Favorite Finds 1.18.15

rGood morning and happy Sunday, y’all!  It’s a deary day here, but we’re planning to make the most of it and have a lot on the agenda.  One of which is running five miles.  I have my sights on a 10 mile race in early March so I’m slowly trying to increase my mileage.  So far, so good.  Although, my knee gets a little wonky when I do speed work.

This is my first Favorite Finds post of 2015 – woo hoo!  I’m in the midst of reorganizing my Pinterest boards so they’ll be a little more straightforward.  I apologize in advance if some boards are empty or pins aren’t in the correct category.  I hope to finish soon.

Favorite Pinterest Finds

Home CrossFit WOD: 600 Reps by Blonde Ponytail:  I’ve never done a CrossFit workout, but this one looks easy enough…  The exercises that is, not the 600 reps {ha!}.  It would be great if I could get my workout done while Evie naps and not have to wait until Ryan gets home from work.  I don’t have kettlebells at home, but dumbbells should work fine.

Oreo Peanut Butter Popcorn by Crazy for Crust:  When I started breastfeeding I got a hankering for cookies, particularly {chewy} M&M sugar cookies and Oreos.  At the time, Pumpkin Spice Oreos flooded the supermarket shelves, but when we went back for more they were out of season so we moved onto Cake Batter.  Don’t buy them, they’re addicting and you won’t wanna share with anyone.  This popcorn incorporates three of my favorite foods so I have no doubt I’d love it.

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Organic and Original Clothes and Shoes for Baby by Growing Up Wild:  Cute onesies and booties are stapes in Evie’s wardrobe – the easier to take off for a diaper change, the better.  These {organic} onesies and coordinating booties are both adorable and environmentally friendly.  Plus, I’m a sucker for bows and headbands.

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Quote:  With all of the changes that are going on in our lives, it’s easy to get caught-up in things that are out of our control.  This quote is a great reminder that we can’t control everything.

Spaghizza by Money Saving Mom:  I’ve seen a few pictures of spaghetti pie on Instagram lately, so I had to do some research.  It’s essentially a baked pasta dish {think lasagna, minus the ricotta} with all of the classic pizza ingredients.  What’s not to like?

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Frozen Olaf Valentines {Free Printable} by One Creative Mommy:  It’s no secret that kids {and some adults} these days are completely obsessed with the movie Frozen.  These Valentine’s Day cards are sure to be a hit.

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Top 27 Places In The US That Foreigners Are Craziest About Visiting by Rosey News:  Before looking at this, I thought I was pretty well-traveled.  I’ve been to all of the states on the east coast, down south, a few out on the west coast, and a couple in the middle of the country…  But after looking at this list, I’ve realized that I have a lot more traveling to do.  There are so many beautiful places that I have yet to see!

Top 27 Places Foreigners Go Crazy For

White Kitchen by little house BIG PLANS:  My mom designed the kitchen in my childhood home and it was simply gorgeous.  Floor to ceiling white cabinets, white/wood paneled appliances, white granite counters, white and blue wall paper and accents.  The kitchen in our current house has white cabinets, but black granite and dark gray floors, so it’s not very bright.  Oh, what I would give to have a custom-built kitchen.

White Kitchen

— Allison

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Favorite Finds: 10 Classic Christmas Cookies

I’ve done a terrible job this holiday season.  Our Christmas tree wasn’t up until Tuesday, the ornaments are still in boxes, our stockings were hung {with care} from the highchair, the two decorations on display were gifts we’ve received this past week, and I’ve done absolutely zero holiday baking.  Usually Christmas starts the day after Thanksgiving in our house.  Next year I’m going to go all out.

Aside from the decorating, the holidays are a great time to get together with family and friends.  To share and engage in traditions that have been passed on from one generation to the next.  I’m not the best baker, but that doesn’t stop me from baking Christmas cookies.  It’s the experience that I love.  There’s something so magical about being in the kitchen, surrounded by sugar, and singing along with Mariah Carey.  I’m so excited by the thought of having Evie {standing on a stool} next to me in years to come!

