Honey-Chipotle Meatballs

Here is the thing about me.

Honey-Chipotle Meatballs from Kitchen Meets Girl #recipe #appetizer

I don’t diet.  At all.

I don’t work out, either.  I actually got on my elliptical machine last Friday for 15 minutes and about died.  Not pretty, you guys.  Doodle and the Tall Boy were cheering me on and all I really wanted to do was jam a cupcake in my mouth.

I’m not one of those people who make resolutions at the beginning of the year about completely changing my eating habits or vow to work out a prescribed number of times per week.  I can’t set myself up for failure like that.  However, regardless of the sweets and goodies I tend to post here, most of the time, I do try to eat at least semi-healthy.

Not that meatballs are the epitome of health food, but if you make ‘em with ground turkey, they are at least a step in the right direction.

I have a love-hate affair with ground turkey.  Early in my marriage, the Tall Boy and I attempted to make turkey burgers…and subsequently ended up ordering a pizza.  While we now use ground turkey in many things (tacos, chili, etc), I haven’t yet been brave enough to try eating it again in patty-type form.

Until now.

When I found this recipe for honey-chipotle meatballs, I was intrigued.  With a glaze using chipotle chilies and honey, certainly there was enough flavor in these to make these palatable for us!  And as a bonus, I didn’t have to feel so guilty about eating a few of these meatball appetizers when the ingredient list was fairly short and healthy.  :-)

 Honey-Chipotle Meatballs from Kitchen Meets Girl #recipe #appetizer

What’s your favorite healthy appetizer?

Honey-Chipotle Meatballs

makes about 16 meatballs

Honey-Chipotle Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey (or substitute ground beef, if you prefer)
  • 1/3 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 3-4 tablespoons honey, plus more for dipping
  • 2-4 tablespoons chopped chipotle chilies in adobo sauce (we used 4 since we like it spicy; if you're not sure, start on the low end and add more if needed)
  • 3 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375. In a medium bowl, mix together ground turkey, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper until just combined. Form into meatballs - I got about 16 meatballs when forming mine. In a separate bowl, stir together honey, chilies, and vinegar.
  2. In an ovenproof skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add meatballs and cook until browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer skillet to oven and bake about 5 minutes. Remove from oven, pour honey mixture over the top of the meatballs, and swirl to coat. Cook until liquid is reduced and meatballs are coated.
  3. I do not have an ovenproof skillet, so I transferred mine to an 8x8 pan before placing in the oven. I kept my skillet warm, and then transferred the meatballs back to the skillet for glazing after removing from the oven.
  4. Serve with additional honey for dipping, if desired.

just barely adapted from Martha Stewart

http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/honey-chipotle-meatballs-2/

XO, Ashley

Peach Bellini Party Punch

Holy smokes, how is it almost 2013?

You guys are all probably way cooler than I am and are either: (A) hosting a party; or (B) attending a party for New Year’s Eve.  The Tall Boy and me?  We’ll probably be chillin’ in the basement in front of the fireplace, watching football, and playing Battleship with Doodle.  Yeah, we’re really party animals here.

Also?  I might have a glass or two of this easy peach Bellini party punch.

Traditionally, Bellini’s are made with peach puree, and often contain quite a bit of sugar.  I don’t know about you, but after the sugar-induced food coma I ate myself into over the holidays, I needed to tone the sugar intake down a bit.

These Bellini’s are light, crisp, and cool–and a little more figure friendly as we head into the new year.

What are your plans?

Peach Bellini Party Punch

Peach Bellini Party Punch

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe peaches, halved, peeled and sliced
  • 2 Sweet 'n Low packets
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 bottle prosecco or other sparkling wine (I used a Moscato, since that is what I had on hand)
  • 2 tablespoons peach schnapps

Instructions

  1. In a blender, combine peaches, sweetener, and lemon juice. Puree until smooth. Pour into a small bowl and cover with plastic wrap, pressing against the surface of the puree to prevent browning. Refrigerate until cold, up to two days.
  2. Combine puree, sparkling wine, and schnapps in pitcher and stir to combine. Fill champagne glasses with ice and pour mixture over ice.

