Gingerbread Whoopie Pies with Bourbon Cream Cheese Filling

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Whoopie Pies are by far one of my favorite treats. A cake like exterior, but the size of a cookie? Perfection if you ask me. But let’s be real, it’s not like I’ve found whoopie pies in my small town (heck, I rarely saw them in New York City), so I decided to make my own this holiday season.

I debated a lot between doing eggnog or gingerbread, but decided that the gingerbread flavor would make up for the fact that I’m most likely not going to have the time to build a gingerbread house this year. BOO. I used this recipe for the whoopie pies. And, of course, it wouldn’t be a Christmas recipe without a bit of alcohol involved, so I used Maker’s Mark to make a bourbon cream cheese frosting.

Safe to say, they were gone within 15 minutes of taking them down to the boys at the bar ;)

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Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

I always seem to enjoy buying stocking stuffers the most. I love finding unique, fun gifts that you wouldn’t typically think of for the holidays. I find that good things do come in small packages, and often those good things are some of the most practical and usable things you’ll get.

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Weekend Reading

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I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas. Between finishing my shopping, wrapping presents, and working, I feel like the time is totally flying by. And truthfully, I’m not even decorating my apartment this year due to lack of time. Here are a few things that sparked my interest on the web this week:

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Fashion in Film: Annie Hall (1977)

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Annie Hall has easily been regarded as one of the most fashionable films of all time. It’s easy to see why. At a time when most women were in flowy dresses, or braless in tight t-shirts, Diane Keaton’s wardrobe (which is rumored to have been her own clothing), erred on the side of masculine.

Loose fitting trousers, classic white button ups, vests, and scarves all made up this effortlessly cool style the statement of the late 70s.

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Gift Guide : Experiences

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I’m a firm believer that buying people the gift of experience can be far more meaningful than any material gift that you can give. Throughout the years, I’ve been gifted concert tickets, cooking classes, sporting events, amazing dinners, and plays. These events are all burned into my memory and are by far some of the most important moments in my life so far.

It can be hard to find the time, and ensure that your partner, or friend, or family member will have the time to do such an event, so I’m a firm believer in pre-emptive warning. Unless you’re in a small town with very few events, generally you can get out your calendar, ask someone to reserve a date for you, and they won’t be the wiser when it comes to the event. Here are a few of my favorite ideas for giving the gift of experiences:

  • Tickets to Sporting Events/Plays/Concerts: If your giftee has a favorite team, band, or show, tickets are a great idea. Always buy two, but don’t be disappointed if you aren’t necessarily the recipient of the second one (although that might be poor etiquette).
  • Classes: Whether it’s cooking, dancing, or yoga, purchasing a class or two on a subject that the giftee is interested in is a sure fire way to get someone excited about continuing education.
  • Special Events: A delicious dinner out at a new restaurant, a paid for weekend away or excursion, or planning an event that the giftee has been talking about is a great way to show that not only were you listening, but that you want to spend time with that person.

Do you like receiving experiences like this? What has been the best gift you’ve ever received?

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