Blogmas Day Four: Christmas Cookies

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Blogmas Day Four! Today is all about Christmas cookies, I love baking during the holidays, so I thought I would share with you some recipes that are guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit and are just plain delicious.

The first cookie we have is Chocolate Cherry Cookies. I love chocolate covered cherries and these cookies remind me of those, so yummy. And this recipe makes about 30 cookies.

What You Need:

  • 1/2 cup of softened butter
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup of cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons of maraschino cherry juice
  • 30-36 jarred maraschino cherries
  • 1/4 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon of maraschino cherry juice

What You Do:

  • The first thing you do is preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Then cream together the butter, white sugar and brown sugar. Once that’s mixed add in the eggs one at a time and make sure that’s well combined.
  • In a medium bowl combine the flour, cocoa, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Then take that mixture and add it into the butter mixture 1/2 a cup at a time, mixing well after each addition and scraping the sides of the bowl  as needed. After that is well combined add in the vanilla and 2 teaspoons of maraschino cherry juice and mix well.
  • Take the bowl from the mixer and pop it in the fridge for about 30 minutes so the dough can chill.
  • Once the dough is ready to be rolled, butter your hands so it doesn’t stick. Then roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Using your thumb make an indentation in the center of the cookies and place a maraschino cherry in the middle.
  • Bake cookies for 10 minutes.
  • To create the drizzle on top melt the semi sweet chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk together on low. Once it’s melted add 1 teaspoon of maraschino cherry juice and mix that together with a spoon.
  • Once the cookies are cooled drizzle that mixture over the cookies.
  • Serve and enjoy! And if you don’t want to serve these immediately, they do freeze well.

The next cookie we have is Peppermint Shortbread Cookie. These are super easy to make and I love shortbread, so it’s a win-win. And this recipe makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies.

What You Need:

  • 2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of cold butter, cubed
  • 1 1/4 cups of Andes peppermint crunch chips
  • 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract, although if you wanted a more subtle peppermint flavor you could use vanilla or almond
  • Red food coloring, this is optional
  • Sugar to coat the cookies before baking for an extra crunch, this is also optional

What You Do:

  • In a large bowl combine the flour and the sugar. And using a pastry blender, cut in the butter. Because this is shortbread, you’re looking for a very fine crumb.
  • Then stir in the extract, Andes peppermint crunch chips and the red food coloring.
  • Using your hands knead the dough until it forms a ball, then shape it into a log about two inches in diameter. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for two hours.
  • Once the dough is chilled and ready to come out, preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cut slices of the dough about 1/4 inch thick and place on the cookie sheet. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies are set.
  • Once out of the oven, let the cookies cool for a few minutes before moving to the cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Serve and enjoy! And if you don’t want to serve right away, these will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

The second to last cookie we have is Eggnog Snickerdoodles. These are super easy to make and so good. And this recipe makes about 48 cookies.

What You Need:

  • 4 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 3/4 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1 cup of firmly packed brown sugar, you can use light or dark
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of Eggnog
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and if you want an extra punch you can use rum extract
  • For the topping: 6 tablespoons of sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons of nutmeg
  • For the glaze: 2 cups of powdered sugar, 1/4 cup of Eggnog, 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg

What You Do:

  • In a bowl medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg and cream of tartar, then set that aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the eggs, granulated sugar and brown sugar until fluffy. To that add the eggs, eggnog and vanilla/rum extract. Mix until well combined. Then add in the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  • You can either cover the bowl in plastic wrap or remove the dough from the bowl and wrap in plastic wrap, but either way, place the dough in the fridge for at least an hour.
  • Once the dough is out of the fridge, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Take the dough and form it into 1 inch balls and roll them in the sugar and nutmeg mixture. Then place them on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet.
  • Bake the cookies for 8-9 minutes. Once they’re out of the oven let them sit on the cookie sheet for at least 10 minutes to cool before moving them to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • For the glaze, add the powdered sugar, eggnog and nutmeg together in a bowl and stir until well combined. Drizzle the glaze over the cookies and allow it to set up.
  • Serve and enjoy!

The last cookie we have is a cookie my mom always makes during the holidays, so I love it a little bit extra and it’s Ghiradelli Chocolate Peppermint Chunk Cookies and this recipes makes about 2 dozen cookies.

What You Need:

  • 1 cup of Ghiradelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips
  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 6 tablespoons of softened butter
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 bag of Ghiradelli Peppermint Chunks

What You Do:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line your cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Take the 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips and melt them in the microwave in 30 second increments. Once melted, set aside to cool.
  • In a medium bowl, sift together the dry ingredients and mix.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until it’s fluffy, then add the eggs one at a time. To that mixture add the melted chocolate and the vanilla extract and mix until well combine.
  • Add in the dry ingredients and mix, then add in the peppermint chunks and make sure they’re well distributed.
  • This calls for the dough to be scooped into balls that are 1.5 tablespoons and in the couple times I’ve made these cookies, I only measured it for the first couple cookies and then just went from there, but it comes out to enough cookies each time. And then place them about 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 9 minutes and they should be soft and fudgy.
  • Once cooled, serve and enjoy!

