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Chocolate Saltine Toffee (aka Christmas Crack) & Giveaway


Chocolate Saltine Toffee (aka Christmas Crack) - an easy candy for the holiday season

Chocolate Saltine Toffee – An easy toffee using saltine toffee and chocolate, sometimes referred to as Christmas Crack.  The perfect addition to your Christmas baking.  

Chocolate Saltine Toffee (aka Christmas Crack) - an easy candy for the holiday season

Welcome to Day Two of Christmas Week. This event is hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen. We hope to inspire you to break out those holiday sprinkles and get your bake on!

Thanks to our sponsors for Christmas Week. Anolon is donating a 5-piece Bakeware Set. Swing by their Facebook Page to show them some love. We also have Ball supplying us with 4 sets of Jars in their gorgeous Green Heritage Color. Swing by their Ball Canning and Recipes Facebook Page to say hello.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies & Wusthof Giveaway


Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are super soft, fluffy, and full of chocolate and peanut butter! Made with Reese's spread so the whole cookie is full of flavor.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are super soft, fluffy, and full of chocolate and peanut butter!  Made with Reese’s spread so the whole cookie is full of flavor.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are super soft, fluffy, and full of chocolate and peanut butter!  Made with Reese's spread so the whole cookie is full of flavor.

 

Are you ready for the weekend?  Stupid question.  Sorry.  My son has his last basketball game of the season tomorrow morning.  We also have a friend flying in from Iowa for the weekend.  We haven’t seen him in over a year, so it should be fun to catch up and just hang out for the weekend.  The guys are going to go to a hockey game on Saturday night, so I have to come up with something fun to do with my son.  The game is in Denver at 8pm, so that is a little late for a 9 year old. Maybe a fun dinner and a movie, we will see.  What do you do with your kids for special nights?

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Grasshopper Cupcakes


Grasshopper Cupcakes - rich chocolate cupcakes topped with a minty butter cream frosting

Grasshopper Cupcakes – a rich and chocolate-y cupcake topped with a cool mint butter cream frosting!

Grasshopper Cupcakes - rich chocolate cupcakes topped with a minty butter cream frosting

December is flying by!  It is hard to believe that we are only 2 weeks away from Christmas.  The weather here in Colorado has been in the 50’s, so it is hard to realize it is actually December.  Don’t get me wrong, I am loving this weather, and would not change it for anything!  Going for walks outside in December is perfect in my opinion. Come March when we are freezing cold and have lots of snow, I will be wishing we had these nice days.

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White Chocolate Coconut Truffles


White Chocolate Coconut Truffles - super easy and perfect for any holiday get together

White Chocolate Coconut Truffles – super easy truffles that melt in your mouth!  Perfect for holiday desserts, cookie exchanges, or just because!

White Chocolate Coconut Truffles - super easy and perfect for any holiday get together

 

After being gone for a week, this week is crazy!  Trying to get work done on top of getting the house ready for Christmas, and doing some baking.  I have a cookie exchange this weekend that I need to figure out what I am making!  I love doing cookie exchanges.  My family is kind of picky about what cookies they will eat, but just getting to hang out with friends and share food together is so much fun.  Stay tuned, because I am sure whatever I make will show up here later this month.  I can’t make something I have shared with them before!

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No Bake Biscoff Bars


Win a copy of The Biscoff Cookie & Spread Cookbook

No Bake Biscoff Bars are like a peanut butter cup but with the flavors of Biscoff.  Quick, easy, and sure the please!

No Bake Biscoff Bars are like a peanut butter cup but with the flavors of Biscoff.  Quick, easy, and sure the please!

Are you ready for the holiday baking season? It is pretty much upon us.  I have to admit, I am not quite ready.  This year has just gone by far too quickly, I want it to slow down a little!  But today, I am here with a special treat for you.  I have mentioned Katrina from In Katrina’s Kitchen before.  She is one of my very dear friends in this blogging world.  We were roommates at a conference earlier this year, and I was able to visit her when I was in Ohio a few weeks ago.  So this post is kind of special to me today.  In case you didn’t know Katrina came out with a cookbook (The Biscoff Cookie & Spread Cookbook)!!!  She worked so hard on this book, and it is gorgeous and so full of great recipes.

