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Hey lovelies, welcome to SDB! I'm Natasha. I am a walking, talking mombie fueled by coffee. I am obsessed with shoes, all things glittery and/or sparkly, and I have an owl obsession. We talk about everything from motherhood, lifestyle, and all things inbetween. I am a mom of three kids and we reside in the Pacific Northwest. Thanks for tagging along! Now lets sit back and sip on a cup of coffee in the AM or wine in the PM and lets relax.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Grandma's Rum Balls

My Great Grandmother Mary was an amazing cook and baker. Every Christmas she would make the most delicious cookie spread. One of my favorite cookies that she used to make were rum balls. They were so good. A decadent chocolatie taste, sweet with a nice hint of rum. We were only allowed two as kids because Great Grandma put a lot of rum in her cookies and I swear you could get drunk off them if you ate enough. After she passed away, rum balls kind of became forgotten but a couple weeks ago I asked my Auntie and Grandma Dee if they still remembered the recipe. Thank goodness they did, because I really wanted to make them this year.



Ingredients:
 
2 cups Vanilla Wafers 
2 cups Powdered Sugar
4 tablespoons Cocoa Powder 
4 tablespoons Corn Syrup or Honey 
1 cup chopped Walnuts 

Directions:

1. Use a food processor on low to grind vanilla wafers and walnuts to crumbs. Add to large mixing bowl.
 
2. Add powdered sugar to crumbs and walnuts. *If you have a flour shifters, use it. It prevents clumps that are usually found in powdered sugar and cocoa powder.* Add cocoa powder to strainer as well.
 
3. Pour honey into mixing bowl and add rum. Use spatula to mix together all ingredients. While you mix, through in some love; Grandma says it makes it taste better. Cover with foil or plastic wrap and put in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill.
 
4. Use cookie scooper or spoon to scoop out mix. Roll into a ball and roll the ball into powdered sugar, cocoa, shredded coconut, nuts, or even sprinkles. I usually stick to powdered sugar though. Repeat until all the mix is used. Store in an air tight container and keep it in the refrigerator. 

These delicious rum balls would make a great last minute gift for family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers. You could even serve them on Christmas or at a New Years party. I plan on whipping up a batch for tomorrow's New Years Eve festivities!

What are your plans for the holiday? I would love to hear them. And remember, be safe and have a wonderful new year.



Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Peanut Butter Blossoms

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Christmas is just around the corner and I am sharing one of my favorite cookies that I love to bake during this time of year. Peanut Butter Blossoms! There is just something splendid about the taste of peanut butter and chocolate. Normally I would bake these from scratch but I ended up using a mix this time around. They turned out delicious and were super easy to make.

Ingredients:

1 package Betty Crocker Peanut Butter Cookie Mix
1 bag Hershey Kisses
1/2 cup Bliss Nut Butters Peanut Butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Follow the directions on the mix to prepare dough.
2. Add 1/2 cup peanut butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla. I used the last of my Bliss Nut Butters. Its hands down, the best peanut butter ever! Roll into 1 inch balls. I skipped the sugar, but feel free to roll the balls in sugar before baking them.
3. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the edges of the cookies are golden brown. Let cool 3-5 minutes before adding Kisses.

Enjoy! These Peanut Butter Blossoms would make a great gift for your neighbors, coworkers, or even friends.




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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Mom's Favorites of the Month: October & November

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I've tried a lot of new products the past two months for my face now that the weather here in the great northeast is getting cooler. I tend to get dry skin during the fall and winter months and have more frequent breakouts, which sucks! I feel like I am thirteen again, its annoying. Here are the new products that I have been using and like:

1. Formula 10.0.6 

I tend to use the same face wash over and over, which may be why I have been breaking out a lot lately. I decided to try something new one day when I was at Ulta. I ended up picking up Formula 10.0.06 and decided to give it a try. I purchased the Best Face Forward deep foaming cleanser,  the Keep Your Cool Gel Mask, and the So Totally Clean anti-blemish pads.

I love the anti-blemish pads. I makes my face feel super clean deep down in my pores. The gel mask really is cool and my skin feels so soft and refreshed after I use it.

2. Maybelline Master Contour Duo Stick 

If you like to contour, this stick is super easy to use. Its creamy, doesn't look oily after a few hours on my skin, and is easy to blend. I set it with my powder and it lasts all day long.

3. Better Than Sex Mascara by Too Faced

Hands down, Better Than Sex Mascara is my favorite mascara that I have ever used. I have sad eyelashes and often have to put at least ten coats on each lid to make it even look like I have long and thick lashes. I decided to try Too Faced after a I read a few posts by other beauty bloggers. A couple of coats makes my lashes look longer and thicker and I don't get raccoon eyes anymore. I switched it up and used the waterproof mascara over the summer and am now currently using the original product. If you have not tried this mascara, you need it. I wont be trying any other product after discovering this one. Prices very depending upon where you buy it. I purchased mine at Ulta and it cost me $20.00.

4. Ponds Correcting Cream 

I have tried a lot of moisturizers over the past few years and decided to try Pond's correcting cream due to the fact that my skin lately has been a hot mess. I use it twice a day and have noticed that some of my blemishes and dark spots are starting to go away.
 
5. Melted Chiuaua Lipstick by Too Faced 

Hands down, the best lipstick ever! Its one of my favorites and its such a pretty shade. I think it would be suitable for all complexions. Its a pretty pink mauve shade. I wear it almost every day.

6. Hard Candy Primer

I only just started wearing primer. I was too cheap to buy an expense primer and thought that I would try Hard Candy one day when I was at Wal-Mart. It does the job and makes my foundation and contour last all day. For only $8 it does the job.