M&M Cookies & Christmas Cookie Recipe Swap!




I'm excited to be part of the 3rd Annual Christmas Cookie Recipe Swap. I'm joining with many bloggers today to share cookie recipes!  We each were partnered with another blogger to try out their cookie recipe. I was partnered with Alli from Cupcakes Diaries! Alli is a mom to 3 young boys and is always posting yummy recipes! I want to pin them all! I hope you check out her fun blog :)



The recipe Alli sent me is Christmas M&M Cookies. We love M&Ms and cookies at our house so this was a win-win for us. But Alli's recipe adds a twist to the cookies- vanilla pudding mix. This was my first time eating cookies with pudding mix in them but I have to say- it added so much flavor!
And the dough was yummy too :) My hubby bought regular m&ms instead of christmas kind.. but both work and still taste yummy :)



Christmas M&M Cookies
By Ali from Cupcake Diaries

Ingredients: 
1 c. butter, at room temperature
2 eggs
1 c. sugar
1 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 small box instant vanilla pudding
2 c. flour
1 c. Christmas M&M's

Directions:
1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and both sugars. Then add egg and vanilla.
(*Just a tip: Make sure your butter is at room temperature. DON'T put it in the microwave to speed up the process. This will make your cookies flat and not rise as well.) 
2. In a small bowl, stir together salt, baking soda and pudding mix. Add dry mixture to butter mixture, then slowly add flour.
3. Mix m&m's into mixture with wooden spoon. Cover and put into refrigerator while oven pre-heats to 375*.
4. Drop dough by the spoonful onto a greased cookie sheet. Add a few more m&ms into dough if needed. Bake for 7-8 minutes or until lightly brown.
5. Enjoy! 




Don't forget to check out all the cookies in the swap below! You can also see more cookie recipes at White Lights on Wednesday.





DIY Gift bow Headband (Kate Spade & Gap Kids Knock-off)

A few months ago, Kate Spade + Jack Spade released a fun line of children clothes at the Gap. It's all darling and most of it was sold out within minutes. I spied these cute Headbands- but the diy girl in me knew they would be simple to make!

These little bows are so nostalgic to me but for $19- that was a little more then I was willing to spend when I know I can make it. You can buy a bag of them for $1-2. Pick up a headband at the dollar store and for $3 you have a cute holiday bow headband! I used a polka dot headband I bought in a pack from Target (a zillion years ago). It's actually mine, but we share now. :) A solid color headband would be cute as well!


I wrapped the sticky part of the bow around the headband. For a more permanent bow, I would suggest adding a dab of hot glue.

And the best thing is.. you can change it up! So use a red bow or a gold one. Or purple if you want! :)



So there ya! A Really simple DIY headband for this Christmas season or anytime of the year really. And less then $3. Can't beat that! :)

Remember the True Meaning of Christmas #ShareTheGift

To me, this is what Christmas is all about. We attended a live Nativity last weekend. Mary rode a donkey, The wise men rode in on camels and it was simply breathtaking to see everything come to life. Truly a wonderful moment for my children to see just a little bit of what it would have been like to be there on that special day. I will hold those moments dear.

This video is truly beautiful. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and remember the reason for the season. #ShareTheGift




If you would like to learn more about #ShareTheGift and what we believe, go here.

Dear Santa Letter -Free Printable

I can't believe how fast this month is flying! We are writing our letters to Santa today, so I thought I would share this fun Dear Santa Letter I made.

We love Santa Clause! He was very much a part of my childhood Christmas. Don't get me wrong, we had wonderful experiences serving, celebrating the Saviors birth and learning the true meaning of Christmas. But santa was included as well :) My son is 6 this year, the very age I found out about the real santa. I still remember, no one told me.. I just saw my parents wrapping gifts and figured it out. I asked my mom what they were doing and I don't even remember what she told me. I just knew. I went and woke up my sister and told her. I guess I thought if I found out, I should tell someone else. Which was the worst thing I could have done to my 5 year old sister. (sorry, Regan!) It's funny how much I remember that night!


My kids are writing letters this year and I had to make a cute printable of course! I love vintage christmas look so thats what I wanted to go with. Just go to the link and print! super easy :)

Print your santa letter here(All R & R Workshop printables are for personal use only.)



Happy letter writing ;)


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