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Pinterest Rum Balls January 12 2013 (10)

I didn’t get a chance to post all of the baking that I did for Christmas before Christmas, so I thought I’d write about it even though the holidays are over. You can’t go wrong with delicious things to bake, right?

We got this recipe from friend of my mom’s close to 20 years ago. I made them just about every Christmas. The secret to these are adding more rum than the recipe says to.

Rum Babbas December 18 2012 (11)

Melt together half a cup of butter, half a cup of icing sugar, and 3/4 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips.

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I usually do it in the microwave, but it could be done in a double boiler as well.

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The chocolate smells so good at this point.

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Add two eggs, a pinch of salt, one and a quarter cups of graham crumbs, and three tablespoons of rum. Mix well.

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Cover and chill mixture well. I usually leave it in the fridge for a couple hours

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Roll into one inch balls.

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Coat with chocolate sprinkles.

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Store in the fridge or freezer. These always disappear pretty quick in our house so I try to make them as close as possible to Christmas.

What’s your favourite thing to bake?

Christmas Party Outfit January 4 2013

Friday night the boyfriend had a work Christmas party. I wasn’t sure what I should wear, so I decided on the above outfit with jeans. It was pretty casual and I think I hit it spot on.

Christmas Party January 4 2013

The food was pretty good – dry ribs, chicken wings, tortilla chips and salsa, carrot sticks, celery, and broccoli. There was some mini putt and pool playing too as the night went on.

Saturday was pretty laid back, getting some laundry and errands done. One of my priorities was to get a new salad spinner. The handle had broken off the one we had awhile ago. I had to stick the end of a fork into the hole to get it to spin – it was definitely time to get a new one. I’m happy to say the new one works amazingly.

Sunday morning was spent with the boyfriend. We went out for breakfast and I had my very first parfait. It had yogurt, fruit, and granola. It was pretty good – I’d definitely make one at home.

The Lost Symbol January 7 2013

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I finished reading The Lost Symbol. It took me longer than I thought it would to get through it, but it was a fun, easy read that I didn’t have to think very hard about.

Did you do anything exciting this weekend?

Christmas Cards December 21 2012

1. I may or may not have sent my Christmas cards out until this morning. I know they won’t get to their destinations in time, but I think they’ll get there by New Years. Better late than never, right?

2. I’m in a book rut. I finished an amazing book this week, and even though the book I’m reading right now is good, it’s not awesome like the last one was. Boo.

3. I’m going over to a friend’s place for tea this afternoon. I get to hang out with her AND her kids. They make me smile, so you can’t go wrong with that.

4. While the kids are around though, it makes it hard to have “adult” conversations. Her three year old is so smart. It’s amazing how much she picks up when you don’t think she’s listening.

5. We’re supposed to be getting more snow this weekend. I’ll forgive the weatherman because that means we’ll have some fresh white snow for Christmas, and not the grey dirty stuff that’s been around for awhile.

6. Stressing about things and not sleeping well isn’t fun. At all. Hopefully tonight I’ll be able to relax and sleep better. Too bad there isn’t a switch to turn off my brain when I go to bed.

7. I’m pretty sure my socks are disappearing. I’m not sure where they’re going, but I think they got mixed into someone else’s laundry, and they haven’t realized it yet. I hope they turn up soon.

8. Have a great weekend!

Unexpected Christmas Gifts December 19 2012 (2)

I know you can’t see it in the photo, but the tree and snow on the roof of the house are sparkly. It’s such a pretty card.

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A couple days ago I got some unexpected Christmas gifts. I got a shower lily (or at least that’s what the tag on it says it is, I’ve always called it a loofah), and some Satsuma body lotion from The Body Shop. It smells so good, I can’t wait to use it.

 

As if that wasn’t enough fun to find in the gift bag, I also got two tickets to go see a movie. I really want to see This is 40 – it looks so funny! However it isn’t released until Friday, so I’ll have to wait at least a little while longer.

What movie are you looking forward to seeing?

Gingerbread Cookies December 6 2012

Mixing the dry ingredients together, with almost half a cup of spices.

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Mixing the wet ingredients together. The brown sugar gives it the brown color.

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After mixing the wet and dry ingredients together it smells amazing.

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Wrapping it up to put it in the fridge to chill before rolling it out.

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Cutting out the gingerbread men.

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Fresh out of the oven.

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Cooling, making the house smell so good.

Recipe can be found here, thanks to Martha Stewart.

Cereal Snack Mix Pinterest December 15 2012 (6)

I make this every Christmas. The family loves it, and it’s a nice change from all the sweets.

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Ingredients:

1 and a half boxes Crispix cereal

Half a box Cheerios

1 bag pretzels

300 grams mixed nuts

2 sticks unsalted butter

4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

3 teaspoons seasoning salt

1 teaspoon onion powder

2 teaspoons garlic powder

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First off, mix the cereals, pretzels, and nuts in a large mixing bowl. I use the biggest one I have – there’s a lot of cereal!

