Cupid’s Secret Kiss Cookies

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Do you remember when you were in elementary school and got to decorate baskets or papers bags for valentine’s day. Do kids still get to do that? If I got to decorate one today, it would be the cheesiest thing ever – there would be tons of sparkles, tons of paper lace … I’d go straight Martha Stewart on that bad boy!!

Why don’t we get to do fun stuff like that at work – seriously kids, I know it sounds so messed up, but DON’T BE IN ANY RUSH TO GROW UP … I mean yea, it’s cool .. I get to eat cookies any time of the day, I technically don’t have a bed time ( granted, I’m seriously dead tired by 11:00!!), and I suppose there’s no home work … unless you count; running errands – cooking – cleaning – laundry – paying bills … seriously SLOW DOWN AND ENJOY.

Eat as many fruitroll-ups as possible,  and pop tarts … and make cookies, and then eat them all warm from the oven. Okay, so maybe you can be any age to do that!!

Look at these puppies, just chillin’ out maxin – relaxin … heh, they look like regular everyday red velvets don’t they?!!?

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No no nooooo booo-boooos – waaaacchhhhaaaa! Secret kisses all tucked away inside and sugar dusted for that little extra special V-day lovin’ !!

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 Cupid’s Secret Kiss Cookies

1 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup Granulated Sugar

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1 ½  cups flour

¼ Cup sifted cocoa powder

1 Tbsp Red Food Colouring

1 package chocolate candy kisses ( I used peppermint, but you’re more than welcome to use your favourite kind)

1 Cup Powdered Sugar

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Directions:

Cream butter, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl.

Gradually add flour and cocoa powder .

Beat on low-speed until well blended.

Add food colouring.

Taking 1 table spoon at a time, ball the dough around each kiss chocolate.

Make sure the entire kiss is secretly enclosed.

Repeat with remaining dough.

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Chill all of the dough balls for 1 hour ( this allows the cookie to keep it’s ball shape)

Place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350 12 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

Roll in powdered sugar.

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Wrap and gift to your funny little valentine aka dump them on a plate and begin a Bridget Jones diary marathon.
Happy Days sunshine, stay sweet xo

Love Potion aka Apple Cider Sangria

IT’S FRIDAY.

IT’S BOOZE DAY.

LET’S CELEBRATE!!

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… ps, I’ve come to realize – I bake a lot with alcohol!! Not that I think I need an excuse, but I figure what I can’t drink, I’ll eat – just kidding … kind of. 

I know we’re still a little ways away from valentine’s day, but trust me when I say love is in the air.

Just a couple weeks into this spanky year, and there’s talk of proposals, weddings & babies –first NO I’M NOT PREGNANT – and second, these three things can only mean L.O.V.E. A little love potion never hurt anyone and technically, this is just a mish-mosh of winter spices, some juice and booze .. lots of booze … lot of sweet, delicious, come-to-mama booze.

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It’s been a rough week. I have big plans of downing this pitcher and having a scandal marathon. On that note, can we talk about my insane tendency to jump on good tv shows waaaaaayyy after the hoopla begins. It happened with friends, happened with How I Met Your Mother, happened with The Good Wife, Suits, Blacklist and now, of course Scandal. So I have crazy marathons, and then have no one to talk to about it, since everyone else is waaaaaayyy ahead of me.

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 Love Potion aka Apple Cider Sangria

Serves 8 .. or 1 thirsty ready to ppaaarrtaaay /tired girl aka moi

3 apples, cored and sliced

1/4 cup cognac

3/4 cup caramel rum

4 cups apple cider

3 Cups persecco – chilled

1/2 Cup pomegranate seeds

5 cinnamon sticks

4 stars of anise

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Directions: 

Add the apples to a large pitcher. Add the cognac, vodka, apple cider, and persecco. Add cinnamon sticks and stars of anise. Stir.

Fill the pitcher with ice. Pour the sangria into glasses filled with ice and top with sliced apple and pomegranate seeds.

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 Cheers mate!!

P.s please don’t drink and drive, be responsible, be cool, spend the night and have a scandal marathon with me.