I've been searching around for some great DIY gifts to give to my friends and family this season.
Alas, while doing my usual pinning this week, I stumbled across a
really great idea: mason jar recipes! By simply taking a quart-size jar and filling it with all kinds of
goodies, you can create the most adorable gift. They're cute, convenient, and cost-effective.
Also, they're a perfect craft all-year-round and not just during the holidays. Triple threat? I think so!
to follow me on Pinterest. Pin the craft and recipe for yourself!
I Shopped at my Local Walmart to Gather Ingredients #bakingwithchocolate #shop
Naturally, I Picked Up Some Other Goodies too #shop
You Will Need M&Ms, Brown Sugar, Chocolate Chips, Oats, Flour, and Condensed Milk
Set a Funnel
Add 3/4 cup flour to create the first layer
Add 3/4 cup oats
Add 1/2 cup brown sugar
Add the chocolates. Pour a layer of both 1/2 cup M&Ms and 1/2 cup chocolate chips.
You may choose plain and peanut M&Ms work perfectly for this recipe!
Seal the jars and decorate them as you wish. As mentioned previously, I wanted
to follow a more holiday-friendly style, so I added some red fabric and green ribbon
to my jars! I also plan to add some cute gift tags.
I repeated this process a dozen times. Now I have twelve gifts to give to any person this holiday!
I have provided a full recipe below for those who want to omit the whole mason
jar process and simply make a batch of goodies for everyone to enjoy.
M&M Cookie Bars By:
Brittany @ Freckled Nettles Prep Time:
5-10 Minutes Bake Time:
25 Minutes Ingredients:
- 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
- 3/4 c. quick-cooking oats
- 1/2 c. brown sugar
- 1/2 c. M&Ms
- 1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 c.+ 2 tbsp. butter
- 7 oz. sweetened condensed milk
Pre-heat oven to 350. In a small-sized bowl, empty chocolate chip component of mason jar. Set aside. In a medium-sized bowl, empty the remainder of its contents. Mix in 1/2 cup melted butter, then stir. Remove a handful of oat mixture and set aside. Press remaining mixture into a greased pan. In a small pot, empty bowl of chocolate chips, then melt them together with the condensed milk and butter. Stir until everything is mixed well. Pour chocolate over oat mixture, then sprinkle it with remaining oats that were put aside. Top with any extra M&Ms that you may have left over, then bake. When finished, allow to cool for at least 20 minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy!
These Leave the House Smelling FABULOUS
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What's your favorite way to enjoy M&MS?
Aaaand cue the What I Ate
, for hosting!
Pumpkin Pie Oats Topped with Coconut Butter... Multiple Times :)
Veggie Omelet with a Side of Oatmeal
Huevos Rancheros for Daddyo
Baked Chocolate Chip QuestBar (Pure Bliss!)
Post-Run Double Chocolate Chunk
A Sweet Note Bagel with all the Fix-Ins
Grilled Buffalo Turkey Sammich with Sauteed Brussels
Uno Chicago Grill Pizza Appetizer
Black Bean Burger with Guacamole on a GF Bun
Thanksgiving Dinner by Yours Truly
Sushi for Lunch
Sushi for Dinner (Not all in the Same Day, of Course!)
Happy Hump Day, everyone!
What was your favorite food pick this Thanksgiving?
I LOVED the fresh beet and goat cheese combo that I did. However, dessert (pumpkin pie) always has a special place in my heart!
Okay, so maybe that was a little unnecessary. I just thought I would make it clear
that it's Tuesday, which only means one
thing today: a short, sweet "two words" post!I'm running out the door this morning to head over to the bakery
for production.I've got my cute, PINK chef coat on today (see below).
Here's to never ruining another shirt again!
Leftover Soup (Mmm, mmm, mmm!)
Here's to a fabulous day!
What's your favorite thing to do with Thanksgiving leftovers?
