Mingle & Jingle!!!

Welcome to my first ever hosted Meet & Greet! Come on in, make yourself at home, and meet some amazing new people 🙂

Simply leave your link to your blog/other social media in the comments, tell us a little about your blog if you want, make some new friends, and reblog only if you wish!

In my last post I asked you all what your favorite type of cookie was- and there was a reason for this!! I did my Christmas baking this weekend and used all your suggestions to try something different from my usuals.

Hence, at this Mingle & Jingle, I have your favorite treats (which quickly became my favorite too!). Thank you for allowing me to expand my horizons this Christmas baking season; I loved the different traditions that I learned about and incorporated. Plus everything was absolutely delicious!!!!


Gingerbread cookies (Peppernuts) for Lauren & Bernadine !


Snickerdoodles for Jesci  !


Sugar cookies for Jennifer (although they are probably far from your family’s recipe 😉 ) !


Risalamande for Cyranny! (This is a Danish dessert- and oh my, it is certainly a treat!!)


Oatmeal cookies for Anna !


The best hot chocolate of your life (aka Champurrado) for Lisa. Guys, this stuff is amazing.

Hersey Kiss PB Blossoms for Jess  & Kelsey !


Butter Cookies for Samantha (We can pretend they are Gluten Free 😉 )


Norwegian Butter Squares for Ju-Lyn Tan  ! (This was like nothing I have ever had before and were soo yummy- They taste like dense, moist (oops, sorry “moist”-haters) shortbread bars!)


Biscuits for Barbara !


A Yule Log for Kat! This was just a blast to make.


And last, but not least,

Healthy Brownie Squares from Myra ! If you need a delicious, healthy treat this holiday- this is it! Beware- they are addictive!


Happy Mingling everyone & Happy Holidays 🙂

xo <3




381 thoughts on “Mingle & Jingle!!!

    1. Hehe, Thanks! We have been passing them around to neighbors, friends, and family and keeping a slightly selfish amount for ourselves 😉 Thank you for stopping by!

  1. Thank you for including me for Biscuits, ha ha. I rather missed the point of the recipe didn’t I Doh! I have to say I don’t bake often as being a household of just two, if I bake it we have to eat it, ALL. Not good for the disappearing waistline. https://creatwithbarb.com.au is me. I make greetings cards and run classes to teach others papercrafts. Would love you to drop by sometime.

    1. Haha, no I am soo glad you said biscuits!!!! DJ and I loveeee them, so they certainly were thoroughly enjoyed 🙂 And I totally understand on eating it alll- something about home baked goods that are irresistible!!! Thank you for sharing- I love your creations!

  2. OMG. This is SO creative & sweet, kenzie! I saw my fav cookies as soon as I looked at the pic lol. I mean talk about engaging with your readers. You are a genius. Seriously. Like I am immediately tweeting this out. Thank you for making my fav blossoms (& teaching me their official name Lol) & including me in your post. Mind blown.

    1. Awwww Jess!!!!!! You just made my day big time- that’s so sweet of you to say 💕 And I have always been curious about how to make them and they were a blast! Plus they taste INSANELY good. I think I forgot just how good!! Thank you so much for the suggestion!!! I so appreciate my readers and just wanted to do a little something special 😊 Have such a great rest of your week and I so appreciate you stopping by !!!!!

      1. Thank you, Mack! That means a lot to me! I did manage to go to sleep without snacking but I dreamed of Sugar Plum Fairies bearing baskets of cookies and treats all for ME! lol

    1. Thanks for stopping by Sijo!!!!!!!

      Everyone: I love Sijos way of photographing in a beautifully realistic yet jovial manner!!! His pictures are sure to brighten your day!

    1. Hehe, I have quite the sweet tooth myself so imagine them actually being right here in front of me 🙈 Thank you so much for stopping by!!! 🤗

  3. Mack, these bakes are incredible! I’m super impressed you made all these, they look fab! I have a sweet tooth (or two) so these are right up my street! The butter squares look AMAZEBALLS. Good job!!
    Thanks for the post!
    BBTG -X-

    1. Thanks so much, girlfriend !!! I wasn’t sure what to expect with the butter squares but oh man.. they are definitely going to be part of the regular line up now!!!! Thanks for stopping in!💕

  4. Oh and P.s … Another fan of the bube! Michael Buble is ready to be played very soon!
    My humble, fledgling page for writings about general mummy-ness, some reviews, the odd thing and just random stuff. Nice to meet you all! Thanks for the mingle and jingle, Mack!

