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Holiday Style Inspiration

Time to get festive and merry!  Check back here often as I’ll be adding new items up through the first of January for all the holiday style inspo you need to get you through your holiday parties, events, and gatherings.  Jingle, jingle, jingle -let’s hear your sleigh bells ring!

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Outfit Ideas for Thanksgiving

“Do you know what you are gonna wear?”  -a reoccurring question between my sisters and I before most any get together.  Thanksgiving is no exception.  I will be surprised if this question does not come through via text message in the next couple of days.  In preparation, I’ve compiled a few Thanksgiving outfit ideas below, everything from dressy to casual to even a pair of pjs!  Let’s face it, sometimes we just want to be comfy, especially when a lot of food is on the agenda.  

We will be heading to a Thanksgiving at 2PM on Thursday and then another one at 5PM…not much of a break in there.  I’m not really one for pacing myself either…what can I say!?  I might just opt for my maternity leggings…that I’m currently in…and no, I am not pregnant.  We shall just see how I feel that morning :-).  There are numerous items below that are just good staple items to have during the colder months whether it is Thanksgiving or not.  With Black Friday and Cyber Monday just around the corner think about opting to get sales alerts on any of the items you might like below -they are bound to go on sale if they aren’t already!  Drop me a comment if you aren’t sure how to do that, it is super easy and I’m happy to help ya out!  Gotta put my quick little plug in here to let you know that the links below are affiliate links.  This just means that I can earn extra cash for my piggy bank if you make a purchase after clicking on a link -this does not cost you a penny :-). 

Option 1 

Thanksgiving Outfit

 

Scarf      Jeans      Hat      Sweater     Boots

 

Option 2:

Thanksgiving Outfit

Dress     Boots (similar)

 

Option 3:

Thanksgiving Outfit

 Earrings     Top     Pants

 

Option 4:

Thanksgiving Outfit Idea

Top     Skirt     Leggings (similar)     Boots (similar)

 

Option 5:

Thanksgiving Outfit

Dress      Tights     Hat     Necklace     Shoes

And some comfy clothes too!  Throw a cardigan over either of these t-shirts and you’ll be cozy all day -or just lounge in some pajamas…even better!

I hope you all have a joyful, filling, and relaxing Thanksgiving no matter what you decide to wear!

Salted Nutella Caramel Sugar Cookies

 

Fun fact that I learned this week -Nutella is apparently a hot commodity in the college dorms.  I brought these Salted Nutella Caramel Sugar Cookies into work and so I was informed by one of the students working in our office.  Nutella and a loaf of bread.  I asked, “so do you ever just eat it outta the jar with a spoon” and I really thought I was going to get a “yes” in return.  If one likes Nutella, I just assumed one likes to eat Nutella plain…directly from the jar.  Orrrr maybe that is just my household…anyone else out there do this?  Regardless of your answer, if you like Nutella and you like caramel you will probably be a pretty big fan of these cookies.  I think sea salt takes caramel to a whole other level -when I saw that Hershey’s had baking chips that were caramel AND sea salt I did a little happy dance in the store aisle.  Homeward bound I headed to throw these chips into some type of cookie that involved a Nutella ganache.  Hershey's Sea Salt Caramel Baking Chips for CookiesCookie Ingredients:

  • 1.5 sticks softened salted butter
  • 8 ounces neufchatel cheese
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1.5 teaspoons vanilla 
  • 3.5 cups flour
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • 1 bag Hershey’s Sea Salt Caramel Baking Chips
  • Non-stick cooking spray

Cookie Directions:

