Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Most Popular Posts of 2021

 I always like looking back on my blog from the past year, here are my most popular posts.

My Costco posts get a lot of views. Who doesn't love a good Costco haul?

Staycation Week
Our summer staycation week had us all over town -and the beach.

I love when my recipes are well received. This was the favorite!

This easy (and stylish) hack is still holding strong and looking nice in the bathroom.
My TJ's hauls are always popular too!

{Photography:Sweetest Maternity Shoot} 

Aww this was such a sweet shoot!

Travel One Nighters in Virginia & Boston 

We got to take a few trips this past year and you enjoyed coming along with us.
This was a much needed makeover to our deck.  I can't wait to get back out there again!
So what was your favorite post from last year?

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Thursday, January 13, 2022

{Recipe} Coconut Butterballs & Ruby Sparklers

 This is a recipe we made every Christmas and I don't think I've had them anywhere else.  You mix up one batch of dough and can make endless combinations.

See how beat up (well loved) the recipe is!  I was able to easily vegan-ize it by swapping out the butter and using vegan chocolate chips.  I only made a half recipe here but the full recipe is below.

2 cups sifted all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter - I used vegan 
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
candied cherries (in the baking section)
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2- 1 cup chocolate chips
decorating sugar and sprinkles

To make:
  • Sift flour and salt into a bowl
  • Cream butter with sugar until fluffy

  • Add sifted flour mixture a third at a time, mixing well into a stiff dough. 
  • Divide dough in half (optional)
  • Press  half of dough, a teaspoon at a time around a cherry 

  • Shape into a small ball

  • Roll in coconut

  • With other half of dough, wrap a small amount of dough around some chocolate chips and roll in sprinkles or decorating sugar.

  • I used some vegan white chocolate chips too
  • Mix and match fillings and toppings to your heart's delight-they are all yummy!

  • Place on cookie sheet and bake at 325ºF for 25 minutes, or until firm
  • Remove carefully from cookie sheet to cooling rack and allow to fully cool before storing in an air tight container.  They will keep for 2-3 weeks.

What's your favorite holiday cookie?

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Monday, January 10, 2022

January Daily Goodie Box

Disclaimer: I was given a Daily Goodie Box to review, all opinions are mine.

My January Daily Goodie Box just arrived. It's always fun to take a look inside and see all of the goodies!! Daily Goodie Box-It's more than just free samples!

The Good Bean - Crunchy Chickpeas
I love a crunchy snack and these chickpeas fit the bill with 4 grams of protein per serving.

Whisps - Parmesan Cheese Crisps
Speaking of crunchy snacks, here's another one. Cheese lovers can get their "parm" on with new single serving, 100 calorie packs.

Foods Alive - Nutritional Yeast
This is one of the only "nooches" that isn't fortified with synthetic b-vitamins. I use nutritional yeast in a lot of recipes to add that cheesy taste without dairy.
Zolli Candy - Zolli PB Cups
Sugar free peanut butter cups that don't stick your teeth!

 NFco - Natural Mouthwash
Made with Australian River Mint, this is so refreshing.  It's alcohol and flouride free as well.

Sometimes you just want a quick shot of fruits and veggies for your immune system. This makes it convenient and tasty with its fruit punch flavor.

South of France - Shea Butter Bar Soap
These soaps are so pretty and look great on your sink. Shea butter sounds so moisturizing and pampering for the body.

Neuro - Energy and Focus Gum
I think this vegan gum would be great right before a big test or assignment.

What's your favorite from this box?
To get your own Daily Goodie Box, you can sign up here. No credit card is ever required and shipping is free.

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Friday, January 7, 2022

December & Holiday Wrap Up 2021

Last month flew by so I'm wrapping it all up with a (holiday) bow to remember it all!

Philly Christmas Markets • Mr. Click's outdoor holiday gig in NJ with-> • S'more's Bar •  and Cute goats
Cute holiday shop at the gig • Our Disney tree • Quick centerpiece • Potato latkes
Kitty stockings • Dining room decor • Amazing cookie tray by College Girl

College Girl singing with band at VA gig • Visit to Havre de Grace, Maryland
Surprise trip to NYC • Ready for the show • Taking the train from NJ • At the theatre again (after almost 2 years!)
David Byrne's American Utopia • City Girl & Grand kitty traveling home with us on the train • Ikea gingerbread house • Enjoying the tree lights and coffee
Practicing some fancy bows • Gift wrap bows • sleepy Willow • pretty Nessa
Making cookies • Homemade Chex Mix • Christmas Eve celebration • Playing Tapple game
Prosecco & cranberry juice •  Christmas morning • More Christmas morning
New kitty ornaments • Beautiful sunrises • Christmas morning breakfast with the grandparents • Kitchen coffee corner
Christmas dinner Chinese take out • more decor • ready for our day after Christmas family brunch
Family photo • Playing Cut throat Christmas • cozy fires
Back to Philly for the light show • Dinner in Philly with the girls • Breakfast date in Philly • view from the Art Museum on New Year's Eve
Art Museum exterior • very empty museum to ourselves
Jasper Johns exhibit • whoops! repeat photo • got our first photo with Rocky statue!

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