Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!
In keeping with the spirit of the holiday, I thought I’d give a little thanks to some things that make me and my life happy. You know, to be spirited and stuff. Also, I’m terrible at expressing my thankful feelings toward people and things, so this is my non-mushy way of saying I’m grateful. Capiche?
I’m thankful I’m alive (uh, it’s obvious but is a helluva lot better than the alternative). I’m thankful I have a beautiful house to stay in, even if the floors are constantly covered in dog hair. I’m thankful I have food to eat every day–and good food at that. I’m thankful I have a fun job, great coworkers, and an awesome boss. I’m thankful I have a new car–my old one was seriously demonic (sorry little brother now driving said car). I’m thankful I have a wonderful, loving family. I’m thankful I have a handsome, caring boyfriend. I’m thankful I have this blog and am doing what I LOVE. I’m thankful for my friends–both invisible internet friends (I seriously love you all) and real-life. I’m thankful I have the most amazing “dog son” in the entire world. Ever. And I’m thankful that I can spend his second chance at life with him. I love him SO much more than anyone could imagine. I’m thankful to have a closet full of kickass clothes, even if I’m terribly fickle and only like them half of the time. I’m thankful for my health, and my body; it’s not the skinniest, but it’s healthy and beautiful.
I’m thankful to live in this country. We may bicker over politics but ultimately, we live in an awesome place. I’m thankful for mascara. Hello, stubbly lashes. I’m thankful for boots. I live in you so comfortably during the holidays. I’m thankful for my education. I’m thankful for my mind. I’m thankful for my sense of humor–seriously one of my best qualities (modesty, sadly, is not). I’m thankful for my readers. You’re all SO incredibly loyal, fantastic, funny, and sweet. This blog surely wouldn’t be as successful without your loyalty toward reading, commenting and baking from The Domestic Rebel. I’m thankful for YOU! Yes, you!
You all rock. So much. Thank you. Here’s hoping you have a wonderful, safe, plentiful Thanksgiving. And if you’re going out on Black Friday, remember: have a game plan. And wear steel-toed boots. I mean, you never know. And be safe. Also, don’t get trampled. That would seriously suck and no, a Furby for $54 is NEVERRRRR worth it.
Frosted Eggnog Spice Bars with Gingersnap Streusel *gingersnap streusel recipe from A Kitchen Addiction
For the Eggnog Bars + Frosting:
1 box white cake mix
1/2 cup oil
3 tsp rum extract, divided
2 tsp cinnamon, divided
1 cup cinnamon chips
1 can cream cheese frosting
1 & 1/4 cup crushed gingersnap cookies
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp flour
3 Tbsp melted butter
1. First, make your bars. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 13×9″ baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, oil, two teaspoons of the rum extract, one teaspoon of the cinnamon + the nutmeg until well blended. Stir in the cinnamon chips.
3. Spread the mixture into the prepared pan in an even layer. Bake for approx. 15-17 minutes or until lightly browned and center is set. Cool completely. While bars are cooling, mix the remaining teaspoon of rum extract and remaining teaspoon of cinnamon into the can of frosting; frost cooled bars with the frosting.
4. In a medium bowl, combine the gingersnap streusel ingredients until well blended. Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the frosted bars. Chill about 20 minutes to set, then cut into squares. Store leftovers airtight at room temperature, for several days.
I love the festive sweetness of these eggnog bars. The cinnamon chips add such a delightfully spicy punch to these sweet bars. The rum extract, combined with the nutmeg and cinnamon, make for an authentic eggnog flavor packed in every buttery bite. And the gingersnap streusel is seriously amazing–buttery, spicy, crunchy, it balances the overt sweetness of the bars perfectly by adding a difference of flavor and texture that can’t be beat! Seriously–nog haters, you will enjoy these!!
Happy Thanksgiving! I’m off to bury my face in some sweet potatoes.