Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Every fall my kids seem to beg for me to make them our favorite Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe. These cookies are a crowd favorite. This recipe is one from my childhood and I can remember making them with my own mother.



So, they bring back a lot of great memories of growing up and it is fun to be sharing those same traditions with my kids in my own home. I was surprised when I realized that I had never shared them here with you…! Seriously…these are good!


Most of the time we just eat them straight out of the oven…but sometimes, if I am taking them to an event, I like to make them a bit fancier by adding some drizzled icing. If you go the icing route, simply pipe your favorite vanilla or cream cheese icing over the top of each cookie using a small round icing tip.


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 and 1/2 cups canned pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 and 1/2 Tsp. baking powder
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. allspice
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cream sugar, eggs and butter together until creamy.
  3. Mix in pumpkin.
  4. Add the dry ingredients one at a time in order of the recipe and mix together until fully incorporated.
  5. Add a little extra flour if your dough is really sticky. This is a fairly sticky cookie dough so be careful to not add too much flour.
  6. Drop cookies onto a greased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes in a 400 degree oven.
  8. Let cool on cookie rack. Serve as is or wait until cookies have cooled to drizzle your frosting.


These cookies are really good for the next few days as well. They really retain their moisture and their flavor and have a really nice smooth and moist consistency…and they have chocolate! You can’t beat a good cookie that has chocolate in it!


Go ahead and make some. As always…I would love to know if you end up making and how you liked them! xo

Pumpkin Donuts with Choc. Chips & Cinnamon and Sugar

Donuts…and Pumpkin…need I say more? It seems like with the beginning of Fall, I start craving Pumpkin flavored baked goods and Hot Cocoa…sometimes when it is still 90 degrees outside. The kids and I have become obsessed with our donut maker we found at Target several months ago…so we decided to give some Pumpkin Donuts a try…and…well, we were not disappointed.


Pumpkin Donuts Recipe:

1/2 cup oil (we use coconut)

3 eggs

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon plus a heaping

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 3/4 cups + 2 tablespoons flour

1/2 to 1 cup mini chocolate chips


Cinnamon/Sugar Topping:

1/8 cup sugar

cinnamon to liking



Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Beat everything together until smooth.

Pour into a greased donut baking pan or in a donut maker.

Fill donut impressions 3/4 full.

Bake for about 16 minutes or until fully cooked in a donut pan.

Carefully remove from pan and let cool for 5 minutes.

Cover with Cinnamon and Sugar mixture.


You can forego the cinnamon and sugar and/or the chocolate chips…but would you really want to?  If you are going to have a dessert…you might as well have dessert.  And…if they are the mini donuts…well you might even be able to have two!


My family really loved these donuts…but you can’t really blame them.  We made them for the big rival college football game we had a couple of weeks ago.  Unfortunately our team lost.  But we still had a great time watching the game.


I am thinking these may have had a little to do with that! ;)


And…if you don’t have a donut pan or a donut maker…you can still make these in the form of a muffin!  Just bake them for about 22 minutes and then dip the muffin top into the cinnamon and sugar mix!


Are you a fan of pumpkin desserts?  What are some of your favorites?

If you like these…you may be interested in these Peppermint Candy Cane Donuts!


Caramel Apples Gift Kit–12 Fall Printables


It’s time again for another monthly Printable Blog Hop. If you are new here, every month 11 other bloggers and I join together to bring you a 12 themed FREE Printables for your use. This months theme is Fall. I LOVE everything about Fall. One thing that screams Fall to me are Caramel Apples. We like to try and make them at least once each fall and it has become a fun family tradition. I thought it would be fun to make a Caramel Apples Gift Kit so that we could share the love with other families. Don’t you think that would be a fun gift to get? It has almost all the supplies needed to make some Caramel Apples including some fun toppings and the homemade Caramel Recipe, which is super delicious and not that difficult to make.


I simply took a white gift bag and filled it with 8-10 apples…I used 4 Fuji and 4 Granny Smith (some of my family are fans of the tart apples and some prefer the sweeter). Just use your favorite variety of apples in your Caramel Apples Gift Kit. Then I filled the bag with some fun toppings. Toppings could include crushed Oreos, Chocolate Chips, M&M’s, Nuts, etc. Then be sure to include some sticks. I used some longer sucker sticks, but you could also use wooden popsicle or craft sticks. The other ingredients are things that most households might already have on hand so you can include those at your own discretion.


It really is that simple. Then simply print out the FREE printables I have provided for you.

