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Nutella Cookies (made with love)

I baked yesterday. Nutella Cookies. They ate them and the world rejoiced. Okay, maybe not exactly :)

Nutella Cookies 

Some people bake because it’s their passion, others bake for special occasions or when they’re entertaining. Personally, I do bake for  birthdays and holidays but not really for entertaining. Perhaps I’m not a big baker because I worked in a bakery for many years ( sometimes the smell of buttercream or proofing dough haunts me).  I love to entertain but I’m not one for a dessert course and if I serve it — I rather make homemade ice cream. I do however bake when I feel like my girls need a little extra mom-love. Like yesterday. They needed some love and sugar, I gave them a big does of both :).

It’s been a crazy week in our home… lots going on but nothing out of the ordinary. Work, school, soccer, dance … and I noticed  I was a little “short” with my girls yesterday, the week was clearly wearing on me. We needed a sugar-love intervention. So, I told the girls to play outback with the pup for a bit and I whipped up these babies. Then, we ate cookies and painted our nails – girl time with mom. Then  we all felt better. Love it when life is that simple.

Enjoy!

Chocolate Nutella Cookies

recipe from two peas & their pod

Yield: 3 dozen cookies  Cook Time: 10-11 minutes

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup dutch-process cocoa

1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla

1/2 teaspoon hazelnut extract

1/3 cup Nutella

1/3 cup milk

Directions:

1. Whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, and cocoa, set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the butter and sugars. Beat on medium speed until smooth and creamy, about two minutes. Add the vanilla and hazelnut extract and beat until extracts disappear. Add the Nutella and mix until batter is smooth.

2. Add the flour mixture in 2 batches, alternately with the milk in one batch, mixing well. Chill dough for at least 15 minutes before baking. You can make the dough a few days in advance, just wrap it in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.

3. When you are ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Take a tablespoon of cookie dough and roll it into a ball. Place on lined baking sheets and gently press down on the dough ball. Continue making dough balls until the cookie sheets are filled-leave two inches in between cookies.

4. Bake cookies for 10-11 minutes or until soft, but starting to set. Remove cookies from the oven and let cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely.

They’re delicious, make them now. Next, I have to try this avocado ice cream from two peas & their pod. THAT sounds ah-maz-ing.

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A Simple St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast

Looking for a fun and simple idea for a festive St. Patrick’s Day breakfast? This idea for fun St. Patrick’s Day food I shared last year (green milk + Lucky Charms), has taken off on Pinterest! I am so tickled that everyone likes my super simple idea that  I wanted to share another one with you. It will take you about  3 minutes to make and will put a big smile on your kiddos face.

You will need: A cup, a stir stick, and 6 pieces of Frootloop cereal

St. Patricks Day Breakfast

It’s as simple as it looks, really.

st pattys breakfast

Make your green milk (just add food coloring), assemble a stir stick with your Frootloops. DONE!

St Patricks Day printable

Add a little special touch and print this little guy out to place near the glass. Simply, right click + save to your computer. Then, open in a word doc and print.

I hope this makes you smile!

 **Looking for more Saint Patrick’s day food ideas? Check out these rainbow cupcakes and these rainbow pancakes, green pancakes … or this simple green milk + Lucky Charms idea!

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Valentine’s Day Cookie Pops

Looking for something cute and sweet to whip for your little Valentine or to serve at your Valentine’s Day party? We’ve shared several Valentine’s Day cupcakes (and even an adult only version)  but today we’re loving these super simple cookie pops!

cookie pops

 

Aren’t they cute?!

Recently, the nice folks at Wrigley Candy Co. sent me a huge box of sweet surprises. Think… all the good stuff — Skittles, Starburst, Lifesavers, + gum galore! Besides snacking like crazy (someone please come take this candy away from me) I’ve been playing with fun new recipes like this one.

What I used:

-Mini sugar cookies (these are store bought even, see — simple!)

-White frosting

-Red & Pink Skittles

-White lollipop sticks

*note – you may have to eat all other colors of Skittles in order to isolate the red & pink. It’s okay, just go ahead and eat them all.

What I did:

-Used frosting to attach to cookies together, placing the stick in the middle (like a sandwich)

-Put more frosting on one top of the cookie

-Placed the Skittles on the frosting for the decoration

DONE!

I placed my completed cookie pops in this perfectly sizes Blumebox and covered the pop insert with more Skittles.

What do you think, could cookie pops be the next cake pop? I’m a much bigger cookie fan, so I’d be okay with that ;).

I received candy from Wrigley to complete this post. However, all thoughts & opinions are my own.

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Holiday Drinks + GIVEAWAY

Earlier this week, I shared two unique holiday cocktails with you that were made with Sierra Mist. For a little refresher you can check out the recipes for Meet Me at the Mist-letoe and Frost Bite here.

Today, I have two NEW holiday drinks that I created  while playing bartender with Sierra Mist myself — one cocktail and one mocktail (the kids will love this one!).

First, we have the cocktail.

holiday drinks

This is my type of festive cocktail — it looks really pretty but isn’t full of sweet stuff. I like the crisp, all natural flavor the Sierra Mist brings to this drink.

Red | Holiday Drinks

Makes me want to start unwrapping my Christmas gifts right now. Isn’t it pretty?