for a non-alcoholic version, add two or three teaspoons peach puree to an ice-filled glass, and top with peach sparkling soda (such as Fresca)

from Weight Watchers Healthy and Happy Celebrations

http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/peach-bellini-party-punch/

P.S. – You might like these recipes, too:

Peach Pie Smoothie from Kitchen Meets Girl

Peach Pie Smoothie

 

 

blueberry lemonade 2

 Frozen Blueberry Lemonade

 

 

mango smoothie

 

Coconut Mango Smoothie

 

 

XOXO, Ashley

Disclosure: This compensated post is part of a DailyBuzz Food Tastemaker program with Sweet’N Low. However, any thoughts and opinions I’ve shared here are my own.



Mint Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies {#BloggersForSandyHook}

Like many of you, I’ve been an emotional wreck this last week.  My heart aches for the town of Newtown, Connecticut.  It aches as a mother.  As a human being.

I grieve for those families who won’t have their babies at Christmas this year; who won’t see them learn to ride a bike, attend their proms, graduate high school, have babies of their own.

I mourn the loss of the brave adults who protected those children with their own lives.

And like the rest of the nation, I want answers when there are none.

Everyone has an opinion, whether it’s stricter gun control laws, a better mental health care system, an increased security system in schools, a restriction against violent video games…but the harsh reality is is that there is just evil in this world.

How do I explain that to my child when I don’t understand it myself?

Yes, there is evil, I will say, but there is also good.

 

There is no other explanation for the bravery the teachers and administrators showed by running directly into danger to protect someone else’s child.

For children helping one another in the face of indescribable violence and evil.

For the outpouring of compassion and support from the community and from the nation in sharing this heavy load, however we can.

I’m so proud to be a part of a group who immediately united in support of Newtown, Connecticut and Sandy Hook Elementary School.  Find out the details about #BloggerforSandyHook here.

It gives me hope.  Hope that good will always triumph over evil.

 While cookies and crafts don’t begin to wipe away the tears of a nation, it is our hope that such a tribute can offer some comfort.  Some support.  An acknowledgement to the community of Newtown that they are not alone.  We share their grief.  Our hearts are heavy.  And they are in our prayers.

I chose to make a cookie that was very “kid-friendly.”  Doodle had a great time sticking his thumb in the middle of all of the cookies.  Truth be told, he was a better thumbprinter than me.  :-)

Mint Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies {#BloggersForSandyHook}

Mint Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies {#BloggersForSandyHook}

makes about 3 dozen cookies

Ingredients

    For the Cookies:
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
  • For the Filling:
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 drops green or red food color
  • sprinkles
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 teaspoon shortening

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat and set aside.
  2. Beat granulated sugar, 1 cup butter and the vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed in a large bowl until fluffy. Beat in egg yolk until smooth. Beat in flour and cocoa.
  3. Shape dough by rounded teaspoonfuls into 1-inch balls. On your prepared cookie sheet, place balls 1 inch apart. With index finger or thumb, make indentation in center of each ball.
  4. Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until set. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  5. In small bowl, beat 1/4 cup butter and the powdered sugar on low speed until smooth. Beat in milk, peppermint extract and enough food color for desired color. Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon filling into each cookie.
  6. Place chocolate chips and shortening in small resealable food-storage plastic bag; seal bag. Microwave on High about 1 minute or until softened. Gently squeeze bag until chocolate is smooth; cut off tiny corner of bag. Squeeze bag to drizzle chocolate over cookies. Decorate with sprinkles, if desired. Let stand about 1 hour or until chocolate is set.

recipe from Betty Crocker

http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/mint-chocolate-thumbprint-cookies-bloggersforsandyhook/

If you’re inclined to help monetarily, click on the button in my left sidebar for the Newtown Youth and Family Services website. All donations made to them are going to go back to those affected by the school shooting. You can find their website here.  And please, be sure to check out the online businesses below – they have pledged a percentage of their profits to Sandy Hook.

Don’t be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. –Romans 12:21

 

Let’s do good.

XOXO, Ashley

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

I don’t know what’s come over me.  I don’t even like red velvet.

