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Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See

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Chewy Gingerbread Cookies 600

On Parade Magazine’s blog this week, I shared a recipe for the BEST-EVER CHEWY GINGERBREAD COOKIES.  They’d make a nice addition to your holiday cookie platters!

Candy Cane Vodka

Here’s something fascinating that I spotted this week:  CANDY CANE VODKA over on Shutterbean‘s blog.  Whoa.  I think it sounds kinda fun, how about you?

State Necklaces

Also spotted these state necklaces this week.  Cute gift for someone who really loves where they live, isn’t it?  You can find them here > ($24.95 + free shipping)- STATE NECKLACES

Chocolate Surprise Loaf pic
Chocolate Surprise loaf how to

I’m kinda sorta obsessed with the idea of making this CHOCOLATE SURPRISE LOAF with a hidden tree inside (from Land O Lakes).  This how-to shown here makes it look pretty easy to do!

Cinnamon Wrapped Candles

My friend Paula on the Bell’Alimento blog is showing everyone how to make cute DIY CINNAMON STICK CANDLES.  They’d make such a cute holiday hostess gift!

Holiday Giveaways

If you slept in last weekend, you may have missed my holiday giveaway posts:  FOUR $100 GIFT CARDS (4 winners) to some of my favorite places and a $300 GIFT CARD to another favorite- ANDERSON SEAFOODS (online seafood ordering).  These giveaways don’t end until this weekend, so there is still time to enter for a chance to win!  Good luck!

Drink More Wine

As a wine lover myself, it was rather fun reading through this silly, fun list >   23 EXCELLENT REASONS TO DRINK MORE WINE.

Baby Names

Can you guess what the most popular baby names for 2013 were??  My nieces Olivia and Ava were both in the top 10 for girl names >> TOP 10 BABY NAMES FOR EACH GENDER– 2013

Blog Buddy

My friend Dani is working on launching this fabulous idea:  BLOG BUDDY :: it’s a business planner for bloggers- to make our lives a WHOLE LOT EASIER and LESS STRESSFUL.  It’s really a great idea.  It’s a Kickstarter Project… meaning that Dani is looking for pledges to support the project and get it off the ground.  Go here for more information about how you can help support Blog Buddy >> BLOG BUDDY- THE BUSINESS PLANNER FOR BLOGGERS
A few of the highlights of the planner:
*A FULL 24 Month Calendar! (January 2014-December 2015)
Guided To-Do Lists and Blank Notes pages
Post Completion Checklists (track multiple posts completion at a glance)
Reviews & Giveaway Tracker
Advertiser Tracker (track rates and renewal dates)
Blog Statistics (compare a year at a glance for all statistics you want to track)
Monthly Expenses (keep track each and every receipt!)
*Revenue & Expense overviews (compare a year at a glance for revenue & expenses)
*Quarterly Balance Sheet with Estimated Tax Payments (see your finances at a glance) 

Fave Blogs Dec. 9

Here are 4 Fabulous Food Blogs You Should Be Following!! >>
***TASTE AND TELL:  Deborah blogs from Utah, where she shares delicious desserts and family-friendly dinner recipes.  I’ve followed Deborah since my early days of blogging and finally meet her when driving through Utah on a cross country trip.  She’s awesome, and her recipes and photos are fabulous!  Deborah is also a contributor to my Culinary Covers blog.  Her latest post:  CANDY CANE KISS STUFFED PUDDING COOKIES
***NOBLE PIG:  Cathy blogs from Oregon.  We went on a wine-tasting trip together a couple of years ago, and I just adore her.  Cathy cooks and bakes with creative twists- sweets and family friendly fare too.  Fun fact- Cathy also owns a winery in Oregon- Noble Pig Winery!  Her latest post:  ANDES MINT FUDGY BROWNIES
***MOUNTAIN MAMA COOKS: Kelley blogs from the mountains of Utah.  She’s a hard core snowboarder!  Kelley is a really beautiful person inside and out.  Her recipes are comfort food made more healthy.  I often refer to Kelley’s extremely helpful tips on HIGH ALTITUDE COOKING AND BAKING, since I just moved to the mountains myself.  Her latest post:  PEANUT BUTTER & HONEY POTATO CHIP SANDWICH COOKIES w/ HONEY BUTTERCREAM
***DINE & DISH:  Kristen blogs from Kansas.  I can honestly say that she’s one of my favorite people- just completely 100% genuine.  Kristen’s family hosted me and my family for a night as we drove through Kansas.  I love all of them.  Her recipes and photography are always a pleasure to visit, and she shares her love of reading on her blog too.  Her latest post:  HARRY & DAVID ORGANIC ROYAL RIVIERA PEARS GIVEAWAY

Holiday Appetizers

Here are two beautiful appetizers that I’ve been eyeing to serve at my upcoming holiday party >>
by the blog Love and Lemons


We’ve had so much SNOW at my house in the last couple of weeks!  And yes, we’ve had those shivering, ridiculous temperatures that have covered much of the US… it was 8 degrees below zero a couple of times this week.  I really do love the snow, and I usually don’t mind the cold much either… but this is COLD!!!  Oh yeah, and I hung a bunch of giant ornaments from the pine trees in my front yard.  They are weathering the snow just fine!

Please tell me you know about this fabulous acapella group:  Pentatonix.  Have you seen this amazing rendition of  Little Drummer Boy??  It gave me chills it was so beautiful.  I can safely say that I’m pretty much obsessed with them now… I’ve watched this video about 42 times already, and I even bought VIP tickets to their concert as they are coming to my town in February!  Do me a favor and check out the video.  So pretty.

