So Much to be Thankful For

Cheers to my favorite holiday of the year!  What’s not to like?  Spending time with the ones we love while eating some ridiculously delicious food.  I have so much to be thankful for this past year – creating and maintaining laurenscookiejar.com is one of them!  I’ve had a passion for baking since I can remember, so creating this blog has been a lot of fun for me.

I made A LOT of Thanksgiving/Fall cookies this year.  I’m really flattered that my cookies will be on some tables (other than just my own) for this great holiday!!  I also made some for the Thanksgiving Potluck lunch at my office.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and are as fortunate as I am to be surrounded by your nearest and dearest!!!

Thanksgiving Cookies

Turkey Cookie

Maple Leaf Cookies

Acorn Cookies

Leaf Cookies

Squirrel Cookie

Happy Thanksgiving!

♥ LL

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Happy Halloween – Pumpkin Chunkin’ Style!

I work for Atlantic BT in Raleigh, NC.  When we aren’t working hard building websites, we organize some pretty great cultural events.  One of my favorites is the annual Pumpkin Chunkin’.  We get all of our employees, their friends/families, and our clients together every year to eat great food, enjoy some delicious beverages, hang out, check out the creative pumpkin carvings from the employees – and of course then launch those pumpkins from a giant trebuchet across the parking lot to see which one will fly the farthest.  And even more entertaining – which one will barely make it out of the contraption.  It’s always a good time, rain or shine, and luckily we were blessed with some great weather this year.

What great event is complete without some fun cookies?!  I started my blog just about a year ago, but I didn’t make any Halloween cookies last year, so this is my first time posting them.  I really had a good time with these.

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I had fortunate enough to have some family members who are not only very supportive of my time consuming cookie habit, but they also like to help out 🙂

The cookies were a hit at the party, and from what I gather, they seem to taste pretty good too.  Win-win!

My pumpkin carving didn’t win any awards this year, but I still think he’s cute enough to share here.  I was inspired by my nephew, Jack.  I sent a pic to my sister up in Ohio and Jack ran into school all excited to tell his teacher that his LaLa made a Curios George pumpkin!  I’ll take that over a trophy 🙂

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Happy Halloween everyone!

❤ LL

Happy Thanksgiving Y’all!

I love love love this time of year!  I love to eat, I love to cook, and obviously I LOVE to bake.  I already started listening to Christmas music yesterday.  Yep, I’m that girl.

I couldn’t wait to get home from work last night and get going on the icing of my Thanksgiving cookies.  Last year was the first year I tackled some fun designs on the turkeys and I was anxious to see if I could pull it off again.  I may or may not have spent almost 5hrs on them last night, but I made 80 cookies!  Hopefully our guests will like them  🙂

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Naked cookies = my canvas

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(Nerd Alert: This is where I start getting excited!!!!)

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Shout out to my beautiful sister, Courtney, for inspiring the tie-dye turkeys!

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Sending Thanksgiving wishes your way!!!  I hope that each of you is as fortunate as I am to be blessed with amazing family and friends that make the holidays so special, and really give us something to look forward to celebrating.  I’m SO thankful every day for the family I was given, and for the extended family I have chosen with my close friends.  You all know who you are!

Thanks again for stopping by and checking out my blog.  I hope you come back again soon!  Your comments, questions, and suggestions are always welcome!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

♥ LL