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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Fall is in the air…

I’m not as obsessed with fall as a lot of people, however, I do enjoy pumpkin everything, the beautiful colored leaves, and the cooler temperatures with the sun still shining!

What do you love about fall? Do you have favorite fall recipes? We’d love you to share them with us! 

Today, I’m going to share some of our family favorites. I hope you enjoy them! 

What’s a fall gathering without Apple Cider?!

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My brother-in-law, Josh, ensures we have this classic at our gatherings! And why not? It’s so easy. Just add some cloves and cinnamon sticks to bottled apple cider. Heat on the range and wa-lah! Warm and delicious! If you’re feeling extra fancy add in some orange slices or cranberries.

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And then there’s pumpkin bread. This is my favorite pumpkin bread recipe!

Pumpkin Bread Recipe | all3sisters.com

Pumpkin Bread Ingredients | all3sisters.com

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I add chocolate chips, but you may choose raisins or your favorite nut. Pair with a cold glass of milk or PSL and you may have entered fall heaven!

Bread and Milk | all3sisters.com

Our Mom has gathered many of our favorite family recipes throughout the years and designed recipe cards for us to have in a book! I love it! One place for all our cherished family favorites!

Looking for another delicious recipe to include at your next family gathering? Look no further! White Chicken Chili is another favorite! You won’t be disappointed!

White Chicken Chili | all3sisters.com

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Grandma Sue’s Apple Butter

It’s that time of year again. The air is crisp, the leaves start changing, and people turn into fall obsessed, pumpkin spice loving, boot wearing crazies! Don’t get me wrong, I love fall and everything about it. I just think its hilarious how much attention fall gets! You would get a weird look if you said something like, “I can’t wait to wear sunscreen and hide from the blistering sun this summer!”

I especially have a soft spot for fall this year because we are expecting our second son in October. I am 34 weeks along and I am so ready for summer to be over! I know there are tons of moms out there that can sympathize with me, so I am not going to go into details. All I want to say is it has been a HOT summer! So bring on fall and all the crazies!

Okay my rant about fall is over. What I’d like to share with you today is Grandma Sue’s Apple Butter recipe! Grandma gave me tons of apples, so what better thing to do then make her apple butter. The aroma of allspice and cloves turns me into one of those crazy fall people! And it will you, too! If you are looking for a sugar free recipe….I am sorry, this is not for you. But when you spread this spiced jam on a fresh baked biscuit, you will be thanking me for every calorie!

Apple Butter

10 C. Apples (peeled and cubed) 

8 C. Sugar 

1/2 C. Vinegar 

2 tsp. Cinnamon 

1 tsp. Allspice (ground) 

1 tsp. Cloves (ground)

Peel and cut apples, put them into a crock pot with all other ingredients and cook  on low for 10 to 12 hours. Apples will cook down. Apple butter makes a great gift! 

<3 Justina 

 

 

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

The classic chocolate crinkle cookie. Yes, this cookie is typically considered to be a Christmas cookie, but after making them yesterday I beg to differ!

I had every intention of making these cookies over the holidays, but I could not find an extra second. I am sure you can all relate that the “best time of the year” is also the busiest time of the year! Stay inside and lock the doors, the stores are crazy! Thank God for Amazon Prime, am I right? 

Christmas time is such a special time of year for me. Especially now that I have a little one to share the magic with. It always goes by way too fast and a part of me just wants to hang on to the holidays just a little bit longer. Lets be honest, you still have your Christmas tree up and you are seriously considering decorating it for Valentines Day! I guess making these cookies was my attempt to hold on to the holiday season just a little longer. I would be that person with my tree still up if it wasn’t for Bradley trying to destroy it every 5 minutes! 

These cookies are a perfect combination of  brownie and a cookie in one bite! So here’s what you need. 