That about wraps it up for this post, if you guys have any Christmas cookie recipes that you love, let me know. You can never have too many cookie recipes.

Until next time, have fun baking and enjoy your cookies :).

-K

2017 Christmas Cookie Post:

https://kyranycoleblog.wordpress.com/2017/12/18/blogmas-day-17-christmas-cookies/

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Blogmas Day Three: My Christmas Tree and Holiday Stories

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Day Three of Blogmas! Today I’m going to be showing you guys my Christmas tree and talking about some of my favorite Christmas stories to read as a child. And I’m going to start with my tree.

I’m really happy with my tree this year, I’m not entirely sure what it is, I think it’s a Noble or some variation of Noble. I went to a tree farm I’d never been to before but is really popular and I was impressed. It’s a huge area and they have beautiful trees. Already having my tree and having it decorated makes it feel so much more Christmassy and makes me even more excited for Christmas.

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Moving on, we have some Christmas stories. When I was a kid these were stories that I loved to read or when I was really little have read to me and they just embody the holiday season to me. And now my mom has kept the tradition going by reading these stories to my niece and nephew. There are two version of The Night Before Christmas because I would keep one on my little bookshelf to read whenever I wanted and my mom would keep the hardback version. And besides The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore, we have The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer by Robert L. May and Rudolph Shines Again by Robert L. May, which is the sequel to Rudolph.

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That about wraps it up for this post, if you guys read any of these books/if any of these books are part of your Christmas traditions or if you read something different during the holidays I’d love to know.

Until next time, enjoy your books and have fun decorating your trees :).

-K

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Blogmas Day Two: Christmas Cards and Present Wrapping

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Day Two of Blogmas! I did miss yesterday, I was incredibly busy and didn’t have time to write, so I’m going to be double posting. This post is going to be about my 2018 Christmas cards and a little look at how I’ve done some present wrapping and we’re going to start with the cards.

This year my cards are Charlie Brown themed and I think they’re super cute. When I pick out cards each year I don’t have a predetermined theme in mind, it’s usually whatever catches my eye and I never do the same card two years in a row. It’s a little hard to tell in the pictures, but Snoopy and Woodstock are raised up so it gives it some dimension. I like that the design on the envelope extends to back so you see something when you’re opening it and I like that the saying on the inside isn’t leaning one way or another and it’s just a nice holiday sentiment.

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So, on to the present wrapping portion of this post. This year I’m exchanging gifts with a good friend of mine like I always do but the difference is we’re in different states, so we’re shipping gifts to each other and that meant that I had to finish my shopping early and get these wrapped up and sent out, which I did. I find present wrapping to be very creative and therapeutic, so I really like it. I’m not going to say what these gifts are, but I’m going to be doing a Friendsmas post in the coming weeks and I’ll talk about what we got each other. When I wrap presents I try to have a theme, think about the person and tie everything together. So I’m going to start off by saying that this isn’t everything for this person, just what I had at the time when I took these pictures. For my wrapping paper I used the blue because I like the pattern and the fact that it’s double sided, the gold was for the stocking stuffers which I wouldn’t normally wrap up, but I thought it would be cuter that way and I used the red as a tie in between the stocking stuffer presents and stocking itself which is red. I do have bows, but this felt more like a ribbon occasion, so I did silver with the blue paper, gold with the red and silver on the gold to make it feel cohesive and because silver and gold is a popular theme for Christmas. I then curled the ribbon. Like I said I’ll be doing a Friendsmas post so you’ll be able to see all of the gifts together. I think it came together nicely and I’m happy with it.

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That about wraps it up for this post, when you guys wrap presents do you prefer bows, ribbon or both?

Until next time, what do you guys look for in Christmas cards and have fun wrapping presents :).

-K

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Blogmas Day One: Holiday Cocktails

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Day One of Twelve Days of Blogmas! After doing all twenty four days last December I thought I would change it up and do twelve days this year. I’m excited to be doing Blogmas again and I’m starting off with a fun one. Today is all about fun and festive holiday cocktails, so let’s get into it.

The first cocktail we have is the Mistletoe Cocktail and this recipe makes one drink.

