Five on Friday

 

1) Merry Christmas! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones! I went to take a picture of our christmas tree and my dad walked in as I focusing and this is what happened. He looks like Santa doesn’t he?¬†2012-12-28_0002

2) The little things. Ornaments & reflections ūüôā
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3) My nana makes the best (BEST, BEST, BEST) sweets. These little babies are my favorites. *Drools*
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4) The one thing I probably require in my future home purchase. A fireplace. Besides the sweets I am known to sit in front of the fireplace at my Nana’s.

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5) My sister is obsessed with One Direction, and her favorite singer is Harry Styles. I got her a cardboard cut out of him and surprised her (and scared her). We started a blog and plan to take him places.. Feel free to check it out http://www.WhenHarryMetSarah.tumblr.com

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Baked Yummy Goodness!

2012-12-21_0001¬†I can’t deny the fact I have such a huge sweet tooth. So getting all these wonderful baked goods and making them pretty during the holidays is definitely one of my favorite things to do. Baking can be such a great gift to give and if you get a little creative it can go a long way! This year¬†we made ‘Reinbeer’, reindeer cupcakes, chocolate covered pretzels, white chocolate grasshoper¬†cookies, Rolo pretzel bites and we still have more were planning on doing this weekend! I had my sister and her friend be my elves and make the chocolate covered pretzels!
2012-12-21_0003The ‘Reinbeer’ was a huge hit as gifts. I don’t drink beer so I have no idea if that is even a good kind of beer but the bottle perfect. I glued googley¬†eyes and a pom pom¬†nose. Twisted around pipe cleaners for the antlers and a cute¬†ribbon for the scarf!2012-12-21_0004

So first you take a pretzel and a Rolo¬†and bake them in the oven. Then when the chocolate¬†is all mushy and moldable¬†you place the pecan¬†on top to press down and put them in the freezer to harden. They’re chocolatey-pretzely-caramely-pecany-delicious. Yes, that’s an actual thing. Yum

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What is cuter than reindeer cupcakes? Nothing, that’s¬†what. I found these gems on¬†Pintrest¬†and was so excited to make them this year. Bake your favorite cupcake (I used simple boxed white cake mix) decorate with chocolate frosting. I used M&M’s for the nose, Nilla¬†wafers for the base, York Peppermint Patty Pieces for the eyes and pretzels for the antlers! My suggestion would be to do the decorating the day of. We made them the night before they were going to be eaten and the pretzels and nilla wafers were mushy. They were all eaten just fine, but it would have been better eaten the same day!

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These are probably my favorite! If you’ve never had Keeblers¬†“grasshopper” cookies, they’re basically the same as Gift Scouts Thin Mints. So you take those bad boys, did them in melted chocolate and sprinkle crushed up candy canes on top.¬†¬†And to quote¬†my good friends Sophia Grace and Rose I just have to say that it is all “SOOOOO GOOD!”

Girls Night!

Sometimes you just have to spend time with your best girlfriends and laugh a little… or a lot.2012-12-20_0001

A known fact is that I’m a dog person. I grew up with with a dalmation and two german shepards and currently have a golden retriever/lab mutt! So its safe to say I’m not a cat person, mainly because I’m allergic. But my best friend Ali has her 16 week old cat named Gunther. I must say he might have changed my mind a little on being anti-cats.2012-12-20_0002

Brittany and I have been friends since elementary school and we met Ali in high school on the cheerleading team (with a little help from MySpace). I thank God for these two. “The most important thing in life is your family. There are days you love them, and others you don’t, but in the end they’re the people you always come home to. Sometimes it’s the family you’re born into, and sometimes it’s the one you make for yourself.”¬†~¬†Sex and the City¬†2012-12-20_0003

I mean seriously… I told them I needed to test the light to make sure I could get a photo.. This is what they do.¬†2012-12-20_0004

Basketball Season

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In high school I was a cheerleader and my boyfriend was a basketball player… I know, I know. If only he was a football player we would have been so cliche! But going back to games brings back so many memories.
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I think it’s safe to say I won’t be a sports photographer anytime soon… or ever.

2012-12-13_0003In the end the Northern Patriots beat the Chopticon Braves and I got a Chick-fil-a sandwich out of it.. Yes, they sell chick-fil-a at the concession stands!! Woo Go Northern!