    BBTG -X-

    1. “Cookie heaven” might be the best compliment I have ever received! Thanks so much for stopping in, Brittany 🙂 Your blog is adorable!!!! 💓

    1. Aww thank you, Rhiannon!!!! It’s the one time of year that no one can judge me for making an absolutely absurd amount of sweets 😜 Have such a great rest of your week, dear!! 💓

  5. You’re so sweet! It looks like I need to try out some of these new to me recipes too! That last one especially looks to die for with all of that chocolate!

    1. It’s so good- you would love it!!!! It’s posted by another blogger too, which I love! Some of them are just Betty Crocker/ allrecipes
      .com but that one is home grown 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Heather!!!!

  6. Mouth watering Mackmarie! Hi Ya’ll I am Mackenzie’s Mom and I am not a blogger.. I would like to say our Christmas cookies look liked this when she was growing up but not a chance.. This is at a whole new level. Thanks for all the ideas and introducing yourselves. I see a few blogs I am going to check out , oh, and some new cookie recipes I am going to try as well. Great idea Kenz!

    1. Awww thanks, Momma ❤️❤️ I still am awaiting your macaroons and Pete’s pumpkin crunch 😍 don’t eat it all before I get there 😘

    2. Hello, Mack’s Mom 🙂 I am so glad to see you here… I wouldn’t want to “sound” cheesy, or make Mack blush… But I just wanted to thank you personally for bringing up such a lovely, brilliant and thoughtful young lady! I “met” Mack through her blog, and I think I will soon run out of nice things to say about her, and have to repeat myself over and over… They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, so I can only imagine what a great family you have… 🙂

      1. Dawwwwwww!!!! You are making me blush big time though 😊 I sent my mom a screenshot of your comment and she said it was so sweet!!! She said she is excited to comment back tomorrow 🙂 I wish she did have a blog because I know you two would get along great! Xoxoxox

      2. 🙂 🙂 🙂 Oh… no link, but I just wanted to mention… I was talking with chéri, discussing where he wanted to go on vacation next time we plan a trip together, and his 2 first choices were Chicago and somewhere…. in CALI! (and we’ve been in Chicago in the past – loved it)

        So, might take a little while to get the budget ready for it and plan it wisely (but with you and Notthedane56 to give me advices, I am pretty sure it will be a charm), but Mack & Mom, get ready… Cyranny might tumble South to Cali sooner than I would have expected 🙂 🙂 🙂

  7. This is awesome, Mack! Thank you for the champurrado and all of the other delicious treats! <3 There's lots of great blogs to check out in here too! Hello everyone! It's nice to meet everyone here! I'm Lisa and my blog is Life of an El Paso Woman. I blog about music, life, El Paso, Texas, current events, etc. I'm now off to check out some blogs here. Thanks again for the great mingle and jingle, Mack!

    1. Lisa, I feel like I have been doing hot chocolate wrong my whole life! This stuff is going to have to be a staple around the holidays now. Thank you so much for the suggestion!!!! 💕

      1. Thank you for sharing it, Mack! It’s a must over here! ❤ You did an awesome job with everything! I’m so so impressed! 😃

  8. Oh wow, Mack!!! I didn’t think you were actually going to make all the cookies!!! This is such a clever idea–love it! I’m excited to check out the other blogs, too; such a variety of bloggers are on here — how exciting!

    My blog is at https://followingthepathoflife.wordpress.com . While I started it in college as a life/faith/fitness blog for other young Christian women in college, it has since morphed due to graduation and marriage! Now I largely write about the amazing adventures God gives my husband and me “along the path of life” (Psalm 16:11), plus just some thoughts, life things, etc.

  9. How did you manage to make all those luscious looking treats and get a photo of ALL of them, without digging into them? I don’t think I would have been so disciplined, and my photo would have been multiple plates with nothing but little crumbs.
    This is a brilliant idea, I especially like the music, I really feel like I am at a Christmas party.
    I am a part-time blogger (blogging about anything that is on my mind – so I guess I am only a part-time thinker), writer (have 2 books out now), working on my 3rd book (very slowly). I can be found at https://sdgateswriter.com/

    1. Oh TRUST me …. there was a whole lot of digging in before, I just hid the crumbs 😉 That makes me so happy that you feel like you are actually at a party! Woohoo! I can’t wait to check out your place- I see that you are an NP. That is my ultimate goal (just graduated with my BSN!). Thanks for stopping by!