Chris-Mist

Ingredients:

1 oz Cranberry Juice (I used sugar free)

1 oz Cranberry Vodka

Splash of  lime juice

Top with Sierra Mist

Directions: In shaker combine: Cranberry Juice, Cranberry Vodka and lime. Shake over ice  and strain into glass. Top with Sierra Mist.

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Drink number 2 is a mocktail and equally festive.

kids holiday drinks

Berry Christmas

Ingredients:

2 oz Cranberry Juice (or other favorite red juice)

Splash of lime juice

Sierra Mist

Directions: Fill glass with ice (or chill all ingredients and skip the ice). Add to glass: cranberry juice, splash of lime juice and then top with Sierra Mist. Garnish with something festive and fun (above: glass is rimmed with green sugar crystals and adorned with a candy cane twist).

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I hope that these festive holiday drinks have inspired you to create your own recipes! In fact, if you do create a cocktail or mocktail of your own, share it with Sierra Mist on their Facebook page (they’d love to see it!).

Maybe you need some supplies? How about a Mixology kit from Sierra Mist?

GIVEAWAY!

One lucky reader will win: A Sierra Mist Natural holiday gift pack (shaker, drink garnishes/sugars for rimming, party glasses & a $50 AMEX gift card!)

 

Congrats to Jennifer M!

Contest is closed. To Enter: Leave a comment telling me about your favorite cocktail/mocktail or the name of the one you’d like to create (mandatory entry).

For Extra Entries (not required, leave a separate comment for each you d0):

-Like Thoughtfully Simple on Facbeook

-Like Sierra Mist on Facebook (tell them @Thoughtfully Simple sent you!)

-Tweet about this giveaway by copying & pasting this:

I entered the Holiday Cocktail giveaway from @HostessTori for a chance to win a @SierraMist gift pack http://ow.ly/82eLw

Good luck, and Cheers! Contest ends 12/20/2011 at 11pm PST

This is a sponsored post. I was provided products and/or compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.

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Holiday Cocktails

I really am a sucker for a pretty cocktail, especially a festive or holiday cocktails. So when Sierra Mist asked me to test out two of their festive holiday cocktails all I could say was …. “get me my shaker!”

I was really eager to test out these two unique cocktails because although I like a little fizz in my drink — I am not a fan of sugary sodas. Sierra Mist seemed like a great alternative since it is made with real sugar, no artificial ingredients and is 100% natural flavoring.

So, I put my mixologist’s hat on and created these:

holiday cocktails

 Pretty, right? Say hello to Meet me at the Mist-letoe & Frost Bite.

recipe | holiday cocktails

Meet Me At The Mist-letoe…Martini

Ingredients

2 oz. Sierra Mist Natural

1 1⁄2 oz. Raspberry Vodka

3 Leaves fresh basil

1⁄2 oz. Fresh lime juice

1 oz. Blueberry juice

Directions

1. In a glass, muddle two basil leaves and lime juice, then add to shaker

filled with ice

2. Add raspberry vodka and blueberry juice to the shaker; shake well and

strain into a martini glass

3. Top with Sierra Mist Natural

4. Garnish with a basil leaf for decoration (optional)

 

 

Frost Bite

Ingredients

3 oz. Sierra Mist Natural

1 oz. Blue Curacao

1 oz. Coconut Vodka

Fresh mint

1 oz. Pineapple juice

Fresh blueberries (optional)

Directions

1. In a shaker filled with ice, mix coconut vodka and pineapple juice

2. Add blue curacao, fresh mint and blueberries (optional)

3. Shake all ingredients well and strain into a large glass filled with ice

4. Top with Sierra Mist Natural

5. Garnish with fresh blueberries for a holiday twist (optional)

So I thought it’s be fun to see which cocktail you’d most like to try. Are you a Meet Me at the Mist-letoe or a Frost Bite? Here’s my favorite…

 

Now tell me, which would be yours?

Don’t forget to check back for 2 more recipes (one cocktail and one mocktail!) plus a cool giveaway from Sierra Mist!

You can also “Like” Sierra Mist on Facebook and check out other recipe ideas.

This is a sponsored post. I was provided products and/or compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.

 

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Thoughts :: Need Thanksgiving Ideas? Me too.

thanksgiving ideas - table

If you haven’t seen this AMAZING Thanksgiving tablescape from Chris from Celebrations At Home — you must. Check out her feature over on Daily Grommet’s blog today (she’s got some great styling tips and Thanksgiving ideas).

It’s right around the corner — Thanksgiving. Actually, it’s in less than a week. What have I done to prepare you ask? Nothing. Nope, nada. The good thing about sticking to simple entertaining and hostessing ideas is that (when needed) you can pull it all together last minute (yep, literally).

I thought I’d keep it real and share with you all that I am lagging in my planning, but that I’m okay with that. I’ll turn to some of my favorite past ideas like these:

And I’ll throw in some new Thanksgiving ideas like the ones Chris shared here. How about you? Are all your T’s crossed and I’s dotted? How is your Thanksgiving planning coming together?

If you could use a little help pulling your thoughts and ideas together, join me and several other entertaining, design, food, and craft bloggers on Twitter Monday night the @DailyGrommet #HolidayHelp chat. More details here.

Hope to share (and learn) with you there!

 

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