Holy. Moly. Freakin' December is already here. Can you believe it?
Not only does that mean 25 Days of Christmas starts, but that also means that it's time
to start holiday shopping, decorating, and finishing off my semester strong!
Only one more week until finals are over, then I'm done studying until next year!
Okay, so maybe that's only a month. If only, if only it was an actual full year.
A girl can dream... can't she? :)
Target's Clearance Section
Simple, Sparkly Nails
Thanksgiving Breakfast with Daddyo
Kicking my Run's Booty
Finally Getting Back into the Swing of Things
Treating Myself to a Black Friday Deal
Adding these Beauties to my Wish List
Our Little Charlie Brown Tree
Ryan and I Buying Ourselves Some Lounge Robes
Here's to another wonderful month. <3
What are you most excited for this month?
Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!
And a warm Happy Thanksgivukkah to everyone out there who is celebrating Hanukkah too.
I don't have a blog post today, but I do have a short message: create the habit of being
thankful not just on Thanksgiving, but each and every day.
I've learned that, as cliche as it sounds, life is entirely too short
to be anything but aware of how much you truly have and how much support is around you.
I'm using this holiday as a stepping stone and committing to being thankful all year long. <3
I'm off to have breakfast with Daddyo! Have a wonderful holiday!
Only one more day until the Thanksgiving holiday. Who's ready to feast? I'm over here trying to figure out what the hell I want to bring to dinner this year!
Do I want to bring something sweet? Something savory? I'm so torn!
I think I'll just bring some gluten-free bagels and call it a day. There, problem solved.
Happy What I Ate Wednesday!
PB-Banana Oats with Cinnamon
Plain Jane Cinnamon Oats with Coconut Butter
Sweet Potato, Cottage Cheese, and Cinnamon
Homemade Margherita Pizza
Everything "but the Sink" Kind of Dinner
Brown Rice Rolls
Chicken Pita with Picked Veggies and the BEST Tzatziki
I can't wait until next week to see everyone's holiday eats and treats! I'm off to bake some goodies for tomorrow. Thanks, Jenn
, for hosting!
What are you bringing to the table this year? Savory dish? Sweet dish? Give me some ideas, please!
Okay, okay... so maybe it's not Friday according to the calendar. However, it is Friday according to
my schedule! Class is out and the semester is paused for the holiday break. The only thing between me
and ample amounts of delicious holiday food is work, but I say that like it's a bad thing. :)
Today I'm updating everyone on my latest pins.
It's been a while since my last "Things I'm Pinning" post.
From DIY holiday gift ideas to delicious dishes, I've pinned it all!
If you would like to follow me, click here
PS: if there is something you like, then click the picture!
There is a chance
(not all had links) that you can check it out more in-detail!
All Things for the Home:
White Christmas Decor
All Things Christmas Gift-y:
Mason Jar Gifts
Homemade CC Candles
All Things Fashion:
Lace Trim Chiffon Blouse
Beautiful Plum Dresses
All Things Funny:
Tell Me you Didn't Say that Out Loud
One of the Best Holiday Workouts :)
All Things Food:
Pepperoni Pizza Quesadillas
Cranberry Quinoa Stuffing
That wraps up all of my latest pins! Have a wonderful day, everyone!
What's your favorite thing to give during the holidays? Homemade or store-bought gifts?
Annnnnd we can finally begin the countdown to Thanksgiving! I don't know about you, but I'm
anticipating Thanksgiving this year because of one thing: Christmas decorations.
Yep, my roommate wants to wait until the day after Thanksgiving to put the tree and such up.
I'm so, so used to having it up beforehand! I guess having a little patience won't kill me.
But if it does... you all know why. ;)
Happy Monday, Friends!
