12.05.2016

Christmas Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

Did you know that yesterday was National Cookie Day?
Luke's favorite cookie are my Sprinkle Sugar Cookies and the past week he has been asking if we could make them. I thought it would be fun to make them with Christmas Sprinkles, so in honor of National Cookie Day, I thought I would share this version with you guys!
 Here is what you need:
 3/4 cup butter, at room temperature ( 1 1/2 sticks of butter)
1 cup  sugar
1 egg, plus 1 yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 (3.4 ounce packet instant vanilla pudding mix)
2 cups flour
1/4 cup sprinkles, plus additional sprinkles for rolling
Directions:
Mix the softened butter and sugar on medium speed for 2 minutes. 
***Tip: I keep 1-2 vanilla beans in my sugar container. It makes the sugar have a nice vanilla flavor. I have been doing this for almost 10 years. I replace the vanilla beans every year or so.***
Add in the egg, vanilla, baking soda and salt. Mix until combined.
Add the dry pudding mix:
Mix on low for about 1 minute:
Add in the 2 cups of flour and mix for 2-3 minutes on low until combined.
Now, it's SPRINKLE TIME!
 Mix in 1/4 cup sprinkles:
We love the non-perils Sprinkles, but you can use any type of sprinkle you want.
Chill the dough in the fridge for 1 hour.
After your dough has been chilled, use a cookie scoop to make balls of dough & roll them after you scoop them.
THIS is the cookie scoop I use.
These are Luke's favorite cookies & he really likes sprinkles, so after I scoop the cookies into balls, I roll them in MORE sprinkles!
You can never have too many Sprinkles :)
 Bake at 350 for 10-11 minutes:
These cookies are SO soft & delicious!
This recipe makes 2 dozen cookies.
They are so easy to make if you are looking for a sugar cookie during the holiday season, but don't want to make roll out sugar cookies.
I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as we do!

And, a reminder that I have a $250 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway going on!
 Enter HERE if you haven't yet.

Hope you have a great Monday!

12.02.2016

Friday Favorites + $250 Amazon Gift Card!

Happy Friday!
Today I'm linking up with Friday Favorites!
Hosted by: AndreaErika & Narci

Friday...you are finally here....I have been waiting for you all week because today is game day for my Colorado Buffs....which leads me to my first favorite.......

{ONE}
College Football is my favorite!! 
Tonight, my Buffs are playing Washington for the Pac 12 Championships.
The game is here in the Bay Area at the 49ers Levi's Stadium, so Kevin and I are going to the game.
This is the 3rd Colorado game I have been to THIS year!!!! 
We flew out to Colorado to see them play Arizona State and then I also went to the game when they were out here playing Stanford.
 This has been such an incredible season for Colorado...our coach has had a slogan all year saying this is the year of CU's Rise. The Rise is Real!
Our coach was named Pac 12 Coach of the year & National Coach of the Year!
He is such a great guy. Awesome coach, strong Christian & such a great leader for our team.

{TWO}
Have you heard of the Lost My Name books?

The books are so cute, you customize them with your child's name. Each child’s adventure is totally unique and based on their name
 They were having a Cyber Monday sale, so I also got Luke this book:
It's an outer space adventure staring your child & their house and they use an actual satellite image of your child's house. You can preview all the books with your customization. Luke is going to love them!
 They have bigger discounts if you order more than 1, so I decided to also get Luke both :)

 They are having some discounts this week for Cyber Week & free shipping with arrival before Christmas. You can order the books HERE

I can't wait for Luke to open both of his on Christmas!

{THREE}
Making Christmas Cookies is my favorite!
Every December my girls and I do a TON of baking. 
We bake cookies for friends, neighbors & teachers.
I have TWO new Christmas cookie/bar recipes I am planning on sharing here in the new couple of weeks, so stay tuned!
In the meantime.......here is a round up of some of my FAVORITE Christmas Cookie Recipes!
Warning......there are a ton that I am posting :)
Candy Cane Kisses {Recipe HERE}
Fudge {Recipe HERE
Ultimate Ginger Cookie {Recipe HERE
Christmas Monster Cookies {Recipe HERE}
Christmas Tree Brownies {Recipe HERE
Cranberry Cookie Bars {Recipe HERE
Snickerdoodles {Recipe HERE}
Peanut Butter Blossoms {Recipe HERE}
Here are some other fun Christmas treats we make (that aren't cookies!)
Donut Snowmen {Recipe HERE}
 
