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Sugar Cookies + Buttercream Frosting Recipe

It is tradition over here that we make my grandma’s sugar cookie recipe every year around the holidays, it has only gotten more fun as the girls have gotten a little bit older & get to participate! I looked forward to my grandparents arrival on Christmas evening every year & would immediately look for the old metal cake pan that would be full of these cookies. And now I have that pan full of them on our kitchen counter & the girls can’t help but peek in it every time they come in the kitchen.

The most fun part of making sugar cookies is of course frosting them, and I am teaming up with fairlife milk today to share our buttercream frosting recipe. fairlife milk has less sugar & more protein than regular milk, and has the most delicious, creamy flavor which is perfect for frosting!

Buttercream Frosting
1 stick softened, salted butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
1/4 cup of fairlife whole milk
Combine all ingredients in a bowl & blend with a hand mixer.

So simple!! This recipe will give you a super thick, whipped consistency which is perfect for basic cookie decorating. This is also what I start with if I am piping it through a frosting bag to outline cookies. As you work through the frosting batch, you can add another splash or two of milk and the frosting will become much more runny. This gives almost a glossy finish when the frosting dries & is perfect for filling in the piped outlines of the other cookies. We will have dozens more cookies to frost by the end of the day (including a double batch of gingerbread waiting in the fridge!) which means my kids will be licking this frosting off their fingers for the rest of the month!

What are you baking up this holiday season? Would love to hear! XO

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Our Favorite Mashed Potatoes Recipe

November is all about comfort food! We are teaming up with fairlife todayย  to share our favorite mashed potato recipe, something we love to make all season long. We love fairlife milk not only because it has more protein and less sugar, but it is so delicious. Which means it also makes the best mashed potatoes! We serve these every year at Thanksgiving dinner, but also love them with meatloaf on a chilly night (my kids favorite!) or in the bottom of a bowl of home made chicken noodle soup.

3lb bag of petite red potatoes
1/3 cup of fairlife whole milk
1/3 cup of sour cream
1/2 cup of butter
1 tbsp fresh grated parmesan cheese (optional)
1 tbsp fresh parsley

salt & pepper to taste

Wash & cut potatoes, leaving the skin on. Bring a pot of water to boil, add the potatoes & cook until they can be mashed with a fork (10-12 minutes). Remove from heat, drain & add potatoes back into pot.
Add milk, butter, sour cream, salt, pepper & parmesan cheese. Mash with a whisk to combine ingredients, and then blend with a hand mixer on medium speed until whipped.
Top with sprinkle of parsley & a bit more butter! ๐Ÿ˜‰
If you try these, hope you love them!! XO

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Maple Iced Coffee Recipe + Fave Coffee Shops in Atlanta

Well turns out today is National Coffee Day, so what better reason to share the best Fall iced coffee recipe & some of my favorite coffee shops?!
Typically I love my coffee unsweetened but one of my very favorite breakfast blends for Fall is a maple iced coffee! This recipe is super easy, and if you’ve never tried it, you’re in for a treat!! You can use any cold brew coffee, I have been making mine with this cold brew coffee press using a dark roast and brewing overnight in the fridge.
Pour your coffee over ice, about 8 oz. here, add one tsp. of maple syrup (my favorite here!) & one tsp. of sweetened condensed milk. Stir & enjoy!!

But it seems that no matter how much coffee I make at home, I can’t resist grabbing one every time I am out & about. Whether it is a quick drive-thru or a kid free afternoon in the back corner of my favorite coffee shops, I can never get enough! Rounding up a few of my favorite coffee shops in Atlanta, huge thanks to my brother for being the best coffee tour guide in the city!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Super cute ice cream + coffee shop near Inman Park & the Beltline that serves coffee roasted right across the border in Birmingham. I love the aesthetics of this place because of their quirky 50’s decor, bright white brick walls, and a super cute seating area out front with turquoise benches, bistro tables & chairs. They even have a “cold brew” flavored ice cream!
Home of the best iced coffee in Atlanta. HodgePodge is a high-ceiling, cement floor, renovated warehouse-look coffee shop that also serves as a gallery for local artists. They offer tons of super healthy snacks and baked goods (gluten-free, vegan friendly, etc.) and their “for here” coffees and teas are served in antique ceramic mugs that remind me my grandparents!
This is my favorite coffee shop OTP! Located in Roswell, it’s literally a coffee HOUSE that offers fair trade brews & amazing snacks. Their baristas offer some of the best latte art in the metro, and you can never go wrong with a cappuccino here on the couch or patio! Their motto is “Drink Coffee, Do Good” because they pay their coffee farmers in Africa higher than Fair Trade pricing, and use profits to build community projects like soccer fields in Rwanda. 
There are two locations in Atlanta, one in West Midtown on Howell Mill and one in Grant Park. The wait in line is usually long at either location, which speaks volumes to the quality and taste of their coffee! The Grant Park location has an in-house bakery, Little Tart Bakeshop, that makes the BEST scones to go with your coffee. They do individual pour overs for each cup ordered, so it tastes SO perfectly fresh & rich! If you visit the Grant Park location, take your coffee with you on a walk through historic Oakland Cemetary!

Obviously my favorite because coffee + beer. This coffee shop is in the Kirkwood neighborhood and brews local as well. The whole vibe of this place is so relaxing and fun! They have board games for grabs, and host “Brew & Brew” events, which offer some sort of beer special while staff teach a coffee brewing technique – anything from how to shop for a grinder, to perfecting your cone filter techniques! So fun!
The coziest little coffee shop with locations in both downtown Alpharetta & Crabapple. The shops are small & friendly, and make you feel right at home. They have the best iced americanos & fresh turnovers, a perfect place to stop during the Saturday morning Farmers market. 
Hopefully you’ll get to visit a few of these, or if you have a fave in your city let us know!! ๐Ÿ™‚
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