I don’t know about y’all, but I am a snacking kinda person when it comes to holidays. I get little bites to eat throughout the day – tasting a little bit of this and a little bit of that. I usually try to sample a little bit of everything for the dinner too. Through all of this, I probably eat only a bite or two of everything because we always have soooo much food! [Read more...]
I’ve been meaning to get up a new giveaway, but we’ve had some crazy stuff go on over the past few months. Someday I’ll share…when we make it through!
I want to thank all of you so much for following my blog and keeping up with me! I feel like I haven’t really connected with everyone in a while, and I certainly haven’t been able to write many of the posts I’ve wanted to write due to all of these crazy life things, but I am so grateful for those of you who have been faithful readers–even though I’m really slacking!
Today, I wanted to offer the chance to win one of two $50 Amazon Gift Cards. Truly, my hope is that it will help out a couple of you during this Christmas season and that it would be a blessing!
To enter to win, simply fill out the Giveaway Tools form below.
**Just a reminder that you can get free shipping through November 9th!
You know that I love to support gifts with a mission, so I’m excited to be sharing an eclectic online craft shop called The Orange Bird with you!
I met one of the owners of this sweet little shop when we moved several years ago. I had no idea she even had the shop until just recently, and it is amazing! What I love the most is The Orange Bird is filled with handmade gifts AND the proceeds go to benefit various charitable organizations. The current project being supported is The James 1:27 Project in Machakos, Kenya. You can read more about the shop here.
If you are interested in purchasing a handmade gift, you can get FREE shipping through November 9!
I think all of the products are adorable, but some of my favorites include:
If you need a special gift or you would like to support some fabulous projects, consider The Orange Bird!
The Mission of The Orange BirdTo “think outside the nest” and show God’s love to others by using our God given creativity to make and sell things in order to generate profits to support organizations and individuals who are serving those in need around the world.
To do all this in order to follow God’s command that Jesus talks about in Matthew 22:37-39 when he said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Now that Halloween is over, my mind switches gears and accepts that cold weather season is upon us. I enjoy winter as long as it’s not cold! Maybe that’s why we live in Arizona?! The evenings here do get chilly, so sometimes it’s nice to have a hot cup of cocoa or a chai latte to warm up. I thought it would be fun to take the flavor of a chai latte and make it into a cookie bar.
These Chai Cookie Bars have all of the flavors of a chai latte thanks to the addition of powered drink mix. They’re simple to whip up and perfect for the season!
Chai Cookie Bars
Yield: 40-48 bars
For the bars:
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
½ cup sugar
½ cup instant chai latte powder
2 tsp. vanilla
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
For the frosting:
½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
¼ cup half & half or milk
1 tsp. vanilla
¼ tsp. cardamom
¼ tsp. cinnamon
Additional cinnamon (optional)
Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a 10×15 inch jelly roll pan and set aside.
In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar and chai latte powder until fluffy. Add the vanilla and egg; mix well. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Slowly add it to the sugar mixture, beating until well combined. Spread and pat the dough into the prepared pan with your hands. Bake for 18-22 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
While the cookies are cooling, prepare the frosting: Cream the butter in a large bowl. Add the remaining frosting ingredients and beat until light and fluffy.
Top the cooled bars with the frosting. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon if desired. Cut into squares.
Jamie Sherman founded Love Bakes Good Cakes in February 2012. Jamie spends her days with her husband, Brian and homeschooling their 5 children – ages 17 to 2 – in the Phoenix area. She also develops and tests recipes using her own family recipes that have been handed down to her, as well as those she adapts from cookbooks, magazines, newspaper, online resources and from other bloggers. She believes meals and recipes should be easy enough for the average cook and uses ingredients that are available in most local markets. She strives to share recipes that are family-friendly, budget-friendly and cook-friendly!