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PEEPS – A “Sweet” Way to Say “I Love You”

 

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When I think about PEEPS® marshmallow candies I can’t help but think of the yellow chicks and bunnies that were always in my Easter basket when I was growing up. These days PEEPS® has expanded to cover most major holidays as well as PEEPS® that can be enjoyed year round.

I looked forward to the newest PEEPS® to join their ever growing collection.

Believe it or not PEEPS® has Valentine’s Day treats that you and your loved one can enjoy. They even have some new varieties you might want to check out.

This year PEEPS® is offering consumers the following products to share with your special someone on Valentine’s Day.

PEEPS® Valentine’s offerings include:

  • Pink Marshmallow Chicks (5 ct and 10 ct)
  • Pink Marshmallow Bunnies (4 ct and 12 ct)
  • Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Crème Flavored Chicks (3 ct)
  • Marshmallow Hearts (3 ct or 6 ct)
  • Cherries Drizzled and Dipped in Chocolate (3 ct)
  • Chocolate Covered Raspberry Flavored Hearts (individually wrapped)
  • Strawberry Crème Flavored Marshmallow Hearts (9 ct)
  • Vanilla Crème Flavored Marshmallow Hearts (9 ct)

I had the opportunity to try out some of the Valentine’s Day PEEPS® treats.

The Chocolate Covered Raspberry Flavored Hearts barely made it out of the box. I enjoyed it right away. I was surprised at just how fruity it tasted, especially because it’s a marshmallow. The chocolate coating only added to it’s deliciousness.

I LOVE the Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Crème Flavored Chicks PEEPS® too. They DO taste like chocolate covered strawberries! And much cheaper than the real ones too.

The Cherries Drizzled and Dipped in Chocolate are not bad either, but I prefer the Raspberry and Strawberry ones.

I wanted to do something creative with the heart shaped PEEPS®. When I think about hearts and Valentine’s Day I think about the iconic conversational hearts. That gave me an idea. Why note write messages on the PEEPS®? I took it one step further and stuck the marshmallow PEEPS® on lollipop sticks. I was hoping to make a centerpiece with them but due to the weather – and feeling under the weather – I was unable to visit the craft store for more supplies.

Here are a couple of “conversational PEEPS® hearts” that I made.

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The icing started to melt. It’s supposed to read “Be Mine”

 

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I was surprised at how easy the lollipop sticks slid into them. I was worried he marshmallows would loose their shape when I tried to insert the lollipop stick but that did not happen.

I tried to think of something fun to do with the other Valentine’s Day PEEPS® but being under the weather my tired brain wasn’t being very creative.

Peep Vanilla Creme

PEEPS Cherry

PEEPS Strawberry

These taste as good as real chocolate dipped strawberries!

 

I have to chuckle a bit because when I went to the PEEPS®website (www.MarshmallowPEEPS.com) I saw that they also wrote messages on the heart shaped PEEPS®. Silly me. I thought I came up with an unique idea. I guess the makers of PEEPS® beat me to it. Ha Ha.

Black Forest PEEP Dessert

They have recipe for a Black Forest dessert on the PEEPS® website that looks delish. To bad my kids (and I) gobbled up the PEEPS® Chocolate Dipped Cherries Drizzled in Chocolate. After the big winter storm we are having is long gone I’m going to see if I can still find these PEEPS® locally so I can try this yummy recipe out.

The PEEPS® crispy treats look easy to make too. You could even chat a bit a purchase pre-made treats and top them off with PEEPS® heart.

PEEP Crispy Treat

The PEEPS® website has A LOT of great recipe ideas that are worth checking out. They can be enjoyed on Valentine’s Day or any time of the year. You can even use them in baking.

They even have some Valentine’s Day craft ideas too.

Visit MarshmallowPEEPS.com to check out all the fun stuff.

These celebratory treats can be found nationwide at grocery and drug stores, PEEPS® & Company retail stores or at the Marshmallow PEEPS®website (linked above).

Be sure to check out PEEPS® on social media for more great ideas. Check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Check out what others are saying about PEEPS® and the fun things the doing with them using the hashtag #PEEPsonality.

How do YOU enjoy PEEPS®? Do you enjoy them straight out of the packaging or do you like to do fun and creative things with them? Feel free to tell me about it.

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Kimberly

*I received free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Delicious Valentine’s Day Treats from Lindt

 

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Valentine’s Day is not the same without mouth watering chocolates to enjoy.

Honestly I rather have chocolates than flowers. :-)

It’s easy enough to stop by the local grocery or drug store and pick up a box of heart shaped chocolates. But those chocolates are usually “blah” tasting and nothing special.

