Friday Favorites

Happy Friday Everybody! We’re back again linking up with ErikaAndrea, and Narci for another edition of Friday favorites!

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  1. ITS CHRISTMAS BREAK

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Finals are finally over! We’re off for the next month and we could not be happier!!

2. It was a little bit of a Winter Wonderland

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It was very little, but we woke up to the first snow of the year! It was the perfect day for baking. Which just happens to be our next favorite.

3. The Yummiest Chocolate Chip Cookies!

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We gave these cookies to all our friends for Christmas and they were AMAZING! Come back next week to see how we made them!

4. Krumpe’s Donuts

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We made a late night run to Krumpe’s this week and it was to die for. They were the best donuts we’ve ever tasted. It was the perfect study break, listening to Christmas music the whole way there and back!

Maple Sugar Cookies

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The thought of combining maple syrup and cookies sounded absolutely scrumptious. And these cookies did not disappoint!

What you need:

For the cookies: 

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour

For the icing: 

  • 1/4 cup heavy cream or milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 tbs. pure maple syrup
  • 2 to 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

For the instructions click here.

Recipe Review:

So the actual name of this recipe is “Soft Maple Sugar Cookies” and I was honestly a little disappointed the first day. They were definitely more of a crunchy cookie. I had made them to bring to a party though and everyone there absolutely loved them! The flavor was amazing, they were just not the consistency I was hoping for. The next day, I decided to try them again and it was like a totally new cookie. Over night the middle of the cookie became so soft! I think maybe if I had let them sit longer to begin with they would have had that consistency the first time I served them. But over all this was a great recipe! I liked the cookies better the next day, but everyone else loved them the first day too!

Holiday Gift Guide: Under $25

  1. A Scarf

Who doesn’t love a good scarf! And these two are too cute! They would be perfect for winter. A scarf can spice up any outfit. Nordstrom has great scarves and some are surprisingly affordable! You can find the plaid one here and the fringe one here.

2. A Mug

A mug is something that practically everyone uses, but never really thinks to buy for themselves. I love looking on Etsy to find fun mugs as little gifts! Etsy is where you can find the Custom Starbuck’s Mug and this super cute Best Friend Mug. We love the Anthropologie mugs! They have so many great options including this Mint Mug and the Gold Initial Mug You can pick up mugs almost everywhere. There are always super cute ones at Home Goods too! To add a little more fun to the gift, you could fill it with some christmas candies!

3. A Cute Sign

How adorable are these signs? Hobby Lobby has the best wall decor and they’re almost always having a sale! They have quotes like this one. Monograms like this one. And so much more. Other great places to look are on Etsy or at your local Home Goods.

4. Card Case

I got a Kate Spade Card Case this summer and never use my wallet anymore! It is so convenient to throw in any purse or pocket! These are a great gift for any guy or gal.

5. A warm hat

Since it is just going to get colder and colder, a hat is the perfect gift! You can find hats almost everywhere, but these two are from Nordstrom. The North Face hat is very practical  and how fun is the fur on the top of this one!

6. A blanket

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Another warm and cozy gift is a blanket! Who doesn’t love to wrap up in a nice fuzzy blanket at the end of the day?  This faux fur one is from target!

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday Everybody! We’re back again linking up with ErikaAndrea, and Narci for another edition of Friday favorites!

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  1. Christmas Break is getting closer!

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We have less than one week until we are free at last and we cannot wait!!

2. Baking Christmas Cookies

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We’re baking chocolate chip cookies for our friends as little Christmas presents this week! Our kitchen is going to be smelling so good this weekend! We’re trying this recipe. We’ll let you know how they turn out!

3. Christmas Shopping!

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We’re taking a little break from studying to take a trip to the outlets. We’re hoping for some good sales!

4. Crockpot tacos

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This tacos were so good! We put them on high for about 3.5 hours and they were perfect when they came out! They were a little juicy but the flavor was amazing! You can find the recipe here.

5. 24/7 Christmas Music

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Peyton may or may not have been listening to Christmas music for quite a while. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little Christmas spirit in October! But now its on the radio and it brings a little cheer every time we’re in the car!

Holiday Gift Guide: DIY

  1. Christmas Cookies

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Who doesn’t love cookies?! They’re a gift for the whole family! There are so many yummy recipes on Pinterest! We got our tins from the dollar tree and these cute little cards to go with them!

2. Decorate a Mug or Glass

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How cute is this mug?! This is a great gift to give! You can get a cheap mug at the dollar store and make it look so cute! Jess used paint to make some last year and they were so cute! There are so many good ideas on Pinterest

3. A Canvas

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A canvas can be a great gift especially when it’s home made! Michael’s and Hobby Lobby are always having sales on packs of canvases. You can find so many cute ways to decorate them on Pinterest. Here are a few that Jess has made and Peyton has a whole board full of them, check it out here.

4. Photo Coasters

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We made coasters just like this for my dad years ago and he still has them! They are still in great shape and it’s probably been 10 years! You can find the directions to make these here. You can also use cute scrapbook paper instead of photos! If you aren’t feeling crafty, another year we ordered photo coasters from Shutterfly. At the time, you could only do one photo for the set of 4, so we ordered 4 sets each with a different picture. Then we put one coaster from each set to create a custom set. Our grandparents loved them! Click here to see how to make them.

5. Custom Letter

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I love my Lilly Pulitzer Planners because the pages are just too cute! I made myself a letter like this one to hang in my dorm and my friends loved it! I’ve made a few of these as gifts. All you do it cut the paper to fit the letter, glue it on, and then use Modge Podge on the top! I used gold glitter on the side of mine! If you don’t have an old Lilly Planner lying around other great options are scrapbook paper or pictures!

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday Everybody! We’re back again linking up with ErikaAndrea, and Narci for another edition of Friday favorites!

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  1. Jess is 21!

We’ve been a little busy this week celebrating Jess’s 21st Birthday!!

2. Taco Tortellini Soup

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While our soup was not so soupy, it was still delicious! We may have cooked it on high for a little too long causing the broth to evaporate out, but hey we were busy, and it still tasted great! Find the recipe here. Also, we used ground chicken instead of ground beef..

3. Jess’s Apple watch

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Jess got the rose gold Apple Watch for her birthday and is loving it!!

4. ITS DECEMBER!!!

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The Christmas tree is up and decorated at Peyton’s house. We are definitely in the Christmas spirit! Let the Christmas Cookie baking begin!

5. Our Christmas Break Count Down is getting smaller

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Speaking of it being December…. Only two more weeks until we’re free from school!!

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday People! We’re back again linking up with ErikaAndrea, and Narci for another edition of Friday favorites!

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  1. Gilmore Girls is out on Netflix! nettnfzaiw7nwb_2_b

Let the binge watching begin. We’ve been so excited and the day is finally here! We cannot wait to tune into the gals who love coffee just as much as we do!

2. Thanks Giving Favorites

Jess’s: Mashed Potatoes

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Peyton’s: Apple Crisp Pie

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3. This ADORABLE Puppy

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We were out for a walk when my neighbor pulled up with the cutest puppy! Nothing says happy Thanksgiving like that little face.

4. The Last Good Day of the Yearimg_9967

So, I’m (Peyton) not that big of a reader, but I loved Between by Jessica Warman, so I figured I’d give this book a try. Its about a girl whose sister is kidnapped and I cannot put it down!