Strawberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Christmas is over and Valentine’s day is quickly approaching. I still have one child in elementary school so she’s been pretty excited trying to think up creative Valentines to make for her classmates. Knowing Bella, she will hand make 28 Valentines. She just loves doing that stuff. While she is busy making things for her classmates, I will be making these delicious Strawberry White Chocolate Chip cookies! Move over sugar cookies, there is a new cookie for the cookie jar! Be sure to check the end of the post for a gluten free version of this recipe!

strawberry white chocolate chip

Strawberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the cake mix, oil and the eggs in a mixing bowl and mix until a soft dough forms.
  3. Add in the white chocolate chips and mix until well combined.
  4. Using a Cookie Scoopstrawberry white chocolate chip, scoop some dough onto parchment paper lined baking sheets, making sure they are 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  6. Once baked, allow the cookies to cool for about a minute or two on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

strawberry white chocolate chip

Don’t these strawberry white chocolate chip cookies look and sound amazing?!? I haven’t tried this yet, but if you would like to try making these cookies gluten free, I would buy a gluten free white cake mix and add a box of strawberry gelatin to it. I plan on trying that in the next couple weeks. If you try it before I do, please leave a comment below! I’d love to know how you liked it!

If you’re looking for more ideas on Valentines your kids can make and give their classmates, check out this creative Valentines roundup! My personal favorite is the Hershey Kiss Valentines rings. Super cute and easy to make!

Happy Valentines Day!

A Look Back at 2016!

One thing I look forward to each year is writing this post! I like to look back and reflect and share the good things that happened throughout the year. I guess you could call this my “Christmas Letter”. Each year (and this year is no different), I hope that others will either leave a comment with a few (or all…it’s up to you) of your own answers! I love reading them. Without further ado…let’s take a look back at how 2016 was!

1. What did you do in 2015 that you had never done before?

This one’s easy! I completely cut sugar out of my diet. I went from eating an insane amount of sugar a day to none. I probably ate a weeks worth of sugar each day. The good news is, I don’t miss it at all!! Not one bit!

 2. Did you keep your New Years resolutions and will you make more for the new year?

YES! Two goals I had for myself for 2016 was to get healthy and do something I enjoy each day (read more). Not only did I lose over 80 lbs this year, but I also read over 77 books!

 3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

No and I’m super sad about that. I don’t know that I held a baby at all this entire year.

 4. Did anyone close to you die?

No, but a whole bunch of celebrities did. It’s crazy how many passed this year.

 5. What would you like more of in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?

Exactly what I want more of every single year…more time with my husband. It makes me very sad that he has to travel so much for work. If I had a magic lamp with three wishes, I’d only make one wish and having Dan home more would be it.

 6. What countries did you visit?

Just the USA! Never left.

 7. What date will forever be etched in your memory and why?

January 23, 2016…this is the day both my husband and I decided to get our health under control and start the Keto diet.

 8. What was your biggest achievement this year?

Losing 80+ lbs. I never, in a million years, thought I had the will power to do the Keto diet and give up sugar, but I am so glad I did.

 9. What was your biggest failure?

Probably yelling to much. I get stressed and then I yell.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Nope! I was pretty darn healthy all year long!

11. What was the best thing you bought?

My iPhone 7 Plus. The camera is amazing!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Mine. I have a 10 year old daughter (going on 15) and a 12 year old son in middle school. They are alive and I am not an alcoholic. Need I say more?!?

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

I have a middle school aged child. I think everyone would agree that, at that age, from time to time, things get pretty hairy in the behavior department!

14. Where did most of your money go?

To the kids sports. Both kids play travel sports and between hotels, sports, fees and travel expenses, it’s pretty darn expensive.

15. What did you get really, really excited for?

One of Dan’s cousins got married this year in Pennsylvania in a barn. If I could do my wedding over again, it would be identical to theirs!

