Five on Friday | Favorite Christmas Cookies

My plan for this weekend is to knock out a good portion of my holiday baking.  My head is swirling with thoughts of mountains of sugar, endless dishes to wash, and trying to figure out where I'm going to put all these tasty treats!  Since Friday seems to have a never-ceasing theme of "5s" I thought I would share with you the 5 treats that have a permanent spot on my Christmas cookie list.

1. Forgotten Cookies - It seems like these have been a favorite of grandmas for a long time and mine was no exception.  I feel like I'm carrying on a family tradition every time I make them.

2. Fudge - I've tried a lot of fudge recipes but I've found none better than the recipe on the back of the marshmallow fluff jar (another recipe my nana turned me on to!)

3. Peanut Butter Reindeer - I just take the best peanut butter cookies out of the over and add some antlers, eyes and a nose before they cool like Stefanie did here.

4. Haystacks - Another traditional recipe that my nana used to make every year for her bridge group.  My mom has all the recipes cards back home in Florida but this recipe is as close as it gets to the original!

5. Cut-out cookies/sugar cookie swirl - My favorite sugar cookie recipe is found here.  I've tried quite a few and this recipe has by far the best taste and are the best for cut-outs!  Depending on how tired I am after all this baking, I will either do the traditional cut-outs and ice them (with the best cookie icing found here) or add some coloring to the dough and roll them up to make swirl cookies like Rachel did here.

What Christmas cookies do you find yourself making year after year?


Taste of Home | Gold Peak Coffee

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No matter what day of the week or time of the year, my days always begin the same way - with a warm cup of coffee.  Regardless of where I am or what is going on at that moment, that first sip of coffee makes me feel right at home.  But I won't just drink any ol' coffee.  It has to be good coffee and I'm pretty picky!  So when Gold Peak Coffee invited me to try their product, I was curious to see whether it would live up to my high standards.

Gold Peak Coffee (formerly Georgia Coffee) did not disappoint!  It was smooth and flavorful but not overly strong or with a funny aftertaste.  Gold Peak Coffee embodies warmth and was a comforting way to start my day.

I can't even remember when I first started drinking coffee.  It was probably sometime in high school.  Since then, so many memories have been made while sharing a cup of coffee.  Every time I even catch a whiff of the smell of coffee, all these memories come flooding back.

As you travel this season, you can now find Gold Peak Coffee in many new stores and restaurants across the country.  Knowing that I will be able to enjoy my yummy cup of coffee regardless of whether I am in my home, traveling to visit family or out celebrating with friends makes the holiday season seem just a little less overwhelming.  I'm looking forward to making more memories with my family while enjoying a warm cup of Gold Peak Coffee, or three!

So whether you prefer to start your day with a warm cup of coffee, like me, or you prefer to enjoy a cup over dessert with friends, or both, make sure you check to see if Gold Peak Coffee is available in your area before you do!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf Gold Peak Coffee. All opinions and commentary are my own.



I've posted here numerous times that I volunteer with a local rescues and foster puppies.  Whenever I post about the rescue or the dogs, I get a number of comments about how someone wishes they were in a position to help but just can't foster for whatever reason.

That is totally fine!  I completely understand!  But there are plenty of other ways you can help our rescue that don't take more than a few minutes of your time!

Right now is one of those times.  A local business is running a facebook contest to select their "spokes-dog" and one of our dogs is neck and neck with the current leader.


Please click the link below and go to the comments section of this facebook album.  About halfway down in the comments, you'll see a picture posted by Mereth Hoffman of a beautiful red and white hound named REMMIE.



That's it!  That's all you have to do!  You don't have to register for anything.  You don't have to like the page.  You don't have to the like the album.  Just click like on his picture!

I know that with your help we can get Remmie into the top spot!  He's such a sweet dog and it would be great exposure for our rescue group in the community!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking a minute to help something that is very near and dear to me.  The pups thank you too!