Weekend Recap & Cookie Overload

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in our house!


Christmas DecorMatt and have have started collecting ornaments from some of the places we have visited or that are meaningful.  Decorating the tree brings back all of the fun memories. 🙂



(Yes, that’s a Rams Cheerleader in a veil, thanks to my amazing teammates!) 🙂

Remember how I said I was looking forward to a girls’ trip to KC for the weekend?  Welp, Mother Nature had other plans for us and it looked a little something like this:


DSC01560We debated attempting to make the trek a little later in the morning but decided Kappa Christmas would have to be rescheduled after the holidays. Dang snow. 🙁

Onto Plan B: Cookie Extravaganza Round 2.  As luck would have it, I stayed at my parents’ house Friday night and obviously wasn’t going to drive anywhere in 8 inches of snow, so cookies it was!


photo(We have a lot of dogs in my extended family.  These are “people cookies” but we don’t like to leave the dogs out. :))

DSC01566This year, we tried something new with these Pumpkin Gingerbread Snowballs and paleo-approved Chocolate Coconut Squares.


Are you on sweets overload yet? No? Me neither.  Now for the recipe for two of my favorites!

Reeses-Oreo Cookies

Oreo Cake Balls


  • 1 pkg Oreos (crushed)
  • 8 oz light cream cheese
  • melted semi-sweet chocolate chips


Crush Oreos (I usually put them all in a ziploc bag and crush with my hands or a rolling pin). Pour crumbs into a bowl with the cream cheese and mix together.  Shape the dough into balls and let cool until they harden enough they don’t fall apart.  Dip in melted chocolate, sprinkle on your favorite toppings and let dry on foil or parchment paper.

Ritz Peanut Butter Cookies


  • Ritz crackers
  • peanut butter
  • melted semi-sweet chocolate chips


Place a small scoop of peanut butter in between two Ritz crackers.  Dip in melted chocolate, sprinkle on your favorite toppings and let dry on foil or parchment paper.  Yes, it’s that easy!

Now, I leave you in a chocolate coma.  You’re welcome. 🙂

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  1. Oreo cake balls!! I’ve seen so many Oreo recipes lately and I don’t hate it. Your decorations look great! I definitely think ornaments are ll about memories. I love my moms tree because it’s full of them. 🙂

    • Agreed! I especially love the homemade ornament, complete with photos of me with feathered bangs and awesome 90’s Christmas sweaters. 😉

  2. Christa, you are the cookie baking queen! Your selection is huge & each look delicious. I love the treats for the dogs. So adorable! I just checked out the coconut square recipe – how simple!!!!

    • I have to say, I get it from my mama! Haha 😉 And yes, the coconut square recipe was SO easy and we were pleasantly surprised by how good they are!

  3. If you need any help polishing off those cookies I’d be happy to offer my services 🙂

  4. Everything looks so pretty! Your tree is gorgeous, and the snow just adds to the feeling of Christmas! 🙂 those Oreo cake balls sound so yummy (and easy)!

  5. I think I may be going into chocolate overload just looking at all these goodies

  6. Where did you get that Pro Bowl ornament made? I NEED IT!

    • A little Christmas ornamant shop in that market area! They write anything you want on an ornament and it already said Hawaii and the year, so I had them add Pro Bowl. Tell whoever goes this year to get you one!

  7. Yum!! Way too many goodies here :p I’m slightly jealous of the snow! We never seem to get much here in Scotland until Jan/Feb. I don’t want it then ha ha!


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