Three “Healthier” Holiday Baking Recipes for 2017

 I love baking.  Kevin and I are actually bakers and so my love of baking runs deep.  I have always loved baking since I was a little girl, especially baking around the holidays.  After losing over 3oo pounds, I had to come up with something so that I could still enjoy the treats I bake, but with less guilt.  I do have treats every now and then, but I wanted to try out some “healthier” versions of my favorite holiday treats and I  think these recipes are perfect!  They have the same great flavors of regular treats, but with less guilt!  I hope you try these recipes out and enjoy them just as much as I do.  If you try them, let me down below which one was your favorite!  Happy Baking and Happy Holidays from my kitchen to yours! Recipe #1 Cinnamon-Sugar Doughnut Holes Recipe Courtesy of Joy Bauer   INGREDIENTS: Doughnuts • 1 package extra moist vanilla or white cake mix • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce • 1 cup water Cinnamon-Sugar Topping • 2 tablespoons sugar • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon (sprinkle more if you prefer a stronger cinnamon flavor) • 1 teaspoon butter INSTRUCTIONS: Doughnuts: Preheat oven to 325˚. In large bowl, mix together cake mix, unsweetened apple sauce and water. Spray doughnut hole pan (or mini muffin pan) with oil spray. Spoon the batter into the pan, then bake according to pan’s instructions. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until doughnut holes are golden brown and toothpick comes out clean. Cinnamon-Sugar Topping: In small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon. In a separate small bowl, melt butter for about 10 seconds in the microwave.…

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Holiday Look Book 2017

The holidays are my favorite time of the year!  It is also my favorite time of the year to get all dressed up, wear festive outfits, and of course who can forget the bright red lips.  Since losing over 3oo pounds, I feel like my love of fashion has gone to new heights and I love how I can finally wear most of the pieces I have only dreamed about wearing for years!  Being able to be myself and finally have my outside match how I felt inside is a feeling that I cannot even describe.  For so many years I have had to wear clothes that fit…not necessarily that I even liked or showed who I was.  And lets talk about how much I HATED my body and having my picture taken…my how things have changed!  To be honest, I still am a little self concisous of my loose skin and how my body looks and taking pictures of myself still feels a little…strange.  But I am doing my best to work past that and just embrace this new me that I have worked so hard to become. Looking at pictures of myself now I sometimes have to do a double take because I do not recognize the girl that I see!     I think the holidays are the best time for me to show my true personality and let my love of Christmas just shine through.  I have a serious love for Christmas, so creating outfits for the holiday season is right up my alley!  Creating these holiday looks and showing how I like to pair different items for the holidays was so much fun for me to do.  I not only showed you what I love wearing, but like always included plus size items that are very similar.  I remember when I was…

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My Favorite Holiday Pajamas 2017

      I don’t think there is anything better than snuggling up by the fireplace, watching some Christmas movies with a nice warm mug of hot chocolate! This is seriously one of my favorite things to do during the holidays! I have so many favorite places that I like to get cozy pajamas for the holidays….as well as so many favorite Christmas movies!!  Some of my favorite places are even on super sale right now!  Make sure to check them out before they are all sold out and get yourself or someone you love some cozy and festive pajamas! It’s the best time of the year to get snuggly!! Shop my Look Santa Pajamas Some of my Favorite Holiday Pajamas         Some of my Favorite Plus Size Holiday Pajamas          

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Jacqueline’s Gift Guide for the Beauty Lover

  I love make up and all things beauty related.  I think anything like this make a great gifts as well as great stocking stuffers!  I am listing some of my favorite brands as well as some super cute sets that I love and even have! I think others will really enjoy these items as well!!                            

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