A Thought of White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

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Well hello, old friend. It's been a while, hasn't it? Here we find ourselves, already a month into January. The time passed as quickly as one can snap a Polaroid, the days captured in a snapshot in the mind's eye. Looking back, the image of where we were becomes clear as the negative develops into a positive, concrete in time. And all we have is that image, and the emotions it evokes in us. But we hold close to that image, because it's all we have. The relevance ...

I (Pecan) Fudged (C)Up(s)

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Enter the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap of 2014. Cue a Ruthie searching for ideas for sweets to bake that would be just selfish enough that I'd enjoy eating the extra batch, but not selfish enough that I'd refrain from mailing my goods to my matches. Enter Center Stage: chocolate-covered toffee. Yes, I thought I'd be the rebel who made and mailed candy, and not cookies. Yes, I thought I'd share my passion for this sweet with the food blogging community and the world by mailing ...

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap: Chocolate-Covered Shortbread

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It's not the star drooping slightly at the top of our Christmas tree. It's not the multi-colored packages spilling out beneath it. It's not the lights winking at me as I walk down the street. It's not even the snow lying (ever-so-sparsely) on the ground. When it comes to Christmastime at my family's house, the most anticipated, highly demanded and absolutely necessary component to making Christmas feel like Christmas is...homemade Chocolate-Covered Shortbread. It's a tradition. It's loved by all, even Santa (I have photographic evidence to prove ...

Almond Oatmeal Cookies, In Real Life

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"Lost in a maze with strangers but not too upset about it." This is what I wrote in an almost illegible scrawl in my dream journal (yes, I did say dream journal and if you don't keep one you probably should) when my alarm woke me at 5:14 yesterday morning. I don't remember the dream; I don't even remember writing those words in my journal. So I have to wonder which maze I was lost in and who the strangers might have been. Was the maze New ...

End-of-the-World Cranberry-Dark Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

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I'll admit I didn't spend too much of my time actually worrying about the world ending yesterday. It's a date that's been looming on the horizon of for a while now, and excitement slowly increased as Mayan prophecy came closer to realization. Most, like myself, approached the day without a worry and enjoyed the chance to see our places on this earth in a slightly different, humorous light. Breweries crafted beers with titles such as "Enjoy by 12.21.12," End-of-the-World parties were planned, we asked silly ...

The 2012 Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap!

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I knew joining this massive swap of baked goods was a going to be a lot of fun the day I dropped my three packages of a dozen cookies off at the post office. Upon seeing my three perishable boxes addressed to Addicted to Recipes, Cooker Girl, and A Half Baked Life, the desk attendant asked, "Are you and your girlfriends cookie whores?" Something like it, I guess. I'll admit I am a sucker for a good, homemade cookie, but the best part of this swap is ...

You Gotta Chai These Out

If there's one thing you can be sure my kitchen is stocked with at any given moment, it's chai tea. I started drinking chai in high school, when those boxes of Oregon Chai concentrate were all the rage...just fill a mug half full of tea, half of milk, heat it, and you've got comfort in a glass. I'd drink a mugful every morning before catching the early bus to school. Today I prefer using tea bags, because I can control how much sweetener I add ...