September favorites

Hi everyone,

Happy October! I’m a couple of days late, but today I’m going to be doing my September favorites. I have a pretty good mix of things to talk about, so let’s get into it.

First up we have beauty, I have a couple favorites from my September Sephora Play Box and I will link that below if you haven’t read it. First up we have the Sephora LashCraft Big Volume Mascara in Black. I really like this mascara, it goes on smooth, doesn’t clump and makes my lashes look really full. I would definitely say to check this out if you’re looking for a new mascara.

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Next we have the Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer. This has coconut water and other energizing and replenishing ingredients and it holds up to it’s name. Just a little bit gives you a bright and dewy face and a great canvas for your makeup or to just go about your day.

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My last beauty favorite is the Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in (Earth)Quake. This is a dark chocolatey brown eyeliner, which I love because it not only will go with a ton of different looks but I have green eyes and browns really make them pop. The first time I wore this was a day when I was doing dirty work because I wanted to see how it would stand up and I was impressed. It’s long lasting and it doesn’t smudge. It definitely rates high with me.

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My next favorite is a food favorite and it’s Pepperidge Farm Pirouettes. If you don’t know what these are, they’re crème filled rolled wafers. I was in the grocery store, saw these and had to get them. I hadn’t had these in at least ten years and I always remember eating them around this time of year with hot chocolate, so I thought why not. And I honestly wanted to see if they were as good as I thought. I bought the French Vanilla and they were so good.

Moving on, I have a TV show favorite and it’s the X Factor UK. Out of all the singing competition shows this one is definitely my favorite. This season they have a new crop of judges, Simon Cowell, Louis Tomlinson, Ayda Williams and Robbie Williams and I’m loving it. Sometimes when a show brings on new people it doesn’t really flow or it takes a while but I think this really works and it was a good choice. If any of you are watching let me know what you think and who you’re loving. There’s a lot of talent this season.

And lastly I have some music favorites. The first is Paul McCartney’s newest album Egypt Station. I talked about this before it came out because I was loving the singles and it did not disappoint. Top to bottom it’s a fantastic album and I can’t choose just one song that’s my favorite.

My second music favorite is Take That Odyssey. Take That is celebrating their 30th anniversary and to celebrate they are going on tour and releasing a new album titled Odyssey . It has some of classic and fan favorite songs, some that have been revamped and a couple new ones. So far they have released the Odyssey version of Pray, which is one of my favorite Take That songs, and it’s absolutely beautiful. Gary Barlow’s vocals are just incredible.

And my last music favorite is Peaches and Diesel by Eric Clapton. This song is from the Slowhand album, which is for sure one of my favorite EC albums. When I heard it it made me stop what I was doing and really listen, you know those songs that just have that effect on you, and I love every minute of it. I would one million percent say to go and listen to it and everything else that I mentioned. They’re all on YouTube and iTunes.

That about wraps it up for this post, if we had any of the same September favorites 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 September :).

-K

September Sephora Play post:

https://kyranycoleblog.wordpress.com/2018/09/25/september-sephora-play-unboxing/

My Links:

Twitter: @KSagerson

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August favorites

Hi everyone,

Today I’m going to be doing my August favorites. I can’t believe how quickly this month and summer in general has gone. I am ready for fall and everything that comes with it, but this summer has been nice. That being said, let’s get into it.

Starting with beauty, I have a couple of favorites from my August Sephora Play Box and I’ll link that down below if you haven’t read it. My first favorite is the MoroccanOil Dry Texture Spray. I really like this, I’ve used it a couple times since getting it, including today. I put my hair in a bun and wanted a little more volume, which it gave me and I’m happy with it. I would definitely recommend it.

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My next beauty favorite is the Nars Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. I don’t always wear an eyeshadow primer, but I’ve been wearing this since I got it and I really like it. It stops my eyeshadow from creasing and it locks in my look all day.

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And my last beauty favorite is the Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick in C211, Rose Wood. I really like this lipstick, the color is great, it’s highly pigmented and it has a great satin finish. I would definitely recommend it and I’m for sure going to be buying more of these lipsticks.

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My next favorite is a food favorite and it’s the Noosa Yogurt single serves and specifically the Vanilla Bean. Noosa Yogurt is one of my favorites and I love that they have them in the little singles now, it’s the perfect amount.