To download the Caramel Apples Gift Kit, click here:

{Caramel Apples Gift Kit}


Interested in seeing what the other gals are sharing this month? You can check their sites and their free printables out below! Happy Fall Y’all!


#1) {The Dating Divas} – Make your man feel loved this fall by decorating the bedroom with all the reasons why you ‘fall’ for him!

#2) {Somewhat Simple} – This 8×10 paint-by-number-style deer art print is perfect for adding just a simple touch of autumn to your decor.

#3) {Whipperberry} – A stylish apple printable for your fall decor!

#4) {Crafting Chicks} – Fall Fun Charts–keep track of all your favorite fun activities you want to do this fall (like a summer fun chart) and check them off when you’re done!

#5) {Tatertots & Jello} – Adorable Fall Scrolly Cake or Pie Topper Printables. Plus the recipe for Pumpkin Pie with Macadamia Nut Streusel topping.

#6) {L’il Luna} – A super cute and easy Fall Cookies in a Jar gift with free tag/recipe!

#7) {My Sister’s Suitcase} – Printable Tags/Wraps for giving yummy fall treats and breads as gifts!

#8) {I Heart Nap Time} – An adorable gift tag perfect for any gift giving this fall season!

#9) {The 36th Avenue} – Pumpkin Cookie Recipe and Free Printables. A super cute little gift!

#10) {Paging Supermom} – This series of mod Apple Prints is perfect for your fall mantle or frame and give to a teacher or neighbor.

#11) {The TomKat Studio} – A free printable fall art print perfect for framing!

#12) {The Idea Room} – Caramel Apples Gift Kits are a fun and festive gift for friends, family and/or teachers this fall.


If you missed our past Printable Blog Hops, you can check out our past Printable Blog Hops below:

12 FREE Spring Themed Printables {Homemade Lemonade Gift Kit}

12 FREE Cinco de Mayo Printables

12 FREE 4th of July Themed Printables

12 FREE Summer Printables

12 FREE Back-to-School Themed Printables {Homework Notepad}

Zucchini Bread Recipe

As promised, here is the zucchini bread recipe we love to use for making Zucchini Bread.  A few days ago I shared with you are version of Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake if you missed it.  If you are like us…your garden tends to be overrun with zucchini and you need to have some great recipes to help you use it all up.


We have tried a few different recipes out there and we tend to keep coming back to this one.  One of the main reasons I love this zucchini bread recipe is the replacement of applesauce for the oil.



Zucchini Bread Recipe

Zucchini Bread Recipe


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup oil OR 1 cup applesauce + 1/2 cup extra flour
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cup shredded zucchini
  • 3 cup flour
  • 2 tsp. soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp. nutmeg


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat three eggs together in mixer.
  3. Add in applesauce (oil), sugar and vanilla and beat until it is foamy.
  4. Mix in the rest of the ingredients.
  5. Grease and flour loaf pans.
  6. Pour batter into two regular size loaf pans or 3 mini loaf pans.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until a clean toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.

As always…I would love to know if you end up making it and what you think!  And…I have one more Zucchini Recipe to share with you here later.  So be sure to check back if you are interested.


Chocolate Zucchini Cake

I love summer for several reasons.  One of the top reasons would have to be having my kids home and being able to spend unscheduled time with them enjoying the sun and the outdoors.  Another reason is that I LOVE all the fresh produce.  We have a garden…albeit…a very small one.  Even though it is small, I love using the food it produces.  We always grow zucchini and it seems to always be an abundant producer.


So we always need to find creative and delicious ways to use it all up.  One of my family’s favorite ways to eat zucchini is to eat it in this Chocolate Zucchini Cake.  I know…eating vegetables has never been so delicious…and chocolatey!


This is my mother-in-laws delicious recipe and since we are in the peak season for zucchini production around here…and I have 4 ripe zucchini’s sitting on my counter as I type this…I though there might be some of you out there who may be interested in finding creative ways to use your zucchini supply!


Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Chocolate Zucchini Cake


  • 1 and 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1/2 cup Oil (we like Coconut Oil)
  • 2 and 1/2 cup Flour
  • 4 Tbsp. Cocoa
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Cloves
  • a dash of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Milk with 1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
  • 2 cups grated Zucchini
  • 1/4 cup Walnuts (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips (optional---but who would NOT want them?)


