Melted Snowmen

I saw someone made these adorable snowmen cookies on Facebook, and I just had to share.  Since I’ve been “down for the count” with whatever virus is going around, I figured I would post about the cookies and share the recipe (and hopefully when I feel better I will attempt making them myself)! Here is the recipe:

MELTED SNOWMEN COOKIES

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/2 hours + standing YIELD: 24 servings

INGREDIENTS     

3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk

1-1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract

2-1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar

1/2 cup baking cocoa

1 pound white candy coating, chopped, divided

7 to 8 Starburst candies (orange for noses and colors of your choice for earmuffs)

1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

1. In a small bowl, combine milk and extract. Stir in 2 cups confectioners’ sugar and cocoa to form a stiff dough. Turn onto a surface lightly sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar. Knead in enough remaining confectioners’ sugar to form a very stiff dough (dough should not be sticky).

2. Divide into thirds. Shape one portion into twenty-four 1/2-in. balls. Shape remaining portions of dough into twenty-four 1-in. balls. On waxed paper-lined baking sheets, flatten each 1-in. ball into an irregular 1-1/2-in. circle.

3. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt 2 oz. white candy coating. Using melted coating, attach a 1/2-in. ball near an edge of each circle. Let dry 1 hour.

4. Using Starburst candies, cut out noses and earmuffs as desired. Melt remaining white candy coating; cool slightly. Working in batches of six, spoon candy coating over snowmen, allowing coating to drape over each until completely covered. Immediately attach noses and earmuffs. Let stand at room temperature until dry to the touch, about 1 hour.

5. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Using a toothpick and melted chocolate, form eyes, mouths, buttons and tops of earmuffs. Yield: 2 dozen.

NUTRITIONAL FACTS 

1 snowman equals 205 calories, 8 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 12 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

See the recipe online at Taste of Home

Stocking Stuffers

Stocking stuffers don’t have to be boring…they can be fun AND useful! Here are a few of my favorites:

1.  Deco Lip Butter: all natural lip butters in yummy flavors like candy-cane and gingerbread! $3.50

2.  Pinch Provisions:  mini essentials for every woman! $26.45

3.  Love Gloves: warm, cozy, and cute! Plus they have tech-touch finger and thumb! $58

4.  Mini Iron: I LOVE this mini iron – great for traveling and will fit perfectly in a stocking! $23.50

5.  Marine Miracle: one of my favorite organic lines – this collagen mask is amazing! $14

6.  Silpat: a must-have for any baker! $13.89

7.  Tooks: a Winter hat with headphones built IN – how cool is that?! $24.99

8.  Feetures: the perfect running sock.$14.99

9. COAL: coal bubble gum – tastes better then it looks! $5

Sneak Peek

As I had mentioned we’ve partnered with Fair Treasure this season to give you a sneak peek at what is inside some of their monthly boxes.

Fair Treasure is a subscription service that curates fair trade products from around the world and delivers artisan goods right to your doorstep!  One month you might receive a pillow from Peru, the next month, a necklace from Nepal – each item is hand-crafted, unique, and follows the fair trade guidelines.

The November box featured a gorgeous apron made from all natural ingredients in Indonesia and a pair of stunning hand-crafted earrings made in India.  Here is a closer look:

Check out Fair Treasure to see all of their fair trade products, and learn more about giving this subscription service as a gift this holiday season! :)  

Holiday Hound

If you’re like me, your dog is a huge part of the family, so why not get them a little something this holiday season?

Here are a few of my favorite gift ideas for the pampered pooch:

1.  Gift Bucket:  filled with super cute dog toys in festive colors! $44

2.  Treat Jar:  this is the ultimate treat jar for the pampered pup! $58

3.  Pet Parka:  keep your pal warm this Winter with this LL Bean parka. $24

4.  Stocking:  stuff this quilted monogrammed stocking with treats and goodies! $34

5.  Dog Maze: mix up meal time with this fun doggie feeding dish! $23

6.  Gingerbread Men: all natural holiday cookies for your dog (yum)! $26

Hanukkah Treats

The holidays are around the corner, and if you need to send someone a Hanukkah treat – here are a few of my favorites:

