GeneralLast Minute Valentine Cookies!

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OK, It’s Valentine’s Day you guys…did you get something for your sweetheart? NO?! Alright don’t panic, we have a quick solution for you. We searched the web for the best last minute ideas and we found a winner over on Rachel Cooks! Thank her profusely over on her blog, but first- make these cookies because you are running out of time! Now, grab a few ingredients you have kickin’ it in your fridge and whip together these super cute cookies that are irresistibly cupid-worthy! Using store-bought pie crust, these Valentine cookies are a super quick and easy fix for the slight oversight of you forgetting to pull together a gift! Now let’s hope he doesn’t forget the flowers!

Find the recipe here!

Image and recipe via Rachel Cooks

GeneralBlogger Spotlight: Mary of Happily Grey

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For this edition of  blogger spotlight, who better to shine the light upon than Mary of Happily Grey! We have been lucky enough to work with Mary for some time and always enjoy her looks. Favoring classics with a bold twist, Mary is the perfect example of a total LuLu*s girl!  Using bold black and white patterns, chic sunnies, and a pop of color when needed, Mary always creates girly and chic outfits that are somehow both California-cool and New York-street-style!  Make sure to follow along on her blog for more daily inspo!

Guest BloggerHome for the Holidays with Jen of Jen Loves Kev!

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Today we have a guest post from Jen, who blogs over at Jen Loves Kev! We love reading Jen’s blog for so many reasons! a) She has the cutest kids ever! b) She has an amazing house! c) She is crafty and always doing fun projects for her home and with said cute kids! What is not to love there?! Take a look below for a sneak peak around her home and how she decorated this holiday season. Bonus: adorable shots of her little ones, Rowan and Finley! xo

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“Happy Holidays Everyone! Jen here from Jen Loves Kev! Don’t you just love this time of year? One of my favorite parts is getting to decorate special around the house. In our house we love to use neutrals as a base and then add lots of color (and of course sparkles). I like to keep up most of our regular decor but add that special Christmas flair to it. For example, on our gallery wall the addition of a simple garland and christmas ball turns our deer head into Rudolph.
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GeneralPumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Mara from M Loves M

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Our favorite sweet-tooth sweetheart, Mara from M Loves M, is back with another yummy dessert recipe! This time she shows us how to prepare one of her holiday favorites: Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes. We will for sure be making these yummy treats for the upcoming holiday. See below for the recipe!
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Hi everyone! My name is Mara and I blog over at M Loves M. I started my blog in 2009, and since the very beginning (even before the outfit posts), I loved sharing some of my favorite recipes. I love to cook and bake, especially since I have a MAJOR sweet tooth. I grew up learning from my Dad who is an ultimate master chef without being one. He seriously knows everything; the more complicated the better. While he likes using molecular gastronomy, I prefer to keep it a little more simple. One of my favorite recipes that I’ve made countless times are these pumpkin spice cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting. They are so incredibly good, and also so easy to make! I swear you really can’t mess them up. I love adding chopped toffee on top for a little crunch! They’re perfect for dessert, or even with your morning coffee!

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
makes 10 cupcakes

INGREDIENTS
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice
2 large eggs, at room temp
1 cup canned pumpkin puree (make sure it’s not pie filling)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 cup apple sauce
1/2 cup coarsely chopped toffee bars

DIRECTIONS
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Line muffin/cupcake tins with paper liners.
In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin puree, sugars, and apple sauce. Add the flour mixture and stir until combined.
Divide the batter among the tins and bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely.
Spread cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting and sprinkle with toffee pieces.

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 Tablespoon maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar

Directions
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the cream cheese and butter on low speed until smooth. Add the maple syrup and vanilla extract. With the mixer still on low, slowly add the confectioners’ sugar and mix until smooth.
Do you have a favorite fall/winter recipe? I’d love to hear! Feel free to stop by my blog M Loves M and say hi!

xox
Mara

GeneralChristmas Cookie Cocktail with Kaelah Bee!

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We brought back our favorite blogger/mixologist, Kaelah from Little Chief Honeybee to make a yummy holiday cocktail to enjoy while getting cozy by the fire! The Christmas Cookie cocktail will definitely get you feeling warm and festive! See below for the recipe!

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Hi guys! Kaelah from Little Chief Honeybee here! Despite the frigid temperatures outside, the holidays are the perfect time for a nice, blended cocktail to sip by the fire. Today I’m sharing with you a new favorite of ours: a Christmas Cookie! It combines loads of delicious flavors, and packs a nice, warm punch once enjoyed. It really does taste like a cookie!

 Christmas Cookie

serves one

1 ounce Bailey’s

1 ounce Kahlua

1 ounce Peppermint schnapps

2 scoops vanilla ice cream

3 ounces milk

A few ice cubes

Mix all of your ingredients into a blender and pulse until liquified. Pour into a glass and top with some yummy whipped cream. You can choose to garnish your drink with crushed peppermints or holiday cookies.

If peppermint totally isn’t your thing, you’re in luck! It’s so easy to drastically change the flavor of this cocktail, just by replacing one ingredient. Instead of using peppermint schnapps, try using butterscotch! Then you can crush butterscotch pieces for the garnish. (This one is my favorite!)

If you prefer to stay alcohol free, you can use peppermint or butterscotch syrup to give your mocktail the flavor you’re after. Enjoy!