‘Tis The Season To Be Baking

A few posts ago I wrote about what I buy for people, this one is what I make for people (or for my apartment). And yes, they are all edible. 🙂 Yum.

Easiest, most addictive recipe ever, so addicting it’s called Christmas Crack. You can also call it Christmas Toffee. I always put Christmas in the name so that I only make it at Christmas. Here’s a link to the recipe by A Southern  Grace: Terribly Terrific Toffee.

I love peppermint. Peppermint in my coffee, hot chocolate, chocolate, ice cream, gum…so why wouldn’t I want it in my popcorn? Plain Chicken‘s blog has a delicious recipe forpeppermint cookies and cream popcorn! I cannot believe how easy and cute this is. I stole this image from her page, because well, it’s adorable.

Guinness. Who doesn’t love it? Chocolate. Who doesn’t love that? Guinness Brownies!!!!!!!!!  I don’t have a picture for this because they look like regular brownies, but the taste….. oh the taste.

The last holiday baking staple are cake balls. I don’t really like cake, but I love bite sized foods. Bakerella has the best recipes for cake balls. I’m making these this weekend for my sister’s baby shower. I’ve made them for engagement parties and bridal showers too. Everyone loves them, even people who don’t like cake. Don’t ask me why we cake dislikers like cake balls. They’re just that good.


Another Adventure Ahead!

I’ve been back in NM from Iraq for only 5 months and I’m already getting antsy about not having an overseas adventure planned for the summer.

BUT I am super excited to announce that my traveling itch will be scratched with a move to CA in January!

What’s this you ask? A move? Didn’t you just move into an apartment? CA? Why move when you live in the land of enchantment?

I did just move into an apartment, but my amaaaaazing roommate is encouraging this move. 🙂 She thinks it’s a great opportunity for God to mature me and use me.

What will I do in CA? I’ll be interning at Krochet Kids International until June. I’m going to be learning more about PR and how NGOs use them. Awesome? I think so.

Check KKi out. PLC changed my life forever and made me view ‘non-profits’ in a whole new light. Because of PLC I started out researching KKi to not like them. After 4 hours of research I couldn’t stop smiling about how inspiring this organization is (I hate how I just ended that sentence with the word: is). I HAD TO APPLY FOR THEIR INTERNSHIP. It’s beautiful how they, holistically, want to ‘empower people to rise above poverty.’ Even better, they’re doing it because of the Love of Jesus.

I’ll be living in an intern house, which is pretty much on the beach. While I am sure the CA beaches are not as gorgeous as FL’s panhandle, I’m going to make it a goal to run on them often(ish) and learn to surf (or at least try it once). I hope/ pray it’s as smooth, awesome and fun as Iraq’s intern living situation was. Who knew I would miss living with Courtney family, 6 guys and Lydia? I’m guessing this intern house will have more girls then Iraq’s, so I am going to try my hardest to not judge based on the minimal Facebook stalking I’ve already conducted. 😉 So far they seem pretty easy-going and likable!

SO if you’d like to support me while I’m on my (unpaid) internship, let me know! Prayers are always appreciated. I’ll be blogging the whole time I’m in CA, so stay tuned for this new journey!

Giving Gifts That Give

December is here! This means finals, papers, presentations, my birthday, Christmas and ending the year. December is, by far, my favorite month. The good (birthday, Christmas, parties, snow) outweighs the bad (finals, papers, presentations). My goals for the first few weeks of December are to have my term paper for my grad. class completed (0/30 pages done so far) and to finish my Christmas shopping (0 gifts bought so far). Every year I try to give gifts that give. Here are a few of my favorite places to buy gifts that give:

Buy Shoes Save Lives: My dad LOVES riding his motorcycle while wearing the Revolutionary Scarf from BSSL. At first I wasn’t sure about the Lifesaving Tank, but my sister and I each have one and we’ve each discovered so many ways of wearing it (with a cardigan, belt it, make it a razorback). The shirt gets so many compliments…definitely a great gift. I bought my mom the Serenity Candle gift basket from Prosperity Candle (through BSSL). I stole the basket from the set because I liked it so much. 😉

Check out BSSL’s parent site Preemptive Love Coalition. Why? Because they’re saving lives, amazing and I interned in Iraq with them for a few months. Also you can donate right now (CLICK HERE!!!!!) and the government of Iraq will match every dollar you give with $28! THAT IS A DEAL!

Krochet Kids International: My friends loved handmade gifts. I am not so great at making handmade gifts (except the edible kind). Solution: hats made from women in Peru/ Uganda. They’re handmade and the money goes back to the ladies who made it. Economic Cycle Success! The Betty and The Thomas are probably my two faves right now. Also someone should expect the Empower hoodie and Love tee under the tree!

Samaritan’s Purse: Honestly the best gifts I’ve received (besides my adorable dog, Dolce) have been from Samaritan’s Purse. A child’s education, chicks, money for a well, food for a week and basic medicines are all great gifts to give!

The Body Shop: Girls usually get and give a lot of body lotions/ make-up/ bath stuff as gifts. I totally support good hygiene, smelling and looking nice. More than that I support fair trade, human rights and not testing animals for cosmetic purposes. The Body Shop is full of great gifts that support these too! Buy a bag for life from here and the proceeds from some of them go to stop sex trafficking, then fill it with great products that support community trade (which employs people in need of jobs and helps over 500 children in India go to school).

St. Jude: Maybe I love St. Jude because I’ve several friends who have raised money, shaved their heads, donated the money to St. Jude and then donated their hair to kids with cancer. Or maybe I love St. Jude because they NEVER turn a child or family away (even if they can’t pay). Maybe I love them because LOFT loves them. Whatever the reason, every year I donate to them every year. You can also shop for your family and friends if you want something material for your donation!

I am sure there are more great ways to give gifts that give, but these are my holiday favorites!