16. What song will always remind you of 2016?

That Justin Timberlake song…Can’t Stop that Feeling.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

  • Happier or Sadder? Happier
  • Thinner or fatter? Thinner
  • Richer or Poorer? Richer

18. What do you wish you had done more of?

I think I say this every single year, but family dinners. I love sitting at our kitchen table as a family and having dinner together. I wish we could do that more often.

19. What do you wish you had done less of?

I really wish I didn’t yell as much as I did.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

Christmas is a week long adventure in our family. On the 18th, we had Christmas dinner with my mom, brother and his family. On Christmas Eve, the kids, my husband and I stayed home, ate and played games while watching Ernest Saves Christmas. Christmas morning my mom came over, we opened presents from Santa and ate breakfast. After that, we went to my inlaws house for Christmas. The day after Christmas we celebrated some more with my inlaws! It was fun!

21. I copied this from MoscatoMom.com a few years ago..she had no 21 then…apparently there is still no question 21!

22. Did you fall in love in 2016?

Well considering I am still in love with the one I married, that would be a yes!

23. How many one-night stands?

um…none…what a weird question.

24. What was your favorite television show?

This is Us. If you haven’t watched it…start. You will love it.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate at this time last year?

Hate? No. Dislike strongly…yes.

26. What was the best book you read?

I am currently reading The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines. I absolutely love that couple and the book is great!

27. What did you want and get?

I never really want much…however, my husband surprised me with an awesome 27 inch monitor for my desk and I have to say, it’s pretty sweet!

28. What was your greatest musical discovery?

I don’t know that I really have an answer for this!

29. Hmmm…another question STILL missing. Maybe next year I will make up one!

30. What was your favorite film this year?

I really liked the new Independence Day movie! I thought it was good. Would have been better if Will Smith was in it…but Liam Hemsworth was nice to look at!

31. What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?

I turned 35. I really don’t remember doing much of anything on my birthday.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurable more satisfying?

This is easy. My year would have been better if my husband was home more. I’ve almost forgotten what it was like to have a second adult in the house on a daily basis.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016?

Yoga pants and a hoodie. Most comfortable clothes ever!

34. What kept you sane?

My Kindle and having Kindle Unlimited (if you don’t have that…get it!). I found my love for reading again in 2016.

35. Which celebrity or public figure did you fancy the most?

I really don’t have one.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

Pretty much everything having to do with the election irritated me this year.

37. Who did you miss?

My dad. It’s still very weird that he’s not hear anymore.

38. Who was the best new person you met?

I don’t know if I really met anyone new. How sad is that?

39. Tell us a valuable lesson you learned in 2016.

Live for you. Don’t try to please other people and it’s OK to take a step back to get back to what is best for you.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

Let it go, let it go

Turn away and slam the door

I don’t care

What they’re going to say

Let the storm rage on.

The cold never bother me anyway.

Happy New Years! Now it’s your turn. Leave me a comment with some of your answers to the questions above OR if you decide to fill this out on your site, let me know….I’d love to come check it out!

Sweet and Salty Cookies Recipe

Have you ever been sitting there eating pretzel sticks when all of a sudden you have this sudden urge to eat something sweet? Like if you don’t eat it right then and there, there will be problems? It can’t just be me! One of my favorite combinations is sweet and salty together. I was at Costco once and they were sampling a delicious chocolate with sea salt sprinkled on top. They were to die for! So good! If you’re like me, then you will love this recipe for sweet and salty cookies! It’s the perfect amount of sweet with the perfect amount of salty all wrapped up in a cookie!

sweet and salty cookies

Sweet and Salty Cookies Recipe

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the cake mix, oil and eggs in a mixing bowl and mix until a soft dough forms.
  3. Add in the Reese baking chips, M&M’s and the pretzels. Mix until well combined.
  4. Using a small cookie scoopsweet and salty cookies, scoop some dough onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet, 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  6. Once baked, pull the sheet out of the oven and let sit for 1-2 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to fully cool.