      1. I loved your post. I wish I had some of those delicious looking treats. I have been an NP since 1995 – best thing I ever did. Congratulations on getting your BSN – personally I thought getting the BSN was so much more strenuous than getting to be an NP. I do love my job, I work with kids, who are by far, much cooler than “big people”.

      2. That’s amazing! I admire you so much for that. I hope to say the same thing one day 🙂 I love that you work with kids too- that is a hard field to get into, but I bet it’s incredibly rewarding. Thank you for sharing with me!

  10. Good morning and Merry Christmas! What to my wondering eyes should appear on my computer screen this morning but gorgoeus Christmas cookies, holiday music and lots of friends to get to know! Thank you Mackenzie! Im having a wondrful time at your party in my pajamas! I can’t wait to visit everyone’s blog- thank you for letting us share! I am an author with a blog at http://www.jenabooks.com
    I may be a little further on my journey then you- but I am still having a blast sharing love, laughter and a few happy hours in my books and blog. Love you!

      1. I came back for some more cookies! I am a friendly gal- so look for me on Twitter @jenabooks and Facebook- Jena C. Henry Author Thanks again Mackenzie- hope you are having a wonderful day!

      2. Hehe – Once again maybe you will have to make a flight back out here to help us finish them up ?! And Thank you!!!!!! You too 🙂

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Jena !!!!! I absolutely love your books- they are humorous and relatable !!! So excited to see you at this party :)Love you too! 🤗🎉

  11. Thanks Mack for hosting and posting all the delicious looking treats!
    My blog is about a journey of a man recovering from himself basically. I try to use humor and a little bit of sentimentality to share my stories and lessons in life. I write from the perspective of healing through Christ but I don’t believe in assaulting with the message. I believe that I share my journey to help others who were lost like I was.


    1. Wow- I love how you summed up your mission on your blog !!!!!! So well said! I have enjoyed reading your writing thoroughly ! Thanks for stopping by, B.! Oh- and thanks so much for the reblog!

  12. What a wonderful idea!! : ) You are totally always bursting with wonderful ideas. : ) I love love love that you made everyone’s favourite cookies (who’s going to eat them all?)!

    I find that yule log /very/ intimidating….. and tempting….. :)~

    1. Hehehe! I have yet to dig into it because we are taking it to our church group tonight- but oh man, it is SOOOO tempting. I can hardly take it! It just smells of all goood things sugar and chocolate. The rest of the cookies we have passed out to neighbors, family, and friends (keeping a selfish amount for ourselves, of course 😉 ) I hope you are doing so well and it always makes my day to see a comment from you 🤗

      1. Selfish amount — hahaha no way! You made them yourself! You’re entitled to a cookie-tummyache. :p :p

        I hope you’re doing well too! : )

    1. Ohhhh I cannot wait for you to try!!!!! They are SOOOO good! Just smush the Hersey kiss in as soon as you take them out of the oven and you are in for a treat 🙂 Thank you for stopping in!!!! 💕

  13. Reblogged this on Cyranny's cove and commented:
    Happy Wednesday Lovelies!! There is a super exciting Meet & Greet pary going on and it is at my Californian Sunshine’s place; Mackmarie’s Blog! Mack has baked us tons of goodies to nibble on while fun goes on…. Come on, and join us!!

      1. I hope many Lovelies will join in… If not, I’ll go and get them one by one… We can’ let all those treats go to waste!! Btw, how long did you have to cook to make all of this??? It is absolutely A.MA.ZING!!!

      2. Hehe- it would be a shame for it to all go to waste, right?! 😉 I made a few here and there when I had a little extra time throughout the weekend, about three recipes each day! Thank you so much 🙂

  14. Reblogging this! Everything looks great! I’m looking at everything with my boyfriend and I said Oh my gosh, who does all this??? His answer? A woman who really loves her husband….hint, hint… lol Join us for lots of Book Talk over at piratepatty.wordpress.com or talk about Tea, Tales and other goodies at teaandtales1.wordpress.com!

