My Holiday Style Guide With Misook: 25% Promo Code!

This post is a collaboration with Misook. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own!

Ok, this was one of the more fun activities I’ve done recently – and that’s create a mood board!

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I am incredibly excited to share a promo code with you today for 25% off – valid across Misook’s ENTIRE site through the end of December. The promo code is: MSK9591. And who knows – perhaps your mood board looks different from mine?

Misook is a premier woman’s fashion brand and they’re focused on crafting exceptional knitwear inspired by real women, like YOU. And me. Comfort is a perfect match for sophistication and style. Next week is Cassidy’s work holiday party. When we get dressed up together, we LOVE it. I picked out a few of my favorites to share with you. And I want to see yours too!

Enjoy the promo code: MSK9591. This is valid until the end of December across ALL of Misook's gorgeous site. Enter the holidays in fashion the way I am! #ad

I have my favorite colors. I do love red and green, but while my first favorite color to wear is burgundy, my second is royal blue. And having simple black and white numbers is always important. Here are my top picks for my style guide:

Stretch Cotton Hi-Neck Blouse:

Vintage Rose Tank:

Sleeveless Sheath Dress:

Boot Skirt with Silver Studs:

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Legging with Zipper Detail:

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Directional Stripe Jacket:

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All of the above photos and clothing titles are clickable links. I’m really all about holiday style. It’s a fun time of year to have some basics and some really bright and fun pieces in your closet. It’s cold outside where we live, but parties and gatherings are often quite warm and cozy. This gives us the opportunity to pick pieces that are comfortable and stylish and the sky is the limit. Let my style guide take you to a pretty awesome place, but I’d love to see what YOU love from Misook.

Don’t forget to head to Misook’s website and use the promo code: MSK9591 to receive 25% off!!

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Which of my picks is your favorite?

Cranberry Apple Pie Cookie Bars

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This post is a collaboration with Bob’s Red Mill. You all know that baking is my mojo! Tis the season to fire up your music of choice and get to baking delicious treats for your loved ones. Made with Love, Baked With Bob’s is the way to go this season

AD These Cranberry Apple Pie Cookie Bars are made in the pan easy, and eaten out of the pan good. It's time to show your loved ones how you feel with baking

I don’t really know how to tell you how good these Cranberry Apple Pie Cookie Bars are, but I will show you!

They’re made in a pan, and then sliced and served to perfection. They are both sweet and tart, soft and chewy, and with a bit of a shortbread crunch. Buttery and magical and festive. I can’t say enough good things about this holiday recipe.

Maybe I should tell you exactly why I made them. You see, I’m someone who uses baking as a way to express love. I don’t always know how to express myself – despite being a writer and a photographer and a mama – but the language of oven-baked goods? That one I get and get well. One of my favorite holiday memories is from the first holiday we spent in our house after we had bought it in October of that year. I was just a few days shy of being in my second trimester with Des, and I was feeling good. We live in the woods and have no visible neighbors. That was the first day our nearest set of neighbors came to introduce themselves. Not only did they warmly welcome us, but they came bearing gifts. Cookies! Made with love.

cranberry apple pie

cranberry apple pie

Personally, that’s my weakness. Things have gotten crazy around here lately, haven’t you noticed? Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, FOUR of my loved ones gave birth. I remember after the vacation was over – just standing in my kitchen and thinking of each one of them. Then I set to work. First, I made some pumpkin apple muffins with our leftover canned pumpkin. Then, I made these cranberry apple pie cookie bars. The inspiration for me is the color and consistency of cranberries. I’ve always had a bit of an obsession with them, but I believe they pair extremely well with flour, butter, and apple. (what doesn’t?) It’s the gift of freshly baked cookies! The ultimate gift, I say. You need the right ingredients, like so:

cranberry apple pie

cranberry apple pie

cranberry apple pie

Massachusetts is actually famous for its cranberries – did you know that? As for the butter, always go for sweet cream (unsalted) for this recipe. For flour, use Bob’s Red Mill products. Their products are of the highest quality to make your baked goods truly shine! Like me, Bob’s believes in making our world a better place through small acts of kindness. And what’s the best small act of kindness? For me it’s Made With Love, Baked With Bobs. And Cranberry Apple Pie Bars.

There is something I’m not good at – not fretting over gift giving to the people I care about the most. Like I said, four people I love gave birth over Thanksgiving weekend. I tend to stress over getting them the “perfect” baby gift because they are all people who go above and beyond for me. Baking is my way to say, “Thank you”, “Congratulations,” AND, “I love you.”

Cranberry Apple Pie Cookie Bars

Cranberry Apple Pie Cookie Bars

Ingredients

  1. 4 cups Bob's Red Mill Organic All Purpose Baking Flour, sifted
  2. 2 cups sweet cream butter, softened
  3. 1.5 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
  4. 1 cup sugar
  5. 1 Tbsp organic vanilla extract
  6. 4 cups fresh cranberries
  7. 2 large apples, peeled and chopped
  8. 1/2 cup sugar (for filling)
  9. 2 oz. water
  10. 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  11. 1 tsp ginger
  12. 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  13. 1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 325 and line a 13x9 baking dish with parchment paper
  • 2. Beat sugars and butter on high until light and fluffy and then mix in vanilla
  • 3. Stir in flour, a little at a time, until well combined
  • 4. Separate the dough and spread half into the prepared baking dish
  • 5. Bake for 25 minutes until edges are golden brown
  • 6. Meanwhile, place other half in a disc shape and wrap tightly with plastic wrap
  • 7. Place in the fridge
  • 8. To make the filling, combine cranberries, sugar, water, cornstarch and spices in a large saucepan and cook until fruit is thick and jam-like - for about eight minutes
  • 9. It's ok if there are still some whole cranberries
  • 10. Add apples
  • 11. Remove baking dish from oven and add fruit mixture on top of cookie crust
  • 12. Then, take the rest of the dough and roll it out in pieces to completely cover the fruit filling as the top layer
  • 13. Bake for 35 minutes and cool for 15 minutes before serving
  • 14. Enjoy!
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I can’t even tell you what one thing it is that makes these bars so tasty. They’re just the right about of buttery, sweet, tart, crumbly and lovely. They’re also quiet fetching to look at, and they package very beautifully too, as you can see!

I feel inspired knowing how many people I can make happy this year.

Give someone the gift of freshly baked cookies. Here’s a coupon for $1 off any Bob’s Red Mill products HERE.

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What’s your favorite holiday baking recipe with Bob’s Red Mill products?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bob’s Red Mill.