Instead of giving your beloved something ordinary give her something much sweeter (and creamier) – Lindt Lindor Truffles.

This year Lindt has new products, in varying sizes, as well as new packaging making them wonderful gifts for the one you love and those special people in your life.

Here are some excellent Valentine’s Day gift offerings.

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NEW! HELLO Assorted Lips Tin  (7.1 oz.): These romantic lips are ready to gift! The lip-shaped tin contains HELLO Mini Sticks with an enticing selection of delicious Crunchy Nougat, Strawberry Cheesecake, Cookies & Cream and Caramel Brownie Mini Sticks. Available exclusively at Target locations. SRP: $12.99

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NEW! LINDOR Truffles Strawberries & Cream Bag (5.3 oz.): A new twist to the classic LINDOR Truffles bag! A soft white chocolate shell infused with strawberry pieces encloses an irresistibly smooth white truffle filling – an indulgent treat for your special Valentine. Available exclusively at Target locations. SRP: $3.99

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LINDOR Truffles Milk Chocolate Gift Heart (8.5 oz.): Give a piece of your heart with the classic LINDOR Truffles Milk Chocolate Gift Heart.  Surprise your Valentine with this elegant and festive heart, filled with smooth Milk Chocolate LINDOR truffles. SRP: $9.99

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LINDOR Truffles Milk Chocolate Bag (7.2 oz.): This signature Lindt gift bag is filled with delicious LINDOR Milk Chocolate truffles sure to melt the heart of your Valentine. SRP: $4.99

Not only are Lindor Truffles from Lindt delicious gift ideas, they are also budget friendly. You don’t need to “break the bank” to give these as a gift.

You could easily give these sweet treats, especially the chocolate bag and/or strawberries & cream bag to someone special like your mom, grandmother or someone else you want to let know that you love them.

The milk chocolate truffles are a family favorite. Even my kids can’t resist these sweet, creamy truffles.

The heart shaped box is filled with a lot of truffles.

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I like that they are individually wrapped so you can toss one (or more) in your purse or lunch box. Most other boxed chocolates are not individually wrapped.

What I love about Lindor Truffles is that one is enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, or chocolate, craving. Each one is a wee bit more than a bite size.

The strawberries & cream truffles are decadent. Normally I’m not a fan of white chocolate but the chocolate works so well with the strawberry creme. The truffles even have little strawberry bits inside. Mmmm! So good!

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These are available exclusively at Target.

You can purchase these products at Lindt stores, online (Lindt.com) and other retail locations.

For more information about these and other Lindt products, or to find a location near you, visit LindtUSA.com. You can also check out the brand on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

What do you think about the Valentine’s Day offerings from Lindt?

What is your favorite Lindt / Lindor product?

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Count down to the New Year with King Julien

 

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Do you have plans for New Year’s Eve? My husband and I, along with our son, don’t have any plans except to flick between the various television shows. Our daughter has her choice of parties to attend. We’re still waiting for her to decide which one.

My kids have been staying up past midnight on New Year’s Eve for many years now (they are both in high school). I do remember when they were younger telling them they could stay up late but they ended up falling asleep around 8 or 9 PM.

A recent survey from Wakefield Research, on behalf of Netflix, found that more than a third of U.S. parents (34%) admitted to starting a New Year’s Eve party early to fool their kids into thinking it’s midnight*, citing their kid’s or their own bedtime as the reason.

We’ve never faked our kids into thinking it was midnight, but we have had our New Year’s Eve celebration early so that they can enjoy it too. It wasn’t so much because of our bedtime but rather theirs. We didn’t want our kids to feel forced to stay awake and then end up tired and cranky the next day.

Are you familiar with King Julien? He’s the star of DreamWorks Animation’s All Hail King Julien on Netflix. He also stars in the Madagascar movies. He loves to party.

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King Julien heard that 36% of parents surveyed would search for a countdown in a different time zone in order to celebrate earlier with their children and 22% would go as far as to stage a countdown of their own. I think celebrating the countdown from a different time zone is an ingenious idea. I wish I had thought about that when my kids were younger.

King Julien feels that kids have the right to party and celebrate the New Year. For this reason, King Julien will host his very own kid-sized countdown “special” on Netflix that families can use to ring in 2015 whenever they choose to celebrate.

The three minute, high-energy, music-filled fun that lets kids celebrate the New Year no matter the time of day. The countdown will be available in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, UK, Ireland, the Nordics, the Netherlands and France beginning on Dec. 29th at Netflix.com/KingJulien.

