Christmas

Sugar Free Holiday Cut Out Cookies – Lifestyle Article

*This post is sponsored by SPLENDA. The opinions and information presented here are all ours.   One of my favorite things to do around the holidays is bake and decorate Christmas cookies. It’s one thing that really gets me into the holiday spirit. And no matter who you are it’s safe to say a pretty decorated plate of fun Christmas cookie shapes is pretty darn irresistible. A freshly baked Christmas cookie in hand with a freshly brewed cup of coffee…

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Holiday Gift Guide for the Outdoors Lover • The Blonde Abroad – Lifestyle Article

I’m gearing up for the holidays and planning out some wonderfully wintery adventures. First up—a trip to New York City to experience all the holiday magic!To prep for the cold weather, I’m bundling up in this North Face hooded parka, a creamy sweater, an ultra-cozy beanie, and a totepack to store all my gadgets and gizmos while I’m on the go.With being on the road a lot of the time and switching up my home base, I appreciate that Backcountry…

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How I Battle Stress Over The HolidaysPick the Brain – Personal Development Article

It’s that time of year again! Mostly holiday cheer…but for me that can also mean quite a lot of stress. Wrapping up all of my end-of-year to-dos, spending more money than I probably should and being pulled in a a million holiday party directions. It can be fun, but it can also be a lot. Factor in the stress of seeing family, for some, this can be added stress, anxiety and a flood of emotions.  Earlier this year, I talked…

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Small Simple Ways to Open Your Spirit to God During Advent – Spiritual Article

This post is part of the Advent retreat, “Small Simple Ways to Open Mind, Heart, and Spirit.” Watch the retreat introduction video here.During this week of Advent, let’s ponder what it means to open our spirit to God. We’ve talked about opening our mind—our perceptions and expectations. We’ve also talked about opening our heart—through compassion and acceptance. In referring to “spirit,” we expand our openness to the interior depths of the human person. Without becoming too abstract or theological, let’s…

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Delicious Old-Fashioned Cream Cheese Mints – Lifestyle Article

These cream cheese mints are so perfect to make and serve for the holidays, and they’re great to gift to friends and family too! Made with simple ingredients, it’s so quick and easy to make a big batch of this cream cheese mints recipe to enjoy throughout the festive season.I love having these traditional cream cheese mints at home during the holidays. They are so perfectly creamy and sweet, and of course, it is the season of peppermint! I love…

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Gooey Butter Cake with Brown Butter – Lifestyle Article

Classic St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake with a twist – this easy Gooey Butter Cake with Brown Butter has a deeper, richer flavor that you’ll crave again and again! Yep! You read that right. I love everything browned butter and when we had guests coming over a couple weeks ago, I decided to adapt my traditional St. Louis gooey butter cake recipe.While that version can be a breakfast danish or dessert, gooey browned butter cake makes an incredible dessert!Serve it al…

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How to Keep Greenery Garland and Christmas Wreaths Fresh – Lifestyle Article

Tips and tricks to keep your live wreaths and greenery garland looking fresh and fragrant to enjoy them throughout the holiday season, without the mess. Bring stair garland and fresh Christmas wreaths into your home for the holidays without fear of them drying prematurely.Fresh Christmas Wreaths and Greenery GarlandI prefer decorating with fresh greens for the holidays. Bringing the outdoors in brings your home to life, adds a lovely and festive fragrance and eliminates the need to store decor.You can…

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Snowball Recipe | Amaretto Liqueur and Ice Cream Cocktail – Lifestyle Article

When the temperatures drop, I love to treat everyone to a Snowball cocktail after a delicious dinner. The slight bitterness of the almond amaretto flavor combined with sweet ice cream is the perfect pairing in this snowball recipe. Learn how to make this amaretto liqueur dessert cocktail with just a few simple ingredients.Ice Cream in the Winter: A Snowball Cocktail RecipeI may be an adult, but I still enjoy ending any meal with a sweet treat. A Snowball cocktail is…

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Carmelita Cookies Recipe | Julie Blanner – Lifestyle Article

Get the delicious buttery oatmeal texture with gooey caramel of a carmelita bar wrapped into carmelita cookies! You can make a huge batch in just 20 minutes and they are a hit with everyone who tries them! They are perfect fall cookies and great for holiday exchanges and Christmas treats!These brown sugar oatmeal cookies stuffed with caramel are like a thick, chewy carmelita bar, in cookie form! Individual bites of happiness that you just can’t get enough of!A batch of…

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