The Pin Junkie: November 2014

Virtual Cookie Exchange Link Party

Virtual Cookie Exchange Link Party
Cookie Exchange

'Tis the season for freshly baked goodies from the kitchen!  Some of my favorite Christmas cookies are sugar cookies decorated with colored icing and peanut blossoms, the ones with the peanut butter cookie on the bottom and the Hershey's kiss on top.  What's your favorite holiday cookie?

This year I made snowball cookies
snowball-cookies recipe


I wish I could invite everyone over to my house for a big cookie exchange.  Instead, I'm doing the next best thing.  I'm inviting everyone over to The Pin Junkie for a virtual cookie exchange!  So, let's share our favorite holiday cookie recipes.  If you have a special Christmas or other winter holiday (Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc.) cookie recipe, you're invited to share it here! 

Please . . .

1.  Link holiday cookies only.  Please no candy or other baked goods - just cookies.
2.  Link as many cookie recipes as you'd like.  You can even share old posts.
3.  Please pin from the original source.

Fluster's Creative Muster Party

Fluster's Creative Muster Party #99
Always packed full of Great Ideas and Inspiring Links!
Great Ideas
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Who doesn't love Outback Steakhouse Honey Wheat Bread? The Pin Junkie tried her hand at a copycat recipe that she found on Pinterest with some delicious results. If you've ever wondered what makes their bread so amazing you should check it out. I was happily surprised at what the secret ingredient was.
Great Ideas
By linking to this party you are giving Fluster Buster and co-hosts permission to use your images in featured posts.

Snowball Cookies

Snowball Cookies
Snowball Cookies

'Tis the season for tasty treats from the kitchen!  Today I'm sharing a recipe for one of my favorite holiday cookies.  I grew up calling these cookies Mexican Wedding Cookies, but I've also heard them called Heavenly Bits and also Snowball Cookies.  Whatever you call them, these cookies are delicious and super easy to make.

1 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/4 cup flour
1 cup finely chopped pecans
3/4 teaspoon salt

1.  Heat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
2.  Mix butter, one cup powdered sugar and vanilla.
3.  Stir in flour, nuts, and salt.
4.  Shape dough into one inch balls.
5.  Place on parchment lined baking sheets.
6.  Bake 15 to 17 minutes.
7.  As soon as the cookies come out of the oven, roll each cookie in one cup powdered sugar.  Place cookies on a wire rack to cool.  Roll each cookie in powdered sugar again.  When cookies are completely cooled, store in an airtight container.

Looking for more holiday goodies?
Check out these recipes!

homemade caramels easy-fudge-recipe chocolate-covered-pretzel-sticks
english-toffee recipe cinnamon-sugar-candied-nuts recipe

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Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving Recipes
Thanksgiving Recipes

Do you make the same things each year for Thanksgiving or do you like to change things up from year to year? Our family always serves the same dishes for Thanksgiving dinner.  I like to try new recipes throughout the year, but when it comes to Thanksgiving, I always go back to the same tried and true family favorites. Even though I make the same things every year, I wouldn't mind trying some of these delicious Thanksgiving recipes that were shared at the Pin Junkie pin party.  Don't they look good?

 Garlic Mashed Cauliflower
 Garlic Mashed Cauliflower 
by Sherri at Luv A Bargain

Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes
by Taylor at Food Faith Fitness

Roasted Sweet Potato Boats
 Individual Roasted Sweet Potato Boats
by Rina at I Thee Cook

Butternut Squash, Spinach, & Pomegranate Salad
Butternut Squash, Spinach, & Pomegranate Salad
by Natasha at Nibbles and Noshes

Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins
 Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins
by Shannon at Cozy Country Living

 Sage Apple Stuffed Pork Tenderloin in Bacon
 Sage Apple Stuffed Pork Tenderloin in Bacon
by Linda at With A Blast 

easy-homemade-cranberry-sauce recipe
 Easy Cranberry Sauce
by Nicola at Pink Recipe Box

Green Bean Bundles

Roasted Brussels Spouts
by Taylor at Food Faith Fitness

Creamy Bruschetta Bites

Pecan Pie Bites
by Erin at Pickle Bee

Pumpkin Pie Milkshake
by Ginger at Gingerly Made

Pumpkin Spice Coffee
by Ashlyn at Belle of the Kitchen

Brown Butter Gingerbread Cookies
by Leah at Fabulous Farm Girl

Cinnamon Honey Butter Praline Cupcakes
Cinnamon Honey Butter Praline Cupcakes

One Bite Pecan Tassies
by Linda at With A Blast

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Pin Junkie Pin Party #94

Welcome to The Pin Junkie!  
 I'm on a mission to do the things I pin on Pinterest and try something new every day!
 I'm so glad you're here to party with us!

Here's what I've been up to this week:

your-family-in-pictures-by-me-ra-koh nutella-hot-chocolate cinnamon-sugar-candied-nuts

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There were so many great projects shared at last week's party!  Thanks to everyone for sharing your projects, recipes and tips.  I can't wait to see what you will share this week!  But first, take a look at some features from last week's party.

How to Add A Post Gallery to your Blog with PicMonkey
How to Add A Post Gallery to your Blog with PicMonkey
by Morgan at Finding Morgan

Easy Felt Ornaments
by Natasha at The Artisan Life

pottery barn inspired chalk board globe
Pottery Barn Inspired Globe

Faux Aqua Agate Leather Cuff Bracelet

Rustic Log Holiday Card Display

Cinnamon & Sugar Candied Nuts

Cinnamon & Sugar Candied Nuts
Cinnamon & Sugar Candied Nuts

So I've had candied nuts before, but I'd never tried making them myself.  I had no idea how easy they were to make!  I whipped up a batch of these cinnamon and sugar candied nuts and I planned on having them out for snacks on Thanksgiving, but I don't know if they will last that long.  They're very addictive.  Once you eat one, you can't stop!  I used both pecans and almonds, but the pecans were definitely the favorite.!

1 pound of nuts (I used whole almonds and pecan halves)
1 egg white
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt

1.  Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
2.  Line baking tray with parchment paper.
3.  Mix dry ingredients (sugar, cinnamon, and salt) in a sealable container or bag.
4.  Mix wet ingredients (egg white, water, and vanilla) in a medium bowl.  Whisk until egg is frothy and peaks form.
5.  Add nuts to egg mixture.  Stir gently to coat all pieces.
6.  Pour nuts into sugar mixture.  Seal and shake gently.
7.  Place nuts on parchment lined baking sheet and cook for one hour, stirring gently every 20 minutes. 

Cinnamon & Sugar Candied Nuts

Inspired by this pin and this pin for candied nuts.

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