Friday Feature

FRIDAY FEATURE: My New Year’s Resolutions

I cannot believe we are already wrapping up 2016. For some odd reason, I still think it’s October!

You may remember I launched this blog about this time last year with the goal of improving my cooking in 2016. I can confidently say my knowledge of the kitchen has improved, but there is still a ways to go.

As we’re wrapping up the year, I’m asking myself what sort of resolutions I have for the year a head. I’ve compiled a short list below. What are your New Year’s Resolutions?

Lauren’s Top 15 New Year’s Resolutions 

  1. Cook Seafood
  2. Try new foods
  3. See a movie with my mom once a month.
  4. Eat Healthy
  5. Hit the Gym 3-4 times a week
  6. Be more grateful
  7. Spend more time in the kitchen
  8. Take more time to myself.
  9. Geocache More (Have you tried it? It’s a blast!)
  10. Continue taking photos
  11. Plan a date night once a month with my husband.
  12. Keep our office CLEAN! (We all have that one room!)
  13. Spend more time with my girlfriends.
  14. Stop beating myself up (a.k.a. “Don’t sweat the small stuff”)
  15. Go on an adventure.
Recipes

RECIPE: Gingerbread Cookies

First and foremost, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.

It was mine and Jon’s first Christmas as Mr. & Mrs. and we loved every minute of it! I mean what’s not to love when you’re surrounded by good food and the people you love?

The days leading up to Christmas were extremely busy. Along with working, we were planning on what we would make for both of our upcoming Christmas parties.

On Christmas Eve, Jon and I joined his family at his Aunt and Uncles house to celebrate the season; while on Christmas Day we hosted my parents. This was our first year hosting on Christmas Day – we made a beautiful beef tenderloin (to be featured in a future blog post) among other treats!

This blog post is about what I made for Jon’s family party on Christmas Eve, DELICIOUS Gingerbread Cookies.

I mean, what is Christmas without cookies?

I’ve never made homemade Gingerbread Cookies (and my mom admitted she hadn’t either) – so I was slightly intimidated. Much to my relief, it wasn’t that hard! It just took a lot of planning since the dough needed to rest for 2-8 hours.

I followed this recipe I found on Food.com. It was super easy and extremely tasty! The cookies had just enough ginger – not to much, but not too little. The cookies also turned out to the be the perfect texture (I didn’t overcook them!)

After I had created the cookies, I went a head and created a sugar glaze to place on top of them.

  • 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar (sifted)
  • 3 tablespoons of Milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

You take all the ingredients above – mix them together and brush the mixture onto your cookies. It took the gingerbread cookies to a new level!

What did you make this holiday season?

 

Friday Feature

Friday Feature: CatLadyBox Review

As you’ve seen from my previous posts, I’m a CRAZY cat lady.

Up until October, I had been a crazy cat lady without a cat. You may be thinking that’s not possible, but I can assure you it is.

I LOVE CATS. There is no doubt about that.

Even when I didn’t have cats, my Facebook news feed was filled with cats (and cat products) galore and I dreamed of buying it all for the cat I would *one day* get.

When that day arrived, I was in heaven. Much to my husbands dismay, I began buying everything and anything for my beautiful boy, Sully.

So when Christmas came around I wanted to go all out for my little guy. So, I ordered the CatLadyBox “Meowy Holidays Box.”

If you’re not familiar with CatLadyBox it is a monthly subscription box service where cat themed items are delivered right to your doorstep. The coolest thing about the service is it features products for both yourself and your furry friend! (depending on the box you choose). The company has two different boxes to choose from “CRAZY CatLadyBox” and “CatLadyBox.” The Crazy CatLadyBox features one of a kind items for yourself and a couple for your fur baby, while the CatLadyBox features items just for yourself.

Once my order was complete, I anxiously waited for the box to arrive.

Let me just say – The box did not disappoint.

The box featured two toys for little Sully – a floppy elf catnip toy and catnip champagne cheer toy. While for me, it featured a pair of Soft Kitty Winter Gloves, an Amber Silver Cat Ring and an amazing Feline Lux Cat Clutch.

I was in love. Sully instantly got in the CatLadyBox and began playing with his new toys. To be honest, the box is still under our Christmas tree because it’s his new favorite hang out place. On my end, I’ve been using the Amber Silver Cat Ring and Clutch on a daily basis – they’re just so cute!

If you’re a crazy cat lady like myself, I would HIGHLY recommend subscribing to this box! It’s awesome in the fact that it’s not only your cat that gets the fun toys, you do too!

*No sponsored post/compensation here. This is my own personal review because I love this product so much.