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Yields 20
Chocolate cookies
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Cook Time
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Cook Time
10 min
147 calories
22 g
28 g
7 g
2 g
1 g
38 g
42 g
18 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
38g
Yields
20
Amount Per Serving
Calories 147
Calories from Fat 60
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
10%
Saturated Fat 1g
4%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 28mg
9%
Sodium 42mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates 22g
7%
Dietary Fiber 1g
5%
Sugars 18g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
3%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  2. 1 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 1 1/2 flour
  4. 2 tsp baking powder
  5. 1/4 tsp salt
  6. 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  7. 3 eggs
  8. 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  9. 1/2 cup powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. 1. Sift together your dry ingredients in a medium bowl
  2. 2. Mix your wet ingredients in a large bowl
  3. 3. Pour your dry ingredients into your wet ingredients. Adding about 1/3 of the dry stuff at a time and letting it mix completely before adding more
  4. 4. Cover and chill dough for at least an hour up to overnight
  5. 5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  6. 6. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and pour your powdered sugar onto a plate or shallow dish
  7. 7. Using a cookie scoop or a spoon, scoop about 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons of cookie dough directly onto your plate of powdered sugar, and then role the dough around so it gets covered in sugar, you can then easily form into a ball and place onto cookie sheet. (My first batch I formed a dough ball before I put it in the powdered sugar and it was a sticky mess!! Learn from my mistakes!)
  8. 8. Bake cookies for 10 minutes, the cookies should look like they have cracks. Then let them sit on the cookie sheet for 5 min before you transfer to a cooling rac
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The finished product! 

Choclate Crinkle Cookies (450x800)

The cookies should be soft, but firm enough to hold on to and they should taste like chocolate heaven! If they don’t then you did something wrong. These cookies are gorgeous! Look at that contrast!  

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I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas and you’re starting your new year off right! Do yourself a favor and try these cookies. Chocolate is a year round flavor!  

Here are a couple pictures of Bradley sledding for the first time! 

 Snow

Sleeping

Sledding

As you can see he was thrilled!! Yup, he fell asleep… 

<3 Justina 

 

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Happy New Year 2016!

Happy New Year!!! Wow! How is it already 2016? That just doesn’t seem possible!

We hope you had a wonderful Holiday weekend, doing whatever makes you happy — and of course recovering from the food coma that is the last couple weeks of December! 

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We sisters actually threw a New Years Eve party this year! We had so much fun putting it together and thought we’d share some pics with you guys.

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We have to start with the photo props…because that’s what all parties must have these days 😉 I mean, why not, when they’re so much fun?! We actually took the lazy route this time and ordered these props and background. Find online, click order, open box 2 days later and wa-la. Instant party fun. Now that’s my kind of party prep!! Who’s with me??

Photo Booth Props | all3sisters.com

We decided on a theme of black, white & gold…because what’s New Years Eve without a little sparkle?! Luckily for us Jac’s house has LOTS of those colors already…so we really didn’t do much decorating.

NYE Welcome | all3sisters.com

We had lots of fun coming up with black, white & gold food…and of course a few extras thrown in for good measure 😉

NYE Food | all3sisters.com

What’s more gold than goldfish?!

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The best way to add gold to your food? Gold glitter sprinkles!!

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I have a cookie set from Williams Sonoma that lets you create messages in your sugar cookies. Admittedly I don’t use it very often, but this seemed like the perfect occasion! Who doesn’t love a cookie that’s also spreading good cheer?

NYE Cookies | all3sisters.com

These might be my favorite ingenious pinterest find of the night. Mini tuxedos!! Seriously, how cute are these? Just a Ritz cracker, a triangle of our favorite white cheese and a little olive bow tie. Adorable! And so so simple!

Tuxedos | all3sisters.com

While the tuxedos were my favorite “look” on the table…these pretzels…oh man, these pretzels…why is chocolate and pretzels such a delicious combo? Seriously, I don’t even like pretzels…but throw some chocolate on them and they are divine!! I could’ve eaten the whole platter myself! And probably did eat about half! Eek! :/

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We had some golden pineapple to help cleanse everyone’s palate 😉

NYE treats | all3sisters.com

How do you make 7 layer dip fit your theme? Just keep whatever color you’re looking for on top! Olives it is! Resting on a bed of white cheese, of course.

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White chocolate dipped Oreos, covered in gold glitter. It doesn’t get more festive than that!!

Oreos | all3sisters.com

And then of course there’s the bubbly for that midnight toast! We just added blackberries to the champagne or sparkling cider to give it that little extra glam 😉

Champagne | all3sisters.com

Jac’s Christmas tree even fit our theme?! Apparently this girl was made to host New Years Eve parties!! It’s official: same theme, same place, next year!

