Friday, November 29, 2013

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

Thanksgiving is over and now 'tis the season of baking and decorating and celebrating! There is so much to be thankful for, but now it's time to stir up that holiday cheer! My new favorite, super easy, delicious, moist, and festive cookie is a Red Velvet Crinkle Cookie. There are 4 ingredients and it makes about 3 dozen cookies - perfect for giving away or having on hand to give out when you have company this holiday season.

My husband's work always has a Baked Goods Drive for the Single Soldiers who live in the barracks on post. So, I am making these cookies for them! 

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

- 1 box red velvet cake mix
- 2 eggs
- 6 tbsp. butter, melted
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar

1. Mix cake mix, eggs, and butter together until smooth.
2. Place powdered sugar in a small bowl.
3. Form 1 inch balls with the dough and cover in powdered sugar.
4. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet.
5. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 min. (mine took 8 minutes)

Red Velvet batter, cookie ball, cookie ball in powdered sugar, baking sheet of cookies!

 Baked Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

Festive and delicious!


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Christmas in November

I feel that Thanksgiving is coming so fast this year and Christmas will be right around the corner after we eat some turkey! So, to help get ready before it's December and I'm scrambling to decorate our house - I have already started. I have decorated a holiday wreath and hung our stockings on a decorated mantel. I also bought my son a Christmas Kiwi Crate and we made the two crafts in the crate together.

I did a review on Kiwi Crate back in June, obviously I'm still a fan! First of all, I absolutely love the packaging of the crate and all the tiny pieces and instructions that go to each craft. This specific box was the "Little Christmas" box and I had gotten a 25% off coupon I used to order it off The two crafts inside were "My Little Tree" - a Christmas tree made out of pipe cleaners on a stick, and "My Folded Ornaments" - paper ornaments that needed to be decorated and glued together to create a cool 3D ornament. My son had a ball crafting and I even got to color an ornament!

The first craft was "My Little Tree." Turned out super cute and we can't wait for the glitter paint to dry so we can put it in my son's room!

The second craft was "My Folded Ornaments." The Kiwi Crate came with felt stickers, crayons, and a glue stick to decorate with. We can't wait to hang all four on our Christmas tree!

For my mantel above my fireplace, I bought cardboard letters that would say "BE MERRY" when placed in order. They were $2.49 each at Hobby Lobby. I used a 9 ft. long evergreen garland with lights behind the letters. I bought the garland at Target 3 years ago for $10. I re-used Christmas ribbon I found in our Christmas "stuff box" that my mom created a gorgeous bow with and attached it to the left side. I also purchased a can of Gold Glitter paint at Hobby Lobby for $7.99 and used it to spray paint all my letters to add some 'pop.' Then we hung our stockings. 

"It's starting to look a lot like Christmas...!"

Lastly, my Holiday wreath. I am loving all the burlap everywhere that seems to be making a comeback. So I found some awesome wired, red and tan burlap ribbon at Hobby Lobby that I just had to have. Made a bow and attached it to my "go-to" Christmas wreath of a plain evergreen wreath and a gold initial "B" I had painted 2 years ago for this wreath. Simple and pretty. 


Friday, November 8, 2013

Kid Approved Quick Dinner

My almost 3-year old used to eat anything I would place in front of him. These days he's a little more picky and a little more opinionated! One thing he can't get enough of is pepperoni. If he could have pepperoni for breakfast, he would. This recipe is simple crescent roll pizzas. Easy to put together and very yummy for kids and adults alike! (Of course you can pair it with some nutritious broccoli and grapes and it's a well balanced meal!)

Crescent Roll Pizzas


- package of crescent rolls
- 4 cheese sticks, halved
- pepperonis
- pizza sauce

1. Roll out crescent rolls.
2. Place about a tablespoon of pizza sauce 3 pepperonis, and half a cheese stick on the dough.
3. Roll up the dough and place on a greased baking sheet.
4. Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes or until crescent rolls are golden brown.

 Pizza sauce, cheese sticks, crescent rolls, and pepperoni

 Pizza sauce, 3 pepperonis, and half a cheese stick on dough

Ready to bake!

Ready to eat!

 Kid- Approved


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

I Am Thankful

It's November! 'Tis the season  to be Thankful. Many of my friends have jumped on the bandwagon to share what they are thankful for daily on Facebook. This isn't my style, but I found a way to participate without making my list 'public.' A simple DIY project that requires an 8"x10" frame, a free printable, and a dry erase marker.

I found this printable from someone I follow on Instagram - Crafty Texas Girls. Their website is super fun with great ideas! So take the time to make your own "I am Thankful" frame and change what you are thankful for daily, weekly, or every other day! Here is mine: