Pinterest Christmas: DIY Cookies in a Jar

I am finally here to share my first Pinterest Christmas project with you!

Pinterest Christmas

This year, I made (actually, I am in the process of making) cookies in a jar for the teachers at the kids’ school. I went with the Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie because I asked Greg and our friend Ryan what cookie they would prefer to receive as a gift and the answer was “oatmeal”. I figured the cranberry white chocolate makes it a little more festive since this is a Christmas gift. I found the recipe through Pinterest (obviously) from Thrify Jinxy.

Here are all of the ingredients and supplies needed:

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I got majority of my ingredients at Aldi (which is another blog post for another day) except for the brown sugar since they didn’t have any. The 32 ounce ball jars were purchased at Ace Hardware for $10 for a case of 12! Do not purchase these from your local craft store… they are way more expensive. Michael’s had them priced at $3 PER JAR!

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My original game plan was to do one ingredient at a time over several jars, but after I made the first complete jar, I just continued to go one jar at a time. Here are a few things I learned from the process —

I do not own an 1/8 teaspoon measuring spoon, so I eyeballed the measurement using my 1/4 teaspoon measuring spoon.

You will make a mess in the process and if you have little ones, they will want to help, which means they will want to eat all of your white chocolate chips.

Once you start adding in the ingredients, you may think they aren’t all going to fit in the jar, but it really ends up fitting perfectly every single time.

The layers of your jars though will not be perfect. I know, this was a hard one for me to swallow, but some of my jars looked better than others. Live with it!

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I really love how they turned out! I am planning to add a little ribbon with the instructions for baking tied on to them, but right now, I just like to admire my hard work. I definitely recommend these cookies in a jar if you are still thinking about giving some homemade gifts this year!

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Also, don’t forget to check out what Misha is crafting over at Emerald City Diaries!

Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday and happy last Friday of October! How is this month already over?

If you’re new around here, each Friday we share what we’re loving this week. I hope you will join in on the fun and link up with us below.

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Another one of my birthday gifts was a spiral vegetable slicer and I have been making zoodles (zucchini noodles) like crazy! For lunch this week, I made a Greek salad with zoodles and it was delicious! We also had zoodles with marinara and Italian sausage for dinner. I can’t wait to try different veggies and different recipes.

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I mentioned this earlier this week, but Greg and I had such a great time at the USA women’s soccer game on Sunday. Live soccer is so much fun! Also this week, the Orlando Pride (our newly announced women’s MLS team) signed it’s first players, including Alex Morgan! I am definitely becoming more of a soccer fan!

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The outcome of the first two games of the World Series wasn’t to our liking, but there is hope! Let’s go Mets!

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via BBTN on Twitter

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Friday I'm in Love Linky Party

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Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday!

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I have mentioned several times how much I adore my local chapter of the Moms RUN This Town running club. This group is such an encouraging group of women – moms and non-moms alike – and this week I was particularly thankful for my accountability partners as I have gotten out of bed at 4:30am to run before work, which is not easy to do. One exciting thing that has happened this week was that the national Moms RUN This Town introduced She RUNS This Town… two names, one amazing running club that encourages ALL women (moms and non-moms) to get out there and get running. I love it!

Moms RUN This Town | She Runs This Town

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Ya’ll… we tried a new recipe this week: cauliflower pizza crust and it is simply amazing. I prepped and made the pizza crust the night before so it was ready to go when we got home from work. I still have some perfecting to do as it was a little soggy in the middle, but the flavor was delicious and it’s definitely a promising meal. I am already excited to give it another try and really fine tune the pizza. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed!

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Isn’t this the most perfect tee? You can pre-order it through Brickyard Buffalo through this Sunday. I’ve already ordered mine!

Friday Tee PRE-ORDER

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Friday I'm in Love Linky Party

Now it’s time for our link-up!

Here are the instructions if you are a new to linky-party:
Click on the blue “Add Your Link” button at the bottom of this post – it has a blue frog head on it
Add a link to your Friday I’m in Love blog post in the URL field (please do not link to your home page but the specific post page).
For “name” write a short descriptive name for your post.
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If you’d rather just link over to your post in the comment section, feel free to do that!

Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday!

If you’re new to these parts, every Friday we {myself, MishaMary BethAmanda, and Laura} share what we’re loving each week. We’d love for you to join! Share anything, from the big things to the little things, whatever makes you happy! Let’s get to it!

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Some probably think I am a selfish mom because I sometimes rearrange our family calendar so I can go for a run; I make a point to go out with the girls; I am working to advance my career; and the list goes on and on; but, all of these things keep me sane and actually makes me a better mom (and wife). So selfish moms, read on: To All the Selfish Moms

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We hit up the Old Navy spring break sale last weekend to stock up on some things for the kids and I snagged a the Pixie chino for me. I had heard good things about the Pixie so I definitely wanted to try them. They are a little bit more form fitting than some of my other pants, but they are SO comfy!! I got the classic khaki, but I definitely want to get a couple other colors.

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Let’s talk food. I have tried a couple new recipes lately that I must share. The first is Crock Pot Turkey Chili. It was really good and as an added bonus, it’s from Skinny Taste so it’s also good for you! The second one is Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole. Greg has declared this to be in his top five favorite meals I make and it’s all about the rotisserie chicken. You have to try it! Lastly, I have been making overnight oats for breakfast this week and I’m definitely onto something. Hopefully I’ll have some good concoctions to share with you soon.

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While I was falling into the Instagram rabbit hole, I came across Stately Type and I am in love. I have a weird love of maps, geography, and the United States, so these tees are right up my alley.

Colorado T-shirt

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You didn’t think I was going to go through this whole blog post without mentioning March Madness did you? Well it’s finally here, the best four days of college basketball. Back to back games, bracket busters, everything. I love it. Kenley filled out her first bracket this year. I gave her the two mascots of each game and she picked one of them until her whole bracket was filled. Now it’s time for the Hoosiers to bring it!

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Your turn! What are you loving?

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I’m also linking up with [darci, april, christina + natasha] for Five on Friday!

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Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday! Don’t forget to pop over to see what these ladies are loving!
Misha // Mary Beth // Amanda // Laura

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Why doesn’t this Hooded Fleece Pea Coat come in my size? How adorable.

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At the request of Greg, he wanted me to share that we’ve really been loving the new elevated kitchen utensils he got for Christmas. I didn’t realize how annoying it was to have the utensil resting on the counter until we got these. Plus, I like the fun colors too.

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Related, I have been on my game and we had a pretty good lineup of dinners this week. I’m not sure if I have shared this before, but I made the one pot zucchini mushroom pasta for the second time and it was just as delicious (and easy) as I remember. You say “one pot” and you’re speaking my language.

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The week started out great when the Hoosiers broke into the Top 25 and ended even better as we beat #13 Maryland at home last night and moved right up to the number one spot in the Big Ten.
Hoo-Hoo-Hoo-Hoosiers!

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What are you loving this week?

Friday I’m in Love

Hi guys! Remember me? I had every intention to hit publish on a couple posts this week, but now it’s already Friday and I didn’t do that. The good news… it’s Friday and I’m here to share what I’m loving this week. Don’t forget to hop over to see what these lovely ladies are loving too: Misha // Mary Beth // Amanda.

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I got to attend my second Babies, Brunch, and Bubbly this week. Better yet, I got to host one! I had the day off on Tuesday in observance of Veterans Day, so I invited the mamas and their babies over to play. Again, I was without kids since they were in school, but it was still fun having the girls over. I made these Spinach Quiche Cups and they were SO good!

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A polaroid of Swift with shoulder-length blonde hair wearing red lipstick and a long-sleeved sweater with a picture of birds in the sky. Her face is cut off by the frame above the nose and "T. S." and "1989" are written on the white polaroid frame with black marker.

1989.
I know I’m a couple weeks late on this, but I’ve been listening to 1989 nonstop. My current faves are Blank Space and I Wish You Would. I’m sure it’ll be different next week.

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I am determined to stay ahead of my Christmas shopping this year, unlike last year (I blame having a newborn. That’s acceptable, right?). I printed this great shopping list so I can keep track of what I need to get, and more importantly, not miss out on any deals!

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While we’re talking about deals…if you plan to do any Christmas shopping online this year, you MUST sign up for Ebates. This is FREE money ya’ll! Here is another tip, if you use Google Chrome as your browser, download this extension so Ebates will automatically look for cash back options for you.

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

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Today is an early release day from work! Woohoo! The weekend starts at 3pm!

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Your turn! What are you loving this week?!

Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday!
Don’t forget to head over to Misha’s blog to see what she’s loving this week too!

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This week I spent most my (little) free time scrolling through Instagram checking out pictures from the ABC Kids Expo that was held in Las Vegas this week. If you want to see the latest and greatest baby and kid products, check out the hashtag #abckids14 on Instagram. I would absolutely love to go next year to see all these amazing products in person… it sounds exhausting and amazing at the same time.

2012 Abc Kids Expo

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I must share one of our new favorite recipes.
One Pan Mexican Quinoa
This is the second time I have made this dish and we love it! One pan = super easy and it’s also super delicious.

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While I really like all of the Essie Fall 2014 collection, I definitely want to try Essie Style Cartel. I love blue shades and this one looks so pretty!

style cartel - blues by essie

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This is the second week in a row that I am loving something music related. I certainly do not consider myself “in” with the music scene, so forgive me if I’m a little behind on the times. I really like Meghann Trainor’s All About That Bass. It’s catchy and the lyrics promote positive body image, win-win!

And how fun is this rendition with Jimmy Fallon?

‘You know I’m all about that bass, that bass’ will now be in your head all day. Enjoy!

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What are you loving this week?