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Ready to Make Some Cookies This Holiday Season? Check Out These Unique Recipes

Posted by Lauren the Web Girl on December 08, 2014

Are you doing a cookie exchange this holiday season? Looking to send something delicious and homemade to friends or family? Skip the basic chocolate chip recipe and try one of these unique creations. Just don’t blame us when you immediately get requests for more goodies:

Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oreos? Tasty. Chocolate Chip cookies? Very tasty. Combine them together using this recipe and you’ve got a delectable treat.

Red Velvet Cookies with a Cream Cheese Swirl

Red velvet recipes are perfect for this time of year, and the cream cheese swirl makes this recipe tangy and delicious.

Two-Tone Cinnamon Cookies

These cookies look festive and fun, and taste equally amazing. They’re perfect if you’re looking to impress guests at a holiday party.

Stained Glass Ornament Cookies

Another great option when you really want to “wow” party guests or are looking to give cookies as a gift this year. They look complicated, but are surprisingly easy to make.

Raspberry Almond Linzer Cookies

This is a classic Christmas cookie recipe that’s sure to be a hit at your party.

Do you have a favorite holiday cookie recipe? Share it with us in the comments!

The Perfect Video To Get You Ready for Thanksgiving

November 24, 2014

You may be familiar with the Holderness family. They’re the impossibly put together clan that puts out parody songs such as “Baby Got Class” and “Xmas Jammies.” Now they’re back, just in time for Thanksgiving, with this song “All About That Baste.” It’s a parody of a popular song “All About That Bass” but we think this version is even better, especially as you prep for the holiday. Check it out below:

 

5 Fun, Unique Thanksgiving Traditions to Try This Year

November 17, 2014

Stuffing your face and watching the parade (and football) on Thanksgiving is part of the charm of the holiday, of course. What’s
not to love? But if you’re looking to add a little something special to your holiday this year, try implementing one of these creative new Thanksgiving traditions:

  • Make a game out of placing name tags at the table: If you do a seating chart for your Thanksgiving table, skip the imagesname tags this year in favor of something a little more fun. Instead of writing the person’s name, use three adjectives to describe the individual who will be taking that seat. Then have everyone try to guess who should be sitting there.
  • Put together a family cookbook: If you’ve got recipes that are absolute staples at Thanksgiving, why not compile them together into a cookbook that can be passed down from generation to generation? This can include secret stuffing recipes, delicious dessert concoctions, or special appetizers that everyone loves.
  • Get active before the big meal: You know you’ll be chowing down later on, so get active ahead of time. Many cities have Turkey Trots or other runs happening on Thanksgiving Day. Encourage the whole family to take part. Even if you walk most of it, you’ll feel good about getting some exercise in before polishing off that third piece of pie.
  • Give back to the community: Volunteering is another great way to bond with your family this Thanksgiving, plus you’ll be benefitting people in need in your community. Serve a meal at a homeless shelter, pay a visit to a nursing home, walk dogs that are living in an animal shelter, or find another charity that has significance to your family.
  • Do a little research about your family’s history: Use sites like Ancestry.com to find out more about your family’s history. You can also “interview” older relatives about what life was like when they were growing up, and then record these sessions so you can enjoy them for years to come. It’s always interesting to find out more about your family’s background, plus hearing these stories can serve as a history lesson for kids.

What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving traditions? Share them with us in the comments! 

This Dad Turns His Preemie Son Into a Superhero

November 11, 2014

We love this touching video of North Carolina dad (and professional movie prop maker) Eric Hart making an Iron Man suit for his son, Collier, who has spent his short life hooked up to tubes and wires in a hospital after being born premature. Dad wanted to help Collier feel brave, and also thought the costume was fitting for Halloween, so he spent hours assembling it himself.  The result is a perfect, tiny Iron Man outfit. We’re rooting for you, Collier! Check out the sweet video below.

Sigh. Watch Children Interact with Technology That Isn’t THAT Old.

November 04, 2014

We just love Ellen DeGeneres, and her newest video is worth a watch. She gets a bunch of kids together and introduces them to technology that isn’t that old (think answering machines, typewriters, etc.) and then has them interact with the items. Their reactions are, in short, priceless. From their confusion about where the FaceTime is on the bulky “old time” phone which was probably “used 100 years ago” (their words, not ours) to their frustration about answering machines, the video will leave you going, “Ahhhh, youth.” Or perhaps, “Get off my lawn.” Either way.

Check out the video below.