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Mix together the spices – seasoning salt, onion powder, and garlic powder.

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Melt the butter in a roasting pan in a 250 degree oven. Once the butter is melted, add the Worcestershire sauce.  Add the spice mixture and mix well so there’s no clumps left. .

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Add the cereal mixture to the roasting pan and mix well so the cereal is evenly coated in the butter and spices.

Put it back into the oven for 75 minutes, stirring every fifteen minutes. Once it’s done cooking, cool on wire rack until completely cool. Store in air tight container for up to a week.

Be warned that in our house this stuff disappears fast really fast. I always think I have tonnes of it, but before I know it, it’s disappeared.

Adapted from Chex party mix.

Christmas Decorating December 7 2012 (12)

1. It’s definitely feeling like Christmas around here. I put up the Christmas tree and decorated this week.

2. I’m missing soccer like crazy right now. I don’t know what it is, but I desperately want to go out on a field and kick the ball around. I think the best I can do at the moment is watch it on TV.

3. Did you watch the Victoria’s Secret fashion show earlier this week? There was some amazing outfits.

Zoo Lights December 7 2012 (5)

4. The boyfriend and I went to Zoo Lights. It was really pretty. The fire pits were much appreciated to warm up at.

5. The Christmas shopping is in full swing. In fact I think I’m done except for the people who haven’t given me a list yet. Woohoo!

6. It’s short and sweet today. Have a great weekend!

I make shortbread cookies every year for Christmas. I could make them whenever, but I think they taste better at Christmas.

Shortbread Cookies November 22 2012 (1)

The dough is pretty basic, and was easy to make. These cookies have to be some of the easiest to make, even if you’re not a baker.

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Once the dough is mixed together, you put it into a parchment paper lined pan. I used the bottom of a measuring up to flatten the top. Before you put it into the oven you use a sharp knife to cut it into squares.

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Once it’s been baked and cooled, re-cut the pieces again, and they’re ready to eat! They keep well in the freezer.

This is a very similar recipe to my go to one for shortbread. I got the recipe from Martha Stewart’s Cookies.

Fitness Christmas List

A couple weeks ago I got a magazine in the mail from my favourite running store. Although I’m not running much right now (or at all), I still enjoy looking through it.

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They had a section with ideas for gifts, which made me start thinking about my Christmas list this year. It’s kind of a running joke in our family that my brother and I both make very detailed Christmas lists – which usually includes the color, size, store to buy the item at, and the approximate price. I guess we like to make it easy for the people buying us gifts.

I ended up making my Christmas list that night, and I thought I’d share it with you.

Bike Stand

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This stand essentially makes your bike into a stationary bike. That means I’ll be able to ride the bike I bought a couple months ago inside even when it’s cold, snowy, and horrible outside.

 

Ipod Nano

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Although I have an ipod classic, I want a shuffle for walks and bike rides. In the summer when I’m wearing shorts I don’t have pockets, so being able to clip a shuffle on is perfect.

Dance Central 3

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I got Dance Central 2 last year for my birthday, and I really like it. When I found out that Dance Central 3 was released a couple weeks ago, I knew I wanted to get it. Even if I don’t find it under the tree, I’ll probably end up buying it during the boxing week sales.

BBW Vanilla Bean Lotion

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I might have a slight obsession with anything Vanilla Bean Noel flavoured from Bath and Body Works. Whenever I put it on it smells like I’m slathering vanilla cake on myself. Okay, that might not sound good, but it smells amazing!

What’s on your Christmas list?

Here’s what I’m planning on making for Christmas this year:

Chex Mix. There’s nothing better than a handful of Chex mix while taking a break from wrapping gifts. It hits the spot when I’m craving something salty.Check out the recipe here.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars. I’ve made these the last couple years, and they’re always popular. Find the recipe here.

Cranberry Poundcake November 15 2012

Cranberry Pound Cake. I modify this pound cake recipe from Martha Stewart to include cranberries instead of lemon. It’s always so good. The recipe is here.

Rum Balls. Seriously, it’s not Christmas is our house until the rum balls are made. We got this recipe 20 years ago from a family friend. They’re probably my brothers favourite thing I make for Christmas.

Caramel Corn. This is a fairly recent addition to my yearly Christmas baking, but last year it disappeared pretty quick, so I’m planning on making it again. Here’s the recipe.

Sugar Cookie Cutouts. Half the fun of these cookies is to decorate them once they’re baked. I feel like a kid again with the icing and sprinkles. This recipe is from my Martha Stewart’s Cookies book, though you can find a very similar recipe here.

Gingerbread Cookies. What’s Christmas without gingerbread cookies? They make the house smell so good while they’re baking. You really can’t go wrong with these cookies. Click here for the recipe.

Pecan Bars November 15 2012

Pecan Bars. My mom absolutely loves pecan pie. A couple years ago I discovered this recipe, which is essentially pecan pie in a bite sized bar. You get all the great taste in a much smaller serving. The recipe is here.

Is there anything you have to make every year for Christmas?