Monday, December 22, 2014

((recipe)) candy cane chocolate chip cookie sandwiches

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Is this thing on?

Seriously, y'all. I have no idea how a month went by without me blogging. I'm not going to apologize, because I do what I want I am! With a delicious "recipe!"

If there is one thing I'm not about during the holidays - it's the hustle and bustle. I mean, what good is taking time off from work if you're just going to stress and make more work for yourself? I'm not talking about joy-filled and life giving things like buying gifts and wrapping presents -- but making sure you bring a homemade fancy dish to every Christmas party you go to? No, thanks. I'd rather sit by the fire watching The Santa Clause for the fourth time this month while sipping hot cocoa with whipped cream and crushed candy cane pieces on top. Wouldn't you?

And speaking of crushed candy cane pieces ((they're just so festive and pretty!)), today's "recipe" is a semi-homemade delicious treat that everyone will love. The best part? They're so stinking easy to make. ((hint: one of the main ingredients is store-bought!))

Candy Cane Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches 
Makes/Serves: 7

Half a cup of butter
1.5 cups of sifted confectioner's sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 box of candy cane chocolate chip cookies ((365 -  whole foods store brand - they're free from artificial flavors and sweeteners and suuuuuper delicious))
2 candy canes, crushed

Step 1: Make a simple buttercream frosting by creaming together slightly softened butter and sifted powdered sugar. Mix on low speed for about a minute and then on medium speed for 3 minutes. Fluff that butter up! Add vanilla and beat for another minute or so. Optional: Fold in a tablespoon of crushed candy cane pieces. 
Step 2: Crush candy canes and place in bowl. You can either pulse them in a food processor or break up into a ziplock baggy and hit with a wooden spoon. 
Step 3: Place a good amount of frosting onto 7 of the cookies. Top with remaining cookies, push a bit to make the frosting reach the edges. 
Step 4: Roll around in or sprinkle with candy cane pieces.
Optional: Place in refrigerator for at least 20 minutes so that buttercream can set up and won't just ooze out when you take a bite.

Enjoy, y'all! I hope you have a happy holiday - whatever you're celebrating. 


Monday, November 24, 2014

Oh, Sweet (Potato) Joy! ((a Thanksgiving recipe))

Oh my goodness. It's Thanksiving week and I can smell the Greenberg smoked turkey already. My mouth is watering in anticipation of my favorite comfort foods all in one meal. Since moving to Colorado, we've attended "Friendsgivings," hosted Thanksgiving at our home a couple of times - once with family and another with friends that are like family, and have also traveled back to the Fatherland of Texas to sit back and enjoy other people's cooking. One thing I've learned? Everyone likes their sweet potatoes served differently. From sweet potato pies to sweet potato hash, sweet potato casserole, open faced sweet potatoes with marshmallows and everything in between --- I thought I would share my favorite way to eat these orange-hued legumes. If they aren't your thing (hello butter and sugar. let's get decadent), you can find other amazing Thanksgiving recipes here

Not in the cooking game this year? Rather take a hike or do a 5k Thanksgiving morning than spend it in the kitchen? No worries - just don't forget that you can pick up SO many delicious Thanksgiving side dishes - already made for you - at your local Whole Foods. You can swing in or order here

So, back to the recipe. I am not afraid of sugar or butter - but I DO want to use the least amount possible for maximum flavor ((Take a box of mac n cheese, for instance, it usually calls for like 4 tablespoons of butter. It tastes exactly the same with 1 or 2)). 

4-5 sweet potatoes 
1/4 to 1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp of cinnamon
2.5 tablespoons of butter
1/8 cup of milk ((you can use heavy cream for more decadence, I was fresh out ;) ))
1 tsp of vanilla
dash of salt
1 egg
marshmallows ((yes, even whole foods sells marshmallows!))

Step by step ((day by day)):
1. Bake or boil potatoes, then peel. I usually choose to bake them because I love the smell and I think the peel pulls away easier that way. Bake at 400 for 45 minutes to an hour. 
2. Place in kitchen aid mixer and beat for 30 seconds or so. This will break up the chunks and strings. It also cools down the potatoes a bit.
3. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, vanilla and salt.
4. Taste and add more ingredients, to taste, or as you feel is needed. 
5. Add milk and egg, beat until incorporated. ((I like to add the egg at this point because if the potatoes are too hot, in my head it will somehow make scrambled eggs)).
6. Place in baking dish and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. 
7. Take out of the oven, top with marshmallows ((it's Thanksgiving, calories don't count!)) and broil until marshmallows are golden brown. I may or may not have caught these on fire first time around.