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Beat together oil, butter, eggs, and sugar till creamy.
  3. Then gradually add the other ingredients one at a time will mixing between each addition.
  4. Pour mix into a greased AND floured bundt pan.
  5. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 30-40 minutes. (When using Coconut Oil the cooking time may need to be increased another 10 minutes).
  6. Test with a toothpick inserted in center. When toothpick comes out clean the cake should be done!
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I have been using Coconut Oil in my recipes now instead of other liquid oils and I am LOVING the change.  My kids don’t even notice a difference, but I have noticed that it tends to make the texture a little bit more dense.  I also notice that I have to bake this longer than the recipe calls for.  So I baked it for about 10 minutes longer before it was set and ready to come out of the oven.

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I hope you enjoy this recipe.  As usual, I would love to hear if you end up making it.  This one tends to be a crowd pleaser.

I also plan to share our recipe for our regular Zucchini Bread here soon.  We love it too and we make it with applesauce instead of oil…so it is a healthier, yummier version.  So be sure to remember to check back in for that recipe.

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As a side note…we also shred our zucchini’s while they are fresh and then throw 2 cups of shredded zucchini into Ziploc Freezer Bags and then freeze them.  This way we have access to fresh shredded zucchini well into the the winter months.  Just pull it out the night before and let it defrost in the fridge before you use it.  This is a great way to spread out the zucchini goodness all year long!

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

Today I am sharing my newest…Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub!  I have grown quite fond of sugar scrubs lately.  I have shared a few here in the past…Lemon Sugar Scrub (one of my absolute favorites), Brown Sugar Scrub, and a Peppermint Foot Scrub.

They are so easy to make and can be made with ingredients you already most likely have on hand.  They make your hands and skin so soft and depending on the “flavors” you add, smell amazing!  But I love the combination of fall spices that are in this specific body scrub.  They smell so amazing and the scent lingers on your skin long after you have used the scrub.  So you get wafts of “Fall” all day long! Yum!


Since I am craving all things pumpkin and cinnamon right now I thought it would be great to come up with a Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub…boy does this smell amazing.

You will need the following to make the Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub.

Supply List

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Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub


  • 2 cups Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup White Sugar (or Raw Sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup Almond Oil or Coconut Oil (add more if needed)


  1. In a medium mixing bowl combine the sugars and spices.
  2. Mix together with a wooden spoon.
  3. Slowly pour in the Oil and stir until well blended.
  4. You may add more if your scrub is too dry.
  5. You don't want it to be runny, just a nice damp texture.
  6. Cover in a tight container.
  7. Store in the refrigerator up to 8 weeks.


This scrub can be a great way to pamper yourself during the hussle and bustle of the Holiday season.  Especially after you have been on your feel all day preparing this year’s Thanksgiving Feast.  Or whip up a batch and give it to the hostess of your Thanksgiving Dinner.


*Update–Many of you have asked if there was a printable label available for the Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub.  I am not sure why I didn’t save the original one I made, but I couldn’t find it in my files.  So, I have created a new one to share with you if you are interested.  You can access the free printable label here:

 {Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub Labels}

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And if you like Pumpkin Spice, you have got to make some Pumpkin Spice Play Dough!


Pumpkin Muffins—with Craisins and chocolate Chips

Fall is my very favorite season and I have asked a few of my favorite bloggers to share some of their fall favorites here with you.  I am so excited to have Kristen from Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke sharing some Pumpkin Muffins with some yummy additions as part of The Idea Room Fall Festival!

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Hi, I’m Kristen, and I’m so happy to be back here at The Idea Room! I used to contribute weekly photography tips , then got overwhelmed with life and needed to pare down. Amy’s blog introduced me to the exciting online world, and I continue to LOVE her and what she shares with all of us. I’ve been blessed to get to know her and her family on a personal level, and am very impressed with the love they have for each other. Someone to look up to, indeed. I blog at Capturing Joy all about life, the things I make, and the pictures I take. Come on over and visit sometime! Today I am sharing with you a recipe that I look forward to making every Fall, Moist Pumpkin Muffins, and I added some extra yumminess for the first time to share with all of you.

Let me start by saying these moist pumpkin muffins are delicious without anything inside. I just wanted to get creative and add 2 of my favorite cookie ingredients: craisins and chocolate chips. Strangely, I don’t like raisins a lot, but I LOVE craisins! When I first was introduced to these muffins 5 years ago, I couldn’t believe the deliciousness.

I just love a picture of orange batter…

I decided to make a batch of mini muffins (24) as well as standard size muffins (12) and then had enough for a mini loaf, too!

My girls helped me, and I had them place craisins on top so they would show through the cooked muffin nicely.

I like to be able to see the texture.

