Holiday Cookies eBook: Free Download

FREE DOWNLOAD: Holiday Cookies- 10 delicious cookie recipes for the holidays and beyond

Today is the big day!  I switched my site over from my previous SweetBellaRoos.com to Grace and Good Eats.  This change was a long time coming and I am so excited to begin 2015 with my new site.  When I started Sweet Bella Roos it was a semi-private blog, affectionately nicknamed after my daughter, and my Mom was my only reader.  I never imagined it would grow to what it is today or that I would still get so much joy from sharing a little piece of my life with all of you.  I struggled with a bit of an identity crisis, afraid to commit to being a “food blog”, but as my recipe development and food photography skills have (immensely) improved over the past five years, I’m finally ready to wear the title proudly. …

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Giftable Single Serving Hot Cocoa

Single Serving Hot Cocoa- perfect to gift in little containers filled with marshmallows, peppermint, etc

 I found these little plastic ornaments at Michael’s (orig. $1.99, sale $.99) a few days ago and thought they would be PERFECT to fill with something.  I love that they are square, and are able to sit up nicely, as opposed to the round ones you usually find.  The lids popped out no problem and they were super easy to assemble. …

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M&M Candy Pretzel Bark

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Glad & M&M’S®. All opinions are 100% mine.

M&M Pretzel Candy Bark- so yummy, and perfectly giftable for the holidays

I feel like I’ve been unusually on the ball this holiday season.  The house is decorated inside and out, I’ve been busy baking treats, and I’ve even remembered to move the Elf every night!  I talked my husband into a real Christmas tree this year (our fake one is starting to look a little “Charlie Brown”) and I already have presents under it.  Last year we didn’t even get our lights up on the house and I was up all night wrapping on Christmas Eve. …

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Sweet and Salty M&M Popcorn

The perfect mix of sweet and salty popcorn

Are you a fan of popcorn?  I can take it or leave it.  It always smells so amazing freshly popped, but after a big handful I’ve usually had my fill.  It’s my husband’s favorite snack (second maybe to chips and salsa) and he likes to have a big bowl of it while we catch up on the DVR after the kiddos go to bed. …

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DIY Coffee Sugar Scrub

This post brought to you by Dollar General. All opinions are 100% mine.

DIY Coffee Sugar Scrub- an easy gift for teachers, friends, or family! Less than $2.15 each

I’m one of those people who doesn’t like to drink coffee, but loves the smell of it.  My husband recently started drinking it in the mornings and since then I’ve been stealing whiffs from the canister as I’m trying to wake up.   It just smells so rich!  

No one likes coffee more than my Dad though.  He drinks it morning, noon, and night- especially with my Mom’s sweet treats.  I remember always wanting to drink it as a kid to be like Dad.  My parents let my sister and I try it once; my sister loved it, but my cup ended up being about 99% milk. :)

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Christmas Bingo- Free Printable

Christmas Bingo- 10 FREE Printable Cards #christmasMerry Christmas Eve!  I hope you are baking up yummy treats and spending time with loved ones right now! Just in case you are looking for something fun to do together (or something to keep the kiddos busy while you frantically wrap last minute presents… just sayin’), I’ve created this fun Christmas Bingo free printable for you.  There are 10 different cards in the set.  (You can print off an extra card and cut out the squares to make it easier to call them out if you like.)…

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Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies

Can I tell you a secret?  I may, or may not, have just decorated my Christmas tree today.  Would it be better if I told you the naked tree has been up for two weeks but I just got around to decorating it?  No?  Not better?  Seriously, I don’t know if it was Thanksgiving being so late, or the fact we were on vacation the first week of December, but I can’t believe Christmas is only a week away!!…

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Elf on the Shelf While on Vacation

What to do with your Elf on the Shelf when you're away on vacation! Such a cute idea! #Christmas #ElfontheShelf

I mentioned yesterday that we just returned from a week long vacation to Florida.  The night before we left for our trip, our Elf on the Shelf, Charlotte, made her grand entrance.  (I wanted to name her Penelope, but as we are currently reading Charlotte’s Web, you can see that I lost that battle.)  She showed up at the top of our (undecorated) Christmas tree the morning we were to leave.  When we left, I made sure I was the last one to leave the house and I wrapped the tree in toilet paper and sat Charlotte on the table beside it holding an empty roll so she would be ready to go when we got back….

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Christmas Crack aka Saltine Cracker Toffee

Christmas Crack aka Chocolate Saltine Cracker Toffee- this stuff is ridiculously easy to make and SO addicting! Perfect to gift or snack on #Christmas

Last week I was enjoying the gorgeous, sunny, breezy, 82 degree weather in Florida.  Today, I am iced in below freezing with dangerously low groceries and a rapidly developing case of cabin fever.  Did I mention I live in TEXAS? 

My husband went to the store last night after we made it home (after being stuck on the road 2 blocks from our house for 45 minutes because of a van and truck blocking both lanes of traffic) only to find that the aisles were completely empty.  No milk of any kind- let alone the precious organic whole milk for the baby, no meat- chicken, pork, beef, you name it they were out of it, no produce- bins completely empty.  He said there was one package of bread on the entire bread aisle, and it had been torn open… probably damaged in the fight he said (haha).  I’ve never seen anything like this- the state of the grocery stores, or the conditions of the roads!…

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