Cookie Exchange Success!

I know you’ve been curious which cookie I made for the exchange?

Christmas Swirl Sugar Cookies! They didn’t quite turn out as ‘pretty’ as the Pinterest picture, but they were delicious and relatively easy to make!

 
 
Who knew your nesting boxes could be used for cookie tray display too! 
 
I mean whose Pinterest attempts ever turn out as perfect as the original anyway?!
 
 
13 people brought 4 dozen cookies each!
 
 

Chocolate Raspberry Bars

 

Frosted Sugar Cookies

 

White Chocolate Peppermint Oreos

 

Whipped Cherry Shortbread

7-layer Bars

 

No bake Cookies

 
 
Cathedral Cookies
 
We sampled each cookie while we drank coffee and visited!
 
 
 
 
 
We shared our recipes and went home with 3-4 of every kind!
 

 

Going home with 3.5 dozen cookie varieties made making cookie tins for the neighbors easy this year! A great time was had by all! Cookies, coffee, friends and family, how could you not have fun?!

I think you should host a cookie exchange as soon as possible! You won’t regret it!

– Jaclyn

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Cookie Exchange

Do you have a cookie exchange to attend this Holiday season? Or maybe you’re hosting the exchange for you and your friends?! 

Mom is hosting one in a few weeks, so I’ve been on the hunt for all my favorite Holiday cookies! 

Bring 4 dozen, taste and sample each cookie, and take home 3.5 dozen! Sounds like my kind of party! Those of you who know me, know I love dessert! My in-laws give me a hard time because they never had to plan dessert until I joined the family…I think I did them all a favor 😜

Hmmm…now the question is which family favorite cookie should I make?

Oatmealcookies

Gingersnaps

Snickerdoodles

SpecialKbars

Chocolate chip cookies

Spritz cookies

Sugar cookies

 Waffle cookies

No bake cookies

Peanut butter cookies

I found this sugar cookie mix at Costco, makes 21 dozen cookies! Convenient for any and all Holiday cookie needs!

 

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What kind would you make?

-Jaclyn

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Christmas Gift Tags

Christmas is almost here! Do you have all of your Christmas shopping done? Are you running out of gift tags for all your gifts under the tree? Well I’ve got you covered! Christmas is my favorite time of year. The Christmas lights, the snow, the beautiful Christmas trees and all of the perfectly wrapped packages under the tree. I love to wrap presents! My family always jokes when they get a gift from me because I use so much tape that they can hardly get it open! I counted this year and used an average of 10 pieces of tape per box. Too much tape you say? Not at all when the end result looks like this! 

Wrapped Presents

Alright, enough about my obsession with wrapping presents and tape! What I really wanted to share with you, is how to make these adorable gift tags. All you need is scissors, stamps, ink, twine, card stock, and a hole punch. You can find all of these supplies at your local craft store or use these cute stamps!

Stamps and paper size

First you are going to cut the card stock to match the shape and size of your stamp. Make sure to leave room for a tail at the end and a hole at the top. 

Cut from corners to middle

You can use a ruler and find the middle of the tag to create the tail, but I just eyeball it and it normally comes out just fine. These are only gift tags people! Just start at the bottom corner and cut at an angle to the center. 

Punch holes

Punch holes at the top, add your twine, and put on the stamps. Done! They are so cute, right? You can use whatever stamps, card stock and twine or ribbon you want. So you can see how you can easily customize these tags to your personal taste…and for any occasion! 

Finished gift tags

And just because I like to take every opportunity to show off this cute face. Here is a picture of my little Bradley! This post wouldn’t have taken me 3 hours to finish today, if I wasn’t pulling him out from underneath the Christmas tree every 15 seconds! See, even he loves my wrapping 😉 

Bradley

Merry Christmas everybody! Stay warm and safe and enjoy your time with family. Have the best Christmas ever! 

~ Justina 

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12 days til Christmas

We love Christmas! Honestly, who doesnt?! Decorating the Christmas tree, driving around town to look at Christmas lights, family movie on Christmas Eve, reading the Christmas story on Christmas morning, oranges in the bottom of our stockings, these are just a few of my favorite childhood traditions. 

We have developed many family traditions throughout the years, however, the years for new family traditions are upon us!

With all3sisters married- Ember 18 months, Bradley 8 months, and Baby St. John on the way, the traditions will start to look a little different then when we were kids. We’ve already started a few! Fresh cut Christmas tree in the woods for the cabin, Happy Birthday Jesus party, new Christmas book, and new pajamas each year!

What are your favorite traditions? As we approach #themostwonderfultimeoftheyear don’t forget the true reason for the season!

<3 Jaclyn

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