Loving Life after 50

Emerald City and Cookies and Cream Blossums

Happy Monday Folks and did you know that Christmas Eve is in less than nine days, NINE Days OMG I feel like a little cartoon character running around like crazy cus I am no where near where I usually am in my preparation. I have just begun my Christmas baking and seriously I am like a psycho baker at Christmas and just starting, well that could have been a disastrous thing….but if you follow me on Instagram you will know that I went shopping on Friday and picked up this baby. I believe I am more excited about this red machine that I was my first car coincidentally also red ( 1985 Plymouth Horizon and probably the same size as this baby) I LOVE this machine, my new Kitchen Aid Artisan Series is a dream, and I wonder why did I struggle without this for so long. Whipped shortbread you will be a breeze.
kitchenaid Artisan Red Mixer
I was told the secret to perfect buttercream is whipping the butter for fifteen minutes and I could not even fathom holding my mixer for five minutes let alone fifteen and I can now tell you whipping the butter for fifteen minutes does create the perfect icing. Saturday began my baking frenzy and I may have made Shortbreads, Thumbprints, Swedish Strips, Oreo Truffles, Peanut Butter Truffles, Peanut Butter Blossums, Gingerbread Mousse Cups, Macaroon Cups,White Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Chip Shortbread, Creme Caramel Sandwiches, snickerdoodles and Cookies and creme blossoms… 13 types over the weekend I guess some may think that is a tad crazy.  Most of these recipes I have shared but the Cookies and Cream Blossums are new this year.  I discovered I had a bag of Cookies and Cream Kisses and I wanted to try something new so I searched Pinterest, found a great concept ( except it called for a sugar cookie mix) so then I googled sugar cookies and combined the two for a fantastic addition to my cookie collection.

Raspberry Thumbprints

shortbreads for christmas

shortbreads for christmas

I may or may not have a fascination with Hershey Kisses but what the heck don’t they scream Christmas.

hershey kisses
Emerald City and Cookies and Cream Blossums
  • Sugar Cookie Base:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 stick, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract mexican vanilla works best
  • 1 Cup Chocolate Chips
  1. One bag of Cookies and Cream Kisses that will need to be opened ( do not eat them save them for the cookies)
  2. In large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt. With an electric mixer ( or your new Kitchen aid), cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture; beat until combined, slowly add chocolate chips.
  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment. Using a one inch scoop, create dough balls, roll in white sugar and space evenly on sheet.
  4. Bake 6-8 minutes, remove from oven and immediately place a kiss in the center of each cookie.
  5. Place gently on cooling rack and there you have it deliciousness to savour with a big glass of milk, or coffee, or tea or hot chocolate….. you get the picture just enjoy.

Hershey cookies and cream blossums


For my Monday Outfit wearing my favourite Michael Kors Sweater over a LBD ( found at Target for a steal of a deal last year) add a pair of Leopard heels for interest and there ya have it simple, easy, classic pieces.  Nothing flashy today just a classic work outfit ( and one with a bit of give to make up for all the cookies I sampled this week. ( wearing one of my new Black Friday necklaces from Forever 21)

Michael Kors Cardigan with a Little Black Dress

LBD with a Green Michael Kors Cardigan


LDB with a michael kors cardigan


forever 21 triangle necklace


michael kors emerald green sweater

leopard shoes, kmart

  Blooper of the day


michael kors sweater and LBD



Past wears:



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  • Emerald suits you very well, lady.

    • Thank you, emerald and navy I think are my all time fav colours and together…

  • You sure baked up a storm this weekend. Also yay on the mixer. I mix everything up hand. Due to I don't own an electric mixer.

    • Once you go electric you can never go back, it is so efficient and easy

  • You always look great in Green AND Yellow. That cardigan is awesome. I am dying over those Christmas Cookies though. They look delightful!

    P.S. Come link up with me today or tomorrow!! =))

  • Yay you got the KitchenAid mixer! Woo-hoo! I'm so glad you did that, and look at all you've already done with it. Amazing! I'm making Xmas cookies with my daughter this weekend, I will use my KitchenAid and think of you! XO, Jill

    • It was on my mind to much and then I started baking and went what am I doing, so Friday we purchased it and so easy to use. I love it. Good luck this weekend

  • Look at those delightful cookies! And you look fab too, great in green. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, xo.

  • The green jacket is lovely, but OH MY those leopard Mary Janes!! Where did you get those fabulous shoes?

    • Kmart about 4 years ago ( in Williamsburg Virginia) The Jaclyn Smith Collection

  • This post is making me hungry! I am planning some serious baking this week too!

    Pumps and Push-Ups

  • Love the emerald on you, looks great with the black. And the cookies… OMG, this is my weakness, I love love love cookies and yours look so good 🙂
    from the link up
    please stop by, jess xx

    • Thanks Jess, I love cookies as well and good lord I need to stop snacking

  • Your cookies look so perfect! Mine never turn out that pretty….what a wonderful skill to have
    The Doctor Diva

  • Very, very pretty and of the season but not goofy Christmas green! Pretty color on you, especially. Did you darken your haircolor or change to reddish? Even if it's just the flash, you look great!
    It's just Dan and I so we don't decorate … ours are all at the restaurant. Feel like I got to go "home" for a minute with a peek in your kitchen! Nice of you … thanks!

  • Wow, aren't you a baking maniac. I love your new red mixer, I guess you need a powerhouse like that if your going to bake that many cookies. You will have many lucky friends when you hand these out. Happy Holidays!

  • Ash

    YUM! Look at all those treats! 13 types!? Wow, impressive. I baked 5 :o) but they were delicious!..I wish there were some left haha