When life is sweet say ‘thank you’ and celebrate!

Hi sweet friends!!!! First and foremost, ‘thank you’ for being here! This little blog was always on the ‘to-do list’ and then, well, life got in the way! But the best way to get something done is to simply begin. Why not finish off an amazing year, with my first official blog post, a holiday recipe for you to enjoy & a GIVEAWAY!

This week we were fortunate to have Shannon Lee Blog come over and do a mini session with us, and what a perfect chance it was to get started on our holiday baking!

The heart of your home is the kitchen & baking with my mom was always one of my favourite activities (especially the part afterwards when I got to lick the bowl & taste test the finished product lol)! Growing up almost all of our meals were lovingly prepared by my Dad (he’s an amazing cook), or baked by my Mom. That’s right, my Dad did pretty much all of the cooking (what gender roles right?!)! And no matter what the crazy schedule was during the week, the 5 of us almost always sat down to eat together. I think that sharing family meals doesn’t just feed your family physically but feeds you emotionally and draws you closer, building a lifetime bond for your children and you, and for them together as siblings. I am so grateful to my parents for placing such an importance on this & to this day as 3 grown siblings, we still enjoy many meals together every week.

In my opinion, the family that breaks bread together, stays together! These photos from our mini session, capture what is so important to me, fun with food & enjoying it altogether as a family!


Harper and I made some eggnog sugar cookies, and I’m going to share the recipe for you here!


Eggnog-y Sugar Cookies

1/2 cup unsalted butter

3/4 cup sugar

3 cups flour

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp rum or vanilla extract

1 egg

2 tbsp Classic Eggnog

1 tsp vanilla

pinch of salt

  • Preheat oven to 350, line baking sheets with parchment
  • cream butter & sugar
  • in a separate bowl combine dry ingredients
  • add egg, eggnog, vanilla/rum extract to butter & sugar
  • gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet, until the dough comes together
  • wrap in plastic wrap & refrigerate until chilled (approx 1hr)
  • roll out onto a lightly floured surface to desired thickness & grab your favorite cookie cutters!
  • arrange on your parchment lined sheets, about 1-inch apart & bake for 7-9mins (will vary with oven & thickness of dough), look for golden edges of the cookies when done.
  • let cool, frost (optional)
  • these cookies freeze well & are good in an air tight container for up to a week

Frosting: you can use royal icing (gingerbread icing), cream cheese icing, buttercream icing, or store bought frosting!

My go-to royal icing recipe is from Sweetopia!

royal_icing_recipe_fulland lastly, ENJOY!!!

If you care to share your sweet pics of these ‘Eggnog-y Cookies’, be sure to tag @thesweetlifeapparel and use #Getthebakedgoods so I can see & share!

Here’s a few more from our photo session! A huge thank you to Shannon Lee for capturing this sweet little moment in time of my youngest and I, doing what we love, we will treasure these photos forever!

Now, I want to hear from YOU!!! What is your favourite holiday recipe? Or favourite memory of baking/cooking with your family? Leave a comment below & be entered to win a $25 shop credit to The Sweet Lifeย , a $25 shop credit to A Little Love Creative, $25 shop credit to Tiana’s Party Boutique, AND a Mini Photo Session with Shannon Lee! Drawing a winner on Monday morning, so get typing & make sure you are following the above shops on Insta!!

Happy Holidays sweet friends!!!!

XO The Sweet Life Jen

Mama & mini ‘sweet’ tees from the shop, Harper’s hair bow {Arrow & Lace}, Harper’s apron {For the Love of}, Cookie cutters {Scoop’N’Save}, Holiday signs in the kitchen {A Little Love Creative}

(closes at midnight Sunday, Dec 17th) (shop credit cannot be combined with other promo codes, valid until Mar 1st, 2018. Photo session must be used by Dec 31, 2018, and a travel cost of $20 may be applied to sessions outside of Surrey/Langley/Abbotsford)



43 thoughts on “When life is sweet say ‘thank you’ and celebrate!

  1. Baking with children is the best and Iโ€™m lucky to be able to bake with my grandchildren This Christmas ๐ŸŽ„ so exciting !


  2. So excited for this blog! I am a big fan of Jen and the sweet life so I cannot wait to follow along! Congrats on the blog, I cannot wait to try this yummy recipe! My favourite cookies to bake for the holidays are my nana’s shortbread with a candied cherry on top! My new favourite I have been making for a few years are cranberry, pecan white chocolate chip cookies! ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿช Happy baking โค


  3. Our fondest memories will always be when all of us get together for a wonderful meal. The food will always be fabulous but being together as a family is what really matters! ๐Ÿ’–


  4. I used to bake cookies with my nana every Christmas. I have carried on the tradition with my boys with my nanaโ€™s gumdrop cookie recipe as well as several others. We spend 2 days every year making hundreds of cookies, decorating them together and packaging them up in cute little Christmas tins. They get to gift them to teachers and family and of course eat a few ourselves lol I canโ€™t wait until my daughter is old enough to join in on our tradition ๐Ÿ’•


  5. My husband’s family always makes gingerbread houses and now we do it with our kids ๐Ÿ˜Š also love baking classic chocolate chips cookies with my 2 littles to leave out for Santa on christmas eve. Cant wait to try out your recipe!


    1. thank you! Yes chocolate chip are my year round favorite! And we do the gingerbread houses but the kids put sooo much candy on they don’t usually get eaten lol I hope you love the recipe!


  6. I loved baking with my Mom growing up! We would always make her famous buttermilk biscuits ๐Ÿ™‚ Love sharing a meal with family!


  7. Sweet family you have! I loved making sugar cookies with my mom and brother when we were little. It quickly became a Christmas (and a Valentine’s and Halloween) tradition. Baking, decorating (and stuffing our faces) all day. I now have a 10 month old daughter and I cannot wait to begin those special memories with her. I just love cooking and baking for my family and I can see it brings joy to your family as well.

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  8. I used to make thumbprint cookies a lot when the girls were younger. I havenโ€™t made them since I started working more but I think itโ€™s a must do for this year!

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  9. My favourite cookies we make at Christmas are called Rich Roll cookies. Everyone looks forward to them every year! My daughter is 3 and loves to roll and cut out the dough.

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  10. Welcome to the blogging world, I hope you love it. Iโ€™ve sure had a lot of fun trying it out and it makes me check things off my list ๐Ÿ˜‰
    We just made pretzels dipped in milk chocolate with score bits and white chocolate with crushed candy cane, super quick, easy and delicious. It will be a new one to make every year! Merry Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚


  11. Loved reading your blog & congatulations on this new adventure!

    Being from an Italian family, Christmas Eve has always been a full 3-4 course homemade Italian dinner. Homemade pasta, sauce, meatballs everything from antipasto to desserts. Santa shows up for the children & reads “The night before Christmas” it’s a wonderful evening and we look forward to it every year.

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  12. Itโ€™s been such a long time since I have baked Christmas cookies with my mom – wasnโ€™t really a tradition, but this made me call my mom and scheduled a cooking date ๐Ÿ™‚

    Now that I have a 6 months old baby girl, I long for the day when we can bake cookies together!!

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