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25 Halloween Costumes w/Your LBD

The easiest way to create a last-minute or inexpensive Halloween costume is to start with things you already have. I do it every year, because I get so frustrated with how expensive yet poorly-made most Halloween costumes are. I'd rather use what is already in my closet, or spend a little extra on accessories or a new dress that I can wear anytime of the year. A little black dress is the easiest way to use what you have to create a Halloween costume with a few inexpensive accessories and other accessories you probably already have in your closet.Pictured Above: Halloween Black Mesh Dress


1. Black Cat - This is the easiest way to use your little black dress on Halloween. I know it's pretty much the most generic costume in history, but for good reason - it's just so easy and affordable. It's the perfect last-minute costume for women, because you could really use any black outfit even if you don't have a little black dress. Pair it with your black flats or heels and a…

Molasses Snickerdoodle Cookies


I love traditional cookies during the holidays - sugar cookies, gingerbread men, snowball cookies. But last year I wound up with an extra bit of molasses. As I made one of my favorite cookies of all, the snickerdoodle, I thought why not? Like most of my what-the-hell experimental recipes, this one turned out so, so yummy and I'm already wanting to make more!

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 & 1/3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter softened (or shortening)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup molasses

Cinnamon Sugar Topping 
  • 3 tbs granulated sugar
  • 2 tbs ground cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  
  2. Combine dry ingredients - flour, baking soda, and spices in a separate bowl and give it a quick stir with a whisk.
  3. Cream butter (or shortening) with the sugar. Add in the vanilla, eggs, and molasses.
  4. Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet mixture.
  5. Combine your cinnamon sugar topping in a small bowl.
  6. Roll the dough into small 1" balls and roll into the cinnamon sugar. Bake on an un-greased baking sheet for about ten minutes.
Package them as holiday gifts with:  tin-tie bakery bags  +  red ribbon  +  Christmas gift tags


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