Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies

Despite my complaints that I think I might be developing a mild allergy to citrus fruits, my mom keeps buying oranges by the box, faster than we can eat them. That, coupled with the fact that we have a giant bag of Craisins that has been sitting around the pantry, I’ve made it my personal mission to bake as many orange-cranberry flavored things as possible before I go back to school.

I’ve always loved slice and bake cookies for their simplicity and convenience, and these shortbread rounds are no exception. The ingredients list is pleasantly short, so I whipped up the dough while I was making some other cookies on Christmas Eve, and plopped the log in the fridge… and promptly forgot about the dough until a few days later when I realized that I meant to write a ‘cookies for Santa’ post with this cake stand:

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies

I know Christmas is over, but look at this little guy! He’s too cute not to post. Ever since I got this cake stand for Christmas last year from a friend, I knew I had to photograph it with some festive Christmas cookies. It’s New Year’s Eve now so I’m a few days late (oops), but anytime is a good time for cranberry orange shortbread cookies. For anyone planning on dieting or hitting the gym more often in 2015 – quick, make these and shove a few of in your mouth before we ring in the new year!

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Goodbye, 2014, you’ve been good to me :)

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Cranberry Orange Quickbread

Cranberry Orange Quickbread

Dear blogging world, contrary to evidence that suggests I have fallen off the face of the earth, I am alive and well. I’ve missed you. I thought of you often over the course of this semester, especially when contemplating whether or not I should: 1) eat Chex Mix for dinner the third night in a row, or 2) tote dishes, utensils, and ingredients back and forth between my room and the kitchen to make boxed mac ‘n cheese. (Chex Mix usually wins.)

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Mint Chocolate Cupcakes

I’m honestly surprised it took so long for me to post a recipe for mint chocolate cupcakes on the blog. If you know me well, you know that mint chocolate anything is my favorite flavor combination… if it’s option at an ice cream or frozen yogurt place, you can be sure that I’ll have it. You just can’t go wrong!

Mint Chocolate cupcakes

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Reflections After a Year of College

I haven’t been doing my month-in-pictures posts on here for several reasons, but mostly because I was too busy being a college student. My freshman year has flown by, and I thought I’d sit down and put some of my thoughts about college into words. In between, I’ll insert some random pictures that I think sum up my first year experience at Carolina, not necessarily related to the bullet point. Here goes:

You don't know what March Madness is until you've seen UNC beat Duke at home!

You don’t know what March Madness is until you’ve seen UNC beat Duke at home!

1. “Out of sight, out of mind.”  The transition from high school to college makes you realize pretty fast who your real friends are. Make the time and effort to see people who matter to you when you’re home on breaks, because you’ll see that you were only friends with some people in high school because you saw them five days a week.

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Yogurt Coffee Cake

Yogurt Coffee Cake

I made this cake specifically to use up some leftover Greek yogurt and cream cheese, because it was supposed to have a cream cheese glaze on it. Unfortunately, I think my brain turned off because I completely forgot about the glaze part before I cut into the loaf to take pictures – classic Christina.

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