I do like cookies, though, and I’m hard pressed to turn one down, no matter the flavor.

Even better, these came together in a flash.  Yes, I used a cake mix for the base.  I happen to love cake mix cookies and I am unapologetic about it.  :-)

These cookies came out so soft and chewy; but I have to admit, they were a little plain for my liking.

So I added even more powdered sugar.

And about a cup of white chocolate chips to the batter. Because everything is better with more chocolate, yes?


Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 box red velvet cake mix
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or Silpat and set aside.
  2. Melt butter; set aside to cool. Place powdered sugar and cornstarch in shallow dish. Mix with a fork to blend.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine melted butter, eggs, and cake mix; mix by hand until a dough forms. Fold in white chocolate chips, if desired.
  4. Form dough into 1-inch balls and roll in powdered sugar.
  5. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until set. Cool 1 minute. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

recipe just barely adapted from here

http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/red-velvet-crinkle-cookies/

If cake mix cookies aren’t your thing, here are some other red velvet recipes you might like:

 

Red Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

 

Red Velvet Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

If you haven’t yet, make sure to enter my giveaway for a Catching Fireflies gift card.

And stop back by tomorrow for my #BloggersforSandyHook post.  If you want to participate, click here for details.

XO, Ashley

What’s In Your Kitchen Wednesday {and #BloggersforSandyHook}

Before I get to this week’s features, I wanted to take a minute to tell you about a way for bloggers and people all over the world to show their tribute and unite in support of Newtown, Connecticut and Sandy Hook Elementary School.

It’s times like these when we feel helpless; we want to DO something but we don’t know what.

On Friday, December 21, 2012, we are going to honor the victims, families, and community of Newtown by doing a post in their honor. Cookies an Crafts for Sandy Hook will be one way we can show support in the aftermath of this unimaginable event.

On Friday, December 21, write a post sharing a cookie or a craft and a tribute to Sandy Hook Elementary School. There is no specific requirement…just do or make something to show your support. Maybe something you would make for, or with, your children.

Please spread the word about this united effort wherever you can. You can use the hashtag #BloggersforSandyHook.

Don’t have a blog? That’s okay. You can still share something for Sandy Hook. Take a picture and post it on your Facebook wall, your Twitter feed. Share on Instagram or your Google+ or wherever you can to unite us in our tribute.

Something people always think about in times like this is how they can help monetarily. After some searching, we found the Newtown Youth and Family Services website. According to their website, Newtown Youth and Family Services, Inc. is a “licensed, non-profit, mental health clinic and youth services bureau dedicated to helping children and families achieve their highest potential. NYFS provides programs, services, activities, counseling, support groups and education throughout the Greater Newtown area.” All donations made to them are going to go back to those affected by the school shooting. You can find their website here.

Thanks to all of the great gals over on the Online BlogCon Facebook group for getting this organized.

On to this week’s features:

 

Browned Butter Caramel and Butterscotch Bars from Averie Cooks

Peppermint Mocha Pudding Cookies from Inside BruCrew Life

Ice Cream Brulee from Mrs. Ellwood’s Simple Life

Eggless Eggnog from Mandy’s Recipe Box

And this week’s most clicked link?

 Totally Addicting Snickerdoodles from Mom On Timeout

Are you ready to share what you’ve been up to this week?  After sharing, please take a moment to visit some other links–we all love comments!  :-)

If you were featured, make sure to grab a button from the left sidebar!

 

XO, Ashley



Holiday Round-Up {and Catching Fireflies Giveaway}

Once I can get through the workday today, I’ll officially be in vacation-mode until after the first of the year.