NYE tree | all3sisters.com

We had a few fun games planned for the evening and had them in separate boxes so every hour (9, 10, 11) we opened a new one and had a completely new activity to enjoy!

NYE games | all3sisters.com

At 9pm we started with a 2015 pop-culture trivia game. Our winner got 30/40 right! Not too shabby!! 

At 10pm we had a “never-ending” saran wrap gift. There was a scarf, hat & gloves in the box that had to be worn by the unwrapper. Everyone passed a die, trying to roll a 5 to get the chance to start unwrapping! If you’ve never played a game like this before you should try it. It’s hilarious just to watch, let alone participate! The saran wrap addition was a first for us, but we’ve done it many times with actual wrapped presents. The key is to get big obnoxious gloves so it’s extremely difficult to unwrap. Especially when you know someone else could roll a 5 at any time and take it away!! (You can also try to roll doubles…you know, if you can find 2 dice ;))

At 11pm the box included noisemakers and Happy New Year tiaras. Because that’s what ringing in the new year is all about!!  

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Of course we topped it all off by watching the ball drop!!

Welcome 2016. Here’s to new beginnings, new adventures and a new baby!!

<3 Michelle

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Oreo Footballs

Do you guys spend your entire fall watching football everyday too? Okay, maybe it’s not EVERY day…but do you ever feel that way? No, just me? Maybe you don’t even like football and you’re trying to figure out where I’m going with this. That’s okay too, you’ll still enjoy these treats, I promise! Footballs optional. 

Well, in our family, we play fantasy football. All 3 of us sisters, our husbands, our dad, our aunt & our uncles. We have a family league and it might just be one of our favorite things. There’s nothing like friendly competition between family members! It makes winning taste that much sweeter. 

And there’s nothing like watching football games WITH the people you’re competing against. Seriously, it makes watching football so much more personal. You are invested in every game – because most likely one of you has players in the game. And believe you me, there is plenty of razzing happening – why else would we want to watch it together? 😉

It also does weird things to you, like make you enjoy watching a team you hate. But that’s another story for another day. I’m looking at you Raiders. 

Moving on…one of the other perks of football season: lots of yummy snacks. Last Sunday we decided to make some chocolate covered Oreo balls, and turn them into footballs. Brilliant! Themed chocolate. That’s my love language. You think I’m kidding.

Oreo Football | all3sisters.com

These footballs are delicious and literally take like ten minutes. Perfect for getting back to watching your team score touchdowns!

Oreo Footballs | all3sisters.com

They don’t have to be perfect, they just have to taste good. At least that’s our motto!

Oreo Footballs
Serves 14
The perfect football season treat
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Total Time
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Total Time
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125 calories
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9 g
8 g
1 g
4 g
29 g
69 g
10 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
29g
Servings
14
Amount Per Serving
Calories 125
Calories from Fat 69
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
12%
Saturated Fat 4g
21%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 9mg
3%
Sodium 69mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 14g
5%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 10g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
1%
Iron
6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 10 Oreos
  2. 4 oz cream cheese - softened
  3. 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  4. 1-2 T powdered sugar
  5. Wax paper
Instructions
  1. Blend oreos & cream cheese together in a food processor.
  2. Ball into football shape with your hands.
  3. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until melted.
  4. Roll football in melted chocolate until covered.
  5. Place on wax paper to harden.
  6. Mix powdered sugar with very small amount of water for a thick consistency & use a toothpick to make laces on footballs.
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<3 Michelle

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Witch Hats

You ready for this weekend? Stock piled on candy for tomorrow night? Do you buy the candy you hate or the candy you love? I always find it interesting to see which type of person everyone is…the ones that hope they’ll have leftover candy, so they buy their favorites…or the ones who don’t want to eat any of the leftover candy, so they buy the candy they hate. aka: smarties. 

I’m not going to tell you which one I am. But I bet you can guess. Reese’s all the way, baby!

Well now that I’ve given away all my secrets, I’ll leave you with this super easy idea. If you’re going to (or hosting) a party this weekend, make these adorable witch hats! 

Witch hats | all3sisters.com

One of my co-workers brought them into work today and I couldn’t believe the genius. I mean really, they’re so easy I don’t even need to give you directions. That’s my kind of ‘homemade’ treat!

<3 Michelle

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