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And my last couple favorites are music favorites. The first is something that I’m really excited about and it’s Eric Clapton’s forthcoming Christmas album Happy Xmas. I’ve been saying for 10 years how great it would be if he brought out a Christmas album and I can’t wait to hear it.

My last music favorite is the Beatles song I’ve Just Seen A Face. I’ve always like this song and I recently decided to try and learn it on ukulele and it’s going well. It’s a fast song, but it’s really fun to play.

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 August :).

-K

August Sephora Play post:

https://kyranycoleblog.wordpress.com/2018/08/21/august-sephora-play-unboxing/

My Links:

Twitter: @KSagerson

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May favorites

Hi everyone,

Today, as it’s the 31st, I thought I would do my May favorites. This month feels like it flew by, I can’t believe tomorrow is June 1st. I have a pretty good mix of stuff this month, so let’s get into it.

Starting off with beauty, I have a couple of favorites from my May Sephora Play Box and I will leave a link to that below if you haven’t read it. The theme this month was Beauty Goals. This month marked two years of Sephora Play, so they chose products that were beloved and have stood the test of time. My first favorite is the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Trooper. I’m always down to try a new eyeliner and I really like this one. The applicator is thin so you get a really precise and clean line and it doesn’t smudge or transfer. I would definitely recommend it.

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My next favorite is the Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara in Noir. This mascara is supposed to give your lashes mega volume without clumping and it does just that. I’m kind of picky with my mascaras and I have two that I already love and use, Too Faced Better Than Sex and Essence Cosmetics I Love Crazy Volume, but I really, really like this. It makes my lashes look a mile long and this will be a fixture in my makeup bag for the foreseeable future.

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And my last Sephora Play favorite is the YSL Black Opium perfume. I can’t even tell you how freaking good this smells. It’s very well balanced, it’s a mix of sweet, fresh and there’s a warmth to it. I would definitely say to smell this if you get the chance.

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My next favorite is a nail polish and it’s Sinful Colors 1702, Hush Money. It’s a metallic rose and it’s beautiful.

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Moving on, I have a food favorite and it’s David sunflower seeds, the ranch flavor. I’ve always loved seeds, and around this time of year I always have them in the pantry. I love them for not only watching and playing baseball but they’re a great snack period.

From food we go to racing. My racing favorite this month was the Indy 500. I’ve watched the 500 since I can remember, it’s one of my favorite Memorial Day weekend traditions. This was the 102nd running and it was incredibly exciting. Will Power ended up winning and I’m really happy for him, his family and Team Penske. Winning this race is a big deal and no small feat.

My second to last favorite is probably the most random thing in here and it’s Goop. If you don’t know, Goop is a multipurpose hand cleaner. My dad has always sworn by this, saying it works the best and it’s the only one you’ll ever need. And it is the only thing I use when I’m in the garage working on cars and my hands are just filthy. I’ve tried others, but in the end I came back to Goop. It’s not harsh on your hands, it smells good and it does a phenomenal job of removing the layers of whatever is on your hands so you’re not scrubbing with soap forever. It also gets stains out of clothes, over the weekend I got grease on my favorite pair of jeans and it got it right out.

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And my last favorite is a music favorite and it’s the Cream 2005 Reunion Concert it took place at Royal Albert Hall, May 2-3-5-6. Cream consists of Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce (RIP) and Ginger Baker. They were one of the first rock supergroups, and while they weren’t around for very long originally, conflicts between Bruce and Baker, they made a huge impact. And around the time leading up to this concert there had been some things happen and it made Clapton think that they should get back together and put the past behind them before it was too late. And they did just that. I have both the DVD and CD versions of the concert and it is fantastic. It’s one of those things I can watch over and over, some of my favorite songs are Cream songs, and it makes me smile every time.

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 May favorites were.

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

-K

May Sephora Play Post:

https://kyranycoleblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/22/may-sephora-play-unboxing/

My Links:

Twitter: @KSagerson

Instagram: Kyra Sage

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April favorites

Hi everyone,

I want to start off by saying happy May, here’s to a great month. And secondly, I know I’m a little bit late, but today I’m going to be doing my April favorites. I have some good things this month, so let’s get into it.

Starting with beauty, I have a couple of favorites from my April Play Box from Sephora, if you haven’t yet read it I will link it below. The theme was Insta Beauty, a range of products that help you to be camera ready in no time. My first favorite is the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Poreless Finish Airbrush Pressed Powder. I’ve been using this since I got it, I rotate between this and my Tarte Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder, and I really like it. It does a great job of not only setting my foundation and concealer, but it keeps shine away. I definitely recommend this if you’re looking for a new powder.

