December 2016

December on Planet Byn {2016}

December 31, 2016 Monthly Recaps
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December was busy as usual this year: baking cookies, going to work parties, and bringing cardboard boxes to the recycling room because I did 95% of my Christmas shopping online. Here’s the foodie fun I fit in around all that: December was made so much more joyful for me because of a SQUISH Advent Calendar I […]

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Darth Vader Cupcakes

December 30, 2016 Cakes, Cupcakes & Icing
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My niece Rebecca keeps surprising me with her Birthday Cake selections. Last year she asked for a Shimmer & Shine cake, and this year, even though she still loves all things princess, she asked for Darth Vader Cupcakes. I asked my brother how she even knows who he is, and apparently they watched a couple […]

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~ Champagne & Cookies 2016 ~

December 28, 2016 Cookies
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This year was the most dramatic Champagne & Cookies in Planet Byn history (read that in your best Chris Harrison voice). Not only did Weedy show up to steal the show with her Homemade Bailey’s, but I made all new recipes for 8/10 cookie selections. Unprecedented! Certain people were making noise about the missing Pretzel M&M […]

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Guest Blogger: Weedy’s Homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream

December 19, 2016 Cocktails
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My friend Weedy showed up to Champagne & Cookies this year (more on that next week) with Homemade Bailey’s, two dozen shot glasses, and the confidence that she was about to blow everyone’s minds. I swear her version is even better than the real deal. She totally stole the show and I asked her to […]

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Chocolate Pretzel Crumb Bars + My First Cookie Exchange

December 7, 2016 Bars & Squares
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I didn’t think I needed to start off this post with a description of what a Cookie Exchange is, but evidently I do, since I had to explain it to about six of my co-workers this week. So before we get into the details, a brief lesson: a Cookie Exchange is a gathering/party where each person in […]

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