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Gingerbread Truffles


Gingerbread Truffles

Gingerbread Truffles are perfect for any fall or holiday get together.  A mix of rich chocolate and gingerbread flavor with just 4 ingredients! 

Gingerbread Truffles are perfect for any fall or holiday get together.  A mix of rich chocolate and gingerbread flavor with just 4 ingredients!

I am excited to be part of a virtual Bridal Shower today!  Joanne from Eats Well with Others is getting married!  Audra from The Baker Chick organized this whole thing and asked if I would be a part of it.  I love any excuse to celebrate!  Below you will find all sorts of treats that everyone is bringing to the party!  Everything from drinks to desserts.  The only problem with these virtual showers is we can’t all be together and actually enjoy the food!

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Brownie Brittle Halloween Bark


Brownie Brittle Halloween Bark - a fun and easy Halloween treat

Brownie Brittle Halloween Bark is a fun and easy Halloween treat.  A layer of brownie brittle covered with melted white chocolate and decorated with Halloween candy.

Brownie Brittle Halloween Bark - a fun and easy Halloween treat

My husband and I spent the weekend in Denver by ourselves.  I am pretty sure the last time we spent the night away from our son was over a year ago.  We have gone out to dinner without him, or had a date night, but a full night away has been awhile.  That is one problem living over 1000 miles away from family!  He had a great time with his grandparents, and I am sure he got away with way more than we would have let him.  My husband and I relaxed and just had a low key weekend.  It was nice to relax in quiet, and not have to worry about being parents.  We went to 5280 Burger Bar for dinner on Saturday night, and it was so good.  If you are ever in Denver, you must go there!  Some of the best burgers I have ever had.

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Spooky Spider Brownies


Spooky Spider Brownies - fun and a little creepy for Halloween!

Spooky Spider Brownies are a fun way to celebrate Halloween.  Spiders and spider webs are easy to make with melted chocolate.

Spooky Spider Brownies - fun and a little creepy for Halloween!

Halloween is right around the corner, are you ready?  Do you dress up and go to a party?  Are your kids set with their costumes?  I think we are almost ready here.  My son decided that he is going to be Poseidon for Halloween.  He loves all of the Percy Jackson books and Greek mythology, so it is very fitting.  My mom helped to make a toga for him, and he has a rope belt, a crown, and a wig/beard.  I still need to spray paint the devil’s pitch fork silver, so it can be his trident.  But I think that is all I have left to do.  He is very excited, and ready for Halloween to be here!

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Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins with Pumpkin Spiced Glaze


Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins with Pumpkin Spiced Glaze

Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins with Pumpkin Spiced Glaze are a great treat to have around for breakfast, lunch box treats, or after school snacks.

Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins with Pumpkin Spiced Glaze

My son has a 4 day weekend this weekend.  They have Thursday and Friday off for conferences.  My in-laws are coming to visit, so he is going to have lots of time with them. Often times when family comes to visit he has to go to school, and misses out on seeing them more than just the weekend.  Not this time!  And he is beyond excited.  Saturday my husband and I are headed to Denver for time to ourselves.  Not sure what we are going to do yet, but we haven’t had a night away in forever, so it will be a nice break.

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S’Mores Brownies


S'mores Brownies - rich, chocolatey, heaven!

S'mores Brownies - rich, chocolatey, heaven!

The temperatures are finally starting to cool off in Colorado, at least for the next week.  It was 95 degrees yesterday, so you really never know.  But I am taking advantage of the 70 degree temps, and turning on the oven to do some baking.  Are you ready for apples and pumpkin?  I am craving apples, cinnamon, and the flavors of fall.  As soon as the calendar changes to September, I am ready for summer to be over and to move on.  Fall is my favorite season.  The colors, the temperatures, and the foods; I just love it all!

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