Wait, that’s not quite right.  We’re lucky enough to get to celebrate the holidays with many friends and family, and have events scheduled the 22nd, 23rd, 24th, and 25th.  So technically, I’ll be in vacation mode starting the 26th.  :-)

Since I’m still trying to find the time to finalize my menus for Christmas Eve brunch and Christmas morning breakfast, I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite ideas for holiday entertaining:

{Lightened Up} White Chocolate Pumpkin Nog
Maple Bacon Pecan Cinnamon Rolls
Pumpkin Waffles with Apple Cider Syrup
Orange Cranberry Bread {with Honey}
Scrambled Egg Spinach Casserole

Cherry Cordial Cookies
Melting Snowmen Cookies
Peppermint-Stuffed Double Chocolate Cookies
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vanilla Nougat Candy Bar Bites
Homemade Gumdrops
Vanilla Bean Salted Caramels

Eek! And I’m sooo excited to tell you about this super awesome giveaway I have today for Catching Fireflies. If you haven’t heard of them, Catching Fireflies has brick and mortar stores located in Michigan, with a pretty awesome virtual store you can find here.

I love the vision behind this company:

The name catching fireflies was inspired by one of our favorite artists, but it is also a lot more…
It’s that nostalgic feeling you get inside when you think back to those carefree days as a child.
It’s finding delight in the simple pleasures that you encounter everyday.
It reminds you to slow down and appreciate the blessings that surround you.
It inspires you to create joy in your life and in others.
At catching fireflies, we love bringing you bright smiles that’ll warm your heart and home.

There’s a long list of categories to peruse, but of course I went right to the kitchen section (surprise!). How cute are these add a “pinch,” “smidgen,” and “dash” measuring spoons??


And who wouldn’t want to serve a salad with these beaded heart salad servers?

I’m dying over this sprinkles cutting board!

And this personalized charm necklace!

Super cute stuff, right? Well guess what? The great people over at Catching Fireflies want to offer one of you a $43 gift card to their shop {why $43? Because odd gift certificate amounts are fun & quirky – just like they are!}!  To enter, just use the Rafflcopter form below.  Contest will run until midnight on Saturday, December 22nd.

You can also use the coupon code: KITCHEN for 20% off your purchase (expires one month from today).  Awesome!

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Thanks for stopping by, and have a great Tuesday!

XOXO, Ashley

Outside My Kitchen {with Panera Soup}

If you’re like me, you’re still reeling in shock, disbelief, and devastating grief over the tragedy in Newtown last week.  As a mom of a 5-year old, my heart has been especially heavy.  The idea of losing a child in such a way is completely incomprehensible to me; and those families and the community in Newtown remain in my thoughts and prayers.

I’m not posting a recipe today, mainly because I spent the weekend outside of my kitchen enjoying my loved ones.  So I thought I’d share my weekend with you, Instagram-style.  Are we following each other on Instagram yet?  ’Cause we totally should.

Doodle spent the night with my parents on Saturday, so the Tall Boy and I had a very rare kid-free day.  First, we hit my very favorite shopping center to finish Christmas shopping:

Then we hopped over to Panera, because it’s my very favorite place to lunch ever.  Especially during soup season, when I’m cold down to my bones.  I almost always get the low-fat chicken noodle, but I went wild this time and chose the broccoli cheddar.  The soup was full of chopped broccoli, shredded carrot and seasonings simmered in a velvety smooth cheese sauce. Fabulous.

I also ordered the Sierra Turkey sandwich as part of Panera’s “You Pick Two” menu…and as you can see on my plate in the picture below, I chose an apple as  my side selection.  I love that Panera offers healthy options.  I also love that they show the calorie count right on their menu, so I’m not trying to look up nutritional information on my phone while I’m trying to order.

Then we got cleaned up and went to the Tall Boy’s Christmas party:

And spent the night at a historic mansion turned bed and breakfast in our downtown area, near the river:

The Castle was originally built in 1888 and earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places as a building of architectural significance.  For us, it is a little more personal…this is where we spent our wedding night 8 years ago.  Unfortunately, the Castle is closing its doors as a bed and breakfast at the end of the year.  We were thrilled to have one last evening to spend there.

With Christmas just over a week away(!), I’m officially in panic mode.  You’re all with me, right?

Have a great Monday, everyone!

XOXO, Ashley

**This compensated post is part of a DailyBuzz Food Tastemaker program with Panera. However, any thoughts and opinions I’ve shared here are my own.

My Holiday Wish List

It’s hard typing this post while breathing into a paper bag.  Which I’m basically doing right now since it’s less than two weeks until Christmas and I still have a multitude of things to get done.  Yikes!