  1. Cream the butter until smooth using a standing mixer.
  2. Add the neufchatel cheese to the butter and mix into a smooth consistency. 
  3. Mix in sugar, egg, almond extract, and vanilla until smooth.
  4. Slowly add flour a little bit at a time into mixture and continue mixing. 
  5. Add salt and mix.
  6. Add baking chip and mix.
  7. At this point, the dough needs to be formed into a ball.  Dough will be very sticky, but with a little work along with some messy hands you can form it as shown below. 
  8. Once formed into a ball, wrap into plastic wrap, and place in the refrigerator.  
  9. Let dough refrigerate over night. 
  10. Once dough has been chilled, remove from the plastic wrapping and roll into small balls. 
  11. Pre-heat and bake in oven at 350 degrees for 8 minutes.  (Spray pan with non-stick cooking spray, I use Olive Oil). 
  12. Pull out of oven and use a spatula to flatten the cookies out just a little bit. 
  13. Place back in oven for another 2-4 minutes.
  14. Let cookies cool on a cooling rack.

Salted Caramel Cookie DoughSea Salt Caramel Sugar CookiesSea Salt Caramel Sugar CookiesNutella Ganache Ingredients

  • 1 heaping spoonful of Nutella
  • 1/2 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Nutella Ganache Directions:

  1. Pour chocolate chips into a microwavable bowl.
  2. Heat the chocolate chips in microwave for 30 seconds.
  3. Pour the heavy whipping cream over the chocolate chips and let stand for 5 minutes.
  4. Stir rapidly until all chips begin to melt into a smooth mixture. 
  5. Spoon Nutella into mixture and microwave for another 45 seconds but do so in 15 second increments, stirring in between each 15 seconds. 

Nutella GanacheNutella GanacheThen, if you can contain yourself from eating the Nutella Ganache by the spoonful, you can go ahead and spoon the ganache on top of the cookies.  Use the back of the spoon to create a smooth dollop -these babies are then ready to serve!

Salted Caramel Nutella Sugar CookiesOh yeah – sprinkle with some Sea Salt if you desire – YUM!

Salted Nutella Caramel CookiesTag #sprinkledsunshinesweets if you try these out!

Mulled Apple Cider for Two

What beats a fall scented candle spreading apple and cinnamon throughout your cozy home?  Warm Mulled Apple Cider sizzling in a crockpot just waiting to be ladled into a mug, that’s what!  Last weekend was one of our first cooooold weekends and I think they are here to stay.  My littles got hot chocolate with marshmallows and I indulged in this Mulled Apple Cider for Two.  I say indulged because I’m actually the only person who drank it…almost 4 cups to be exact and they were delicious.  Maybe next time I’ll double the batch and drink 8?  Or maybe I’ll have a partner in crime to think about sharing with.Mulled Apple Cider for TwoIngredients:

  • 4 cups apple cider (Curtis Orchard Apple Cider is my all-time favorite and what I used)
  • 2 cuties (peeled and pulled apart into pieces)
  • Sprinkle of nutmeg
  • 1 TSP lemon juice
  • 1/2 TSP cinnamon 
  • 1/4 TSP vanilla
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • Oliver Apple Pie Wine (optional)

Directions:

  • Dump all the ingredients except the wine into a small crockpot and give it a stir.  My small crockpot only has 2 settings so I just turned it to warm.  I personally don’t think the level of heat you use matters that much when it comes to this recipe.
  • Let the cider warm for at least 4 hours. 
  • If spiking with wine, pour wine into a coffee cup, a little less than a 1/4 of the way full (or more if you are feeling feisty). 
  • Ladle the cider into a coffee cup and make sure to include a few cutie slices and a cinnamon stick. 

Curl up with a blanket on the couch, watch a Hallmark movie, and sip on your cup of holiday cheer!  I’m curious if any of you have ever made your own cider before???  For some reason I’m pretty picky with mine and don’t usually like the jugs from the grocery store.  I’m thinking about trying to make my own for the times that I have a craving and don’t want to drive all the way out to Curtis Orchard -if anyone has any tips I’m all ears!

