Monday, December 27, 2010

Awesome Shops to Find Awesome Gifts!

I found two Etsy shops over the holidays that made gifting so much easier! I love these shops and I hope you will too!

Thistle Delight Soapworks had something for everyone in my family! I ordered four of their soaps and every one of them smelled absolutely fabulous! My family loved them! What's even better, the shop had a holiday sale, which made everything so much nicer. Thistle Delight has great customer service too- I ordered two soaps at first, and when they got here, they smelled so wonderful that I just had to get more! So, I ended up ordering SUPER last minute (Like a few days before Christmas) and my soaps arrived way sooner than I expected!

Here is one that I ordered for myself-

Spiced Pear Luxurious Olive Oil Soap....Cold Process...Everyone say Yum.
Smells like heaven!!! I loved having this hidden in my room before Christmas- I could smell it every time I walked in! Wonderful.

Something else really fun- I made these scrubby things for all of the soaps I ordered. They are like little terrycloth (towel fabric) sacks that you can put the soap in, and it works like a washcloth, so you get a nice lather.

But guess what? If you don't have something like this, Thistle Delight has you taken care of! They also sell these neat soap sacks that you can put your soap in. They are made out of the same material as a bath loofa (fun word!) and work up a great lather while helping your soap last for a long time.
Soap Sacks The Awesome invention you shouldn't be without...Purple

Thanks to Thistle Delight, Christmas smelled great! 

Ok, the next shop has fabulous and affordable gifts for all the girls on your list- SinfuneeDelicious! She makes these fun, totally customizable bracelets! I ordered One for my mother, sisters, friend... And customized each with a picture, name, and little message on the inside of the cuff. They were so fun and affordable, that, well, I got one for me too! :)

 How sweet! And funny enough, my mother must have checked my Etsy favorites list, because she gave me some for Christmas too!

I think they are so cute.
See? Totally customizable.

And super light weight too! Perfect for everyday wear.

I loved that I could totally do whatever designs and words I wanted! These make such great gifts!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Oh. My. Goodness. Amazing. Cookies.

Ok, so I love the recipies from Better Homes and Gardens. I go on their website to find delicious recipies to print out, but I always end up printing out like a dozen  or more! It must be the delicious looking pictures!
Anyway, this is one that I just tried out. In the words of my friend who ate one, they are "fantasta-freakin'-awesome!"

Don't they look so delicious? They taste ten times better than they look!

 Peanut Butter Munchies

Peanut butter centers? To die for!!!

Here's the recipe:

Peaunt Butter Munchies


  • 1-1/2  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1/2  cup  unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/2  cup  butter, softened
  • 1/2  cup  granulated sugar
  • 1/2  cup  packed brown sugar
  • 1/4  cup  peanut butter
  • 1    egg
  • 1  tablespoon  milk
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla
  • 3/4  cup  sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/2  cup  peanut butter
  • 2  tablespoons  granulated sugar


1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F. In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda; set aside.
2. In a large mixing bowl beat together butter, the 1/2 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, and the 1/4 cup peanut butter with an electric mixer until combined. Add egg, milk, and vanilla; beat well. Beat in as much of the dry ingredients as you can with mixer. Stir in remaining dry ingredients by hand with a wooden spoon. Form chocolate dough into 32 balls about 1-1/4 inches in diameter. Set aside.
3. For peanut butter filling, in a medium mixing bowl combine powdered sugar and the remaining 1/2 cup peanut butter until smooth. Shape mixture into 32 (3/4-inch) balls.
4. On a work surface, slightly flatten a chocolate dough ball and top with a peanut butter ball. Shape the chocolate dough over the peanut butter filling, completely covering the filling. Roll dough into a ball. Repeat with the remaining chocolate dough and peanut butter filling balls.
5. Place balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Lightly flatten with the bottom of a glass dipped in the 2 tablespoons granulated sugar.
6. Bake cookies in preheated oven for 8 minutes or until they're just set and surface is slightly cracked. Let cookies stand for 1 minute. Transfer cookies to wire racks; cool. Makes 32 cookies.
To Store: Place in layers separated by waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.



Ok, I am so happy that if my face is stuck in a smile, I really wouldn't be suprised. Once I tell you why, you'll be wondering how the heck I could be so happy about this.

NEWHOTGLUEGUN!!!!!!!!!!   :D


I got a stellar new hot glue gun from my sister for Christmas!

I know what you're thinking right about now. "lame!"
But no, really. I am so stoked. You don't even know. Pretty much, I have been using my mother's hot glue gun for a while now, and it stunk. No, it didn't smell (well yes it did) but it was a major headache!

I'll give you five good reasons why it made me sad:
1. It takes 15-20 min to heat up.
2. Its little stand thing doesn't even hold it up.
3. You have to shove the glue sticks in with your thumb due to lack of trigger. (so much for glue GUN?)
4. Just because.
5. Oh, it smells funny.


See? It is a hobo gun! (Nothing against homeless individuals. Or Thermogrip. Or penguins.)

Ok, I know that hot glue guns cost like $2 at Michaels, (which is strangely less expensive than glue sticks) but I was just holding out on this old thing for some reason that I will come up with later.

Ok. So here it is. The awesome-est ever glue gun in the history of ever.
Brace yourselves.

Oh yeah!!!!!!!!!

As far as glue guns go, this is pretty beast. Literally. Hot Pink and Cheeta Print? Heats up in less than 4 minutes? Has a trigger? Score.

Ok, you probably still think this whole thing is super lame, but if you had experience with a hobo glue gun like I did, you would think this was the next best thing after peanut butter chocolate cookies.