What You Need:

  • 1/4 teaspoon of lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of honey
  • 3 mint leaves
  • 1 ounce of Vodka
  • Ginger Beer
  • 5 cranberries. 3 of which are for garnish
  • 1 sprig of rosemary to garnish
  • White sugar to garnish
  • Crushed ice
  • An 8 ounce glass

What You Do:

  • In a dish add the mint leaves, honey, lime juice and two cranberries. Mash together using a muddler and set that aside.
  • Take two small dishes, add lime juice to one and sugar to the other. Dip your glass in the lime juice then the sugar to rim the glass.
  • Take the mixture you made in the first step and add that to the bottom of your glass. Then add crushed ice, vodka and the ginger beer.
  • Garnish with the rosemary sprig and the three remaining cranberries.
  • Serve and enjoy!

The second cocktail we have is the Berry Merry Christmas Cocktail. This is technically a martini, but it can be served in different ways in different glasses, and this recipe makes one drink.

What You Need:

  • 1 shot of Vodka
  • 1 shot of Chambord
  • 1/2 shot of Limoncello
  • 1/4 shot of Grenadine
  • Club soda

What You Do:

  • Take a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice
  • Add the vodka, Chambord, Limoncello, grenadine and 1 shot of club soda. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.
  • If you want this served on the rocks, which is really yummy as well, add the booze together in a cocktail shaker and pour into a tall glass filled with ice and top it off with the club soda.
  • Serve and enjoy!

The second to last cocktail we have is Apple Cider Sangria. I had this at a holiday party last year and it was really good. And this recipe makes a good amount.

What You Need:

  • 1 bottle of Moscato Wine
  • 1 cup of Light Rum
  • 1 1/2 cups of Apple Cider
  • 1 cup of Ginger Ale
  • Ice
  • Apple slices to garnish

What You Do:

  • In a large pitcher add the Moscato, Light Rum, Apple Cider and Ginger Ale and stir to combine.
  • Pour over ice and garnish with an apple slice
  • Serve and enjoy!

And the last cocktail we have is White Christmas Margaritas and this recipe makes six drinks.

What You Need:

  • 1 14 ounce can of coconut milk
  • 12 ounces of Silver Tequila
  • 8 ounces of Triple Sec
  • 1/2 cup of lime juice
  • 2 cups of ice
  • 1/2 cup of mint to garnish
  • 1 lime sliced into rounds to garnish
  • A lime wedge to rim the glasses
  • Sanding sugar to rim the glasses
  • Cranberries to garnish

What You Do:

  • In a blender add the coconut milk, Tequila, Triple Sec, lime juice and ice and blend until smooth.
  • To rim the glasses run the lime wedge over the rim and dip in the sanding sugar.
  • Pour the blended drink into the glasses and garnish with the lime round and cranberries.
  • Serve and enjoy!

That about wraps it up for this post, if you guys have any other holiday cocktail suggestions let me know. I’d love to try them.

Until next time, enjoy your cocktails and welcome to Blogmas! 🙂

-K

Holiday Cocktails 2017 Post:

https://kyranycoleblog.wordpress.com/2017/12/09/blogmas-day-8-holiday-cocktails/

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November favorites

Hi everyone,

Today, as it’s getting towards the end of the month. I’m going to be doing my November favorites. I have a fun mix of things this month, so let’s get into it.

Starting with beauty, I have a couple of favorites from my November Sephora Play Box and I’ll link that post below if you haven’t read it. The first is the Amika Silken Up Dry Conditioner. This is a product that I was initially excited about because I had never used a dry conditioner before and I really like this. When I originally talked about this I used it on second day hair, just to see and it made my hair look fresher than it normally would on the second day. I usually go three or four days between hair washing, that’s what my hair likes, and I used this last week when I was sick and it really helped put some life back into my hair. So I highly recommend not only this product but Amika as a brand, they’re great.

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Next we have the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. I have a couple different powders that I switch between and this had made itself a spot in the rotation. It’s really silky, weightless and gives you a nice matte finish.

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This next favorite I talked a lot about in my Sephora Play unboxing, so I won’t ramble on too much. But it’s the Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick in 40 Pink Tea. I will say that I really like the color, it’s a nudey pink, and it’s really long lasting. I definitely recommend it.

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My last Sephora Play favorite is Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue. This is like the perfect scent, it’s a very fresh with citrus, floral notes and some underlying woody hints. If you get the chance to smell it I would say do it. It’s really nice.

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My last beauty favorite is something I just bought, but already really like and it’s the e.l.f. Matte Lip Color in Tea Rose. It’s a dusty rose shade and it feels really nice on the lips, not drying at all. And the colored bit on the end pops off and it’s a built in sharpener, which is super handy and I appreciate.

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Moving on, my next favorite is Thanksgiving. This year for Thanksgiving I had a cold, which I’m still getting over, so I wasn’t feeling super festive. But it was a really chill day and I did still make apple pie. And I’m really happy with how it came out.

