Friday, December 21, 2012

Eggnog Bars




Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas!

It’s that time of year when Christmas parties abound, and you are all invited to ours! 

So sit back, relax, and peruse.  We’ve got a bit of everything to share with you today, just click the links below the pictures to meet all of our wonderful participants and their contributions.

















10.  & 11. Pamela from Pamela’s Heavenly Treats:  Candy Cane Peppermint Cupcakes & Red Velvet Cupcakes




eggnog bars

I love Eggnog. Like love it, love it. I would marry it if I could. When I came across this recipe for Eggnog Bars over a year ago, I knew they would be an instant classic in our house. It is a creamy (from scratch) eggnog custard on top with almost a sugar cookie base. Sooooooo good!

Here’s what you need to make them:
eggnog bars ingredients

1 stick of butter at room temp
3/4 C sugar, divided
1 C flour
5 egg yolks
1 1/4 C Heavy Cream
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp ground nutmeg

First start by preheating the oven to 350.
Then, you need to make the crust. Start by mixing the butter and 1/2 C of the sugar until light and fluffy.
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Once it’s light and fluffy, add the flour and mix until combined. It should be crumbly when it’s done.
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Press that mixture into a greased and foil lined 8x8 pan and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. (The foil will make it easier for you to pull the bars out later.
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Once that’s done baking, allow it to cool for a while.

While it’s cooling, reset the oven to 300. Then, move on to the custard. Beat the egg yolks with the sugar until they are glossy. Then, slowly add the cream, vanilla, sugar and nutmeg.
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Once that’s all mixed really well, slowly pour it on top of the crust.
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Now bake it at 350 for 40 to 50 minutes, or until the custard on top is completely set. Then, let it cool completely on the counter. Use the foil to help you remove it when it’s ready.
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Then cut these into tiny squares. The whole pan should yield about 36 mini-bars. Trust me – these are so delicious, you’ll want them to be eaten bite by bite.
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Eggnog Bars
adapted from Betty Crocker
1 stick of butter at room temp
3/4 C sugar, divided
1 C flour
5 egg yolks
1 1/4 C Heavy Cream
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp ground nutmeg
Preheat oven to 350. Combine 1/2 C of sugar with butter and mix well. Add the flour and continue mixing until all ingredients are combined and resemble crumbs. Press the crumbs into a greased and foil lined 8x8 square pan. The foil will help you remove the bars later. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.  Remove from the oven and  let cool.
Reset oven to 300. While crust is cooling, make the custard. Mix 5 egg yolks with 1/4 C of sugar until it’s glossy. Slowly add the cream, vanilla and ground nutmeg. Once combined really well, pour the mixture evenly over the crust. Bake at 300 for 40 to 50 minutes or until the custard is completely set. Allow to cool completely at room temperature before cutting bars. Cut into 36 bars. Keep the bars refrigerated and covered.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Weekend Wonders #20


Hello everyone and welcome to the very last Weekend Wonders Link up of 2012! We will be taking the rest of the year off to spend time with our families and enjoy the upcoming holidays. We'll be back with the regular party on January 3rd.

So to hop right to it, here's your Weekend Wonders #19 features...


The most viewed link of the week was this cute little Hot Cocoa Station from Like A Saturday.

This week we thought we'd divide features into categories. There's Christmas, Crafts and DIY, and Recipes.

Christmas Features





Crafts and DIY Features




Foodie Features






Grab a button below if you were featured above!



And now on to the party! 

Weekend Wonders Guidelines...

Follow your hosts, Love and Laundry and The Thriftiness Miss via GFC, bloglovin, or Linky Followers. If you are a new follower, leave a comment and let us know how you follow and we will make sure and return the favor.

Link to a specific post, not your homepage.

Show us your crafts, recipes, shopping hauls, photos, stories, really whatever you're proud of!

Please do not link up Etsy shops, parties, and/or giveaways.

Visit some other links and let them know how wonderful they are! We all love some positive feedback.


Grab a party button for your sidebar and posts to help spread the word!


Have fun! I can't wait to see what you have for us this week!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Weekend Wonders #19


I love seeing all of the fun Christmas crafts that are popping in! I've been in full Christmas crafting mode, too. Phew! So much left to do before the big day gets here!

This week's most viewed link was:


I love, love, love this Red and White Santa Tablescape that Kathe with an E shared. Soooo pretty!




And a few of my favs:



I am so making these Cool Whip Cookies from Yummy - Healthy - Easy!





These hand painted Christmas ornaments from The Domesticated Princess are gorgeous!