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My next beauty favorite is the Peter Thomas Roth Skin to Die For No Filter Mattifying Primer and Complexion Perfector. I was excited to try this because I’m loving everything Peter Thomas Roth at the moment, seriously if you need anything skincare, check them out. But I have a little area on my face that I always take the time to cover more heavily with foundation and concealer, but with this I found myself not having to do that as much. It really does blur the imperfections and I definitely like that.

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My second to last beauty favorite, and last Sephora Play favorite is the Urban Decay Hi-fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lipgloss in SPL. I loved this from the minute I saw it, it’s not only gorgeous but the scent, vanilla mint, was the scent of one of my first ever glosses and it brought back memories. Since then I’ve worn it two different ways, on it’s own when I was having a makeup free day but wanted something more than a lip balm and over the top of a matte lipstick. It was great in both applications.

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My last beauty favorite is from the haul I did a few weeks ago, which I’ll link below, and it’s the Bath and Body Works Pineapple Colada Gentle Exfoliating Hand Soap with Monoi Oil. Prior to purchasing this I hadn’t ever looked into the Bath and Body Works had soaps, but I’m happy with this one. The scent is dead on but not overpowering and it’s perfect for spring and summer.

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Moving on I have a couple of food and drink favorites. My food favorite is the Mint Chip Brownie Larabar. I always keep a bar of some sort in my handbag, snacks are important, so I like to try different brands. I like that Larabars are made with a few quality ingredients and that they have a lot of different flavors. And mint chocolate is one of my favorite flavor combinations so it was an instant winner.

And my drink favorite is the Celestial Seasonings Decaf India Spice Chai Tea. I’m not typically a huge decaf person, but with the extended winter we had, I was craving a cup of tea in the evenings before bed and this really hit the spot. I love chai anyway and this has now become a permanent fixture in my tea cupboard.

My second to last favorite is a couple of coins. I collect coins and currency and I’m always excited when I find new pieces. I purchased all of the coins from CoinCorner on Etsy, they are great. Definitely check them out if you’re in the market for coins. The first one was a birthday present for my dad and it’s a penny from his birth year and the second was a 1943 steel penny. I had always heard about steel pennies but had never seen one so I jumped on it and I’m so happy I did. I also may or may not have bought another penny the other day. I forgot to take a picture of it, but it’s a wheat penny from 1944. World War II era is one of favorites in history and I find things from that time really cool and interesting.

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My last favorite is a music favorite. A little bit of backstory, I was recently helping my dad move some furniture and he had some music playing. I knew that I had heard it before but couldn’t place it so I asked him what it was and he went and got the CD case, because some things just sound better on CD, and it was Montrose, their first album. When I was growing up my dad would play this album in his car and that’s the last time I had heard it until now. Having listened to it again all the way through, it really is a fantastic album and I would definitely recommend listening to it if you never have. I know it’s on YouTube and iTunes.

That about wraps it up for this post, if we had any of the same favorites in April 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 had a great April :).

-K

April Sephora Play post:

https://kyranycoleblog.wordpress.com/2018/04/24/april-sephora-play-unboxing/

Haul:

https://kyranycoleblog.wordpress.com/2018/04/14/summer-and-other-bits-haul/

My Links:

Twitter: @KSagerson

Instagram: Kyra Sage

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March favorites

Hi everyone,

Today I’m going to be doing my March favorites. It’s crazy how fast March went by but here we are and I think I have a good mix this month, so let’s get into it.

Starting with beauty, I have a couple of favorites from my March Sephora Play Box, which I will link below if you haven’t read yet. The first is the bag itself, It’s blue tie dye and it says ‘Beauty Is My Spirit Animal’ in white lettering and it has dark blue drawstrings. The theme for this month was Festival of Beauty and it really came through with both the design and the products.

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My next beauty favorite is the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner. This eye liner is absolutely fantastic and I can 100% understand why so many people love it. This is definitely going to be staple in my makeup bag.

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My second to last beauty favorite is the Amika Nourishing Mask. I used this in my hair two days ago and I’m really happy with it. Not only does it smell amazing, but it has made my hair extra soft. Definitely recommend this if you’re looking for a good hair mask.