Oh my goodness, they turned out so delicious! I didn’t realize the most delectable pumpkin muffin could get any better!

pumpkin recipes Can you see the shiny moistness oozing out of these pictures? Heaven, I tell ya.

Moist Pumpkin Muffins with Craisins & Chocolate Chips


5 eggs

1 1/4 cup oil

Mix in:

1 can pumpkin

2 cups flour

2 cups sugar

2 small pkg. vanilla pudding powder


1 Tsp. soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

Fold in 1/2 cup chocolate chips (or more)

1/2 cup craisins (or more)

Bake at 325 degrees, muffins for 20 minutes, full loaf 1 hour. Oven temperatures may vary, stick a toothpick in the center to check for gooey-ness.

They were fantastic right out of the oven, but I prefer my baked goods chilled, so I pop them in the fridge and fully enjoy the texture of the craisins and chocolate chips. I promise, you can’t go wrong with these babies, definitely a crowd pleaser! I’d love to hear if you make them;)

Thanks so much Kristen!  I am so lucky to consider her a friend.  I have enjoyed having her in my home a few times and have her take our family pictures!  Love learning from her and being inspired by her as a friend!  Be sure to head on over to her site for some amazing photos and fun ideas!  –Amy


In other news…Remember when I shared a fun craft night with Poppy Seed Crafts?  Well neither one of us realized at the time that we had scheduled the craft night on the same night as women’s meeting where we meet and listen to some of the leaders in our church.  So…we debated back and forth about what to do and have received some questions about whether we would change it. 

Ultimately, we decided to change it so that more of you could come and join us and we could attend the meeting.  So sorry about that big snafu!  A huge oversight on our end.  The new date is pending but should be sometime in the later half of October.  We will do another post and update you on the new time.  We are also honoring the giveaway.  The winner is Megan Buhler.  Send me an email Megan and we will get you hooked up! [email protected]



So if you registered and are unable to make the October night, we will refund you your fees completely.  So sorry for all the craziness.  I hope some of you will be able to join us.


front porch pumpkin plantar

Fall is my very favorite season and I have asked a few of my favorite bloggers to share some of their fall favorites here with you.  I am so excited to have Ashley and Whitney from Shanty 2 Chic sharing their classy Fall Front Porch Pumpkin Plantar as part of The Idea Room Fall Festival!


Hey there! We are the Shanty Sisters (Ashley and Whitney) from Shanty2chic and we are so thrilled that Amy asked us to share a fun, fall project with you all!


Our latest shopping trip included an Ikea clearance item that we “shantied up” and repurposed for a front porch fall display!


It is some sort of bath stool/storage but we thought it would make the perfect “planter style box” for a front porchSmile


Assembled without the top. It only took 3 minutes to put together! Score!!

lowes finials

We added four wooden finials, that you can purchase at Lowe’s, to each corner. These finials are a favorite of oursWinking smile

ryobi drill

To attach them to the corners, we pre-drilled a small hole for each finial to screw into.


another quick 3-4 minutesWinking smile

rust-oleum espresso

We finished it with 1 coat of Rust-oleum Espresso spray paint in satin and filled it with cute pumpkinsSmile


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decorating with pumpkins

halloween decor

how to decorate with pumpkins

We spent $20 on this project, completed it in 20 minutes and we now have a versatile piece for our front porch displays, year-round! Thank you so much to Amy for asking us to share with you all today! We hope you enjoyed our fall project and hope that you join us on our blog www.shanty-2-chic.com!

Apple Cider Floats & Giveaway

This Giveaway is now CLOSED!

Thanks everyone for your patience.  The winner of the Our Best Bites Cookbook is number #190 Julie N.  Congratulations Julie.  Please email me at: [email protected].  You have 48 hours and then a new winner will be selected.



Fall is my very favorite season and I have asked a few of my favorite bloggers to share some of their fall favorites here with you.  I am so excited to have Sara from Our Best Bites sharing her recipe for Apple Cider Floats {a delicious twist to the regular apple cider drink} as part of The Idea Room Fall Festival!

Hello Hello all you Idea-Roomers! I’m so happy to be hanging out over here today on sweet Amy’s awesome blog. My name is Sara Wells and I co-author the food blog Our Best Bites with my good friend Kate Jones.

Kate and I both have a serious obsession with autumn in general, but especially with fall food. I love the smell of apples and warm spices brewing, hearty, savory soups simmering on the stove, and rustic home-baked breads in the oven. My only problem, is that where I live in Boise, Idaho, all of those amazing flavors of fall (and my desire to consume them) usually arrive well before the fall weather.

