo Cranberry Orange Muffins

Most Sunday afternoons during the fall and winter you will find me in my kitchen making
a big pot of soup, followed by some type of muffin or corn bread. Sometimes I stick to our
favorites like vegetable pastachicken noodle or lentil soup and other times I try new
recipes that I've pinned or found in one of my many cookbooks.  My muffin Pinterest board
has close to 300 recipes that have sparked my interest, so I have plenty of new recipes to

Monday, October 7, 2019

Sweet + Salty Halloween Chex Snack Mix

Halloween Chex Mix Chocolate Bark.

It's time for another festive and fun sweet + salty Chex Snack Mix!
Chex snack mixes are a family favorite, especially around any holiday.
With all of the cute and colorful Halloween candy and sprinkles available right now
I decided to whip up a batch to show you just how easy this Chex snack mix is to make.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Air Fryer Everything Bagel Chicken Nuggets

This post is in partnership with GoWise USA. All opinions stated in this post are my own.

My nasturtium plant has finally bloomed and it makes me so happy!
I was a little late in the game getting it planted, but now it's finally producing some blooms
and I love adding these peppery tasting editable flowers to my salads. I'm not sure how long
it will last into the fall, but with these warm temperatures we've been having in Virginia,
I hope to get a few more weeks of blooms from it.