“I was totally bummed when I heard that some of my favorite little party people aren’t allowed to stay up until midnight for the biggest party of the year,” said King Julien, King of the Lemurs. “But then I realized I’m a king, I make the rules! So move over, Ryan Seacrest, I’ve got my very own on-demand countdown party on Netflix. That means the New Year’s Eve party is always on – just how it should be! What better way to ring in Julien-uary?” 

King Julien’s new series, All Hail King Julien, launched on Netflix on December 19, 2014. The first five episodes of this original series is available for Netflix members to watch instantly. To find out more about the show, visit Netflix.com/KingJulien or www.Facebook.com/AllHailKingJulien. You can also check out what others are saying about King Julien’s New Year’s Eve countdown on social media with the hashtag #KingJulienCountdown.

My family and I are planning to ring in the New Year with a little help from King Julien too with some fun King Julien party favors compliments of Netflix.

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Here is a brief video promo for King Julien’s New Year’s Celebration that you might enjoy.

Happy New Year and all the very best wishes for a happy and healthy one. :-)!

Kimberly

*I am a member of Netflix’s StreamTeam. I was not compensated for this post.

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Last minute stocking stuffers

 

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I know many people are still making a mad dash to the mall after work to pick up last minute gifts. Christmas is only days away. It’s time to finish wrapping the gifts and stuffing the stockings.

Speaking of stuffing stockings, if you are still looking for stocking stuffers here are a few ideas.

Gift Card – Many stores offer gift cards these days. Gift cards make a nice gift as well as a “filler” for a stocking. For a child you can get a Toys R Us gift card. For an adult you can give them a gift card to their favorite coffee shop.

Crayons/Markers/Colored Pencils – Many children (and adults) enjoy coloring, drawing and doodling. It’s always nice to have a fresh box of brand new crayons to start off the new year. Plus coloring and drawing are great activities for cold winter days.

Beauty Products – If you have a ‘tween or teen you could fill their stocking with beauty products such as make up, lip gloss, bath bombs, shower gel, hair brush, hair ties and/or perfume.

Ear Plugs – My kids are always going through ear plugs for their smartphones. They use them on the bus and sometimes at school during their lunch break to listen to music. They are not made to last forever (or the cats chew on the cords) so I am constantly replacing them. A new set of ear plugs is a practical, and appreciated stocking stuffer.

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Candy/Candy Canes – I always had some kind of candy in my holiday stocking. “Santa” didn’t go crazy. Just a few candies like a chocolate bar or two and some Lifesavers. There was almost always a candy cane tossed in there too.

Homemade Cookies – Nothing says lovin’ like a package of homemade cookies. Adult and children would both appreciate this sweet treat in their stocking.

Fresh Fruit – Every year, for as long as I can remember, my stocking ALWAYS had an apple and an orange in it. The orange in the stocking is actually a tradition that many families participate in. You could always mix it up a bit and use other fruits like pears, bananas or whatever fruit the recipient enjoys the most.

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Snack Size treats – Snack size treats are also a great addition to any stocking. They are small enough to fit too and is often a better choice than candy. The snack size 1-oz. bags of Pirate’s Booty Aged White Cheddar  is a yummy stocking stuffer option that kids can snack on while opening presents or between breakfast and dinner. It’s a different twist to usual stocking stuffers.

Cash – Sometimes gift cards are not a great option. Little kids especially like finding loose change or dollar bills in their stocking. If you can find a small piggy bank it would be a practice stuffing stuffer that can teach children about saving too.

Small Toys – Sometimes kids want specific toys for Christmas that are too small to wrap for under the tree. Instead of wrapping them simply stuff them in your child or grandchild’s stocking.

Hasbro has a lot of fun toys that would make great stocking stuffers.

Here are just a few suggestions.

Monkeys

Hasbro’s Barrel of Monkeys. This is a classic game that can be enjoyed alone or against another person.

 

My Little Pony

Hasbro’s My Little Pony Pop Starter Kit. Snap together the pony and decorate how you see fit. This is super easy to do.

 

Pet Shop

Hasbro’s Littlest Pet Shop Single Pet

 

Star Wars

Hasbro’s Star Wars action figures

 

Thor

Marvel Battle Masters Thor Figure – Press the controller in the back and you ca make Thor’s hammer come down. Play against other Batter Master figures.

 

Transformer Bots

Habro’s Transformers Mini Bots. They don’t transform into anything, they just look like they do.

