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Baking, Blog-o-versary and a Mocktail to Celebrate!

December 21, 2012

The last few weeks have been full of sending holiday cards, baking, and trying to finish up work before I take (somewhat of) a vacation next week. As I do every year, I like to bake a variety of cookies for the holidays. This year, I went with some tried-and-true recipes, as well as some new ones.


Sugar Cookie Bars (The only difference between the two bars is one has crushed peppermint on the top)

Chocolate Fudge (I left out the walnuts)

Jingle Cookie Bars (These are a great way to use up leftover Butterfinger Halloween candy too)

Chocolate Mint Brownies

Cranberry and White Chocolate Snickerdoodles

I also plan to make Molasses Crinkles and my favorite Christmas Cherries. But alas, this is all I could do for now!







In other news, today (December 21) is my blogging anniversary! Yep, I started this blog three years ago today with the goal of doing more personal writing, improve my writing so I could one day make a living doing this, and to journal my life stories in words, photos and recipes. It has been an incredible three years and I still love writing in this blog as much as I did then. It’s funny to look back and the early posts and see how much is different (yet the same too).

To celebrate my blog-o-versary, we had dinner out at Casa de Bandini, a San Diego treasure of a Mexican restaurant for dinner and a Holly Jolly Mocktail. For those of you not aware, a mocktail is a beverage that is non-alcoholic. Casa De Bandini served up their Holiday Peppermint Patty, which was absolutely incredible! It was full of chocolate syrup, Horchata milk, candy canes, and a dash of Grenadine.

Holiday Peppermint Patty
You see, I’m not that much of drinker. Nothing against it. I just don’t really enjoy drinking alcohol. Yet I always feel bummed – especially around the holidays – when there are all these cool drinks available, but they contain alcohol. So when the opportunity to try the Holiday Peppermint Patty Mocktail at Casa de Bandini came up, I jumped at the chance. Thanks to the North Coastal Prevention Coalition for coming up with this great Holly Jolly Mocktail idea!

Bryan, Sophie and I ended up having a lovely evening out to dinner, did some shopping, and had some great family bonding time.


By the way, if you’re local, there’s another mocktail available at Rancho Valencia called the Winter Warmer with mulled cider cinnamon, cloves and allspice. I hear is quite tasty!

Winter Warmer

Thanks for being such loyal and encouraging readers over the last three years! I don’t know what I’d do without you. Have a great Christmas! Enjoy a cookie (or two) and a cocktail – or mocktail – to celebrate! 

NOTE TO READERS: I received a free Holiday Peppermint Patty from Casa de Bandini for writing about the mocktail. Even though I received this benefit, the opinions in this blog are 100% my own. In addition, I only review products that I am proud to endorse and recommend to others. The mocktail epitomizes this as I feel very strongly about sober drinking options. 

10 Comments leave one →
  1. December 21, 2012 2:19 pm

    Happy Anniversary! The cookies look fantastic. I’m salivating. Merry, merry, merry.
    The best is yet to come!

  2. Melissa Crytzer Fry permalink
    December 21, 2012 2:21 pm

    Happy blog-aversary! Three years; wow. I’m so jealous looking at your cookies. I didn’t take the time for baking this year, but plan to whip out at least four options tomorrow for a weekend party and the holidays. Wish me luck. So happy we met on line!

  3. December 21, 2012 2:53 pm

    Happy bloaversary my friend. Send few cookies to Miami! There nothing here says Christmas is in a air!

  4. December 21, 2012 4:32 pm

    I only had time to make three kinds of cookies this year. The most colorful one earned it’s own blog entry today at my space. I guess that’s really better for me or I’d eat even more than I do now. As for the mocktail, I’m ready to jump on a plane and fly across country to get one. Happy Blogaversary!

  5. December 21, 2012 11:28 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS honey on your 3 year Blogiversary 🙂


  6. December 23, 2012 6:48 am

    Congratulations on keeping up the sharing on your blog, inspirational recipes and pictures too 🙂

  7. December 23, 2012 10:30 am

    I love your blog, Leah! Happy anniversary! Three years! WOW!

    Also, that plate of cookies/fudge, etc is making me crazy hungry. All your photos do!!! Every post!

  8. December 23, 2012 9:10 pm

    Yay! Three years! Congrats! I love that we started at about the same time. I also love reading your posts and enjoy your pics. BTW, I am craving the pasta with vodka sauce again! Must make soon! 😉 So glad we can share ideas and recipes. Have a blessed 2013 here on Leah’s Thoughts and everywhere else! XO

  9. December 24, 2012 1:24 pm

    Happy Blog-o-versary! Those cookies and that mocktail look very, very yummy! Enjoy!

  10. December 24, 2012 9:58 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! I hope the next years of your blog are as fun and enjoyable as these past ones.
    Wishing you and your family a day of joy and happiness. Merry Christmas! 🙂

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