Mini Heath Parfaits

“When are you ever going to use those again?” -said my husband.  Every darn time that I want to make a cute dessert that requires little to no effort of course.  Does not matter what it is, I usually want to prove Ben wrong…no matter how crazy my rationale might be.  In this case, I think I’m pretty sane.  Godiva Chocolate Caramel Pudding Mix was staring at me in the grocery store the other day and the idea for these parfaits was born.  The word “caramel” was in the title so I thought “hey, that can be Thanksgiving related” but really, you can make these at any point in the year.   Mini Heath ParfaitsIngredients:

  • 1 package Godiva Chocolate Caramel Pudding Mix
  • 1 small package French Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • Ducan Hines Decadent Salted Caramel Brownie Mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • Heath English Toffee Bits

Directions:

  • Follow the chocolate caramel pudding mix directions and then spoon a layer in the bottom of your jar.  Put your jars in the fridge. 
  • Follow the brownie mix directions.  
  • While your brownies are baking in the oven, follow the vanilla pudding mix directions.  Put the bowl of vanilla pudding in the fridge to set. 
  • Once brownies are finished baking, allow them to cool completely.  Cut out a row or two and crumble the row up into little brownie pieces.  Sprinkle brownie pieces as second layer in jar.
  • Spoon French vanilla pudding into jar as third layer.
  • Sprinkle the top with heath bits. 

That is it!  

Mini Heath ParfaitsIf you don’t have small jars, a trifle bowl or even just a nice glass bowl will work for a large batch.  If you do a large batch you’ll need to increase the amount of pudding mix and milk that you use.  Using two small packets I was able to fill 7 of these small jars up. Mini Heath Parfaits As with any parfait, you really can make these your own as the options for what to use for layers are endless.  I felt like the chocolate caramel pudding almost gave these a coffee taste.  If you aren’t a huge fan of coffee then I would just use regular chocolate pudding.  If you are a coffee lover like me then you are golden.  If you try these out, snap a picture and tag #sprinkledsunshinesweets -I’d love to see what you create!

 

10 Treats to bring to Thanksgiving

 

10 Treats to bring to Thanksgiving

Hi Friends!  We are halfway through November which means Thanksgiving is next week -sayyyy whaaaaattt?  This crept up outta nowhere, but boy do I have some goodies for you today.  We all know I’ve got a sweet tooth, this is no secret.  Naturally when I think about Thanksgiving my mind goes from dessert to stuffing…dessert to stuffing…dessert to stuffing…and throw some rolls in there too.  Never ever will you read a post from me about how to prep a turkey or the best way to cook a ham but you betcha I’ll talk your ear off about sweets.  Today I’ve got 10 of them for ya!  Make one to bring to your family, order a friend to bring one to your Friendsgiving, or make one for yourself to enjoy solo in your sweats.  Whatever your plans, I’ve got you covered with the help from a few other talented ladies; Lorie, Carissa, Susie, Jodie, and Emily -oh, and I can’t forget Betty!  We’ve got a range of desserts to pick from that branch out from your traditional pumpkin or apple pie -both of which I still very much welcome.  What are you going to go with?!


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Salted Nutella Caramel Sugar Cookies (Credit: Ashley – Sprinkled Sunshine )

Salted Nutella Caramel Sugar Cookies

See that Nutella Ganache??  I challenge you to try and make these without licking the Nutella Ganache spoon.  Okay, no -don’t do that, you’ll be missing out!  Grab the recipe here.

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Snickerdoodle Cheesecake Stuffed Crescent Wreath (Credit: Lorie – Lemons + Zest)

Snickerdoodle Cheesecake Stuffed Crescent Wreath

 

Brunch is probably my favorite “meal” of the day…if it can’t classified as brunch then we will go with breakfast as my favorite.  What I love about this recipe is that while it can easily be made as a dessert for your Thanksgiving spread, you could also make it for brunch or breakfast.  The fact that you can make it in under 30 minutes is even better!  You can get Lorie’s recipe here

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Mini Heath Parfaits (Credit: Ashley – Sprinkled Sunshine)

Mini Heath Parfaits

An easy individually packaged dessert -that you can also make on a large scale too.  This one is all box mixes and fool proof!  You can get the recipe here.