    1. Hahah that’s too funny!! 😂 I can’t wait to check out more of your site!!!! I already love the snowflakes ❄️ thank you for stopping in 🙂

  15. My oh my Mack!! Ok… I know you a little by now, and I know how incredibly thoughful and sweet you are, but I never would have imagined this!!! You are the most adorable person!! I just couldn’t believe it when I saw your risalamande cup!! WOW!

    Well, for those who don’t know me… I am Cyranny, and I host a little blog called the Cove. I post a little about anything and everything, going from poetry to anecdotes, sprinkling fiction and pictures of Freja my little feline princess, and selfies of my traveling feet… lol I like writing, but above posting in the Cove, I love interaction with visitors 🙂 So make sure to leave me a little note if you pass by!!

    Here’s a love fiction piece I wrote for the NovemberNotes Challenge to give you a taste of what I do… https://cyranny.wordpress.com/2016/11/25/pain-told-love/

    I’ll be back later today… I am eager to scroll up and down and meet new faces!!

    Thanks for hosting this most lovely party, Mack 🙂 🙂 🙂 *Hugs and kisses*

    1. I have been so so excited to finally share with you that I made it!!!!!! I am obsessed. I could eat risalamande every single day! It’s so delicious – thank you for the suggestion !!!!

      Everyone – go follow Cyranny’s blog now! I love the cove, and she is sure to have something for everyone! She definitely keeps you on your feet- never know what the next post is going to be! 😉 She is also one of the most interactive bloggers I’ve met 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by, Cyranny !!!!! Feel free to come back as often as you please!!

      1. Oh… I’ll be around all afternoon, crashing everybody’s blog! I also have a little surprise coming for you 😉

        So, yeah, I’m curled up on the couch, with my favorite blanket and a cup of tea, and I’ll follow the party live, from Freezingland 😛

        *big hugs* and thank you so much for your kinder-than-kind words… You are such a sweet-sweet-sweet-sweet-sweetheart 🙂 xx

      2. Yayyyy!!!! Oh, a Cyranny surprise?!? I can’t wait :)! I love how you call it Freezingland haha, stay warm!!!!! And thank YOU for your kind words always <3 <3

      3. I’m seriously in awe right now.. that was the kindest, sweetest words anyone has ever said about this blog! Thank you again a million!!!!!!! 💕💕💕

  16. Thanks for hosting this party, Mack. Your table looks scrumptious. I’m in for sugar cookies and butter cookies. (I have a cream cheese cookie recipe that is amazing. If anyone wants it, let me know.) I write memoirs and women’s fiction and blog at http://www.triciapimental.com. Just started a travel series on Russia and the Baltic States today. Happy holiday hugs to all!

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Tricia!!!!! Yes- sugar cookies & butter cookies are an absolute must!!! I especially love pairing them with some good coffee! Please share your link!! I would love to make it!!! I can’t wait to look into your blog more. Have a wonderful rest of your week!

      1. Tricia is a wonderful friend of mine. She has written 3 books- start with Rabbit Trail- you will love it. Tricia tells of her growing up years, and her years of searching for faith. One of my favorites! She currently lives in Europe- so if we get a family trip organized- we can all stop by and chat!!

      2. She sounds amazing!! I will definitely have to look into those books!!!! And I would never turn down a family trip to Europe 😉

  17. I have been so so excited to finally share with you that I made it!!!!!! I am obsessed. I could eat risalamande every single day! It’s so delicious – thank you for the suggestion 🤗

    Everyone – go follow Cyranny’s blog now! I love the cove, and she is sure to have something for everyone! She definitely keeps you on your feet- never know what the next post is going to be! 😉 She is also one of the most interactive bloggers I’ve met 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by, Cyranny !!!!! Feel free to come back as often as you please 🙃

  18. Love the music and all of these tasty Christmas treats look amazing! Thanks for sharing Mackenzie and I am inspired to bake, bake, bake!! I believe you suggested sharing our links so mine is http://www.wearthisone.com which is a website to post pictures of yourself in different outfits and the community of users will vote on your best look. So if you’re not sure what to wear to that holiday party or your in-laws this season try using the website or download the app on Google Play for all you Android users. The IOS is coming back soon. Merry Christmas everyone and I can’t wait to look at so many new blogs!

