Christmas 2013 recap < 3

Hi friends! I hope you enjoyed your holidays and time spent with the ones you love! … The past few days have been a whirlwind of  family, friends + f o o d, lots of food. I feel as if every time we stopped somewhere we dropped off goodies but came home with 2x as much!

Here’s a little recap of this years Christmas ❤

Christmas eve was held at my dads. Where my sisters and I exchanged our gifts, the boys exchanged theirs and watched little Oliver experience his first Christmas! We had lots of good food prime rib, asparagus, salads + a festive Brussels sprout dish which I saw on Cait’s instagram.  Tons of appetizers, brownies and peppermint ice cream <— please try. This year George had to work at night, but came in time for left overs, Christmas lights & our gift exchange<3 I was a good girl this year! so very thankful 😀
IMG_8498{one of my favorites.. birchbox!}

{ ❤ }
{green + red}
{can’t even take it…… so stinking cute}
{the gang}

… We then went to sleep, where sugar plums danced in our head.

Christmas day, George & I enjoyed breakfast, coffee and our “new toys” before heading to a quick stop at the gym & then his aunt  & uncle’s house {fun fact.- they are his only Greek realties here in the US} we drank wine, relaxed and Yiayia gave us lots of Greek goodies!

Christmas night we then went to Cassidy’s in-laws where my mom & her friend rick were too! The whole gang was together for an Italian meal. Mmm.. pasta : ) Oliver got to practice opening MORE gifts. And then we enjoyed MORE sweets ! … cannoli dip and Oreo truffles to be exact.
{take 5…}

{happy boy 😀 }
{Miss & Mrs. baker }
My mama gave me tons of new baking things, cake pans…. heyyy. 😀 !

We lingered awhile longer and decided it was time to pack all the food up & head home.

With full bellies, presents & more memories.. another Christmas has come to an end!

What was your Christmas highlight?
Do you stay at home, or visit relatives?

have a great weekend, xo

MIMM: 1st annual cookie swap + cake batter cookie recipe!

Hey guys, happy Monday!
how was your weekend? This weekend was super marvelous, especially with the holidays literally around the corner! { well the weather doesn’t make it seem like it… 70* yesterday in Philadelphia, crazy!} This weekend I finished the rest of the gifts, shopped, we got a walk  in the park, a yummy breakfast did our first cookie swap with the girls in the family. It such a great time, big hit.. we will definitely be doing it next year.. the more the merrier! 😉

MiMM MIMM #77 My Sisters Beautiful Wedding and Birthday Celebrations!

>> Here are some marvelous pics from
the weekend & a recipe! <<

*Look at the end of the post for this recipe!*

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As part of my three cookies I made, I took a stab at cake batter cookies. Cookies + cake batter = match made in h.e.a.v.e.n.
You know you’ve come along way with your baking skills when your sister asks if you made them or bought them. I can’t tell if that was a compliment or insult. HAHA.  They are oh so simple, oh so delicious and oh so mouth watering!
Place some holiday M&Ms in them and you are golden. ENJOY!
Ps. I just realized I bombard you with tons of cookie pics, hope you don’t mind too much 😉

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Ingredients + Directions:

  • 1 and 1/4 C all purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/4 c yellow cake mix
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter –> softened to room temperature
  • 1 egg –> @ room tempaute
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/2 C light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 to 1/5 c festive M&Ms { the  more the better! }
  • Pre heat oven @ 350
  • Spray cookie sheets with cooking spray
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, cake mix +baking soda. { s.e.t. a.s.i.d.e }
  • Combine the two sugars and butter, cream those together while adding in the egg and vanilla
  • Once that is creamed, pour your flour mix in. Mix together. Add your M&Ms { or whatever you wish } mix once more. {don’t over mix}
  • Place in fridge over an hour plus+, your dough will feel very sticky and thick. that’s what you want.
  • Once you take it out of fridge, bake @ 350 for 10 minutes.
    Cool.. and eat!

Monday’s agenda is a well needed/ deserved mani, gym + last minute things before Christmas eve! I’m linking up with Katie for all these marvel things! have a fab day, xx

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Christmas survey

Hey there, quick pop in. I have been super mentally tired with school ending that every time I come to write it seems as if I can get my words together! so i’ll spare you and do this fun Christmas survey that I saw on Kate’s blog! check it out ~ and answer some yourself 🙂

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Eggnog of hot chocolate?
Hot chocolate for sure! I can only take egg nog in small doses.
Nutella Hot Chocolate | via Channeling Contessa

Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?

Colored lights on tree/house or white.
I love clean white lights! with lights in every window, and spotlight for wreathe. But I love looking at houses that are decked out!

Do you hang mistletoe?
Nope. Can kiss whenever 😉

When do you hang your decorations up?
Sometime the first week of December.

What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?
Hmm.. depends. When we do Christmas eve we do it at my Dad’s and have steaks/ etc. So it’s always great to have a steak since I don’t eat steak that much.. Or, Christmas day.. pastas! I love pasta! 🙂

Favorite holiday memory as a child?
Probably ALL the excitement on Christmas eve! I especially loved sitting by the fire and my mom reading “The night before Christmas”

What is on your Christmas wish list?
Haha. I may have a few.. VS sports line, birch box, spa + maybe some hunter rain boots! oops.
WANT. Regal Hunter Rain boots #hunter #rubberboots

wineinabagDo you open a gifts on Christmas Eve?
Never growing up. But now we do between going to my dads, then moms + having my sister go to her in laws on xmas day.

Snow? Love it or dread it?
I think it’s beautiful but don’t like being out in it..

Real tree or fake tree?
Depends on the year.

Do you remember your favorite gift?
Kate said: Anything from the American Girl Company and I’m right there with her!

What’s the most important thing about Christmas for you?
Spending time with family, creating new traditions. this year Oliver is here! 🙂

What is your favorite holiday dessert?
Annnnnnny cookie 🙂

What is your favorite tradition?
Haven’t done it in awhile, but my sisters and I would go to dunkin donuts after dinner, each get a hot chocolate and drive around looking at different neighborhoods with Christmas music.

Do you prefer giving or receiving?

What is your favorite Christmas song?
Mariah Carey, “All I Want for Christmas and anything by nat king cole.

Candy canes, yuck or yum?
Eh, they are ok 🙂

Favorite Christmas movie?
Home Alone for sure.

What do you leave for Santa?
We used to leave a note, cookies, milk + carrots {for Rudolph}

Do you prefer to shop on-line or at the mall?
I like to walk around, have coffee + look.

Christmas letter or Christmas card?
Depends, both!

>> Now its your turn! Answer one of these questions in the comment section or copy + paste it to your blog!

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