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And my last beauty favorite is the Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm. You put this on before you put your makeup on and it gives your skin a little extra oomph and brightness. I didn’t know if I would like this, but I really do.

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Moving on, I have a couple of food favorites, the first is Tim’s Cascade Chips. I’m not someone who eats chips a lot but if I’m craving them Tim’s is what I go for.  The flavor that’s in my pantry right now is the Original Lightly Salted, but all the flavors are great.

My next food favorite is Kinder Joy. I watch a lot of British YouTubers and I always see them eating Kinder Eggs and Kinder chocolate and I’ve always wanted to try it but I knew the eggs were banned in America. So when I saw Kinder Joy in Albertsons I was really surprised but I picked one up and the chocolate was really good. And in Kinder Eggs you get a little toy, so they would make a great addition to Easter baskets.

And my last food favorite is actually a drink and it’s Sprite Cranberry. Sprite is my favorite soda and I do really like cranberries and the cranberry flavor and this didn’t disappoint. It was refreshing and the cranberry was just right.

My next favorite is Major League Baseball. Yesterday was Opening Day for baseball and I could not be happier that it’s back. It’s my favorite sport and I’m excited to cheer on my Mariners. Game 1 certainly was exciting and I can’t wait for the rest of the remaining 161 games. I think they’re going to have a great season.

I have a TV show favorite this month and it’s The Curse of Civil War Gold on History Channel. It’s along the same vein as The Curse of Oak Island, which is one of my top five favorite shows, but this one is about possible Civil War gold at the bottom of Lake Michigan. I personally do believe that there is gold at the bottom of the lake and I hope Kevin Dykstra and his team are able to find it.

And my last couple of favorites are music favorites. The first is Take Me To The Pilot by Elton John. I came across this song in a very random way, I was on YouTube watching an old episode of the Graham Norton Show, which I love, and Elton was a guest along with Jack Black and they got talking about the song and I knew I had heard the title before but couldn’t remember the song itself. So I looked it up and it’s great, a really fun song.

My next song favorite is Mr. Blue Sky by ELO. I’ve loved this song for a long time, but have come back to it recently because it’s a fantastic spring and summer song. It’s one that you want to play with the windows down.

My last music favorite is Jeff Lynne’s ELO Wembley Or Bust album from their concert at Wembley Stadium in 2017. Top to bottom it’s a fantastic album full of amazing songs, I don’t know that I could pick one favorite but I love All Over The World, Rockaria, Shine A Little Love and When I Was A Boy, that one reminds me of my dad and if I keep listing songs I’ll end up listing the whole album. It’s on iTunes and YouTube so definitely go and give it a listen along with the other songs I mentioned.

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 you did love during March.

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

-K

March Sephora Play post:

https://kyranycoleblog.wordpress.com/2018/03/21/march-sephora-play-unboxing/

My Links:

Twitter: @KSagerson

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Easter treats

Hi everyone,

Today, as Easter is right around the corner, I thought I would talk about some simple and delicious Easter treats. I have another post going up tomorrow about Easter cocktails, so keep an eye out for that.

Starting off super simple, we have Peep Fruit Kabobs. There is a lot of sugar going around on Easter so this offers a slightly healthier option.

What you need:

  • Wooden skewers
  • Peeps, 1 to 2 packages depending on how many you plan on making
  • Fresh fruit, your choice

What you do:

  • Layer the fruit on the skewer, put the Peep in the middle and layer more fruit on top
  • Put on a serving tray/ platter. Serve and enjoy!

Next up we have something I wish I could take credit for, and it’s Rice Krispie Treats but made with Trix cereal. I loved Trix growing up and I am definitely going to be making these.

What you need:

  • One bag of mini marshmallows, 16 ounces
  • 10 cups of Trix cereal
  • 1/4 cup of butter

What you do:

  • Put the marshmallows and butter in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 2 to 3 minutes or until everything is melted. Once it is melted stir until smooth.
  • Add in the Trix and stir until well combined.
  • Pour your mixture into a greased 9 x 13 pan and press down with a spoon making sure that they are even.
  • Cool, either at room temperature or in the fridge and once they’ve cooled cut them into squares.
  • Serve and enjoy!

The last treat we have is Cadbury Mini Egg Cookies. Mini Eggs are one of my favorite Easter candies and like the Trix treats I’m definitely going to be making these. And this recipe makes 36 cookies.