1.  Zabars Latkes: potato latkes, homemade applesauce, cookies and gelt come in this reusable tote! $95

2.  Wolfermans: classic english muffins, assorted cookies, and jam come in this yummy set! $39.95

3.  Cookies:  delicoius vanilla sugar cookies (can be personalized)! $24.95

4.  Donuts: symbolic Hanukkah treat – check out the low guilt raspberry truffle! $21.95

5.  Lollipop: an assortment of blue and white candy – I especially love this giant blue and white lollipop! $5

6.  Gelt for Grownups: forget milk chocolate coins – check out this dark chocolate with sea salt gelt! $15

Green Beauty Gift Guide

When it comes to the latest and greatest in all things (green) beauty, I turn to one place: The Green Product Junkie.  My friend and fellow blogger Katie, breaks it all down in a fun and easy-to-read format (ie: she does all of the testing and tells you what is worth spending money on)!

She’s been hard at work putting together gift guides for the holidays, and I particularly love this one that features products for UNDER $30.  Let’s be honest, some of those green products can be quite expensive – so here is a way to give a little green beauty without breaking the bank!

To learn more about these awesome products (and to read Katie’s review), check it out here:

The Green Product Junkie’s Holiday Ideas $30 and Under

 

Techie Gift Guide

Need a little help in the tech department this holiday season?  I’ve got you covered with these 8 gift ideas any techie will love!

1.  Mophie:  provides extra “juice” for your iphone – no cord required! $48

2.  Nest:  control your heat / air system from anywhere (connects via an app)! $249

3.  Pebble:  get email and txt notifications delivered to your wrist with this Smart Watch! $99

4.  Go-Pro:  captures photos and video from any vantage point-great for those with an active lifestyle! $399

5.  Apple TV:  stream videos and access your purchased downloads from the icloud right to your TV! $111

6.  Speaker: stream music and calls wirelessly with this portable bluetooth speaker! $49.95

7.  FitBit: track your sleep pattern and activity throughout the day! $99.95

8.  Echo: Amazon’s version of “Siri” for your home! $199

Thanksgiving Hostess Guide

Need a little something to bring the host / hostess on Thanksgiving?  Here are 8 ideas that are sure to put a smile on their face!

1.  Soap and Lotion Set:  this London based company is one of my favorites! $62

2.  Wine Stopper:  bring this along with a nice bottle of wine! $7.95

3.  Metal Tumblers:  I love these festive wine glasses! $39.95

4.  Old Fashioned Glasses:  this beautiful set comes in 5 different color options. $59.95

5.  Coffee:  caffeine is always appreciated (especially around the holidays)! $14.95

6.  Dog Plates:  if your host is a dog-lover, you can’t go wrong with these adorable plates! $12 each

7.  Flowers:  show up with a pretty Fall arrangement that can double as a centerpiece! $31.99

8.  Nesting Bowls: I love these crate and barrel nesting bowls! $29.95

 

Disney Holiday Gift Guide

With the holidays around the corner, I am beginning to focus on gift guides for you.  And, what better way to kick of the holiday season then with a Disney Gift Guide?!

You know I am a Disney fanatic, so for me giving a little Mickey over the holidays is never a bad idea! It just so happens the Disney Store is offering 25% off (from now until November 11), so it’s the perfect time to do some Disney holiday shopping!

Here are my top 10 Disney Store picks:

1.  Hulk Mug:  $14.95

2.  Titleist Hat:  $29.95

3.  Measuring Cups:  $9.94

4.  Be our Guest Tea Set:  $29.95

5.  Cookie Jar:  $44.95

6.  Planes PJs:  $19.95

7.  Mickey Ornament:  $19.95

8.  Alex and Ani Bracelet:  $39.95

9.  Sleeping Beauty’s Castle:  $74.95

10  Mickey Slippers:  $16.95

And, after I finished my list – I came across this adorable hat and had to post it!

11. Minnie Hat:  $14.95

 

Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip

Left over apples?  Why not make a delicious and healthy snack (and have a little fun while doing it)?!

I had some apples, pretzels and candy corn laying around, so I decided to turn it all into a delicious and healthy Fall snack!

The dip only has 3 ingredients:  Peanut Butter, Greek Yogurt, and Honey, and is super simple to make!

Ingredients:

1 (6 oz) container plain Greek yogurt
3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon honey

 

Directions:

Combine Greek yogurt, peanut butter, and honey. Stir until smooth.
The dip will have a whipped texture.
Serve with apple slices, pretzels, graham crackers, or just about anything else you can think of!
Enjoy! :)