A Sweet Treat For Your Tuesday: Valentine’s Day Chocolate Chip Cookies

imageWell, it’s Valentine’s week!!!

And the sweet teats, hearts, pink and red are in full swing.

My most favorite treat there is would have to beย  fresh-out-of-the-oven Chocolate Chip Cookies. YUM!

I shared my favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe a few months ago… and I’m using it again…

…Why mess with a good thing?!?

So, these are my classic Chocolate Chip Cookies but with a Valentine’s Day twist!!

image There are all sorts of different ‘valentine’ themed candies, sprinkles, chocolates. I just picked a few that appealed to me. Red and pink smarties, chocolate hearts, cookies and cream chocolate hearts, chocolate kisses and some cute heart sprinkles.

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I whipped up a double batch of my favorite chocolate chip cookies, and added the smarties, sprinkles and chocolate hearts to different cookies. That way the cookies are each a bit different!

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This recipe can’t go wrong, so I did a bit of experimenting and tried some cookies in my individual brownie pan as well!

Pop them in the oven, and do they ever smell good ๐Ÿ™‚ Mmmmmmmmm!

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The regular cookies turned out great!! And I love that they are all ‘valentine-ish’ but are each bit different with either the smarties, or chocolate hearts.

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The square cookies turned out great as well! They have a bit more of a crunch on the edge with a soft and chewy middle.

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It’s easy to take a classic recipe you know will turn out great and add a bit of a twist to make it work for any holiday.

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These Chocolate Chip Cookies are SO GOOD, but with a bit of extra pink, red, and heart shaped candy, they make the perfect cookies for Valentine’s Day celebrations!

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Happy Baking!

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A Sweet Treat For Your Tuesday: Sugar Cookie Donuts

imageI love cookies. I love donuts. I love donut shaped cookies!!

Here is a simple sugar cookie recipe that does not require any ‘chilling’.

YAY for quick and easy cookies that taste amazing!

A good sugar cookie recipe is a MUST, you can use it for everything, Christmas, Valentine’s day, or any occasion that requires some cookie decorating!

You know its a good recipe when you try yummy cookies and ask for the recipe! That’s how I got this one! Turns this is the sugar cookie recipe off of the back of the Wilton cookie cutters! It’s a winner of a recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

These classic cookies have all your regular ingredients, sugar, flour, butter, 1 egg, etc.

Here’s the recipe:

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Mix all of your ingredients according to the recipe, roll your dough and cut out the cookies.

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You could choose any shape for your cookies, hearts, circles, stars, anything! I went with donut shape ๐Ÿ™‚ And I think they turned out pretty cute!

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With a little bit of icing, a few sprinkles you have yourself some donut cookies!!

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The perfect snack ๐Ÿ™‚

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Happy baking!

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Friday Favorites: My Week According to My Camera Roll

Fridayyyyyyyyyyyy!! YAY for weekends ๐Ÿ™‚ They never get old!

Here is my week according to my camera roll. Pictures are always more interesting!

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On the weekend we got together with some friends that were in town, and went out for lunch… and dessert. It was fun to catch up and hear all about their wedding plans. … Then there was this cake. This cake was AMAZING. My husband and I attempted to share… but basically we both were trying to inhale as much of the the icing as possible before the other person. I could have just eaten a bowl of the icing. Seriously it was the best!!

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Between teaching a spin class on the weekend, and going to a bootcamp class, put on my our Church, my workouts looked a bit different than usual this week but super fun. Its nice to have a change!

The weather has been beautiful… for winter. So we took advantage of the slight warmth and went for a walk one evening. Going for walks is one of my favorite things, I’m looking forward to the summer and the nice warm evenings we will have!

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I have been eating my fair share of nuts and fruits and these bars, which are made of dates, nuts, and other yummy healthy things! We’ve been doing our best to have more fruits and veggies in our meals, and make healthy choices when it comes to snacks… but of course we still have treats here and there ๐Ÿ™‚

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And last but not least, I have been flipping through cookbooks and looking through pinterest for great Valentine’s treats!! There are too many good options to choose from! Get ready for some more Valentine’s Day posts in these next few weeks ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Friday!

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Friday Favorites: Organizing, Keeping Active, and a Bit of Valentine’s Day Prep…

imageFriday!! YAY! Here comes the weekend!

I’m looking forward to sleeping in and lazing around!!! I think I’m tired… yesterday as I was driving to work I caught a glimpse of myself in the rear-view mirror and noticed that one eye looked a bit different than the other… I only did my eye makeup on one eye!! I’m not quite sure what happened between doing eye one and eye two… all that to say, YAY for weekends and sleeping in, I am ready!

This week has flown by, as every week does. Here are some of my highlights ๐Ÿ™‚

Getting organized! I picked up this pretty jewelry box to save myself from untangling necklaces and trying find matching earrings as I’m getting ready in the morning. So far its helping. One look and I see a set of earrings, no digging required!

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This week while doing some tidying, I was reminded of the stability ball we have. So, my husband and I have been doing some at home workouts with the stability ball and boy, are my abs feeling it!! But its fun doing workouts with my husband, and keeping ourselves active during the winter!

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Valentines candy has been consumed, pre-Valentine’s Day. Bulk barn is THE BEST. And of course, I always have to practice self-control or I would leave with bags and bags of candy. I settled for some sprinkle covered treats, these super cute heart jelly beans, YUM, and some ‘love bug’ chocolates, too cute โค

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I’ve also been looking through my craft/decoration box, here and there since last week, to see what kinds ofย  ‘Valentine-ish’ decorations I have tucked away. I can’t wait to add a bit of pink and a bunch of hearts to our home!! But I think I’ll hold off till February 1.

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Next week is the last week of January, 2016 is going by quick!!

Happy Friday!

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Friday Favorites: A Mountain Getaway

imageWe are already one week into 2016!

I’m still getting used to writing 16 instead of 15… oh well, I’m really liking 2016 so far!!

One week in, and the highlight of 2016 so far has been celebrating our Anniversary ๐Ÿ™‚

So, of course this Friday’s Favorite is all about our getaway to the mountains this past weekend.

The mountains are always so breathtaking!! I love seeing them on my drive to work, but its even better getting to see them up close!

imageOne of my absolute favorite thing about being on vacation is resting and sleeping in; on our trip we thoroughly enjoyed lazy mornings!!

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We are both big coffee coffee fans, so it was a treat to have our days started off with coffee dates.

AND we had our fair share of treats. YUM!! We found this amazing little french bakery and the treats were to die for. It was so hard to decide what to choose!image

We went on a few fancy dinner dates, and left completely stuffed. I love the chance to get to dress up!

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We even braved the cold one of the days to enjoy the mountains, the outdoors, and see some ice sculptures. The ice castle was so neat ๐Ÿ™‚ and we attempted to sit on the ice throne, but just kept slipping off!!

For some reason we thought the weather was going to be ‘nice’. Nope. It was freezing. We had to keep taking breaks to go inside out of the cold to warm up, and we eventually got hot chocolate to sip on in the hopes it would warm us up a bit. By the end of the day my husband had transferred all of his extra layers of clothes to me, he is THE BEST. But I’ve learned my lesson, next time more layers!! Despite the cold we had so much fun walking around and taking in the beauty of the mountains.

image This trip was definitely the highlight of this week and a great way to celebrate our 2nd anniversary โค

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Such a great start to 2016 ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Friday!

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