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Pumpkin Cookies with Cranberry Frosting (Credit:Carissa – Spoonful of Easy)

Pumpkin Cookies with Cranberry Frosting

Pumpkin and cranberry, can you scream fall any louder?!  I like that this recipe immediately makes you think of fall, yet the combination of flavors make it unique to the cookie crowd.  Carissa spent 2 years finding the perfect mix here and her final result is stunning, yet easy -hence, the title of her blog.  You can get Carissa’s recipe here.

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Grandma Bartz’s Glazed Apple Slice Bars (Credit: Ashley – Sprinkled Sunshine)

Grandma Bartz's Glazed Apple Bars

Maybe you don’t want to go through the hassle of making an apple pie from scratch, but still want that true homemade taste.  Try these out for measure and you’ll be surprised at how much easier it is to make a homemade crust in a rectangular pan versus a pie dish.  I brought these to work and had 3 people ask me for Grandma’s recipe -grab it here.

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Easy Apple Pie Bars (Credit: Susie – Mom’s Dinner)

Easy Apple Pie Bars

But maybe, just maybe, you want to make your apple pie treat even easier.  Prep time for these beauties is just 10 minutes and you can eat them with ice cream, just like you would a regular apple pie.  You can get Susie’s recipe here

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Mulled Apple Cider for Two (Credit: Ashley – Sprinkled Sunshine)

Mulled Apple Cider for Two

This one gets bonus points because it also will fill your home with the most lovely fall smell to get you feelin’ in the holiday spirit. You can get the recipe here.

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The Best Caramel Corn (Credit: Jodie – Mama in the Midst)

The Best Caramel Corn

For people like me, the first Thanksgiving meal is typically not until at least 1PM in the afternoon.  What in the heck do I do before then?  Do I eat breakfast or should I just wait because I know I’m going to stuff myself 3 times over?  Yep…I said earlier my favorite meal is breakfast -so nope, probably not gonna skip that.  However, after that…enter my new solution -munch on these yummies!  This recipe is perfect for tiding you over until meal time.  Then when your stuffed and feel like you have no room for dessert -grab a small handful for your treat!  You can get Jodie’s recipe here.

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Brown Sugar Pecan Cheesecake Pie (Recipe Credit: Betty Crocker Kitchens)

Brown Sugar Pecan Cheesecake Pie (Recipe from Betty Crocker Kitchens)

Okay, I’m not usually big on pecan pie, but I’ve got a mom and mother-in-law who are typically big fans.  I saw this recipe via one of those quick videos and it stopped my scroll.  It is not your typical pecan pie because you’ve got the cheesecake component…also, you get to use Betty Crocker Cookie Mix for your base -easy peasy lemon squeezy.  When I was making the Brown Sugar Sauce for this I knew it was going to be a winner, I could just eat a bowl of that sauce for dessert and be a happy gal.  I sent some of this to my mom and my mother-in-law and was told to bring it for Thanksgiving so we know it is a winner.  The true test, however, is that my husband loved it.  He’s usually a “if it’s not chocolate, I don’t want it” kinda guy -but  he had 2 pieces :-). Get the recipe here.

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Puff Pastry Apple Roses (Credit: Emily – Handmade Farmhouse)

Puff Pastry Apple Roses

Maybe you want to go for a wow factor and you want to show up with something beautiful for dessert -look at this photo and need I say more?  I’ve gotta be honest, I tried to make something similar to these last year for Thanksgiving and mine did not turn out near as pretty, but I brought a few of them along anyway.  Emily has got me wanting to try again though!  She used puff pastry and jam for her apple roses, but if you search “puff pastry apple roses” on Pinterest you are bound to find a variety of ways to try these little lovelies out.  You can check out Emily’s post here.

