It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

I love Christmas! It’s my favorite holiday season. From the decorations to the songs to the movies I watch…it’s such a fun and festive time of year.

I’m not really a Christmas cookie type of person, but for some reason, this year I decided to take a Saturday and make a bunch of different recipes. These were all so yummy!

These chocolate chip cookies are now my favorite! I know that’s a controversial statement, much like saying “my favorite mac and cheese recipe,” but really, these are to die for! I think it’s the 3 types of chocolate in the cookies that does the trick :)

I’ve never made lemon bars before and these were very easy and quite good! Lemony and not too tart :)

Chocolate mint cookies – very tasty! My favorite part is right after you take them out of the oven, you place an Andes mint on top and let it melt for 5 minutes, then spread across the cookie with a spoon. Yum!

Cranberry cake – I’ve made this a couple of time, via my mom’s recipe. It’s really easy and also very good! I’ve never been one to partake in cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving, but this cake is so sweet that the cranberries’ tartness is a perfect complement.

These chocolate covered cherry cookies are tied with the chocolate cookies for my favorite!

For someone who claims to love Christmas so much, we don’t really have a lot of decorations…just the tree, stockings, and a table runner. I picked up this glittery wicker tree last year. It sure makes a pretty photograph, huh?

And, in a true departure from my non-crafting ways, I actually made something this year. I’ve often joked my Pinterest board is just a record of things I will never do, but I saw this wreath, and it looked so cool and didn’t require anything special so I decided to give it a go! I almost gave up because I had to go to 3 different stores to get all the supplies, but I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! I originally found it on Whipperberry.

I took this picture of our Christmas tree today out-of-focus – pretty cool, huh?

In the spirit of the Christmas season, how amazing is this story? Kind people are paying off layaway charges at Kmart. It’s these types of things that make me happy to be part of humanity!


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    Heather {WhipperBerry}
    December 16, 2011 at 7:09 am

    LOVE it! You did a fantastic job on the wreath!

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    December 16, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    haha, I was scrolling really quickly down my Google reader and then I saw these beautiful photos of cookies and I heard the brakes screeching in my head. I KNEW before I checked that they HAD to be your photos! Umm…so when can I come over to help you finish those cookies?! LOL!

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    Courtney McManaway
    December 16, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    They’re already gone, Nannette :( Next year I’ll save you some! :)

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