So instead of wrapping, shopping, or baking, I’m oogling stuff all over the internet that I’d love for Christmas (Tall Boy, are you reading this??).  If you’re a kitchen fanatic like me, or have someone like me on your shopping list this year, maybe you’ll find some items here that will help spark some ideas.

{If you’re already done and wrapped, please don’t tell me – I’m holding tight to the illusion everyone else is just as far behind as I am.}

Here we gooooooo:

Cuisinart 77-10 Chef’s Classic Stainless Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set: I do a lot of cooking, and my current cookware is totally adequate.  However, what I’m using now is not oven safe – and I’d like to find a set that can go straight from stove to oven.  This set is moderately priced for the home cook, with solid, riveted handles and aluminum in base for even heating; and is safe for dishwasher, freezer, broiler, and oven to 550 degrees F.

 

OXO Good Grips 15-Piece Everyday Kitchen Tool Set: Good utensils are a cook’s best friend in the kitchen.  Make sure you’re stocked with tongs, square turner, spoons, grater, swivel peeler, potato masher, whisk, spatula, and a meat tenderizer (even if you don’t use it on meat, it’s great for crushing hard candies, etc. for baking).

 

Seville Classics Bamboo 16-1/2-Inch by 13.4-Inch Cutting Board, 7-Multi-Color Mats: You don’t have to worry about cross-contamination with these!  This set comes with 7 mats for serving vegetables, meat, poultry, seafood, dairy and bread (color coded).  Plus, the flexible mats allow easy transfer of food and are dishwasher safe.  LOVE!

 

Zwilling J.A. Henckels Pro S Stainless-Steel 8-Piece Knife Set with Block: If you’re doing a lot of slicing and dicing in the kitchen, good cutlery is paramount – and will save you a lot of frustration.  I speak from experience, here.  Dull knives = a bad cooking experience.

KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Mixer, Onyx Black: While I think of myself more of a cook than baker, I use my KitchenAid stand mixer all.the.time.  Mashed potatoes, bread dough, frosting, cake, cookies, you name it.  I finally broke down a few years ago and traded my old stand mixer in for a KitchenAid, and after just one use, I realized what all the hubub was about.  It rocks.

 

 

Barefoot Contessa, How Easy Is That?: Fabulous Recipes & Easy Tips: Hands-down, one of my favorite cookbooks.  The Tall Boy got me this for Christmas last year and this has become my go-to book.  And yes, the recipes really are easy.

 

The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook: 2,000 Recipes from 20 Years of America’s Most Trusted Cooking Magazine: And, this year for Christmas, I’m soooooo hoping the Tall Boy gets me this cookbook.  It’s not just a cookbook–it’s a cooking reference with clear hand-drawn illustrations, including how to prepare the perfect omelet, carve a turkey, remove meat from lobsters, frost a layer cake, shape sandwich bread, and more.  Awesome, right?

 

 Herbes de Provence: hands-down, my very favorite herb to use in cooking.  Herbes de Provence typically contains savory, fennel, basil, thyme, and lavender leaves and it pretty much rocks your socks.  This isn’t something I started using until recently–but now I’m using it in just about everything: eggs, potatoes, soups and stews, chicken–you name it, I’m throwing it in.

 

French Almond Cakes from Donsuemor: I have to admit, as much as I love to bake and cook, sometimes I just don’t have enough time to prepare everything from scratch for every event I have to attend during the holiday season.  A horrible thing for a food blogger to admit, but it’s the truth.  Having some of these little cakes on hand for impromptu get-togethers or as a fancy party finger food is a real life saver.  Plus, these are super good–very light, with just a hint of almond.  Lovely!

What are your favorite things to use in the kitchen?  And what’s on your wish list this year?

If you missed it yesterday, make sure to pop over and enter my giveaway for a $50 Pick Your Plum Box.  Also, What’s In Your Kitchen Wednesday is still live, so make sure to link up what you’ve been cooking up this week!

 

XOXO, Ashley

*In the interest of full disclosure, I was not compensated for this post. However, Donsuemor did provide me with samples to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own. Some links may contain affiliate links.

