12/20/14

Gingerbread Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Gingerbread with Cream Cheese frosting
Gingerbread Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
This recipe for Gingerbread Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting is the perfect holiday recipe. These bars are easy to make and they smell and taste delicious. The warm spices make this gingerbread the perfect companion to a huge mug of hot chocolate. When I removed the pan from the oven I was worried my bars would be too hard but they had the perfect texture. I made mid-week and they had totally vanished within a couple days.

gingerbread bars with cream cheese frosting

Ingredients:
½ cup butter, melted
¾ cup sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
⅓ cup molasses
1 egg
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon salt

Ingredients for Cream Cheese Frosting:
8 ounces cream cheese
¼ cup butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Grease a 9×13″ baking pan and set aside.
3. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and molasses.
4. Add egg and stir until completely incorporated.
5. Add baking soda, flour, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg and salt and mix until well combined. Press dough evenly into the bottom of greased pan.
6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes and let cool. Do not over cook.

Directions for Cream Cheese Frosting:
1. Cream butter and cream cheese together in a large mixing bowl.
2. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and beat until smooth and cream.
3. Frost the tops of cooled Gingerbread Cookie Bars.
4. Cut into squares and serve.
5. Garnish with a little nutmeg.
gingerbread bars with frosting

Recipe obtained from here.

12/19/14

Happy Weekend!


Happy Weekend!
I have really struggled to get through the work week. I have been sick all week with my sinuses. My head has been all congested and it's either difficult to breath or my nose is running really badly. I have just felt tired and absolutely drained all week. It has been hard to get through with work this week, but I have also been so busy outside of work. We have been finishing our Christmas shopping, going grocery shopping, baking up a storm in the kitchen, and sending treats out to our loved ones. So, I am thrilled to see Friday finally arrive.

With the end of work today, my Christmas break has finally begun. I have been looking forward to it since Thanksgiving. I plan to spend the weekend doing nothing. Absolutely nothing. I am going to sleep, lounge, nap, and watch some tv. Hopefully after a few days at home, I will kicked this sinus thing and be back to good health. I hate being sick over the holidays, so the sooner I am well the sooner I can enjoy my break.


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Friday Favorites

favorite finds
Friday Favorites
How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are / Bee Earrings / Bucket Bag / Wool Sweater / Midi Skirt / Bow Gloves / Leopard Flats / Travel Mug

Just a few of my favorite finds from this week including this book that I hope to read over my Christmas vacation, these adorable earrings, and this handbag. I have wrapped up my Christmas shopping and have bought a few items from myself but I am tempted to also order all of the items above. Do you have your shopping finished?

12/18/14

Holiday Hair Embellishments

christmas hair style
red ribbon
christmas bride
holiday hair style
red roses in hair
Holiday Hair Embellishments
Tomorrow is my last day of work before I take off for a little Christmas break and I am so excited for the start of a two week vacation. Everything has been such a whirlwind the last few weeks that I don't feel like I have adequately gotten myself in the holiday spirit. I am ready to spend a few days doing nothing but baking, listening to Christmas music, wrapping gifts, and wearing sparkly clothes.

I am the worst when it comes to styling my hair. It is almost always worn down in loose waves or up in a low bun. For the holidays though I am going to try to kick it up a notch while still keeping it simple. Isn't it amazing how pretty just adding an holiday inspired accessory can make a no-fuss hairstyle look? Something as simple as just adding a red ribbon looks so festive.

How will you be styling your hair for the holidays?

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