Freezing to Death at the Bakery... but Smiling it Out
Getting Rid of my HRM. No More Numbers
NuNaturals Sending Me 'Sweet' Goodies
Red Heels... Because Every Girl Needs Red Heels
Seeing Our Sweet Note Bagels in the Grocery Aisle
Reminding Myself This Every Day
Stumbling Across this Chocolate Boutique
How Accurately this Depicts Me
Experiencing the Perks of 6 AM Runs
Love Running 5ks
And Leg Day, of Course
Discovering these Bad Boys
Chasing that Match
Here's to a marvelous holiday week!
What lights your fire? What keeps you motivated?
The feeling of accomplishment keeps my fire lit. I find so much joy in accomplishing goals. I prove to myself that I am capable of doing anything that I put my mind to and capable of fulfilling things that I thought I couldn't. The feeling truly drives me.
Brrr. This is a very COLD What I Ate Wednesday!
I got up at 6 AM this morning and endured a 5k run in 30-degree weather.
Needless to say, though, I am feeling fabulous!
All that's left to do is finish this warm cup o' Joe, get to class, work, then
to the sushi restaurant for a Japanese date with Mama.
Not too bad for a Wednesday, right? :)
Let the Eats and Treats Begin!
Pumpkin Pie Oats with Fresh Fruit
...and More Pumpkin Pie Oats, but with PB!
Sweet Note Bakery GF, Vegan Bagels
B'Fast Sammich on a GF Bagel
A Plain, Simple Sweet Potato with PB & Cinnamon
Cobb Salad with Chicken
Homemade Buffalo Chicken Pizza
Pesto Chilean Sea Bass, Brussels, and Caprese Salad
Pesto Salmon and Caprese Salad (I'm in Love with This Meal!)
Happy Hump Day, everyone! Thanks, Jenn
, for hosting! What's your favorite kind of salad?
so maybe these are two things that you typically wouldn't expect to find together.
I have all good intentions today, I promise! As you know from my previous introductory post, my other Sweet Note Bakery
half, Michelle the Baker, has started her own healthy living blog! We
share extremely similar tastes, so I've decided to share her newest recipes on
here in addition to my own. Everyone loves a good BOGO bargain, right? :)Anyway, today I'm featuring one of the recipes that we cooked up last Friday during our girls' night.Also, I'm featuring a quick, simple pizza recipe that can be prepared in less than 10 minutes! So, basically, if you love 20-minute meals, then today's post is definitely for you.
Perfect Pistachio Pesto: By: Michelle the BakerPrep Time: 5 MinutesCook Time: 0 Minutes Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup pistachios
- 1 cup fresh basil
- 1/2 lemon juiced/squeezed
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp crush red pepper
- 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup olive oil- depending on your desired consistency
Simply add all the ingredients into a food processor, then slowly add the oil until you've reached a desired consistency. The pesto can remain in the fridge for about 1 week!
Chilean Sea Bass Pairs Wonderfully with the Pesto
Head over to Michelle's blog and check out her entire post!
As for my recipe contribution today, I give you...
Buffalo Chicken Tortilla Pizza By: Brittany @ Freckled NettlesPrep Time: 4 Minutes Cook Time: 8-9 Minutes Ingredients:
- 1 tortilla (I suggest Flatout brand or a brown rice tortilla)
- 2 tbsp. spreadable brie
- 1/2 cup part-skim mozzarella
- 3 slices chicken breast
- 1/3 cup chopped broccoli
- 2 tbsp. hot sauce (I use Cholula... and I may use more than 2 tbsp. :p)
- 1 tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
Directions: Place the tortilla on a non-stick baking sheet. Spread both cheeses onto the crust. Chop up chicken breast and scurry it on top of cheeses. Do the same with the broccoli. Finally, finish the pizza with generous drizzles of hot sauce and sprinkle it with basil. Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes (depending on desired crisp) and enjoy!
I've Been on a Hot Sauce Kick Lately. Can you Tell?
And that wraps up my crazy concoction of recipes today. Bon appetite!
What's your favorite way to use pesto?