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And my last favorite is a music favorite and it’s the new Take That album Odyssey. I’ve been giving my reaction as some songs off the album as they were being released, but now that the album’s out, just wow. It’s incredible. The new songs are fantastic, and the Odyssey version of the classic songs is so well done, very well mixed. I love everything, but if I had to pick a favorite or favorites, I haven’t stopped listening to Everlasting, Spin and How Deep Is Your Love featuring Barry Gibb. How Deep Is Your Love is one of my favorite Bee Gees songs and when I originally heard the Take That cover I wanted them to collaborate with Barry and I’m not disappointed in it whatsoever. It’s a beautiful song. I would one million percent recommend listening to this album.

That about wraps it up for this post, if we had any of the same favorites this month let me know and if not I’d love to know what your favorites were.

Until next time, enjoy your favorites and I hope you all had a great November :).

-K

November Sephora Play Post:

https://kyranycoleblog.wordpress.com/2018/11/21/november-sephora-play-unboxing/

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November Sephora Play unboxing

Hi everyone,

The other day I received my November Sephora Play Box and I thought that today would be a good day to go through it. The theme this month is Merry And Bright, so it’s full of products that will make your days and your looks be full of cheer and it even explains in the little pamphlet why each product brings the cheer, which I think is a great idea. The bag this month is the same as the previous couple months. It’s plastic with a snap and lock type of closure, the front is a clear red with various beauty and lifestyle products on it and Play! By Sephora in the middle and the back is white with Your Once-A-Month, Squeal-Inducing Bag Of Amazingness Is Here #SephoraPlay written in red.

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So, the first product we have is the Amika Silken Up Dry Conditioner. I’m a big fan of dry shampoo, but had never used a dry conditioner until the other day when I used this. It’s supposed to help in restoring your hairs shine and softness and detangle like a conditioner would. And it definitely does those things. I used it on second day hair and it looked fresher than it would normally. I would definitely recommend this if you’re looking for a dry conditioner. Amika is a great brand.

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The second product we have is the Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser. This is a 3 in 1 cleanser that has 12 essential oils that are supposed to help soothe, soften and rejuvenate your complexion. I’ve only ever used Philosophy lotion, so I’m interested to use this.

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The third product we have is the Lancôme Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturizing Face Cream. This is moisturizer that starts out as a cream and transitions into a water gel and is supposed to soothe and comfort your skin while protecting it from what they call environmental stressors. I’m intrigued by this and I really like the water gel moisturizers, so I’ll definitely let you guys know what I think.

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Moving on we have the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. I’ve been using this since I got it and I’m really liking it. It’s a weightless, silky powder that locks in your look and has a matte finish.

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Second to last we have the Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick in 40 Pink Tea. I’m wearing this today, there’s a picture on my Instagram if you want to see what it looks like on me, and it’s a really nice nudey pink shade. It feels really light on my lips, it’s lasted really well and it hasn’t dried out like some matte lipsticks can. I know there are a ton of different shades and finishes in this range and I’ll definitely be checking those out.

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And the last product, this months bonus product, is a fragrance and it’s Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue. This smells so good and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorites. It’s very fresh, kind of citrusy and a little floral with woody hints. It’s perfectly balanced and blended and it’s a scent that you can wear year round. I’ve already ordered a full size version and I highly recommend it. If you get a chance to smell it definitely do.

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That about wraps it up for this post, if you guys got any of the same products in your November Play Boxes let me know and if not I’d love to know what you did get.

Until next time, enjoy your products, I can’t wait to see what I get next month and if you’re celebrating I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving :).

-K

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Racing in Pomon-Champion edition

Hi everyone,

This weeks race took us to Pomona, California for the Auto Club NHRA Finals, the last race of the year and champions were crowned. If you want to read about the race in detail, see my previous post. In this one I’m going to be talking about each class champion and the season they had.

Top Fuel Champion: Steve Torrence

Team and Sponsor: Torrence Racing and Capco

Wins this season: 11, including a sweep of the Countdown

Championships: 1, this is his first

Funny Car Champion: JR Todd

Team and Sponsor: Kalitta Motorsports and DHL

Wins this season: 5

Championships: 1, this is his first

Pro Stock Champion: Tanner Gray

Team and Sponsor: Gray Motorsports and Valvoline/Nova Services and Chevrolet

Wins this season: 8

Championships: 1, this is his first, he’s the youngest Mello Yello champion

Pro Stock Motorcycle Champion: Matt Smith

Team and Sponsor: Matt Smith Racing and Victory Polaris Magnum

Wins this season: 4

Championships: 3

If you want to congratulate any of the champions here are their Twitter handles:

Steve Torrence: @SteveTorrence

JR Todd: @JRTodd373

Tanner Gray: @tannergray5

Matt Smith: @MattSmithRacing

Until next time, huge congrats to the champs and it’s been a great season :).

-K

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