This post is sponsored by Whole Foods. Opinions and recipes are my own. xo

Saturday, November 15, 2014

2014 Handmade Holidays Gift Guide ((GIVEAWAY!))

How fun was this past week? I've gotta say, highlighting other people's shops all week was so life giving and refreshing. This massive giveaway is just a bonus! Make sure to follow directions on the rafflecopter widget, as entries WILL be verified. ONE winner will win ALL of the following handmade goods and store credits - valued at almost $1000!!!!! The winner will be displayed on the widget next Saturday, so make sure to come back and check! 

AP Loves Design Gift Card Set
Framed Moose Print from Anchor Grey
Barberry & Lace Store Credit for $50
BlesserHeartArt Store Credit for $25
Bottle of Tears Bottle, Wall Hang and print set
Brave Sunday Necklace
Cora & Plum Custom Block Set
Free Babes (Any Two Bows)
Gypsy Threads $50 Store Credit
Hello Little Bungalow $20 Store Credit
Hen & Chicks $30 Store Credit
Letter Sparrow $25 Store Credit
JessicaNDesigns Coffee Mug
OohBabyInfinity Designs Scarf 
A Little Peace of Joy $10 Store Credit
Persimmon Prints $25 Store Credit 
One Pair of Leg warmers from Queen Quarters
Really Cute Stuff Personalized Notecard Set
LoveThreads $25 Store Credit
Starhitched Wagon $25 Store Credit
Starry Knight Design - Pebble Boots
Women's Mountain Moving Tee from Tribe of Five 



Friday, November 14, 2014

2014 Handmade Holidays Gift Guide ((For the Littles Category))

As I sit here sipping hot cocoa and listening to Christmas music (don't judge me.) while typing up this last gift guide post, I can't help but start making Knox's Christmas list (it's kind of amazing that he can't pick all the obnoxious toys yet). The shops represented today are SO great, just like the ones featured all week, but is there anything more fun than dressing up a little person? These gifts will be perfect for your kiddos, nephews, nieces, grandkids, and friend's kids. You'll definitely be the fave when gifting these gems! Don't forget to take advantage of those discount codes, y'all! They are all for a limited time, only.


Handmade soft soled leather shoes, moccasins, and boots for babies, toddlers and kids. Since 2008, making high quality affordable footwear for your little ones.
**These are the only moccs we put on Knox! They are super high quality, they stay on, are crazy affordable and she offers a waterproof sole add-on! - Kim**
Featured Item: Limied Edition Frozen Moccasins
Price Range: $24-$42
Discount Code: OHSWEETJOY for 15% off any order
Links: shop // Facebook // instagram

   Free Babes was inspired by the creative and uninhibited childhood spirit. We offer handmade hair accessories for babies, girls and mamas that are fun, colorful and embrace the joy and wonder of life. 
   Have you ever heard the quote, "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, because the world needs more people who have come alive." - Howard Thurman. This quote inspires me in my parenting, and free spirited kids inspire me in my designs!
Featured Item: The Eve Bow ((also shown: reversible bandana))
Price Range: $8-$30
Discount Code: OHSWEETJOY for 25% off
Links: shop  // instagram

((Queen Quarters)) I am new to the biz and my lil shop offers some shabby chic, whimsical and often quirky - baby, toddler and child items. We are a Jesus loving family trying to be debt free, saving for adoption.
Featured Item: bandana bib scarf
Price Range: $6-$50
Discount Code: OHSWEETJOY for free domestic shipping on orders over $30
Links: shop // Facebook // instagram

Made With Luck creates keepsake dolls for your special someone. Our dolls have extra long arms for extra big hugs. 
Featured Item: Bear Doll ((so many amazing dolls to choose from!))
Price Range: $20-$50
Discount Code: OHSWEETJOY for 10% off
Links: shop // Facebook // instagram

The Little Goose Shop specializes in personalized onesies and toddler tees. We aim to create pieces that can be worn while celebrating life's everyday moments, big and small.
Featured Item: Merry Christmas, Y'all Onesie
Price Range: $15-$40
Discount Code: OHSWEETJOY for 25% off your entire order!
Links: shop // Facebook // instagram

