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Dancing Baby Groot Chocolate Gingerbread Cupcakes

After three long years, Guardians of the Galaxy is back with Volume 2! The sequel stays true to all we loved about the first film, providing another shoot-em-up space adventure with plenty of laughs and a feel-good soundtrack. Every member of our favorite galactic motley crew returns to the big screen- with one slight change: Lovable Groot comes back as Baby Groot and, to be honest, I could not be more stoked about that. He’s the cutest, and they made him cuter. Well done.

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas Max Macarons

The Grinch Max Macarons

“Here’s your motivation: Your name is Rudolph, you’re a freak with a red nose, and no one likes you.”

– The Grinch

From the whimsical pages of Dr. Suess’ picture book, to the colorful 1966 animated short, The Grinch has been a staple in the Christmas season for fifty years. In fact, the original book was published on December 25th, 1956. The original Grinch wasn’t green, but instead just black and white with pink eyes. He gained his green color in the animated movie, and that aesthetic decision carried over to the 2000 live action film.

Starring Jim Carrey, How the Grinch Stole Christmas played a major role in my childhood. So much so, that my twelve-year-old self decided to be Cindy Lou Who for Halloween- right at the peak of my awkward stage (I will burn every photo). However, those cringe-worthy pictures won’t stop me from quoting the classic movie all year round. With a combination of improv and excellent writing, Jim Carrey brings the begrudging green giant to life in the most hilarious way.

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Cookies, Television

Bob’s Burgers Macarons

Bob's Burgers Macarons

Through seven burger-slinging seasons and counting, the Belcher family has won over the hearts of viewers everywhere. The lovable family of five finds maintains its popularity with an extremely loyal fanbase. It’s all too easy to route for Bob and Lisa as they struggle to simultaneously run a burger joint and keep up with their three rambunctious kids. The show finds its success not through the absurdity that many animated shows embrace, but rather with the undeniable relatability and hilariousness of a dysfunctional family. If you’ve never seen Bob’s Burgers, please go treat yourself to a healthy Netflix binge. Even if you “aren’t that into cartoons,” I guarantee you will crack a smile at Tina’s dance moves- at least once.

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Bloody Scream Macarons

Scream Macarons

The Movie

The groundbreaking 1996 slasher film Scream was the first gory flick to successfully cross over into the mainstream, paving the way for future films in the genre. The film lead to 3 sequels and an MTV episodic remake. Most importantly, it created one of the most recognizable killers- Ghostface. The mask for Ghostface, reportedly found by the director when scouting for locations, is a simple Halloween store mask. To be honest, it’s not even that scary looking! However, the success and scares brought by Scream make the black and white mask an iconic and unforgettable image.

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Genuine Sugar Cane Syrup Cookies

Sugar Cane Cookies

Sugar cane is new to me. Although I’m now living in the South, (does Florida really count as the South?) I am by no means a Southern girl. That being said, sugar cane syrup is also new to me. I grew up with maple syrup, and my Canadian brother-in-law even added to that.

However, this year I was introduced to genuine cane syrup through my boyfriend. His family has a sugar cane farm not far away called the McClellan Family Cane Grinding, and every Thanksgiving they grind and cook the cane they grew into delicious cane syrup. This year I joined in on the festivities experienced the most heartwarming example of family tradition.

My family does not place heavy emphasis on tradition. While we are tightknit and loving, we tend to mix up the holidays every year. We enjoy different dishes every Thanksgiving and we incorporate new ideas into each Christmas. I love that my family can mix up our time together and always be open to something new. That being said, it felt so special to pull up to a farmhouse that has been in the family for decades and walk into a room filled with family reconnecting and the sweet smell of cooking syrup. They greeted me with warm hugs and taught me how to cook the syrup that means so much to their family.

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“Everything Nice” Cookies

What happens when you’re dying to bake some cookies but too lazy to drive to the store? You get creative! And that’s how these cookies were born. I call them “Everything Nice” cookies because they have some sugar (white and semi-sweet chocolate chips) and some spice (cinnamon). Some kind of hybrid between the classic chocolate chip and snickerdoodle, these cookies have the perfect combination of flavors that is just enough of a step away from the norm but still surprisingly delicious. They’re really fluffy and soft too!

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Cookies, Inspiration, Recipes

Homemade Samoas

To finalize the homemade Girl Scout recipes, it only seems fair to include Samoas. To me, Thin Mints, Tag Alongs, and Samoas are absolutely the top three Girl Scout cookies. I was hesitant to replicate these due to how seemingly complex they are, but they are just so dang delicious I knew I had to overcome that fear. As it turns out- they aren’t that difficult to make! Just stick with me and follow this step-by-step process. You’ll get through it and have delicious cookies as a reward!

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Oatmeal Cream Pies

Who didn’t love Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies as a kid? They’re the perfect texture- soft and chewy. They’re the perfect amount of sweetness. I have to avoid them in the grocery store, because I know if I buy a whole box I will eat the whole box.
But making them homemade? That’s novelty! You feel way better about eating 5 of them because you know they were made with love, and not in a factory. You’re following this logic, right? Click below for the recipe, and save them for yourself or share this classic treat with all your friends and family!

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