Love, Juliebug

I don't know about you but Christmas treats are my favorite treats. Thank goodness there are so many of them to choose from! I put together this list of Christmas treats so we can all indulge together. Mmm. Honestly, I don't know if I can pick my favorite because they all look amazing.

In my family, we don't have a particular treat that gets made each year. Although, my husband does love fudge. If it were up to me I'd make frosted sugar cookies a whole bunch. I didn't include a recipe for those here because honestly, it seems like everyone has a favorite sugar cookie recipe. Please click on any photo to get to the original site for the recipe!

Christmas Cranberry Cake
Momma Lew

The best way to show your loved ones how much you care is to give them a homemade gift in form of these delicious Homemade Peppermint Patties. This can easily become your favorie Christmas recipe ever.
OMG Chocolate Desserts

Everything Mommyhood
grinch cookies
Simplistically Living

Butterscotch Haystacks! Crunchy, salty chow mein noodles and peanuts covered in butterscotch. These eat a lot like chocolate covered pretzels with a perfect combo of salty and sweet!
South Your Mouth

Cherry Almond Cookies ~ One adorable & tasty little treat!  Perfect for Christmas cookie trays, cookie exchanges, Valentine's Day treats, or for everyday enjoying.
The Kitchen Is My Playground

This Easy Homemade Divinity Candy is fantastic and so great for the holidays! Chewy, soft, melt-in-your-mouth candy that's a cross between nougat and fudge with vanilla and pecans. A must-make recipe!:
The Domestic Rebel

Reindeer Rice Krispies - the cutest treat you will see all Christmas season. Make this recipe and deliver them to family and friends!:
30 Handmade Days

Chocolate Caramel Fudge is easy-to-make salted caramel topped chocolate fudge.:
The Recipe Critic

Gingerbread Gooey Butter Cookies ~ Pure Christmas deliciousness! Melt-in-your-mouth Gingerbread Gooey Butter Cookies baked from scratch and spiced just right for the Christmas holiday. Each nibble brings back fond childhood memories of gingerbread cake or cookies at Christmastime. Everyone will love these!:
Wicked Good Kitchen

Add this cookie recipe for Brownie Buckeye Cookies to your list of Christmas Cookies! Your friends and family will be so impressed! You can't go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter cookies!:
Saving You Dinero

...a shortbread cookie with a wonderful Hershey's chocolate kiss surprise in the center! Would be fun for Christmas or Valentines Day!:
Cakes Cottage 

No bake christmas wreath cookies made with corn flakes and marshmallows! These only take 20 minutes to make!:
The First Year

Snowball Christmas Cookies (best ever) ~ Simply the BEST! Buttery, never dry, with plenty of walnuts for a scrumptious melt-in-your-mouth shortbread cookie (also known as Russian Teacakes or Mexican Wedding Cookies). Everyone will LOVE these classic Christmas cookies!:
Wicked Good Kitchen

Frosted Cranberry Cookies - sweet soft cranberry shortbread cookies with vanilla cranberry icing!:
The Novice Chef

So, are you drooling yet? I tried to include some traditional cookies (to me) and some that I had never seen before. My friend and I were talking about Rice Krispie treats the other day. They are her favorite and I can't remember the last time I tried to make them. So, I think first up on my list of treats to try is the Reindeer Rice Krispies. They are so stinkin' cute and I bet they taste delicious too. What is the first thing you will be making? Oh and don't forget to go and leave love for the people who originally shared these!

Wednesday, December 7th

The Polar Express (2004)

The Santa Clause


Can you believe we are a week in already? While there aren't as many movies on tonight, they are all great! Did I mention I love the movie Elf? Will Farrell is hit and miss with me but in this one he's definitely great!

Tuesday, December 6th


Scrooged (1988)

The Polar Express (2004)

The Santa Clause

The Polar Express is one of my 8 year old's favorite movies (and books). It's a wonderous, magical adventure and I wish I could ride that train! Is the Polar Express loved in your house?
I have been a Pentatonix fan for quite some time now and I'm so glad to see them gaining such a large fan base. That being said, if you haven't heard of them I suggest you start with the song below. I'm sure you've seen many different covers of this song but for me, there will never be a more gorgeous one. As I listen to this I get chills. All the sounds are made strictly by their voices and it sounds heavenly. As a former choir girl and singer to this day, I completely geek out by their ability to blend and harmonize so well. Take a listen and let me know what you think.

They currently have two Christmas albums. The newest, released this year, is titled "A Pentatonix Christmas" and features the song I've shared above. If you have Spotify you can listen to the album by following the link HERE and please consider supporting the band by purchasing it. Are you a fan of Pentatonix? What song that they sing is your favorite?

I've not been paid to post this by the way. I just love this group! 

If there's one thing I need more of in my life it's grace. In general, I tend to have abundant grace for other people and next to none for myself. I recently read Hope Unfolding by Becky Thompson. was so well-timed for me. I loved how she wrote as if she were my friend, gently reminding me of God's truth. Throughout the reading, there were questions that I often used as journal prompts. Each chapter ends with three sections: Let's Talk, Let's Pray, and Let's Hope. The first really gets us thinking and asks questions. The prayer section is an actual prayer we can use. I tended to use it as a springboard into my own prayer on the topic. The last section is an affirmation of sorts, reminding us how we should think. Here's an example:
I am not a mess. I am a miracle. God sees value in me. God wants to help me, and I will let Him.
I can always use positive, Bible-based affirmations in my life. If you're anything like me, you tend to struggle with your thought life. Worry. Am I doing enough to be a good wife, mom, and friend? Am I failing at this mom thing? Why am I the only one who can't balance it all? The truth're not alone. God is the one writing your life story. Sometimes we just need to hear that voice of encouragement.

For me, this book is a great help in this area. As it says on the back of her book, "She guides you to encounter the Truth of God’s presence that not only fuels you with strength but also a fresh confidence. And beyond gaining faith that tomorrow could be different, you find hope and purpose where you are standing today."

Couldn't we all use hope and purpose?

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
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