Craftee McGee's seeks to add a bit of beauty to the crazy season of motherhood! From beautiful Japanese double gauze swaddle blankets to simple headbands for your girl and earrings for you, we eek to provide a little bit of everything for you and your littles. 
Featured Item: Nani Iro Double Gauze Swaddling Blanket ((available in many patterns and colors!))
Price Range: $12-$90
Discount Code: OHSWEETJOY for 15% off!
Links: shop // twitter // instagram

Baby Beans & Me - Creating one of a kind designer pieces, using high quality organic knits. All professionally packaged and labeled, making the perfect gifts this season!
Featured Item: Organic Baby Leggings
Price Range: $11.99-$36
Discount Code: OHSWEETJOY for $5 off your order $30 or more.
Links: shop  // instagram

Cora & Plum - featuring shabby chic painted and crafted goods for your home, wedding, baby and bridal shower. 
Featured Item: Custom Baby Blocks
Price Range: $4.50-$95
Discount Code: OHSWEETJOY for 15% off
Links: shop // Facebook // instagram


Thank y'all so much for hanging out all week and don't forget - MAJOR GIVEAWAY TOMORROW! Leave these shops some love and find them on instagram or Facebook. xo


Thursday, November 13, 2014

2014 Handmade Holidays Gift Guide ((Wear Category))

Welcome back to the 4th Annual Gift Guide! We've covered accessories, jewelry, and paper goods so far. Oh, online shopping how I love you so. Discount codes, I love you even more. Small businesses? Even more so. Today's featured shops are items to wear and, well, we are focusing on the ladies! Come back tomorrow for our "For the Littles" category where you can fall in love with the most precious items for kiddos. 


Love Threads is an online women's clothing and accessories boutique, with a bohemian vibe. 
*I love everything I have from Love Threads! It's the perfect amount of "boho" in my book! - Kim
Featured Item: Desert Fringe Top
Price Range: $18-100
Discount Code: OHSWEETJOY for 15% off total purchase
Links:  shop // instagram // facebook

jessicaNdesigns is your home for hand stamped keepsakes, mementos, and gifts tha mark all those special times in your life. From exchanging vows to your first Christmas as a married couple, to your baby's first Christmas, jessicaNdesigns has got you covered.
*i'm going to brag for jessica for a minute, since I know she won't. Lauren Conrad has posted her items on Instagram several times! This girl has it going on. -kim
Featured Item: Coffee Pullover
Price Range: $17-65
Discount Code: OHSWEETJOY for 15% off!
Links:  shop // instagram // facebook

Gypsy Threads is a clothing and accessory shoppe filled with classic, boho, and vintage inspired styles. 
*Y'all know I love this boutique! The affordability gets me every time - Kim
Price Range: $18-75
Discount Code: OHSWEETJOY for 25% off your purchase!!!
Links:  shop // instagram // facebook

Oh, Sweet Joy! is a lifestyle brand for women that focuses on beautiful handmade garments and accessories. From small batch graphic tees and hand-sewn kimono overlays to our best-selling headbands and headwraps, Oh, Sweet Joy! certainly has something for all your best gals. Keep tabs for the upcoming holiday line - plaids, gold, and luxe fabrics will take our popular headwraps to the next level.
Price Range: $4-$68
Discount Code: OHSWEETJOY for free shipping!
Links:  shop // instagram // twitter

A Little Peace of Joy is all about the little joys in life! From boutique style clothing to handmade infinity scarves, these can make any woman happy! 
Price Range: $10-$50
Discount Code: OHSWEETJOY for 10% off any order 
Links:  shop  // instagram // Facebook

Tribe of FIVE offers fun pillow for the little guys in your life and unique t-shirts for the mamas who love them!
Featured Item: Mountain Moving Tee
Price Range: $15-$25
Discount Code: OHSWEETJOY for free shipping!
Links:  shop // instagram 


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

2014 Handmade Holidays Gift Guide ((jewelry category))

I was at a craft show with my mom this past weekend and we kept getting distracted at jewelry booths. There's just something about pretty necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings that just catch my eye every time! I love layering jewelry and the shops today have the perfect pieces for doing so. I just really don't think you can go wrong with a piece of jewelry! Enjoy and join us back here tomorrow for the "wear" category, where we feature some great boutiques and wearable items. 

