Man oh man…you’d think somebody is getting ready to do some cookie baking or something around here?!
I mean, how often do you see 12+ sticks of butter in your fridge at one time?
Or a toddler who likes to sit inside and stack jars of jellies all by himself…?
But anyways…yes! I AM actually gearing up to do some MAJOR cookie baking this year and I. am. stoked. I haven’t really done as much baking the past two years as I have in years past, and I’ve missed it. Not only do I just love baking in general, but I really enjoy putting together trays and tins full of homemade goodies to give away to friends, family, and co-workers.
So earlier this week I went through my recipe binder, flagged some of my favorites, and wrote up my shopping list.
Yeah, putting together a baking list is no prob, but don’t think I took the time to actually meal plan for us at all this week or anything. Hey…priorities, my friends.
Kidding. Sort of.
So what’s on the list? So far, I’m planning on…
- Crackled Sugar Cookies or Snickerdoodles Cookies – or both. I can’t decide!
- Mexican Wedding Cookies
- Dark Chocolate Turtle Graham Bars
- Oreo Truffles
- Chewy Chocolate Chip Heath Bar Cookies
- Dark Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies using ^^ recipe but with mint/chocolate chips
- Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (I’ve never shared this recipe, but I WILL. It’s my favorite!)
- Toffee Almond Fudge
- Flourless Milk Chocolate Pretzel Peanut Butter Cookies
- Orange Mocha Cookies
- Possibly some sort of chocolate bark?
Now…whether or not I get to them all? That’s another story. But I’ve got the ingredients, so I’m ready to go!
As far as the rest of life, everything is pretty smooth sailing over here so far this week. On Monday I used up the rest of our leftover turkey to make my favorite Turkey & Veggie Soup and it was delicious, as always.
I’ve really been into cereal this week too. Specifically, these Sweetened Wheat-Fuls from Mom’s Best.
I picked them up at the store last week and they have just been hittin’ the spot.
I cooked up another pretty good meal last night, including a sweet potato and kale casserole that I’ll have some more details on in tomorrow’s post. It was freakin’ delicious.
And yeah, wanna talk about freakin’ delicious? How about this Planters Brittle Nut Medley mix I picked up at the store yesterday.
I knew that I should have just left it on the shelf but mannnnn, is it good.
Kind of a bummer that there’s more pretzels than anything else if I’m going to pay $6.00 for the tin, but I suppose it was still worth it.
As for the workout front, we’re still truckin’ along! I’m thinking I may try out a barre class online later in the week (thanks to those of you who recommended some to me) as my attempt at “shaking things up” towards my Fitbit Challenge for this week.
I haven’t been doing the best at hitting my 10,000 steps/day goal everyday, but I’m doing what I can. Now that it’s so cold out there, I’m much less motivated to get outside for my afternoon walking breaks at work! Plus, many of the workouts that I typically like to do, like T25, don’t always include a ton of steps because they’re more strength based. So I guess this is just a good reminder to remember that steps aren’t everything! As long as you’re moving and doing something good for your body, then that’s all that matters.
Unless you’re in a challenge and participating on a team and don’t want to let your teammates down…then the pressure is on.
Giveaway Winners Announced!
The winner of the $100 AMEX gift card from the PoachIt giveaway is: Entry #32
The winner of the Customized Ornament giveaway is: Entry #48
– Ahh I love these! I’d love to get a personalized ornament to commemorate this first Christmas with my fiance and his family!
Winners, please email me at sweettoothcourtney at gmail dot com ASAP so I can get you your goodies!!
Questions for ya today…
- Are you planning on any cookie baking this holiday season? Feel free to link up your favorite recipes! I’m sure we can all always use some new ideas.
- Do you (or do you think you) hit 10,000 steps a day? Do you give yourself goals for hitting a certain number of steps each day/week?