When I start seeing pumpkins and autumn wreaths in the stores, we’re still sporting shorts and flip flops and buying popsicles by the truck-load. To solve that little conundrum, let me introduce you to, the apple pie float. All of the yummy flavors of fall, but perfect for summer temperatures!

It starts with nice, thick apple cider. Use the good stuff!


Add in some ginger ale for a little fizz action, and then plop in a big ole’ scoop of vanilla ice cream.

We like to top ours with a sprinkling of cinnamon and nutmeg and a little drizzle of caramel sauce.


The apple flavor in a good cider is out of this world, and when the ice cream starts melting and creating a creamy, frothy drink with bits of caramel and spice? Can’t beat it. So keep those flip-flops on, and enjoy every last drop of summer as you welcome in fall!

Apple Cider Floats from Our Best Bites


1 cup high quality apple cider (the thick stuff is best!)

1/2 cup ginger ale

1-2 scoops vanilla ice cream, or any seasonal flavor such as cinnamon or apple pie

ground cinnamon and nutmeg for sprinkling 1-2 tablespoons

jarred caramel sauce


Pour apple cider and ginger ale into a glass. Add vanilla ice cream. Sprinkle on nutmeg and cinnamon to taste and drizzle caramel sauce on top. Serve immediately with a straw and a spoon. Yields: one serving.

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Now, speaking of seasons, Kate and I actually released our second cook book this week and it’s called, "Savoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites."

This recipe is in there, along with over 150 of our other favorite things to make during the various seasons of the year. You can read about the book here.

Thanks so much Sara!  It has been so great to have you here sharing your amazing Apple Pie Floats!!  They look amazing!  Perfect for a party!  I was able to meet up with Sara and Kate just yesterday at their New Cook Book, Savoring the Seasons, Book Signing Event at Orson Gygi in Salt Lake.

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Sara and Kate would love to give a copy away to an Idea Room reader! Isn’t that exciting?!

To enter simply leave a comment here, on this post, and tell us what your favorite "fall food" is. Happy Cooking!

*Disclaimer– This giveaway will end on September 19, 2012 at 9:00 pm MT. Giveaway is open to residents of the continental US.  The winner will have 48 hours to claim the prize before a new winner is chosen. I was given a copy of Our Best Bites Cookbook to review, however all opinions and statements are mine.

Pumpkin Spice mini Donuts

Fall is my very favorite season and I have asked a few of my favorite bloggers to share some of their fall favorites here with you.  I am so excited to have Kristy from The Diary of DavesWife sharing her tutorial for Pumpkin Spice Mini Donuts as part of The Idea Room Fall Festival!

Hello Everyone! My name is Kristy.
But, you can just Call Me DavesWife.
You can read All about Me, at
A Place where I spill it ALL.
I am BEYOND thrilled to be here today for The Idea Room Fall Festival !
I absolutely ADORE this time of year, especially
the Smells, the Colors, and of COURSE the FOOD!
Today I have a Delightful Fall Treat that not only tastes like fall,
but looks and smells like it too!

These little pumpkins, are plump and moist and are only made with
2 Ingredients!!!
*But you Will need to have a mini donut baking pan,
or a mini donut maker to make these little cuties!
That’s it!!!  No Oil, No Eggs!  Just 1 15 oz. can of Pumpkin, and 1 Spice Cake Mix.
To make the Batter for your Donuts, Simply combine in a medium Bowl
and mix with an electric Mixer until combined.
Once it is nice and creamy,
I Like to put all of the batter into a large ziploc bag.
This way I can, cut off one end, and  use it like a frosting bag
and simply "pipe" my batter into my donut maker.
Cook for about 4-5 minutes and transfer to a cooling rack.
*if using a mini donut pan, bake at 325 degrees for about 8-10 minutes.
Once cooled, top with Orange Frosting, and insert a Mini Tootsie Roll as the stem.
To Make the Leaves I used a Wilton Sugar Sheet 
And cut the leaves and curly "Q"  with a pair of kitchen scissors.
These are DELICIOUS, and Addicting! I betcha can’t eat just one!
For More Recipes and other Creative ideas, make sure to visit Me at:

Don’t those donuts look so good?  Thanks so much for sharing them with us Kristy!  I love Kristy’s fun website.  She always has a lot of fun and cheerful projects.  Her site makes me feel happy.  And she is just as happy in person.  I was able to meet Kristy at the Snap Conference in April and really enjoyed her upbeat and cheerful personality!  Be sure to head on over to her site and check out all her creative projects.  You won’t be disappointed!  –Amy


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