Barberry + Lace offers handmade, minimalist layering jewelry perfect for everyday wear.
Price Range: $17-$80
Featured Item: Layering Necklace Set 
Discount code: OHSWEETJOY for $10 off orders of $50+
Links: shop // instagram // Facebook

We are a mother and daughter team with a passion for finding tired and worn treasures and giving them new life as meaningful, personalized, wearable statements of your heart. 
Price Range: $9-$58
Featured Item: JOY ring
Discount code: OHSWEETJOY for 15% off
Links: shop // instagram // Facebook

Dear Mushka is full of timeless, simple jewelry made for the every day. Put on one favorite piece or flawlessly layer multiple pieces together! You'll look amazing either way ;)
Price Range: $10-$40
Featured Item: double cuff bracelet
Discount code: OHSWEETJOY for 10% off
Links: shop // instagram // twitter

Rebekah Gough Jewelry is all handmade and delicately modern - perfect for everyday wear. Each month, a portion of the proceeds from the line serves to impact the efforts of Restore International, an organization fighting for freedom and human rights and working to improve educational opportunities in Uganda, Somalia, and India.
Price Range: $29-$125
Featured Item: hexagon crazy lace agate statement necklace ((available in two colors))
Discount code: OHSWEETJOY for 20% off
Links: shop // instagram // blog

Star Hitched Wagon is Artisan Goods for the Girl with Roots and Wings. Handmade, one of a kind jewelry using sterling silver, gemstones, glass, and vintage pieces. You will also find handmade small batch natural bath and body products. 
Price Range: $4-$200
Discount code: OHSWEETJOY for 25% off!!!!
Links: shop // facebook // twitter

Link of Hearts is about connecting, inspiring and raising awareness for depression For every purchase, we will give one piece of jewelry to someone battling depression or someone in need of inspiration. Handmade jewelry with a purpose.
Price Range: $19-$65
Featured Item: Bar of Goodness Necklace
Discount code: OHSWEETJOY for 15% off
Links: shop // instagram // facebook

Bold color and blinding sparkle is the name of the game at Brave Sunday. Inspired by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, each piece is truly a little gift of handmade goodness. 
Price Range: $14-$36
Discount code: OHSWEETJOY for 15% off
Links: shop // instagram // pinterest


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

2014 Handmade Holidays Gift Guide ((Paper Category))

Welcome back to the second day of our 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Gift Guide! Yesterday we showcased some stunning shops that carry great accessories. Today, we'll be featuring a few fantastic shops that involve all things paper! Stationery, greeting cards and graphic prints for your home - there's truly something for everyone here today. Come back tomorrow for some amazing jewelry - our most popular and competitive category!


Letter Sparrow offers hand lettered goods created to inspire. I love creating things for you to give as gifts, as well as for you to keep for yourself. Let me know if you would like a custom order! 
Price Range: $2-$95
Discount code: OHSWEETJOY for 20% off any purchase 
Links: shop // Facebook // instagram

At Persimmon Prints, we like to creatively capture God's divine words on clothing & decor. With every purchase, we help you fill your life with print, fix your heart on God, and fight for those in need. 
Price Range: $4-$32
Discount code: OHSWEETJOY for $5 off advent calendar
Links: shop // twitter // instagram

Handmade goods from us for you. Paper. Canvas. Leather. Wood
Featured Item: It is Well - 8x10 Print
Price Range: $10-$50
Discount code: OHSWEETJOY for 10% off all items
Links: shop // Facebook // instagram

I create handmade greeting cards, paper goods, and personalized stationery - made especially for you in Ohio. 
Price Range: $4-$21
Discount code: OHSWEETJOY for 20% off your purchase 
Links: shop // Facebook // instagram

Hello Little Bungalow offers painted home goods and decorative tidbits, from cards, magnets, and prints - to hand-painted barn wood signs.
Price Range: $2-$45
Links: shop // Facebook // instagram

All She Wrote Notes is a calligraphy studio in North Carolina where I create original handwritten prints, custom inspirational quotes, stationery, cards and more with a mission to spread love, encouragement and southern charm. I believe that all of life's little moments should be celebrated with confetti and there's no better gift than a handwritten note.
Featured Item: Oh Happy Day 8x10 Print
Price Range: $1-$40
Discount code: OHSWEETJOY for 15% off any purchase 
Links: shop // Facebook // instagram