    1. Yayyyyy! I am so glad you enjoyed ! Thanks for sharing your link!!!!! 💕

      Everyone- this is such a fun site for anyone when you just need to decide what to wear !!!! It’s like a fashion Pinterest with voting 😉

  19. Hey there! Thank you so much for hosting this Mingle and Jingle. It is a roaring success! I must say that you are such an amazing baker. Thanks for sharing all these delicious recipes with us.
    I’m Lindsay, a blogger, writer, mom, illustrator and husky owner from Cape Town, South Africa. I’d love it if you would pop in and say hi. My blog is https://homehugshuskies.wordpress.com/. I look forward to checking out all the blogs that have been shared as well.
    Happy Holidays! <3

      1. Aww! Thank you, I’ve really been trying to keep up the content over the past month and a half. I’m so glad you love my blog as much as I love yours. <3 Your mom is so adorable, she gives me serious Mom Goals. 🙂

    1. Heheh- thanks 🙂 They are mostly allrecipes and Betty Crocker, but I love love love the ones shared from other bloggers !!! (The butter bars, brownie bars, and risamalande!) Thanks again 🙂

  20. Those Norwegian Butter Squares look TO DIE FOR!! I have to make those they look so delicious!!

    Also, thanks for the S/O! Your sugar cookies look just as good. Nice and gooey and fluffy–nothing wrong with that! I can’t wait until my program is over so I can make (and eat) some of this deliciousness *heart eyes*

    For anyone interested, you can find my blog here: http://jennifergailwrites.com/ I write about my life, occasional recipes & DIY, & much more. Feel free to stop by and check it out! 🙂

    1. Hey Jennifer!!!!! So good to see you here:) I so wish I could sample some of those amazing sugar cookies you told me about though. They sound so good! And so glad you enjoyed this 🙂 Thanks for sharing your link to you AWESOME blog <3 Have a great rest of your week, lady! xo

  21. oh yummy! I adore Cyranny’s danish rice pudding with almonds and cherries! My grandmother’s best friend used to make this sweet treat for us every year and thank GOD my brothers hated it! That left so much more for me! Didn’t know what it was called before now either…wow, I learn something new everyday here on WP! woot! cyr! why didn’t you send me an invitation to this cool meet and greet! You brat!
    Oh holy heck, I forgot to say who I am and where I live for those that don’t know me! so so sorry about that! (Gosh, Suze, just how rude can you BE?)
    I am Suze……for some oddball reason Linda and Cyranny call me Madame…..I don’t have any spare ladies to loan so I dunno where that moniker actually came from either……it is a puzzlement. Where was I?
    OH yea!. ME! I am Suze and I live in Suziland. that’s located at http://www.suziland.net otherwise known as Obsolete Childhood.. really don’t write about anything at all. I just sort of blather and babble with an erudite post thrown in every now and then to confuse people. Going to write down each and every one of these recipes as I can not for the life of me figure out how to copy and paste them somewhere…….thanks so much Mack for hosting such a wonderful party!

    1. Madame Suze, Madame Suze… I did invite you and all the Lovelies this morning!! Next time I’ll send you a personal notice by mail 😉

      For everybody else… Suze is an amazing, brilliant, fantastic friend of mine, and even if she can come up as a little rough on the outside, with her colorful language and her surprising expressions, she is the most softhearted lady (yes, yes Suze, you are a lady, just not lady-like :P). You have to come visit Suziland and scroll around. You are sure to get a good laugh or leave with something deep to think about, all depending on her mood of the moment. Oh, and I couldn’t leave without saying that Madame Suze is a comment specialist! No wonder she was the first nominee for my YMMBABP Award!


      A day is never complete without a comment (or 12) from her… And I always wait impatiently to see her little alien @li@s in my comment list.

      Oh… And if by any chance, you get to know her, and she gives you her adress, so you can send her a Christmas card, can you pass it on to me please? (her adress, not the card 😛 ) And don’t listen to her… I am not stalking her… She’s just playing hard to get with me, it’s kind of a running joke between us… Right Suze? Suze?? Where are you hiding again, you silly you!!!

