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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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 🙂

    Xx

  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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