How did you celebrate Valentine’s day?
Good morning, everyone! Thanks for your comments on my last post; I’m working on a shopping list printable right now, but it’s taking longer than I expected. I promise I’ll be done soon!
In the meantime, here are some #MIMM photos from this week. I love Christmastime, and my week has been full of shopping, baking, and snuggling with Daisy and a cup of coffee. Last quarter, I started drinking coffee that isn’t in Frappuccino form. Because frankly, even coffee Frappuccinos taste more like coffee ice cream than actual coffee. Every time I tried coffee in the past, I was put off by its bitterness. Someone told me that you don’t drink coffee because you like it, you drink it because you need it. And that’s true. I started drinking it at a time when I needed it, when I had a lot to do and no energy, and now I like it! I knew that it would happen sometime out of necessity. Now I have a pretty solid routine for how I like my coffee. Not too hot, with a stevia packet and a little bit of flavored creamer. I know the flavored creamers are full of artificial flavorings, but whatevs. Vanilla, peppermint mocha, and toffee are some of my favorite flavors. The cute snowman mug makes it taste better, too!
Last week when my boyfriend and I went to Eataly, we also stopped by Macy’s on State Street to look at the decorated windows. Honestly, I thought the windows were kind of terrifying. Lots of creepy dolls. But check out this gorgeous tree!
We took Daisy to see Santa at PetSmart. She loved it!
For a little while…
Daisy is a little confused about this whole Christmas thing. She keeps checking out the presents under the tree.
And wondering why we dress her in Christmas jammies.
But she’s just so cute in them! And they keep her warm when we take her outside. It’s very snowy in Chicago… I can’t wait for a white Christmas!
Today I’m linking up with Katie’s Marvelous in my Monday!
What is your favorite part of the holidays? Any big plans?
I absolutely love Target. Like, a little too much. Here are some items that caught my eye on a recent trip, along with what I actually bought. Which is far less exciting than the fun stuff I found around the store.
Pink Kitchenaid mixer. For the domestic goddess in me.
An adorable elephant candle!
An fun notebook
Pretty patterned binders
What I actually bought at Target. I finally jumped on the denim shirt bandwagon! Along with some school supplies and vitamins. The gummy vitamins taste best right after you open the jar. They get stale pretty quickly, but you can’t eat them all at once because… they’re vitamins. And then when you get to the bottom of the jar the gummies are all hard and icky. #firstworldproblems
Tomorrow I go back to school and get ready to start classes again. Happy Easter to those who celebrate it, and Happy Sunday to those who don’t!
Are you as obsessed with Target as I am?
I love the holidays. Everything is just so pretty and cozy and wonderful. I’ve also recently discovered the HDR setting on my iPhone. It makes my sub-par photos look slightly less terrible. Yay! To celebrate, here are some of the wonderful gifts I’ve received and bought this holiday season. I’m so grateful and excited to share them with you. 🙂
L’Occitane makes the best lotion. You can’t beat shea butter, and these products don’t disappoint. They smell nice and the beautiful packaging just makes them feel luxurious.
I really like these pants because they’re very flattering and don’t need to be shortened. I usually have to purchase “short” length pants, which can be tough to track down. These pants hit right below my ankle bones, so they are perfect to wear with flats or tucked into boots. I bought the pants in one size smaller than I usually wear because I was told they stretch quickly.
As for the skirt, this is my second City Mini. I love the look and feel of these skirts. They’re comfortable, cute, and can be dressed up or down for any occasion. The label says that the skirts are dry clean only, but I have been fine washing mine on a gentle setting and air-drying it flat on a rack.
This Boatneck Sweater is perfect for chilly Chicago winter days.
Vineyard Vines Whale Mittens are so warm and soft! Plus, they have whales on them. Which makes me happy.
Make Up Forever Aqua Shadow in Pearly Beige goes on smoothly and stays put all day. The color would look great on any skin tone, and it is just sheer enough to be worn every day.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion is my new favorite eye liner. You know you’ve found a good liner when you forget to take off your makeup, wake up the next morning, and notice that your eye liner looks the same as it did the night before. The liner is a pencil, but it goes on like a liquid liner in that it requires very little pressure to apply. I wouldn’t recommend this product for people who are new to applying eye liner. If you feel confident applying liquid liner, then try the 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil out! It’s highly pigmented and blends easily. I tend to rub my eyes a lot (bad, I know!) and this liner stays perfect all day.
Hope you’ve all had wonderful holidays! May your days continue to be merry and bright. 🙂
I know I’ve been posting many recipes lately, but I can’t help it. I just keep cooking things and I want to share them!
Gingerbread cookies just shout “Christmas” to me. They make the house smell wonderful, taste like a blend of wintery spices and sweets, and can be decorated to your heart’s content. For an obsessive-compulsive cookie decorator like me, gingerbread cookies are perfect canvases.
These cookies are delicious and easy to make. I chilled the dough for 1 hour in the freezer, then 1 hour in the fridge. This yielded the perfect consistency for cutting out cookies. This dough holds its shape well when baking, and the cookies look adorable!
Gingerbread Cookies from Taste of Home
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup molasses
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and molasses. Combine the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
Scoop dough onto a sheet of wax paper. Wrap up the dough, and shape it into a disk. Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.
On a floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with cookie cutters. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until edges are firm. Move to wire racks to cool.
These cookies are easy to make and so delicious. You only need a few ingredients to make them. These cookie cups are such cute, fun treats that everyone will love. They are perfect for cookie exchange parties!
Peanut Butter Cookie Cups – makes 36 cookies
1 Pouch Peanut Butter Cookie Mix
36 Miniature Peanut Butter Cups
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a mini muffin tin with nonstick spray.
2. Make the cookie dough according to package instructions. Spritz a bit of nonstick spray on your hands, and roll 1-inch balls of cookie dough. The spray prevents the dough from sticking you your hands. Place a dough ball in each well of the muffin tin.
3. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are golden brown. While the cookies bake, unwrap the peanut butter cups.
4. Immediately after taking the cookies out of the oven, press a peanut butter cup into each one. Let the cookies cool in the muffin tins until the chocolate has hardened.
Baked Brie is one of my favorite holiday treats. It’s sweet, creamy, rich, and absolutely divine. It’s also extremely easy to make.
Yesterday, Sebastian and I were at the grocery store looking for sugar cookie dough when we spotted the best sample ever. Baked Brie! I figured I’d buy one as a special treat, but the price was insane – $13 for a small baked Brie! This gave me the idea to make a Brie myself. The wedge of cheese only cost $6, and I already had the other ingredients at home. It doesn’t have the pastry crust, but it’s still every bit as good.
Effortless Baked Brie
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Unwrap an 8-ounce wedge of Brie and place it in a foil-lined loaf pan.
2. Drizzle 1/4 cup honey over the Brie. Top with 1/4 cup chopped nuts. I used pecans, but walnuts or slivered almonds would be good, too.
3. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the cheese is slightly melted. Top with dried cranberries if desired. Serve with crackers and apple slices.
Hope you enjoy this festive holiday appetizer!