      1. I had to take off with my hand written recipes and create some cookie magic in my yellow house with the turquoise posts that stands somewhere between Texas and Norway…….and I finished snickerdoodles and the butter cookies..still need to get that rice pudding into the fridge. I don’t know why I should though as there is only a teaspoon left of it to share with Poor George…wait! George doesn’t like rice! Nevermind I’ll just eat it now………yummy………………..thinking now I need chocolate or peanut butter. Now where did I put my recipe notes?

      2. oh wow…..i keep forgetting you’re just a kid! lol…a muumuu is a polynesian style dress…sort of like a HUGE bag with short sleeves in a pretty floral print…they go from size nuthin to about 120…………..think floral tent. lol

      3. LOL ok! I knew what a boubou was, but a muumuu, that’s new!! Less and less stupid, thanks to you, Suze 🙂

        Will you people stop saying I’m a kid? I’m not a kid! I’m not a kid! I’m not a kid! I’m not a kid! I’m not a kid! I’m not a kid! I’m not a kid! I’m not a kid! I’m not a kid! I’m not a kid! I’m not a kid! I’m not a kid!

        *doing the bacon dance on the floor, in the middle of the living room, whining*

      4. i was going to put a pic of a muumuu in here but can not figure out exactly how to do so…………sigh

      5. I love getting spoiled! I’m the worst spoiled brat ever!!

        But I always appreciate it 😉 And people just can’t resist when I make my Puss in Boots face!!

      6. oh.my.goodness. 😂😂😂😂😂😂 You two just made my whole life. This is the most fantastic conversation I have ever witnessed. Thank you for literally being the life of the party ! 🎉🎉🎉 . And Cyranny, thank you for introducing me to lovely Suze!!!! I am excited to give her a hard time now too 😜 (or is it the other way around?!?) tehehhe

      7. LOL My pleasure Mack… It took me a while before I could make my mind into sharing Suze (I just tried to keep her to myself), but I could not deprive the Bloggosphere from her sweet madness 🙂

        Do you understand why I created a “best at commenting” Award in her honor now? 😛

    2. Hahah- Suze!!! You made me laugh out loud. I read your comment to my husband because I was giggling over here and he was wondering why. The rice pudding dish was absolutely amazing!!!! I have a tiny bit left and I am savoring every little morsel. I am so excited to read more of your blog!!! And OHHHHH- you are Madame!!!! I have heard Cyranny reference you often!! Your blog sounds so fun-especially if this comment is any indication of what I may find there 😉 So glad you are enjoying the party! Woohooo! Thank you for stopping by!

  22. What a great party! I could feast my eyes on all the treats without having to eat a single thing. I’m a sugar addict and that means I don’t indulge in tasting. But the cookies are not wasted (or waisted) on me. I enjoy baking–the sights and sounds are all I need. I feel best when others (who can) eat them and I hear the reports of how they taste! I wrote a book about learning to live with my sugar addiction. (The I’m Possible Journey: Learning to Live with Sugar Addiction.) My blog is impossiblejourneyblog.wordpress.com and my website is maureenaliprandi.com Jena C. Henry (The Golden Age of Charli) clued me into your delightful site! Best wishes to you! Cheers!

    1. Wow !! Thank you for sharing! Your blog & book sound incredibly interesting!!!! I cannot wait to check them out. (Also I liked your play on words with “waisted” greatly 😉 ) I am so excited that you found my little space through Jena. She is actually a dear relative of mine <3 Best wishes to you as well, Maureen!!! And I wish you a life that is sugar-free yet incredibly sweet!

      1. Maureen was one of my first friends on social media! Love her- I have her book and will share it with you- Maureen is a great guide to health and well-being!

  23. Holy smokes—what a fabulous party you have going here! I think I gained 15 pounds just reading. Wow! Thanks ! Jena Henry invited me and I never say no to her so here I am! I blog at It’s Just Life –Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary (www.itsjustlife.me) and write about a ton of different things including travel, inspiration/devotional thoughts, recipes, book reviews, Teapot Tuesday where I highlight a teapot from my massive collection, and anything else that just happens to pup up in my life! There is always something going on! I also do a Comments for a Cause where I feature a charity and for every comment made on my blog during that month my hubby and I donate 50 cents to that cause. Best. Thing. Ever. Great to meet you!

