Cookies, Cookies, Cookies! & My Fave Gifts.

I am no longer enjoying cookies but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy creating them. There is something about handing a person a box of cookies, that you specifically hand-crafted just for them, that is just so wonderful. Truly, it makes me so happy. A couple of years ago, I made gift boxes of macarons for all our clients at R.P. Morrison Builders. They arrived to their newly constructed homes with a delightful box of fancy treats waiting for them. I’m not sure who was more excited, them or me. Anyways, we are a little over a week away from Christmas so let the baking frenzies begin! Below, are some of my favorite recipes from around the internet. Try a few of these out, preferably while drinking insane amounts of alcohol, I can assure you, that will make them look twice as pretty. Oh, and the question of the day has been, am I giving up booze during my 18 week training period? Absolutely not. I can’t handle doing all this, my two children, my husband and my household, all while being sober all the time. No way. I can bet you a million bucks, I would kick someone in the face. No, I am going into this with a positive mentality, where I intend to enjoy every minute of it. And yes, I am giving up some things but a little bit of fun here and there, I will not sacrifice. Today is day #1 and to me, Christmas has already begun.

COOKIES!

Fig & Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies (courtesy of Food52)

Pierre Hermรฉ & Dorie Greenspan’s World Peace Cookies (courtesy of Food52)

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies (courtesy of Simply Recipes)

Twisted Cookies (courtesy of Cook and Be Merry)

Soft and Chewy Almond Sugar Cookies (courtesy of Just Love Food)

And of course, check out my Pinterest Board “I Heart Food” for lots of other cookie/dessert ideas.

GIFTS!

For the very special food lover/little mini chef in your life, go and grab them a signed cookbook!

For the honey lover, give them this fabulous duo of flavors from Portland.

Adopt a tea garden for them so that they may enjoy the freshest tea around, sent right to their door!

Know a runner whom you love to bunches, get them some warm running gear for the season @ Nike.

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