10 Classic Christmas Cookies

I vividly remember my momma baking two types of Christmas cookies: chocolate crinkles and gingersnaps.  She’d arrange them nicely on a tray to take with her to her cookie exchange parties and would come home with buckets full of assorted iced, powdered, crinkled, and sprinkled cookies.  Throughout the following weeks we’d take a few bites of each, as if we were sampling a box of chocolates.  The bright green Corn Flake wreaths and butterscotch haystacks were always my favorites.

Tip: When searching for chocolate crinkle cookie recipes I learned that some people use Devil’s Food cake mix.  I’ve never tried it, but it could be helpful if you’re in a crunch for time.

This weekend Ryan and I are devoting our time to all things Christmas.  Taking Evie to meet Santa, shopping, decorating {even if it’ll be up for only a week}, wrapping, and baking.  Below I’ve compiled a list of my 10 favorite classic Christmas cookies.  Each recipe can also be found on my Holiday Pinterest board.

1.  Cocoa Crinkle Cookies by HERSHEY’S Kitchens

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2.  Gingersnaps by Chef in Training

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3.  Christmas Cornflake Wreaths by Tastes Better from Scratch

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4.  Butterscotch Haystacks by Nutritious Eats

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5.  Holiday Cut-Out Sugar Cookies with Easy Icing by Sally’s Baking Addiction

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6.  Spiced Gingerbread Man Cookies by The Comfort of Cooking

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7.  Perfect Peanut Butter Blossoms by How Sweet It Is

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8.  Almond Spritz Cookies by A Girl’s Guilty Pleasures

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9.  The Best Snickerdoodles by Averie Cooks

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10.  Coconut Macaroons with Chocolate by Just a Taste

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Question:  What’s your favorite classic Christmas cookie?

Question:  Do you have any family traditions that you look forward to every year?

— Allison

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Favorite Finds: National Pancake Day

I was planning to share my race recap of the Reston 10 Miler today, but I just finished eating pancakes and heard that today is National Pancake Day.  It’s like I have ESPN or something {name that movie?}.

My love affair with pancakes is no secret, they’re my favorite breakfast food.  Crisp around the edges, light and fluffy in the middle, silver dollar sized or as big as your head, thick as a board or thin as a sheet of paper, they’re the perfect golden brown canvas for all sorts of toppings.  What’s not to love?  Someday I need to eat pancakes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  I can’t believe I haven’t done it yet.  Maybe it’ll happen today since we have another snow day…

The majority of the time I try to keep my pancake ingredient list short and light – granted, I typically eat a few stacks a week – but every now and then {hello weekend!} it’s fun to indulge.  Another reason why I love pancakes, they’re so versatile and can be allergy friendly.  Healthy, sinful, savory, sweet.

And if at the end you’re craving pancakes but don’t have time to make them yourself, there’s a rumor floating around the Twittersphere that IHOP is serving free short stacks of buttermilk pancakes until 10PM!

Favorite Pinterest Finds

27 Pancakes Worth Waking Up For via BuzzFeed

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24 Pancakes from Around the World via BuzzFeed

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Dark Chocolate, Raspberry, and Banana Whole Wheat Pancakes by Hot Chocolate Hits

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Almond Joy Pancakes {Gluten Free} by The Lemon Bowl

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Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes by Iowa Girl Eats

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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes by Minimalist Baker

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Blueberry Dutch Baby Pancake by Averie Cooks

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Whole Wheat Gingerbread Pancakes by Hungry Healthy Girl

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Coffee Pancakes via Eat, Live, Run {recipe from Pancakes: 72 Sweet and Savory Recipes for the Perfect Stack}

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Banana Nut Pancakes by Skinnytaste

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Not a recipe, but I love this The Perfect Pancake wall print by visualphilosophy.  It would be perfect in our kitchen/dining area!

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Check out an old Favorite Finds pancake post here.  I know, I know some of the links are busted… I need to do some spring cleaning.

Question:  What’s your favorite flavor combo – apple spice, banana nut, carrot cake, or lemon poppy seed?

Question:  If you had to eat the same meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, what would it be?

— Allison

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