White Chocolate Spice Cookies Mix {and Pick Your Plum Giveaway}

Before we get to today’s goody, I have something super awesome to offer one of you: the totally awesome gang over at Pick Your Plum are giving you all a chance to win a $50Plum Box full of swank crafting, fashion, baking, and home decor swag!

If you don’t know about Pick Your Plum, you have got to go check ‘em out.  They offer the coolest stuff at crazy good deals, and I pretty much want it all.  Stuff like this:

And this:

And this:

Be sure to Like Pick Your Plum on Facebook and sign up for their news letter. They post deals on their FB page before they send out the email, so it’s a good way to get the awesome deal before your neighbor!

Good Luck!!

**Please note that the above pictures are examples of items sold at Pick Your Plum and will not necessarily be the items you receive in your Plum Box.

Open to US residents only, sorry.

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Okie doke, on to today’s holiday goody–something you can throw together super quick if you need a last minute gift idea (which I often do).

I’ve never really been a gift in a jar type of person.  But then I found Shaina Olamanson’s Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats that Shine, and I kind of changed  my mind.  If you haven’t seen her book, it’s full of desserts you serve in jars (!) and it pretty much rocks.

Even though I’m a planner by nature, the holidays always tend to sneak up on me, and then I’m left scrambling for ideas at the last minute.  My husband’s family likes to exchange homemade gifts, and this year I needed something quick and easy to assemble.

Especially since the flu hit our house this week.  But even with that unexpected kink in my plans, I still had time to throw together some of these spice cookie mixes.

Only a few ingredients, some jars, and five minutes, and I had perfect little homemade gifts.  Even better, I have them ready two weeks before Christmas.  Score!

And, as a bonus, Shaina has free printable gift tags with instructions for topping your cookie mix jars on her Desserts in Jars site.  I love this book.*

White Chocolate Spice Cookies Mix

White Chocolate Spice Cookies Mix

makes 18 to 24 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean powder
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • To make cookies:
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons butter), softened
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Place in a 1-quart jar. Top with brown sugar.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together granulated sugar, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla bean powder. Add the sugar mixture to the jar and top with white chocolate chips. Seal, and attach a label with the following instructions:
  3. To make the cookies:
  4. Preheat the oven to 325. Mix butter and molasses in the bowl of a stand mixer until smooth. Beat in the egg. Add the contents of the jar and mix until incorporated. Roll into 1-inch balls, roll the balls in sugar, an placed them on a parchment or Silpat lined baking sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the tops are cracked and the edges have started to brown. Cool slightly on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack.
http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/white-chocolate-spice-cookies-mix/

I had a great time participating in Brenda’s 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats this year.  Thanks so much for hosting, Brenda!

I’m partying here!

XOXO, Ashley

*I was in no way compensated for this post. I just really like this book. :-)



What’s In Your Kitchen Wednesday

Holy cannoli, can you believe Christmas is just around the corner?  Quite honestly, I’m sort of having a freak out about just how quickly it has crept up this year, and about just how much stuff I have left to do.

Please tell me I’m not the only one.

I want to say thank you to everyone for taking time to stop over and party with me!  I wasn’t really sure whether I wanted to host a weekly link party, but I’m so glad I decided to take the plunge and do it…you guys are so fabulous and creative!  It’s so much fun to click around and see everything you all have been making.

I’m keeping today’s post short and sweet–I’ve got a sick kiddo on my hands, so I’m focusing my attention there today {and on the laundry…oh, the laundry}.

Let’s get to it!  Last week’s most clicked link:

Gingerbread Egg Nog Chess Squares from The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen

Merry Cherry Cupcakes from Back For Seconds

Hot Chocolate Mix from Chocolate, Chocolate and More

Gingerbread Doodles from Crumbs and Chaos

BBQ Meatball Sliders from The Tasty Fork

Are you ready to share what you’ve been up to this week?  After sharing, please take a moment to visit some other links–we all love comments!  :-)

If you were featured, make sure to grab a button from the left sidebar!

 

XO, Ashley