Makes 3 dozen sweet and salty cookies

Sweet and Salty cookies

Is your mouth watering yet? My gosh these sound amazing, don’t they? The nice thing about these cookies is that you can change them up for your individual taste. Take out the Reese baking chips and add dried cranberries instead. Maybe even swap out the regular M&M’s and use one of the white chocolate M&M’s (I forget the exact name for those, but I’ve seen them at Target before). The possibilities are endless!

What are your favorite kind of cookies?

 


Bottle Flipping Craze with Flippin’ Awesome

Are your kids flipping bottles and pretty much everything they get in their hands like mine are? My son is OBSESSED with bottle flipping. I will say, it does drive me completely nuts. Mainly because he does it at times that are not really a good time. For instance, we will be running late in the morning and my son will have a few minutes before he has to walk out the door for the bus. I will ask him to bring me his bottle of medicine. What does he do? He grabs it and starts flipping it and won’t hand it over until he has flipped it at least three times. That drives me crazy! If your kids are into this bottle flipping craze as much as mine are, then you will want to get the book, Flippin’ Awesome by Sarah Doughty!

I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

bottle flipping

About the Bottle Flipping Craze

If you haven’t heard of the bottle flipping craze that has and still is sweeping the nation, then you’ve been living under a rock! It started in 2016 with people posting videos of them flipping full or partially full bottles of water on the internet. As you can imagine, middle school kids and really any age kid, across the nation began attempting the to flip anything they got their hands on. And I do have to admit, while it is pretty annoying to here bottles hitting the ground repeatedly, over and over and over again, it is rather addicting. Especially when I want to show up my kids!

With the Flippin’ Awesomebottle flipping book, your children will master new tricks and flips to wow their friends! This book is filled with twelve target games for great head-to-head competition and fun! Your children (or you!) will learn new tricks and techniques that are sure to wow your friends! You get:

  • Winning techniques for landing each and every flip
  • 12 ready to play, fold out target games
  • Tear away score cards to track your stats and your wins

Doesn’t this sound like something your kids will like?

About the Author

Sarah Doughty is a writer and game enthusiast with some flippin’ cool tricks up her sleeve. She lives in the Boston area on a small farm with some pretty flippin’ awesome goats.

S’mores Cookies Recipe

One thing I love are S’mores. Since going gluten free, I haven’t had any S’mores because I haven’t found a gluten free graham cracker that I really like all that much. However, what I do have for you is an absolutely delicious S’mores cookies recipe that you can definitely make gluten free, if you’d like! This incredibly easy recipe is one that you will want to make and take to your holiday get together or just make them and keep them all for yourself. I won’t tell!

S'mores Cookies recipe

S’mores Cookies Recipe

Ingredients

  • Fudge Chocolate Cake Mix (or this gluten free cake mixs'mores cookies)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 C Oil
  • 1/2 C Chocolate Chips
  • 1 C Mini Marshmallows

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the cake mix, oil and eggs in a mixing bowl and mix until a soft dough forms.
  3. Add in the chocolate chips and mix until well combined.
  4. Using a small cookie scoops'mores cookies, scoop some dough on to a parchment paper lined baking sheet, 2 inches apart.
  5. In the center of each cookie, place a mini marshmallow.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  7. Let the cookies sit on the baking sheet for about 1-2 minutes. Then transfer the cookies to a wire rack and let cool fully.

s'mores cookies

Don’t these S’mores Cookies sound delicious?!? And they are so easy to make! I am all about easy recipes…the easier, the better!

Other cookie recipes I have that you may enjoy are:

Butterfinger Cookies

Pumpkin Coffee Cookies with Maple Icing

Oatmeal Apple Spice Cookies

Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter Cookies

Double Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies

Don’t they all sound so good?!? So what are you waiting for? Make these yummy S’mores Cookies or one of the other yummy recipes above and be prepared to wow your friends and family! They will be asking you for that recipe almost immediately!

What kind of cookie is your favorite?