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holiday cookie party!

December 20th, 2013 · 1 Comment

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FTC Disclosure: I partnered with Bed Bath & Beyond to throw this fabulous cookie party and received compensation and product for writing this post! 

Sometimes, I swear, I am the luckiest girl ever.

Take, for instance, a few weeks ago, when I got the most wonderful offer to partner with Bed Bath & Beyond to throw a holiday cookie party!  A bunch of my friends have young kids or have just recently had babies, so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to have them over for a fun, low key holiday celebration! 

And man, I’m pretty sure this is going to be a new holiday tradition!  I love making Christmas cookies — it doesn’t feel like the holiday season without them! — and this was WAY more fun than just baking them by myself!  I made peanut butter bars ahead of time (so we could have something to nibble on during the party!) and we baked sugar cookies, white chocolate and cranberry cookies, and of course, lots and lots of sugary icing to decorate with!  It was such a blast, and I was so grateful for this awesome opportunity!

And even better — Bed Bath & Beyond gave me the chance to upgrade some of my kitchen tools!  I went with some workhorses that have seen better days — my cookie pans, Silipat, measuring cups and spoons, ingredient bowls, and lots more!  And I couldn’t resist picking out some of their beautiful holiday decorations — I couldn’t decide between traditional red and green rectangle placemats and their beautiful holiday wreath ones — so I got both! 

I wanted the party to be extra special for my guests, so I decided to do little gift bags that people could use to take home our baked cookies!  I included the recipes we used in each one, in the hope that they’ll become holiday traditions all around!  And I added a special cookie cutter and pretty colored spatulas from Bed Bath & Beyond — to inspire all my guests to do some delicious holiday cookie-baking at home!

To check out more of Bed Bath & Beyond’s amazing holiday collection and ideas, head over to their “Holiday Your Way” section now!

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pumpkin gingerbread

November 26th, 2013 · 4 Comments

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When it comes to Thanksgiving recipes, I’ve already covered the basics: stuffing, sweet potatoes, green beans, apple pie, and more.  But let’s face it: unless you’re hosting for the first time, you probably have a recipe or two of your own.

But what about the morning before Thanksgiving?  See, I bet you didn’t put much thought into that, did you?  Usually over the holidays you can count on a house full of visiting family, and they need breakfast!  And you need to get started on the turkey, so you know what’s a great idea?  A simple, easy, totally delicious recipe that they can enjoy — perfect for getting everyone into the holiday spirit a little early! 

For this recipe, I tried to focus on an ingredient that was great for your skin and perfectly for the holidays — and I settled on pumpkin!  Pumpkin has tons of Vitamin A, which jump-starts the skin cell renewal process and helps give you youthful, radiant skin.  It’s also a great source of Vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects and repairs your skin (Vitamin E is also found in Simple Skincare Protecting Light Moisturizer, one of my favorites)!  So you’re doing good for your skin as well as your body — think about that when you go for seconds! 

And for more awesome skin-loving recipes, check out Simple Skincare’s Skin-Loving Food and Nutrition Pinterest board!

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Pumpkin Gingerbread

INGREDIENTS
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
2 eggs
1/3 cup water
1/2 of a 15-ounce can of pumpkin puree
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp cinnamon
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly grease a 9″ by 5″ loaf pan. 

Mix together sugar, oil and eggs and beat until smooth.  Add water, pumpkin, ginger, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon and beat together until well blended.

Add the flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder to the mixture and blend until evenly distributed.  Pour into the loaf pan and bake until a knife inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, about 1 hour. 

For the icing, mix together powdered sugar, vanilla and milk.  Start with one tablespoon of milk and increase in small increments until the icing is pourable.  Pour onto the gingerbread, cut and serve.

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homemade caramel sauce

October 17th, 2013 · 10 Comments

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And now, a little break from all things pregnancy-related, for you all to meet my new best friend:

Homemade.  Caramel.  Sauce.

Are you drooling yet?  Because you should be.

I have weird taste in desserts — my favorite candy is always the stuff that nobody buys.  Chad makes fun of me for it — this Halloween, when I came home with a huge bag of Dots, the first words out of his mouth were, “you have the worst taste in candy.”  Seriously, the kind that I pick most often, hands down: Good & Plenty.  Inevitably, they’re always stale (I think convenience stores restock it once every seven to nine years).  But I love them.

So after that ringing endorsement, are you ready to take my word for it on a dessert recommendation? 

You should be.  Of the non-candy desserts, caramel is my absolute favorite flavor, and I consider myself a bit of a connoisseur.  And homemade caramel sauce?  A thousand times better than anything you’ve been served from an ice cream shop or a bottle.  This tastes completely pure and absolutely delicious. 

So, go ahead.  Whip up a batch and spoon it over some ice cream.  You can even top it with some Good & Plentys — I swear, they’re actually really good!

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Caramel Sauce

INGREDIENTS

1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 tsp vanilla

DIRECTIONS

In a small saucepan, combine sugar, salt, vanilla and water. Cook over medium heat until sugar is amber-colored, about 7 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Stir in heavy cream; add butter, and stir until combined. Let cool to room temperature or slightly warmer, and serve.

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