Entries from November 29, 2015 - December 5, 2015


Sugared Cranberries

These would be especially pretty on top of a cake.

Step 1: Make a batch of simple syrup to cover the amount of cranberries you want to sugar (i.e., if you have 2 cups of cranberries, make ~3 cups of simple syrup.) Let syrup cool.

Step 2: Soak cranberries in simple syrup for at least 5 hours, or overnight.

Step 3: Drain the cranberries (saving the simple syrup — for the cocktails mentioned above), then put them in a large zip-top bag with white sugar and SHAKE to coat. Start with a small amount of sugar and slowly add more until all the berries are coated.

Step 4: Spread the sugared cranberries out on a cookie sheet to dry in the fridge for 1-2 hours.


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Mixing Up Holiday Fun #bakingwithbetty


One of our yearly holiday traditions is making Peanut Butter Blossom cookies from Betty Crocker. Cam is a peanut butter fan and no holiday is complete without these cookies! During the holiday season, I love surprising my husband Walt and Cam with fresh-baked cookies when they get home for the day.

We stopped by Walmart this week to stock up on delicious Betty Crocker cookie mixes. I had to get peanut butter and sugar cookie. There are so many delicious mixes to choose from, it was hard to pick!

We decided to make the Peanut Butter blossom cookies for this post. Have you ever tried them? They are so good! All you need is Betty Crocker cookie mix and your favorite chocolate candy. There is nothing like spreading cheer through simple and easy surprises!

Betty Crocker makes it easy to get these cookies on your table. All you need to make these delicious cookies are already in your pantry and fridge- water, oil and 1 egg, that's it! With your oven pre-heated, mix up and roll into balls. You can roll them in sugar if you like for an added touch!

Bake for 10 minutes and here's what you get, peanut butter goodness!

Let cool a little bit and add in your favorite chocolate candy.

Cam says save some for Santa too!

Be sure to stock up on your fave Betty Crocker mixes at Walmart. Be sure to get your coupon here.

How are you spreading cheer this holiday season? Any fun traditions?


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Betty Crocker. The opinions and text are all mine.



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Homemade Gift Ideas


1. DIY Baskets

DIY baskets are affordable and fun to make. Some of the best DIY baskets for a new homeowner include:

  • Cleaning basket: Include things like all-purpose cleaner, sponges, a dustpan, and rags for a gift that will keep their new home in tip-top shape.
  • Tool kit: Make your own by including all the must-haves, or you can simply purchase an affordable tool kit instead.
  • Gardening kit: Include affordable essentials like a trowel, rake, shovel, and fork, or just purchase a complete garden tool set.
  • Coffee kit: Everybody needs coffee, so think about gifting gourmet coffee with a nice new electric grinder or mug. You can even create your own personalized coffee mugs with a little paint.
  • Kitchen set: Include must-haves like utensils, an oven mitt, a peeler, and/or a meat thermometer for a DIY kitchen basket. Add aninexpensive cookbook and a new cookbook holder to complete the gift.

2. Gifts They Can Eat

What better way to welcome someone into their new home than with something delicious? There are several food gifts you can give that won't cost much, such as:

  • Home cooked meal: Make a meal for them to enjoy and include the recipe card.
  • DIY food basket: Include one of your favorite simple recipes and the ingredients required to make it. You can always add a nice new kitchen accessory as well, like a new wooden spoon.
  • Beers on you: All you need to do is purchase an affordable cooler and fill it with ice, beers, lemons, limes, and any other drinking accessories you think they'll like.
  • Indoor herb garden: They'll be able to grow their own fresh herbs indoors to enjoy in about six weeks.
  • Popcorn kit: Wrap up a popcorn maker with a popcorn and seasoning collection so they can enjoy a movie after a long day of unpacking.
  • Mushroom farm: Who doesn't love fresh mushrooms? With this gift, they can grow fresh organic mushrooms right from their new kitchen.

3. Personalized Items

Embroidered, engraved, and monogrammed items are some of the best personalized gifts you can buy. Take the DIY approach, or purchase them already embroidered or engraved. Some of the best items to personalize include:

4. Things They're Sure to Need

There are certain things that we could all use more of, especially after moving into a new place. Put a unique spin on the essentials to suit your friends' style and personality. All of these items can be found for under $20:

5. Wine Essentials

Wine is the perfect gift for almost any special occasion, particularly after a stressful move. If your friends are wine drinkers, gift them handy essentials such as:

6. Good Luck Charms

Everyone needs a little good luck, especially after a move. Consider a sage kit so that they can cleanse their new home and attract good fortune. You can even give them unique garden sets to entice good luck, like a growing wishes seed kitlucky bamboo plant, or bonsai tree kit.

7. Relaxation Aids

Everyone loves to relax after a stressful event and there is nothing more stressful than moving. Help your friend pamper themselves with items like unique bath salt setstea samplers, and crackling candles. These and other spa necessities can be combined to form one large relaxation basket.

8. Pet Treats

Giving your friends' pet a new toy or gift basket will make you their new favorite guest. Including a pet in the gift-giving festivities usually means a lot to the homeowners as well.

Source: Wisebread.com


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