Started by two friends with a love of cute things, Really Cute Stuff curates a small collection of cards, gifts, and personalized items. None of our products sell for more than $20, including our personalized notecards ... because cards are fun, personalized items are the best, and cuteness shouldn't break the bank!
Price Range: $3.50-$20
Discount code: OHSWEETJOY for 10% off any purchase 
Links: shop // twitter // instagram

The blesserheartart shop offers a collection of designs, illustrations, paintings, and paper goods created by Emily Jamison, for the purpose of bringing simple truth and beauty to life in homes, schools, and offices. 
Featured Item: Choose Joy Print
Price Range: $3.50-$30
Discount code: OHSWEETJOY for 20% off any purchase (excludes custom orders)
Links: shop // Facebook // instagram

Monday, November 10, 2014

2014 Handmade Holidays Gift Guide ((Accessories Category))

I can't believe it's here! I'm so excited to kick off the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Gift Guide - a week long gift guide celebrating all things small business. Today, we're starting the party with the Accessories Category. We all know how a few accessories can make or break an outfit. Today's featured shops are here to help you find the perfect ones. Come back tomorrow for the paper category!

Fountain Top Creations is a shop full of cozy crocheted and knitted hats for all ages, scarves, cowls, ear warmers and other fun items. Lots of things to keep you warm this fall & winter! 
Price Range: $4-$55
Discount Code: OHSWEETJOY15 for 15% off ((check out those boot cuffs!))
Links: shop // Facebook // instagram

La Mercerie believes in creativity for everyone. We offer a curated selection of DIY kits to push you beyond the typical craft project and into a world of true do-it-yourself.
Price Range: $26-$54
Discount Code: OHSWEETJOY for 10% off 
Links: shop // Pinterest // instagram

The perfect purse for every day, or for any special occasion. K8made clutches and handbags are handmade in Dallas, Texas.
Price Range: $25-$80
Discount Code: OHSWEETJOY for 10% off your entire purchase
Links: shop // twitter // instagram

Ooh Baby offers high quality, handmade, American made accessories. These include scarves, totes, bridal totes & Holiday home decor. We also specialize in Teacer Tote Bag designs that are on trend and long lasting.
Price Range: $10-$78
Discount Code: SWEETJOY for 10% off 
Links: shop // Facebook // pinterest

The Green Ampersand was created so that we could give back. We offer lovely & colorful handmade accessories for your home...with new items coming soon!
Featured Item: Microwaveable bowl warmer in Flea Market Fancy ((burning your hands on those hot bowls is no joke, y'all!))
Price Range: $10-$40
Discount Code: OHSWEETJOY for 20% off  
Linksshop // twitter // instagram

The Vintage Home Studio sells handmade items, mostly hand crochet trim towels & decorated flour sack towels - all fun, functional, washable, and meant to be used! Michelle makes them in small batches, so they are all "limited edition" items.
Price Range: $16-$60
Discount Code: OHSWEETJOY for free shipping!
Linksshop // Facebook // instagram

Hi, I'm Tracy - the woman behind KnitPurlStitch. All my goods are hand knit by me with love! I always take care to make each piece a quality item and constantly have a giant list of new and fun creations I want to work on - there just aren't enough hours in the day! I was inspired by my mom to start this shop of what I love to do, I'm so thankful she instilled creativity in me and joy in handmade items! 
Featured Item: Oatmeal Chunky Scarf
Price Range: $4-$130
Discount Code: OHSWEETJOY for 20% off 
Links: shop // Facebook // instagram

Bottle of Tears is a unique outlet through which friends can share comfort with one another by sending a vintage glass bottle with a beautiful Psalm included. I (Kim) received one after suffering a great loss earlier this summer and it was so beautiful and special and comforting. Holidays are hard for a lot of people. This would be an amazing way to give a special gift of comfort to friends and family who may be hurting or lonely this season.
"You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book." Psalm 56:8
Price Range: $5-$50
Discount Code: OHSWEETJOY for 15% off  
Links: shop // Facebook // instagram

Ivey Expressions is an etsy shop & also a Facebook shop where you can order custom pieces. I have one of her bags and can 100% vouch for the quality and great materials used. Joanna has a heart of gold - her profits go to pay for her adoption. This will certainly be a business that you will be blessed to support this holiday season. 
Featured Item: Lizzy Clutch in Plaid
Price Range: $27-$200
Discount Code: OHSWEETJOY  for free shipping ((also available through Facebook orders - just mention it when ordering))
Links: shop // Facebook // instagram