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Chocolate Snowflake Cookies

3 Jan

We’re not sure where this recipe originated because its been in our mom’s cookbook for as long as we can remember. These chocolate snowflake cookies are our favorite Christmas cookies and we always look forward to making them the day before Christmas Eve with our mom.

Chocolate Snowflake Cookies {Yields 8 dozen}

Ingredients:

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate, melted
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup sifted powdered sugar

Directions:

1. Combine the first 3 ingredients in a large mixing bowl; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended. Add the eggs and vanilla,mixing well.

2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder,and salt. Add about one-fourth of the dry mixture at a time to the chocolate mixture, mixing after each addition. Cover and chill dough for at least 2 hours in the fridge.

3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls, and roll in powdered sugar.

4. Place cookies 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

Snowflake cookies

Although these are our favorite holiday cookie, you can make them all winter. They are the perfect treat to pair with your hot cocoa as you’re snuggled up trying to keep warm during the next few cold months.

xo, Kim and Kelly

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What We Wrapped for the Monogram Lover

29 Nov

We are sure that most of you can agree that you have at least one thing monogrammed of your own or have gifted someone with something that is sporting their initials. We feel like you can never have enough items monogrammed, especially when there are so many cute gifts out there to do so!

Gifting someone with an item that has their monogram is extra special because they know you took an extra step in ordering something in advance and adding that personal touch for them. So for the girls in your life that love everything personalized, check out the items below for some of our favorite monogrammed gift ideas!

Coasters via Haymarket Designs {Order by December 5th to have by Christmas!}

Sterling Silver post earrings via Three Hip Chicks

Decorative pillows via Luxury Monograms

Towel wraps via shop memento on Etsy

Necklace via Max&Chloe {We each have one and LOVE them!}

 

 

Clutch via Marley Lilly

Xo Kim and Kelly

What We Wrapped for the Sports Fanatic

23 Nov

We can all relate when it comes to getting gifts for the guys in our life; sometimes they are really hard to buy for! If he’s obsessed with a sports team but already has every tshirt, jersey, and koozie, here are some unique gifts that we know a sports fanatic would love. So whether it’s for your Dad, husband, friend, or any relative, we can guarentee they will be excited to have these gifts with his name on it under the tree.

Cufflinks made from the stadium seats of where their favorite team plays or played.

A book with all New York Times headline articles from any golf, NFL or MLB team of choice

Turn a picture of him into his favorite sports team bobblehead

Xo Kim and Kelly

What We Wrapped

19 Nov

We’ve been hearing a lot of people talking about how the Christmas season gets earlier and earlier each year. This year it seemed like Halloween wasn’t even over before the Christmas decorations started filling the shelves in Target, Michael’s, and the like. It used to be that Christmas decorations went up the day after Thanksgiving, but that’s not the case anymore. Poor little Thanksgiving was basically skipped over completely this year {proven by the fact that we were looking for decorations a couple of weeks ago in Target and they directed us to one little end cap of turkey tablecloths and napkins.} We listen to these people complain about Christmas and two things cross our minds:

1. WHY ARE YOU NOT EXCITED??  Christmas time is the greatest time of the year! We love everything about it. The snowflakes, the sparkles, the decorating of the tree, cute Christmas pjs, the cooler weather, the cookie making, the present buying, and most importantly, the present wrapping. Any extension of the most wonderful time of the year is definitely okay by us.

2. THANKS FOR FINALLY CATCHING UP! You see, in our family, Christmas lists are due in August. Yepp, you heard us right.. AUGUST! We used to think mom was pretty cray making us turn them in that early, but it’s actually really smart. We usually forget about what we put on our list by the time Dec 25th rolls around, so we’re genuilly surprised when we unwrap it Christmas morning. Plus, we get more for our money because mom knows the weekend of every friends and family sale {Tory, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Saks, Lord and Taylor…} so she ends up being able to buy more with her allotted budget for each of us. Another plus is that all of our Christmas shopping is usually done by the end of November, so we have plenty of time to bask in everything Christmas {see #1 above} without having to be rushing around trying to think of what to buy our loved ones. Needless to say, we’ve got Christmas on the brain for pretty much half the year.

We’re almost done with all of our Christmas shopping this year and have been getting lots of OMGs when we tell people that. This reaction is usually followed by a heavy sign and the words “I don’t know what I’m getting anybodyyyyy.” That’s where we come in. We don’t want to toot our own horns, but we’re pretty good at buying presents. We always put a lot of thought into our gift giving and figured it’s our duty to share our ideas with our loyal readers. We will be delivering to you a “What We Wrapped” post every few days starting Black Friday {it just seemed appropriate!} If you want some ideas for a certain “type” of person (ie. the wine lover, the sorority girl, the sports fanatic) then drop us a comment here or send us an idea to our email address aloveletterawayblog@gmail.com.

Disclaimer: the majority of these things aren’t things that we actually bought this year. Some we bought in the past and some we just think would make really great gifts. We couldn’t post the majority of our actual gifts, because everyone we really, really love reads our blog and we don’t want to spoil the surprise!

Xo Kim and Kelly