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Today’s the day…the day of The 2012 Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap reveal!!!
But first, I have decided to join in on Jenn of Peas & Crayons What I Ate Wednesday shenanigans!!! I think it is a great way to not only hold yourself accountable for the food choices you make on a daily basis, but it is also another fun way to bond and connect with other bloggers! I totally count my calories on a daily basis too, so it’s not like this whole idea is completely foreign to me. Please also forgive the horrible photography skills I’ve got kicking in some of those photos. I can’t expect perfection from myself all the time!
So, without further adieu..
- Breakfast: Pumpkin spice coffee w/ 1 tbsp Natural Bliss all natural caramel coffee creamer & 1 Nunaturals stevia packet, fig greek yogurt, 1 oz. dry roasted almonds, and ice water
- Lunch: 2 celery stalks w/ 1tbsp Reese peanut butter & 1 tbsp almond butter with flax seeds, 1 oz. Cracker Barrel sharp cheddar cheese with 6 Flip Side garlic herb pretzel crackers, 1 giant Honeycrisp apple, a can of cherry coke zero, and ice water.
- Snack: (an unpictured bowl of) All natural, air-popped popcorn spritzed with olive oil and all natural popcorn seasoning, Celestial Seasonings Sugar Plum Spice tea w/ stevia and ice water.
- Supper: 4 oz. of London Broil (my MIL is fab), roasted butternut squash with ground cinnamon and a touch of Nunaturals stevia, a side spinach salad with carrots, cucumbers, green peppers, dried blueberries, sunflower seeds, and a tablespoon of light honey mustard dressing and ice water.
- Sweet Treat: a peanut butter spoon speckled in chocolate chips…swoon…and, of course, more ice water!
Now back to the cookies!
This lovely charade is hosted by the lovely Lindsay of Love and Olive Oil & Julie of The Little Kitchen and consisted of bloggers creating new cookie recipes and baking up three dozen to be sent to three other bloggers.
Fun idea right?
Oh, and did I mention that we all banded together and raised over $4,400 for Cookies for Kid’ Cancer. How amazing is that?!?
I had a really hard time deciding on what I was going to make, but I *finally* settled on a buttery, crumbly, whole wheat biscotti, and I was absolutely thrilled with the results.
But first…let me introduce the bloggers who shipped some goodies to me!
My first package was a box of chocolate spice gingerbread
from Sarah of The Frosted Kitchen.
How frickin’ cute is that frickin’ reindeer?!?
My second batch was Swedish Gingerbread
from Sara of Confectionery Tales of a Bakeaholic.
These were crispy and seasonally spicy,
and were lovely with a spot of tea!
And my third batch was…you guessed it…
more gingerbread from Kara at Domestic Endeavors!
My FIL ate most of these…I could barely get my hands on them!
Thank you so much ladies! I appreciate the thought and effort that went behind every batch 🙂
Ready to feast your eyes on some Butter Pecan Biscotti?!?
I have really been on a biscotti kick for some reason lately! There really is no explanation for it. Maybe it’s because I was expecting them to be so much harder to make than they really are?
My Butterbeer Biscotti were the first batch I’ve ever made, and they turned out beautifully…so I guess it makes sense for me to want to make them all the time, considering I’m not the best baker and I seriously once made a cake and forgot to add the flour…don’t ask.
Believe it or not, I almost like this recipe better than the butterbeer ones, but I really think it’s just because I made these much much smaller than the other ones.
These are the perfect nibbling size and are absolutely delightful served next to a piping hot cup of chai tea or hazelnut coffee while you are snuggled on the couch in your Snuggie reading a snuggly good book.
Oh, and a big shout out to OXO Good Grips for their absolutely *precious* “Be a Good Cookie” spatula! I think that is just above and beyond, and I can totally tell I’m going to be using it for many years to come. Now…if I can just get my hands on one of their fabulous cherry pitters I’ve heard so much about, I’d be set! (*cough, cough…husband…cough, cough*).
So, yeah…these cookies are fabulous, and the toastiness of the pecans combined with the sweet white chocolate drizzle is absolutely out of this world.
I’m seriously so stoked that I had to ship all of these out of the house because there is absolutely no way I could’ve resisted eating them.
So, over all, I’d say this whole cookie swap was a super fun concept and an even more fun idea.
I’m thinking that I might go ahead and start prepping ideas for what I’m going to make next year 😉
Getting to know you…
Have you ever participated in a cookie swap?
What’s your favorite cookie?
Do you have a cherry pitter?