DIY Glitter Snowflakes from Creating in Glass Slippers. You had me at glitter. =)




You have to see what the secret ingredient is in this -secret ingredient- Chocolate Banana Bread by Semi Homemade Mom. I'm definitely intrigued!



Don't forget to check the features at The Thriftiness Miss! And grab a button if you were featured!


Love and Laundry



One of my *favorite* parts about blogging is all of the amazing creativity out there in blogland! I'm so excited to see what everyone shares! Plus, since I'm co-hosting this link party, everything you share here will also be shared over at The Thriftiness Miss.

Now...on to the party. The party will be open until Wednesday at midnight and we'll both be sharing our features at the party next week. Be sure and come back then to find out if you were featured. Plus, we'll both be sharing other favorites throughout the week on our facebook pages, so if you're not already a fan, you can find me here. We'll also be pinning the features to our Weekend Wonders Pinterest Board


Weekend Wonders Guidelines...
  1. Follow your hosts: Love and Laundry and The Thriftiness Miss via GFC, bloglovin, RSS or Linky Followers. If you are a new follower, leave a comment and let us know how you follow and we will return the favor.
  2. Link to a specific post, not your homepage.
  3. Show us your crafts, recipes, shopping hauls, photos, stories, really whatever you're proud of!
  4. Please do not link up Etsy shops, parties, and/or giveaways.
  5. Visit some other links and let them know how wonderful they are! We all love some positive feedback. 
Love and Laundry

Now lets party! 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

My Favorite Things - Doodle Deco

I had so much fun doing My Favorite Things last week, I had to include one more. Have you guys seen these awesome Doodle Deco kits at Wal-Mart?

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At my Wal-Mart, there is a huge display right next to the toy aisle. And they are super popular, too. Every time I go to Wal-Mart, it seems like the stash is getting emptier and emptier. So, if you want one, I suggest getting in there quick.

Well, CraftProjectIdeas.com (the awesome makers of Doodle Deco) sent one for my daughter to review.

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And that poor girl had to wait and wait to use it! We hosted Thanksgiving at our house. Then, everyone got hit with a bout of some kind of illness. She waiting patiently, even though I know she was dying inside to get started on this.

The coolest thing about the Doodle Deco kit is it comes with absolutely EVERYTHING you need! Markers, glue, tacks, and even little jewels to give it some bling! As a mom, I was really impressed with how detailed it was. It took her hours to color, which in my book is a huge plus!

doodle deco memo board coloring

 Doodle Deco has a whole line of activity kits – like room d├ęcor items, clocks, and even bags! And everything is made for the girls to customize it themselves! You can buy Doodle Deco at any Wal-Mart and they retail for $9.99-$17.99.

I asked my daughter to help with this post (since it was her that was supposed to review it). The first thing she said was “It would take me 1000 hours to type what I think about it!” Good thing mom is here to help with the typing, I guess! So, here’s a little bit of what she said:

“It’s a really good Christmas present!”

Her favorite part was “getting to be creative and to express my imagination”.

“I liked what came with the memo board, like the markers and stuff.”

“I thought it had cool designs on the board.”

“I want to put it on one of the biggest walls in my room where I can look at it all the time!”


doodle deco memo board finished

So, there you have it! From the mouth of the expert!! You can see all of the Doodle Deco designs at http://www.craftprojectideas.com/index.php/products/limited-edition

Thank you again, CraftProjectIdeas.com for sending this! We really loved it!!!

Monday, December 10, 2012

GFC Blog Hop w/The Life of a Not So Ordinary Wife

Hey everyone! I'm so excited to be co-hosting the GFC Blog Hope with The Life of a Not So Ordinary Wife. I seriously signed up months ago and have been anxiously waiting my turn!!
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It's Tuesday again which means it's time for the GFC Blog Hop!
When I want to follow a blog the first thing I look for is GFC (Google Friend Connect), it's so easy and  nice to be able to go and see all of the blogs you follow in one spot. It's really a great tool to have. 
One side note- Did you know you can follow through GFC using your Twitter Account? TRUE, it's definitely an option!
Ok, so let's get to the party, shall we?
RULES are simple:
1. Follow your host via GFC
The First link below
2. Follow your co-hosts via GFC
The Next 8 links below
3. Link up below using your main blog url not a specific post.
4. Make sure to visit some of the blogs in the link up and follow them via GFC 
and if you want to leave them a comment, I'm sure they'd appreciate that as well.
5. Tweet about this blog hop

6. Share about this blog hop by grabbing a button and putting it on your sidebar!

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Sometimes it's hard to be a blogger

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You know, being a blogger is a lot harder than it looks.

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