Being busy these past few weeks is probably a crazy understatement, but alas I am here to share a post with you. With Christmas right around the corner, and New Year’s following right after, we’re in the best stretch of the holidays.
I’m going to take a moment here to share my favorite finds with you, and it may be the last one of the year. Mostly because I can’t promise I’ll do another one before January, although I’d like to do one. No promises.
If you haven’t baked any cookies yet this holiday season, you need to get on it. I’ll help you out with links to cookie recipes from amazing food bloggers who participated in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. All our recipes are now online, and it is SO worth taking a shot baking any of these recipes. We won’t let you down!(Part 1 & Part 2)
I really needed to see this, and maybe you do too. A quick reminder to keep your head up through all the madness.
Credit: Claire from South By North
Disco Ball Headband- Basically, the New Year’s Eve accessory you didn’t know you needed. Claire is nice enough to show us all how to make it so you don’t have to wear those awkward “2015” glasses during the countdown. No one looks good in those (Beyoncé excluded)
Credit: Sara from Tell Love and Chocolate
DIY Wood Gift Tags - Your friends and family who appreciate the little things in life will love you for taking the time to make these cute wood gift tags. I can lightweight guess they will proceed to ask you when you find the time to craft such cute things and suggest you all have a craft party. Lightweight guess.
Have a lovely holiday season! Be sure to spend lots of time with your loved ones, and don’t be too hard on yourself!
The Cookie Swap was a way to for food bloggers nationwide to send each other cookies for the holidays and raise awareness for a cause. This year, the Cookie Swap organizers partnered with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a national non-profit organization committed to funding new therapies used in the fight against pediatric cancer, which claims the lives of more children in the US than any other disease.
It was a fun way to connect with other food bloggers as well as raise awareness, and I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to participate.
More about the cookies, they were inspired by these babies from the Brown Butter Cookie Company in Cayucos, CA. My obsession with their cookies were sparked by my good friends who lovingly bring back cookies for me from there whenever they visit the area. That is love, friends. Friends share cookies with friends.
Now, it’s time for you to make these cookies and share with your friends. Or keep them to yourself. Just try to keep yourself from eating the cookie dough…
Cocoa Sea Salt Brown Butter Cookies (Inspired by the Brown Butter Cookie Company)
Serving Size: 24-28 cookies
1 ¾ sticks unsalted butter
¾ cup packed dark brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
¼ - ? cup cocoa powder
Sea Salt (to taste)
In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and stir until it browns and you smell its nutty aroma. You'll begin to see particles of dark butter at the bottom of the saucepan. Scrape those particles into the rest of the butter and continue to do so until the butter is brown. Be careful to not burn the butter.
Pour the butter a mixing brown sugar and stir. Add the vanilla extract.
Preheat the oven to 325 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and cocoa powder. Then, stir to combine with the brown sugar + butter. Resist your temptation to eat the cookie dough.
Using a round tablespoon, shape tablespoon-sized pieces into round balls (or you can level out the dough too) and space 1/2" apart on a cookie sheet.
Sprinkle some sea salt on the cookies. Either sprinkle the entire sheet with sea salt or gently press a little sea salt into the tops of each cookie.
Bake at 325 F for 10 minutes. Remove and let cool on a wire cooling rack.
Look at what’s finally here! My last Julep box of 2014. Say it ain’t so. I don’t think it’s really hit me yet that in a few weeks, we’ll already be in 2015. Time is flying, folks.
The Countdown Collection has the perfect range of colors to take you from December thru the New Year––they are all so glamorous!!
So, funny thing about this box. This isn’t the whole box. I’m still waiting on one more item to be shipped to me. It’s shipping from the polish, which is why the photo looks a little empty, but I couldn’t help but share what I’ve gotten so far.
Packaged with two peppermint candies came two beautiful December polishes in the Bombshell box:
Paula – Persian blue with gold microshimmer
Soleil – Lustrous rose gold chrome
What’s missing? The Orbital Eyeshadow, in zenith. It should be arriving shortly. It would be perfect to have for New Year’s or for the holidays at least.
Aren’t these colors just gorgeous? There you have it! My December Julep Maven Box!