Socks are the New Ties

Men are so hard to buy for.  Every year I think, what am I going to get Dad and Brent? Men’s clothes are boring and there’s only so many ties that they need or want!

I was looking around and found these super fun socks.  These days the more wild the sock the better since socks are the new ties.  Who wouldn’t want to wear these works of art?  I think these socks are awesome. xoxo

https://www.hotsox.com/mens-museum-collection-artist-socks.aspx

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All I want for Xmas is Bacon Candy!

Dear Santa, I would really like to have some bacon candy in my stocking this year.  I’ve been a good girl, I promise!! This is a great item to make for your parties or even a special snack.  Enjoy! xoxo

Spiced Nuts & Bacon Candy A120914 Food & Wine Bronson Van Wyck Dec 2012Food and Wine Magazine

 

 

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons chile powder
20 slices of thick-cut bacon (1 1/2 pounds)

Directions
Preheat the oven to 400°. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with foil. In a small bowl, whisk the brown sugar with the chile powder. Arrange the bacon strips on the foil and coat the tops with the chile sugar. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until caramelized and almost crisp. Transfer the bacon to a rack set over a sheet of foil to cool completely; serve.

Yields: 20 strips
cook Time: 10 minutes

 

 

 

 

Princess Meghan

The engagement news was so exciting today. A royal wedding to look forward to in 2018! Meghan looked so pretty today. Her coat and shoes were to die for. Her coat immediately sold out from The Label. Even crashed the site. You can still buy the shoes and the coat in pink.

Cookie R U?

I happened to be looking thru some gift guides online and I ran across a gift for the chef who has everything!  A personalized cookie cutter.  How fun is that!  xoxo

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https://www.etsy.com/listing/524297434/portrait-personalized-cookie-cutter

Pizza Lovers Dream

Oprah releases her Favorite Things each Christmas.  It’s really interesting to see all the fun products that she highlights every year.  You never can get the crust really crisp in a regular oven like they do in restaurants.  You just put it on your grill and you have a crispy crust that will make your pizza go from ho hum to yum yum!

http://shop-usa.bakerstonebox.com/

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Cookies, yes please!

I love cookies.  As you all may know I also love watching The Chew.  The hosts are so fun and helpful.  I’ve learned so much from watching the show.  In fact, that’s my Dream Job!  Anyway, today they had a great recipe for cranberry and chocolate chunk cookies.  Tis the season! xoxo

 

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Ingredients
Cranberry-Chocolate Chunk Cookies
2 cups quick-cooking oats (divided)
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup unsalted butter (softened)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 cup dark or semisweet chocolate chunks
1 cup dried cranberries

Directions
In a food processor, pulse 1 1/2 cups of the oats until they’re the consistency of bread crumbs. Mix in the unprocessed oats and set aside.
In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment or a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream the brown sugar and butter together, then add the vanilla, then the eggs, one at a time, and beat until thoroughly mixed. In a separate bowl, combine the oats, flour, baking soda, and salt, then gradually add that mixture to the creamed butter and sugar. Stir in the chocolate chunks and cranberries. Cover the dough and refrigerate for 45 minutes – 2 hours; longer is fine.
Preheat the oven to 350º F. Line two baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
Drop 2 heaping tablespoonfuls of the dough onto the baking sheets, about 2 inches apart, to make 3-inch cookies once baked. Bake, rotating the pans after 5 minutes, for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack and wait patiently nearby with a glass of milk.