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‘Tis the Season for Easy Christmas Cookies| Italian Wedding Cookies

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Baking Christmas cookies on Christmas Eve is one of my favorite traditions from childhood. As I’ve grown older, I still love to bake cookies before Christmas and give them out as little gifts. (more…)

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The Whole30 Program | My Experience

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Guess what?? I have conquered the Whole30! It was a challenge to say the least, but the outcome has made it worth while. By changing my eating habits and working out, it has truly been a lifestyle change. Not only do I look better, I feel better. Ive been a sufferer of migraines since high school and I always woke up with them every other day. I havent had one since day 3 of this program! I havent had to take my stomach medication that I’ve been on for 5 years and I wake up feeling refreshed and energized every morning! I lost my bloated belly and slayed my sugar dragon. It has truly helped with all of my health issues and I am down 10 pounds!

Coming Off of the Whole30

I’ve read that a lot of people go back to their old eating habits and dont feel so good. I think it is because your body isnt used to all of the junk. I was out shopping and decided to get a mini ice cream sandwich. BIG MISTAKE! I could hardly eat the whole cookie. It was very sweet and I couldn’t believe that before these 30 days I could eat almost half of a container of chips ahoy! Cheese is also a big issue with my stomach, but it always was. I have just decided to try and avoid it altogether. I still drink my black coffee with cinnamon and will continue to make healthy choices.

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My favorite, buffalo chicken salad.

What will you eat now?

A lot of people have asked me if I will start eating “normal” again. I love the way I feel and look, so why would I want to go back to my old eating habits? I have so much more energy, I wake up early, no migraines, no belly pains, there’s just no reason to go back.

We often don’t think about the foods we consume. Eating for fuel instead of pleasure is something a lot of people struggle with. I was guilty of that, too. I would often treat myself to frozen yogurt or candy for accomplishments.

If you’re up for it, give this program a try. It is more than a diet, it is a true lifestyle changer.

Read about my first week on the Whole30 Here.

Christmas Treats | Caramel Popcorn

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I don’t know about all of you, but I am obsessed with caramel anything and I absolutely LOVE popcorn! I mixed the two, added a little Christmas flare and created the yummiest Christmas treat!

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You will need:

A box of popcorn

Bag of caramel

Christmas sprinkles

1/4 cup of milk

Start by unwrapping about 10 pieces of the caramel and putting them into a saucepan.  Add in the milk and set to low to medium heat. Consistently stirring because you don’t want the caramel to stick.

Put the popcorn into the microwave and cook to your microwave settings.

Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and lay out a thin layer of popcorn.

Drizzle the caramel all  over with a spoon. Apply another layer of popcorn and drizzle more caramel over the top. Add sprinkles for a festive flare!

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Pour into a bowl and enjoy while watching Christmas movies! Or place into individual bags, wrap with a big red ribbon and you have a sweet gift!

I hope you all enjoy this yummy, easy treat! 2 more days until Christmas!  Are you ready!? I know I am! 🎅🎄

xo,

Jessi 💋

Instagram: Glamjessxo

 

‘Tis the Season | Italian Wedding Cookies

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Baking Christmas cookies on Christmas Eve is one of my favorite traditions from childhood. As I’ve grown older, I like to bake cookies before Christmas and give them out as little gifts.

There are so many different Christmas cookies to bake, but my new favorite is the Italian wedding cookie or snowballs (a cute name for the kiddies!). These delicious and elegant looking cookies will take you less than 10 minutes to mix up and 15 minutes to bake!

You will need:

2 1/4 cups of flour

1/2 cup confectioners sugar [1 cup for rolling]

1 cup of butter

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

1/2 cup of pecans

 

Mix all of the ingredients,except the pecans, in a bowl until dough forms then fold in the pecans.

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Roll into 1 inch balls and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350° F for 15 minutes.

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Allow the cookies to cool no more than 5 minutes. You want them to still be warm so the sugar adheres to the cookies better. Begin rolling them in a bowl of confectioners sugar until coated. Roll them in the sugar a second time.

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Lay the cookies out on parchment paper until completely cooled. Store in an air tight container until you’re ready to eat or bring them to your Christmas parties! 🎄

xo, Jessi 💋

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