Donut Reindeer {Recipe HERE}
 Peppermint Ice Cream Cake {Recipe HERE}
Preztel Hugs {Recipe HERE}
 Ritzies {Recipe HERE


{FOUR}
Christmas Crafting is also my favorite!
Here are some Christmas craft ideas:
Homemade Snow Globe Gift Card Holder
Instructions {HERE}
Christmas Cookies in a Jar (and free printable) 
Get the instructions & printable {HERE}
Holiday Peeps Smores & free printable {HERE}

We love passing out goodies & gifts to our friends during December :)


{FIVE}
My house at Christmas is my favorite....I love how cozy it feels.
 I also love watching Hallmark Christmas by the glow of Christmas lights.
Hallmark Christmas movies are my favorite.
Here is some of my DVR:
 So many Hallmark Christmas movies...I've been recording them since before Thanksgiving...but you know me, I didn't watch them until after Thanksgiving. I have over 15 Hallmark Christmas movies on there right now. Sorry Kevin. I've taken over the DVR. Hahaha!

Anyone else addicted to cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies? They are the best!
My favorite one that I have seen this year is called Christmas List. So cheesy! So cute! 

{SIX}
Lash Boost....you guys....I am obsessed!!! It is my favorite!!! I took before photos, I will be taking progress photos this weekend :)
Our Lash Boost Holiday Special is going on & ends in a month.
It comes with Lash Boost (will last 3-4 months), a free mini eye cream & a cute travel bag:

Check out a fellow consultant's results:
CONDITION, MOISTURIZE, and NOURISH YOUR NATURAL lashes with Lash Boost and you will have longer-looking, darker-looking, and thicker-looking lashes! 60-day 100% satisfaction guarantee or your $ back! 
With the Cyber Week deal & special, this could be yours for $135!
Email me to place your order!
melissa_larson17@yahoo.com
Send me an email if you want to order....I will be placing a bulk order of lash boost early next week.
melissa_larson17@yahoo.com
{SEVEN}
Last year,  got Luke some Magnformers for his birthday.
He got THIS set:



He LOVES them! In fact, all 3 of my kids play with Luke's magformers!
They have so many different sets!
These are cute:

Love THIS set:


These are a great Christmas gift for kids.....Luke will sit and play with them for 20-30 minutes straight!

{EIGHT}
Stitch Fix is my favorite!
My December fix is scheduled to arrive today. I requested Holiday dresses for this fix. We have our a few Christmas parties this year, so I thought it would be fun to wear a new dress for at least one of them. I can't WAIT to see what arrives!
If you haven't done Stitch Fix before, I recommend it. I've been doing it since May 2014...every month it's like Christmas when your box arrives. You don't have to get one every month, you can do every other month, every 3 months, etc.
Did you know you can also give the gift of a Stitch Fix gift card?
Or, you can ASK for a Stitch Fix gift card.
Click the photo below for the gift cards:
{NINE}
Random Acts of Kindness are my favorite....especially during the Holiday Season.
Last year I posted about Blessing Bags. 
You can read the full post about them {HERE}
Every year when we head to San Francisco during the holidays we bring our blessing bags to hand out to the homeless. This is one of my girls favorite things to do. I am so proud of them & how brave they are when giving the blessing bags to the homeless.
I highly encourage you to make these bags....they truly bless people!

Another Random Act of Kindness that I started doing last year is taping this note to my front door along with Starbucks Gift Cards.

I don't know about you, but I do 99% of my Christmas shopping online. This is what I have taped on our front door as a way to say thank you to our fed ex, ups & usps workers who are working so hard this time of year:

I posted that photo on Instagram & one of my friends texted me asking if I could email her the graphic that I made, so I decided to just make it a printable for all of you as well! 
 You can sign or write in your own last name :)
{To download, Click so the image pops up in a new window, Right Click, Then Save & Print!}
I am putting one of these up today because I did A LOT of online shopping on Cyber Monday and I will have things being delivered today & for the next week.

{TEN}

 Giveaways are my favorite & it's your lucky day....I am giving away a $250 Amazon Gift Card!!!!

Perfect for Christmas presents :)
Giveaway ends next Friday!
To enter, use the Rafflecopter below & comment with what you would buy if you won!

Happy Friday & Go Buffs!!!!!

LinkWithin

Blog Widget by LinkWithin
Pin It button on image hover