Holiday Gift Guide 2014

2014 holiday gift guide

 

Let me save you some time this 2014 Holiday Season with my gift guide selections that are sure to please everyone in your life! I’ve included something for everyone – at every price point. You can thank me later!

(Please note that this post does contain some affiliate links – which does not affect the price you pay –  I just receive a small commission if you purchase. Thank you so much for supporting Wife in Progress! )

gifts for her 2014

1. L’Occitane Shea Collection | 2. Monogram Necklace | 3. J.Crew Downing Tote
4. Betty Louise Studio Wool Hat | 5. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand | 6. VS Long John Pajamas 
 

gifts for him 2014

 1. The Art of Shaving Sandalwood Kit | 2. iPad Air 2 | 3. Banana Republic Wool Coat
4. J.Crew Leather Work Gloves | 5. Invicta Men’s Watch | 6. New Balance Core Plus Sneaker

 

gifts for kids 2014

 1.  Aden & Anais Twinkle Gift Set | 2. The Maze Runner Boxset | 3. Amazon Fire HD 6 
4. Taylor Swift  – 19895. One Direction – Four | 6. Musical Magic Elsa Doll 
7. Matched Trilogy Boxset | 8. Classic Twister | 9. Mixable Mashable Superheroes Pack

 

This post is part of the Holiday Gift Guide Blog Hop

 
Don’t forget to check out some other great gift guides!
 

Holiday Baking Ideas: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

With a baby shortly on the way and the holiday season fast approaching,  I know I’m not going to have as much time to bake Christmas cookies as I usually would like to.  This year will be the first year both my husband’s and my family will celebrate Christmas together under one roof.  In anticipation, I’ve been looking for quick and efficient ways to make the holiday recipes that I love without sacrificing that homemade taste.  With that in mind, I headed to my local Price Chopper to pick up some ingredients to make my simple but delicious Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies.

 

price_chopper

I headed straight for the baking section and grabbed a packet of Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix. This is a great base for any sort of cookie and saves the time and effort involved in baking a cookie from scratch.

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While there, I also grabbed some Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter and a bag of chocolate chips (these are optional – you could change it to peanut butter chips or anything else your heart desires…or don’t add them at all!)

These yummy cookies are a cinch to whip up. In addition the above ingredients the only extras you need are a stick of butter, and 1 egg.ingredients for sugar cookies

I like the “all in one method”. Throw it all into a bowl and mix it up until it forms a dough. Using a cookie scoop, spoon the dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Slightly press down on each cookie round. Bake for approximately 12 – 15 minutes or until the cookies are golden.

I added some chocolate icing as a finishing touch.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

All in all, these cookies took 10 minutes to make (including the icing) and the time it took to bake them. They taste delicious and are a perfect festive treat to bring to any holiday party!

inside-cookie

 

Holiday Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
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A delicious and simple cookie using Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie mix and Jif Peanut Butter
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix
  2. Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter
  3. 1 stick of butter
  4. 1 egg
  5. Chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Put sugar cookie mix, 1/3 cup of peanut butter, softened butter and 1 cup of chocolate chips into a bowl.
  2. Mix until a dough forms.
  3. Form into cookie rounds and place 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Press down slightly on each cookie.
  4. Bake for 12 - 15 minutes.
  5. Glaze with melted chocolate or chocolate icing.
Adapted from Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix
Adapted from Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix
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Easy DIY Watercolor Art

easy diy watercolor art

If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ve already seen this DIY watercolor art hanging on my living room gallery wall. It’s taken me a month to finally upload the photos and type up this post. My third trimester has been proving pretty exhausting!!

This has to be one of the quickest pieces of art you can make – and you really don’t need any artistic ability to achieve beautiful results! 

You will need: 

  •  A blank canvas (I picked mine up at A.C. Moore for $4)
  • Watercolor paints (Again $4 at A.C. Moore after a 40% coupon)
  • A paintbrush
  • Gold Leaf
  • Water

paint supplies

 Decide what colors you want to use. I was inspired by a sunset so those are the colors that I wanted to try and replicated. I started with the darkest color first – a dark blue) and swept it across the canvas. I then put some water on the canvas and blended it down.

I repeated this process with red and yellow, blending them with water so that they formed other colors too.

apply paint

 

This is a closeup of the paint while still wet. Once it had dried I went back and built up the color in some parts. I also added a few streaks of white to give it some more depth.

close up

As a finishing touch, I applied some gold leaf to the bottom (still white) part of the canvas.  I love me some gold leaf!

DIY watercolor art

 And that’s it! Let it dry, hang it up and admire your new artistic abilities! Who knew you could create a masterpiece in less than 30 minutes!?

watercolor art on gallery wall

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