Have a great week!

26 Responses to “Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See”

  1. postedDec 10, 2013 7:15 AM

    What a nice surprise on this wintery morning! Thank you for sharing my Brie bites Lori! Have a great day!

  2. postedDec 10, 2013 7:15 AM

    I’ve been loving gingerbread lately (gingerbread latte at Starbucks is amazeballs). Thanks for posting the cookie recipe- I’ve been intimidated by gingerbread but I think I’ll give it a go!

  3. postedDec 10, 2013 7:54 AM

    My husband showed me this on Facebook over the weekend. I think this is the best Little Drummer Boy song I have ever heard! Thank you so much for posting this!

  4. postedDec 10, 2013 9:19 AM

    This is my favorite post ever! Making the chewy ginger bread cookies and candle! I LOVE Pentatonix and the Sing Off is on again this Christmas and I am just so giddy over it! Believe it or not I was in a college acapella group so I’m a little obsessed:)

  5. postedDec 10, 2013 9:19 AM

    I totally want to make the Chocolate Surprise Loaf! So cute!
    The Blog Buddy sounds like something I really need. Fabulous idea!
    Already loving and following the Featured Blogs!

  6. postedDec 10, 2013 9:23 AM

    You are such a sweetheart. Love you much! Thanks for the kind words 🙂

  7. postedDec 10, 2013 9:25 AM
    Gary Beardsley

    This Version really grows on you… Love It!!!

  8. postedDec 10, 2013 9:41 AM
    Sally Tews

    Oh yes~my friend sent me the Utube video of the Pentatonix group~and I LUV~LUV~LUV them.The Little Drummer Boy is Fantastic <3.
    I follow and love all these blogs.
    I can see myself and small family enjoying a gift card from Anderson's fish~Yum 😉

  9. postedDec 10, 2013 9:54 AM

    Gingerbread cookies and candy cane vodka… that’s a pretty darn good combination! 🙂

  10. postedDec 10, 2013 12:44 PM

    Whoa. -8F is gnarly. I grew up in MN and know what that’s all about. Thankfully, I never plan to feel that again as long as I live. Stay warm!

    Those cookies look excellent!

  11. postedDec 10, 2013 1:32 PM

    Thanks for the love, Lori! Hope you’re enjoying all that new snow! Big hugs from Utah!! xoxo

  12. postedDec 10, 2013 2:02 PM

    Love these-as always!! Those gingerbread cookies look PERFECT!

  13. postedDec 10, 2013 3:21 PM

    I tried surprise cupcakes this weekend and it was a total disaster. A loaf would be easier by far.

  14. postedDec 10, 2013 4:27 PM
    Tracy Johnson

    I can’t wait to try the gingerbread cookies tonight.

  15. postedDec 10, 2013 7:14 PM

    Thanks for sharing my vodka!! I hope you make it/love it!

  16. postedDec 11, 2013 5:29 AM
    La Torontoise

    Lori, love the blog planner. And the links.

    Have a great Christmas time!

  17. postedDec 11, 2013 6:17 AM

    Thanks for sharing blog buddy. Looks really interesting!
    Wow that video is amazing. Cant wait to try these ginger cookies! !!! 🙂

  18. postedDec 11, 2013 7:42 AM

    Your gingerbread cookies most definitely look moist and chewy, Lori! Thank you for mentioning the blogs to follow. Love Cathy at Noble Pig and Kristen’s blog. But, I only know a bit about Mountain Mama Cooks and getting to know Taste and Tell. Saw that cute Christmas Tree Surprise Loaf at Pinterest, too. LOVE that photo of the big bright red bulb with fresh snow on top in your yard! xo

  19. postedDec 11, 2013 8:58 AM

    I love~love~love the chewy gingerbread cookie recipe..and those state cute! Love these “stuff” posts. 🙂

  20. postedDec 11, 2013 9:33 AM

    Thanks for the shout-out – what a fun surprise!! And I have so many links to check out now!

  21. postedDec 11, 2013 1:41 PM

    We’ve been following Pentatonix ever since they were on The Sing Off two weeks ago, and LOVE them. We had VIP tickets to Pentatonix when they were here this past February…you’ll have a blast, because they put on a great show!

    • postedDec 12, 2013 9:43 AM

      Great to know!!!

  22. postedDec 12, 2013 9:37 AM

    Hi Lori! First of all, I’ve made SO many recipes from you, and they always always turn out AMAZING, so thank you 🙂
    I REALLY want to make those gingerbread cookies for a Sunday cookie exchange, but I’m going to be out of town from Friday until Sunday morning. How long do you think the dough can be refrigerated for before baking? What if I make the dough on a Thursday or Friday evening and wrap it in saran wrap and then bake it Sunday? Do you think the dough would dry out?

    • postedDec 12, 2013 9:42 AM

      Thanks! The cookies… I’d actually make them now and then freeze them in a covered container until you need them. We’ve kept ours in the freezer and have been taking them out daily for school lunches.

  23. postedDec 13, 2013 12:03 AM

    I find Pentatonix amazing 🙂

  24. postedDec 13, 2013 11:19 AM


    You are so sweet! Thank you so much for writing about the Blog Buddy. I didn’t get a ping back at all on this and just stumbled upon it while browsing here 🙂 I am honored to be getting to know you, can’t wait to meet in person one of these days!!

    Thanks again for all the help to make our dream possible 🙂


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