 

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Hasbro’s Transformers Age of Extinction One Step Changer. This bot transforms into a helicopter in just one step.

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Same Transformers bot from the above photo transformed into a helicopter.

Movie Passes – Who doesn’t love going to the movies. Or you can purchase a Fandango gift card and let the recipient pick out the movie they want to see. Other passes would work too – Broadway, concert or sporting events.

Jewelry – Costume jewelry or play jewelry is a fun stocking stuffer for a young girl, ‘tween or teen. Even us “big girls” appreciate shiny baubles too.

Portable Charger – Most people (even children) have their own smartphones or tablets. Many people use them on the go too. There is nothing worse than running out of power. A portable charger is the perfect size to be stuffed inside a stocking and it’s a practical gift idea too.

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Handmade “coupons” – One of my favorite things to give people are “coupons” I made myself such as “Free Night of Babysitting”, “Doing the Dishes”, “Make Dinner” and so forth. They can be redeemed when ever the recipient wants to use them. Kids like these too because it’s a gift they can give family members, especially when they don’t have money to purchase a gift.

These are just a few ideas.

What stocking stufer ideas do you have?

What is the best, and worst, stocking stuffer you ever received Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

*I received a few free samples in exchange for this post. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Last minute gift ideas and stocking stuffers

 

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We’re coming down to the wire. Christmas is NEXT WEEK! Can you believe it? It seems like just yesterday the kids were going back to school.

Are you done with your holiday shopping yet? Thankfully we finally are. Normally I’m done by November but this year we cut it pretty close. I’m just glad we’re done shopping. Now we just have to wrap.

I do have to pick up some stocking stuffers for my kids. They are older now so I usually get them an orange, some candy and a few small items for their stockings (earphones, lip gloss, gift card…).

This year my kids are going to find some holiday PEEPS® in their stockings.

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There are so many holiday themed PEEPS® to choose from.

  • PEEPS® Milk Chocolate Dipped Sugar Cookie Flavored Chicks (3 ct)
  • PEEPS® Gingerbread-Flavored Marshmallow Gingerbread Men (6 ct and 3 ct)
  • PEEPS® Chocolate Dipped Candy Cane Flavored Chicks (3 ct)
  • PEEPS® Milk Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Mint Flavored Trees (individually wrapped)
  • PEEPS® Chocolate Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Reindeer (6 ct)
  • PEEPS® Marshmallow Trees (3 and 9 ct)
  • PEEPS® Marshmallow Snowmen (3 and 9 ct)
  • PEEPS® Holiday Rainbow POP (4 ct)

This year PEEPS has a few new marshmallow treats to choose from.

  • NEW PEEPS® Marshmallow Minions (6ct)
  • NEW PEEPS® Hot Cocoa & Cream Flavored Marshmallow Dipped Chicks in White Fudge (3 ct)
  • NEW PEEPS® Candy Cane Flavored Marshmallow Chicks (10 ct)
  • NEW PEEPS® Large Marshmallow Snowmen (1 ct and 3 ct)

I LOVE the PEEPS® Chocolate Dipped Candy Cane Flavored Chicks! They are like potato chips – it’s hard to stop at just one. They are the perfect combination of marshmallow, peppermint and chocolate. Mmm… I wish I had more. Now I’m craving them.

PEEPS® was kind enough to send me some holiday PEEPS® to try out.

The PEEPS® Large Marshmallow Snowmen are HUGE. I love marshmallows in my hot chocolate so I put one in a mug of hot chocolate. It was way too big. :-) It was like drinking a mug of marshmallow topped with hot chocolate. That’s OK. It was still good.

The large PEEP was a bit too big for my mug of hot chocolate - but it was still yummy!

The large PEEP was a bit too big for my mug of hot chocolate – but it was still yummy!

Recently my kids and I made “cookies” out of graham crackers. We dipped/smeared melted chocolate on graham crackers and topped them with nuts, sprinkles, candy canes and PEEPS®. In a way it was like eating a S’more because it had a graham cracker, chocolate and marshmallow.

PEEPS® make great stocking stuffers AND additions to you holiday baking and treat making.

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My son even put one of the treats we made into the microwave for 15 seconds to malt the PEEP so that it was mroe like a S’more.

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I wanted to do something “crafty” with the PEEPS® too. Since it’s the holiday season my first thought was an ornament. PEEPS® get hard (stale) when left out in the air. I thought I could put an ornament “hanger” into a PEEP, let it go stale and hang it from the tree.

The idea was interesting… but not such a good idea when you have a dog and cats. It’s just one more temptation for them to want to get into the tree. So I nixed that idea. Maybe some day I’ll try it.