There you have it friends, 10 treats for you to consider for your upcoming Thanksgiving…and honestly anytime!  If you go with any of these, we’d love for you to tag us on Instagram with your creations.  I’m thankful to have readers like you and wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving -fill those tummies and get some relaxation in this coming week!

 

March Madness

Hi all!

If you are reading this, then you probably saw a post from me somewhere inviting you to fill out a bracket for March Madness.  There was a time when I watched college basketball regularily, but that has dwindled down over the years.  That does not mean I don’t still enjoy it  when I have the time, ESPECIALLY during March Madness!

So, if you are interested in joining a pool, I created a pool titled Sprinkled Sunshine for fun through CBS Sports and anyone is welcome to request to join as well as participate in the small contest that I’m running alongside it, provided you meet the following:

  • You live in the United States
  • You are over the age of 18
  • You submit your bracket selections on http://www.cbssports.com for the Sprinkled Sunshine pool by 10 AM CST on March 15, 2018

Provided you meet the above requirements, at NO PURCHASE necessary to you, you will be entered into my small contest that I’m running simultaneously with the tournament.  The winner of the Sprinkled Sunshine pool will receive a boutique style game day shirt.

You will be contacted within 15 days of the completion of the tournament to confirm desired size and mailing address. You will receive the shirt within a month from confirming information with me.

How do you get in the pool?  There are 2 options:

  1. Like the March Madness instagram post on the Sprinkled Sunshine instagram account and direct message me your email address.  Comment “done” on the post once you have done so.  If you are comfortable leaving your email address with your comment rather than direct messaging that is fine too.  OR
  2. Contact me through this blog page (there is a contact option at the top of the home page) with your email address and comment “done” on this blog post.

Once you have completed one of the above options, you will receive an email invitation from me to join the pool and submit your bracket.  Note: One of the above options must be completed by 8AM CST on the 15th to allow time for me to email you an invite.

Please also note that my mini contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered, or associated with Instagram and by entering you agree to release Instagram.

That’s it folks!  Let me know if you have any questions and let the madness begin!

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Somebunny Loves You

Yep, I do have 2 affiliate links in this post to show you where you can purchase items which means if you decide to click on them I will get a small commission at no charge to you.  Glad we got that outta the way :-).

Silicon baking molds have quickly become a favorite in our house.  In February it was a mini heart conversation mold (see more about that here) and now that it is March we’re naturally using a mini bunny mold. I’m not sure what it will be for April, but I’m sure I’ll think of something!  My mother-in-law gave me my first set of larger hearts and stars a couple of years ago and we’ve been hooked since.  We make almost all of our muffins in them.  They come clean so much easier than a regular pan which maybe is something only a sloppy baker like me has issues with?  Anyway, we love them…I mean look how cute they turn out!  Cute coffee mugs are a favorite here too!

Easter Bunny Blueberry Muffins

So, when we made these we were out of eggs…again.  We go through eggs in record time, I’m the main culprit.  That being said, I wasn’t specifically looking for a vegan recipe but that is what I started with.  Check out the Wacky Blueberry Muffins (Naturally Vegan) recipe from Go Dairy Free and if you wanna be like us, add a little bit of honey (but not if you are Vegan!) and vanilla to the mix.

Bunny Baking Mold My helpers :-). They get so excited to help me in the kitchen and I’m holdin’ onto that as long as I can!  Little boys sure have a special place in their momma’s heart.

Looked away for a second and one of my little helpers got a little ambitious on his own. He looked at me and said “Sa, Sa” = sorry :).

He’s also the one that kept sneaking the “bad muffins.”  Note how earlier I said I was a sloppy baker -I totally overflowed these molds but it was easily fixable in the end, just shaved the extra muffin tops off with a knife and you can’t even tell.

Sneaking treats
Bunny Blueberry Muffins

Have a good week everyone and get ya something sweet!

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