What you need:

  • 2 1/4 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of softened unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups of Cadbury Mini Eggs chopped in half

What you do:

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Add the flour, baking soda and salt together in a bowl, mix and set aside.
  • In a large bowl add the butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla and beat until smooth and creamy.
  • Add in the eggs and beat until well combined.
  • Mix in the dry ingredients until combined then gently stir in the Mini Eggs.
  • Spoon the dough onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet, and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
  • Once out of the oven, cool on a wire rack, serve and enjoy!

That about wraps it up for this post, if you guys make any of these tweet me a picture or tag me on Instagram. My links will be down below like always.

Until next time, have fun baking and if you guys have any treats you love for Easter let me know :).

-K

Twitter: @KSagerson

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St. Patrick’s Day treats

Hi everyone,

Today, as promised, I’m going to be doing St. Patrick’s Day treats. These are really easy and really yummy, I will also link last years post down below if you want more recipes or inspiration.

First up we have Lucky Charm Marshmallow Rice Krispie Treats. I love Rice Krispie Treats anyway, and Lucky Charms are the perfect addition.

What you need:

  • 6 cups of Lucky Charms cereal
  • 1 Bag, 10.5 ounces of mini marshamallows
  • 3 tablespoons of softened butter

What you do:

  • First, get yourself a clear 8 x 8 baking pan, then grease it with nonstick spray.
  • Then, in a large mixing bowl add the marshmallows and butter and heat in the microwave for about two minutes or until the marshmallows yet puffy.
  • Stir the marshmallow mixture, making sure it well combined, then add in the Lucky Charms.
  • Spoon the mixture into your greased baking pan and press, making sure it’s even.
  • It is optional, but I like to add more of the Lucky Charms marshmallows on top.
  • Refrigerate for fifteen minutes  then and cut into squares.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Next up we have Leprechaun Popcorn. This is super simple, and always a hit at parties.

What you need:

  • Popcorn, you can use any brand, make your own, and the amount is up to you
  • Green candy melts
  • White Chocolate
  • St. Patrick’s Day sprinkles
  • Mint M&M’s

What you do:

  • Make the popcorn and place on a baking sheet.
  • Melt the green candy melts and the white chocolate and drizzle both over the popcorn.
  • Add the sprinkles and the green M&M’s and mix it all together.
  • Place in a large bowl, or individual bowls/bags, depending on how you’re serving.
  • Serve and enjoy!

And finally we have Shamrock Gooey Butter Cookies. I love Gooey Butter Cookies and these are some of the best.

What you need:

  • 2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 package of softened cream cheese, 8 ounces
  • 1/2 cup of softened unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of pure mint extract
  • Green food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1 large egg and 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 cup of sifted confectioners sugar for rolling and dusting the cookies

What you do:

  • In a medium bowl whisk together the baking powder and flour until well combined and set aside.
  • You can do this next part using a hand mixer or a stand mixer, if you use the stand mixer use the paddle attachment. Cream together the butter and cream cheese until it’s well blended and smooth. Then beat in the sugar, extracts, as much food coloring as you want and the salt. Mix that until it’s well combined and make sure the scrape the sides of the bowl as you go. Add in the egg and egg yolk and beat on medium for one to two minutes or until light and creamy.
  • Gradually add the flour mixture, on a low speed, and mix until fully incorporated. Refrigerate for at least two hours.
  • While that’s in the fridge, move your oven rack to the lower part of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set those aside. Then place the confectioners sugar in a small bowl and set that aside as well.
  • Take the dough out of the fridge and roll into one inch balls, I like to use a spring loaded cookie scoop so all the cookies are uniform. Roll the dough between your hands to make sure you get perfectly rounded balls and roll in the confectioners sugar, lightly coating them and place then two inches apart on the cookie sheet.
  • Bake until cookies are round and have puffed and looked crackled. This was about 14 minutes for me. They will be softer in the middle and just barely browned on the bottom.
  • Let sit on baking sheet for about 10 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.
  • Once they are completely cooled either put in an airtight container for storage or serve and enjoy!

That about wraps it up for this post, if you guys have any fun St. Patrick’s Day treats that you love, let me know.

Until next time, enjoy your treats and try not to get pinched :).

-K

2017 St. Patrick’s Day post:

https://kyranycoleblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/15/st-patricks-day-treats/

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