My next thought was a bouquet/centerpiece made out PEEPS®, but I wanted to keep them in the packages so they wouldn’t go stale.

It took me a bit to get it to work but I finally did it. If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw the photo already.

Peeps Basket

I thought something like this would be fun to set out at a holiday party (for adults or children) so that people can “pick” one of the packages of PEEPS® out of the bouquet and enjoy (either at the party or when they go home). It also makes a cute centerpiece.

Even our cat Bella liked the PEEPS® bouquet/centerpiece I made. So much so she was chewing on the packages trying to get them to open.

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This year PEEPS® has Minion shaped PEEPS®. I love the Minions! I had heard of the Minion PEEPS® but couldn’t find them in the store. I am thrilled that PEEPS® sent me some. They are so cute! These would make a cute gift addition for the Minion fan in your life.

Minion PEEPS

Too cute! The Minion PEEPS® are big too.

As you can see, PEEPS® can make a fun addition to your holiday, whether it’s for stocking stuffers, hot cocoa or even thinking outside of the box and creating something fun with them.

For more creative ideas using these fun and flavorful marshmallow treats visit www.MarshmallowPeeps.com. You can also check out the brand’s site, www.PeepsandCompany.com. You can also find them on social media.

Do you enjoy PEEPS®? What is your favorite flavor/shape? Have you ever used PEEPS® in a recipe or craft?

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Creating Memories with Holiday Baking

 

Gingerbread Cookies

 

I love this time of the year for so many reasons – the decorations, parties, music and all the delicious foods. This has to be the one time of the year when people go all out – especially when it comes to baking.

I am not much of a baker. I wish I was but I’m not. I’m a good cook but I have never really excelled at baking.

This time of year homemade (and not so homemade) cookies are in abundance. I love cookies. I wouldn’t mind a box of homemade cookies showing up at my door. :-)

One day I’d love to participate in a cookie exchange. Those sound like a lot of fun, but I guess I need to perfect baking before I can do that.

My mom wasn’t really into baking either. I wish she was because I would have loved to have stood next to her in the kitchen baking up mouth watering treats for our family. It’s also something I wish I could have passed down to my daughter.

Family Baking

I have family and friends who tell me stories about the times they spent with their mom or grandmother baking. It was a special bonding time where family recipes were passed down from one generation to another, as well as family stories. I think the experience (for me anyway) is more about the bonding then it is the baking. The baking is just a “bonus”.

I received a package from Macy’s filled with some goodies to help me bake some cookies with my family. Sadly my son really doesn’t have much interest in it (he rather eat the cookies then bake them). My teenage daughter wanted to make the cookies herself. She’ll be off to college next year and she wants to be able to do things on her own – without our help (got to love teenagers). She begged me to let her make the cookies that Macy’s sent us on her own.

I wanted to spend the time bonding with her and talking, but she wanted to take on the challenge of doing them on her own. So I let her make the cookies on her own.

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Macy’s sent a mason jar that was layered with ingredients to make cookies. All she needed to add was two eggs and some butter.

In addition to the cookie mix, Macy’s sent us a really nice spatula and oven mitt from the Martha Stewart Collection.

Macy's Baking

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Mixing Cookies

The directions were pretty simple, but my daughter mis-read something. Instead of making four dozen cookies she made about two dozen cookies – and she made them too big. As they baked they expanded to the point that they were all connecting with the ones around them. The cookie sheet looked like one big cookie. LOL!

Originally she was going to make shaped cookies (Gingerbread Man and Candy Cane) but then she decided she wanted to make the cookies with the Hershey’s Kiss in the middle. Needless to say that didn’t happen.

Macys Cookies

Even though the cookies came out mis-shapened and not the kind she originally started out making (the ones with the Kisses) they still turned out great and we got a huge laugh out of the experience. She wasn’t disappointed or upset that her cookies didn’t turn out the way she had hoped – she laughed about it even going so far as to say she should just stick to cooking and leave baking up to the experts. Ha Ha.

Believe it or not this cookie experience DID create a family memory. We’ll always remember this as the time our daughter’s cookies spread out all over the cookie sheet and she made giant cookies. I’m sure this will come up in conversation in the future when we make the attempt to bake cookies from scratch again.

A special “thank you” to Macy’s for the yummy cookie mix and great kitchen helpers from the Martha Stewart Collection.

For more information about Macy’s, or to find a location near you, visit Macys.com. You can also find them on social media.

Do you have any fond memories baking holiday treats? Feel free to share your stories.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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