      1. I second Suze!!! So cool way to do something good!! But It’ll cost me a fortune. I’ll have to wait for when Suze breaks WP again lolololol

    1. Hi Beth!!!!! Thank you so so much for stopping by 🙂 Oh man, try actually having all this food in real life! *DANGER DANGER*. Lol. Jena is actually a relative of mine- have you read her books? I absolutely cannot wait to check out your site! It sounds right up my alley. I am so pleased to meet you, and I LOVE your idea for charity! Wow- I never even considered anything like that?! How brilliant! I hope to stay in touch!

      1. Yes–I have read her books and LOVE her! We have a lot in common and I feel like she is my sister in a lot of ways. I loved your post and think it is a great way to meet some new folks. So later–when life slows down I hope to visit each and every one! Thanks !

      2. Beth Ann and I met on Twitter. She won a book contest so I emailed her to get her address. As we emailed I learned…wait for this…she goes to Lakeside almost every summer! Our Lakeside! Reunion next year!!

  24. What a fun party filled with tasty new words and festive treats! I blog at, https://anotetohuguette.wordpress.com, a blog that lovingly writes a note each week to my lovely neighbour where I add in photography and poetry as well. Through blogging, I’ve been blessed to meet some wonderful new friends and hope to meet some more as well. Thank you so much for hosting!

    1. Your blog sounds so absolutely beautiful!!!!! I cannot wait to check it out- wow, what an awesome purpose! Thank you for stopping by and sharing with us. Have a blessed week, Kimberlee <3

      1. Hi, Mackenzie! Thank you so much for your very kind comments, it warms my heart! I plan to do some more mingling soon, so many lovely bloggers have reached out (including yourself!) and I want to spend some time visiting their very interesting sites. This was a very splendid festive gathering, I enjoyed every minute!

  25. THE COOKIES!! Oh my goodness, its a cookie heaven! Mack, you’re amazing!!!! Such an awesome viral meet and greet I love it! The music was such an awesome touch to the post too. You’re so wonderfully creative!!! I’m surprised your neighbors aren’t knocking your door down because I’m sure your place smells AH-MAY-ZING!!

    Hey everyone!! Just a little Bostonian girl over here living and enjoying the city life; come SIT BACK AND JUST LIVE by visiting my lifestyle blog and follow my life adventures @ http://sitbackandjustlive.wordpress.com

    xo, JJ

    1. Well now, it would NOT have been a party if you had not shown up 😉 I am SOOO glad you are enjoying this little shin-dig. I know you were wayyy too busy hanging out in the best place on earth, but you know I would have made your favorite cookie too!! Just for kicks- what is your fave, girl?! AND you will not believe this- the neighbors wanted coke last night. COKE. Like a plain coke. At 10 at night. SMH. hahah. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your link, girlfran. I can’t wait to read the rest of your posts at Disney! Wooohooo! xox

      1. Omg stopp your neighbors are hysterical!!! Do they only come knocking on your door?…They probably smelled the delicious cookies and needed a reason to have you open the door lol But you did in fact make my favorites; the plain sugar cookie (with sprinkles) anddd snickerdoodles but I also love a good ol’ oatmeal raisin! Did you even mention what your favorite is?!

        xo, JJ

      2. Right ?! 😂 They are such a riot! But the lady did say she would bring me wine for my troubles so hey, I’ll exchange some cilantro and come for some wine 🍷😏 and those are alll SUCH good choices!!!! My step dad has an oatmeal raisin recipe he makes every year and it’s my weakness!!!! I also love peppernuts. My family have a tradition of having a day of baking where we make the “secret family recipe” every year, but obviously being on this side of the country it wasn’t possible this year! Hope you are having an incredible day so far 😘

  26. Oh my gosh. I’m about to cook dinner but now all I can think about is dessert. Literally drooling over here. Thank you for hosting this little mingle! I debated commenting here but I’m new to the blogging world. I just started writing to chronicle my journey of fundraising for a charity called Team for Kids and training for the 2017 New York City Marathon. It’s still early on in the whole process, but any support would be greatly appreciated!!!! You guys can follow my journey of training and fundraising at http://allthemilesblog.wordpress.com.

    1. Awwww I am so glad you are enjoying!!!! It’s been hard for me to not just justify dessert as dinner for the last couple nights here 😉 I am so excited to check out your blog!!! It sounds like such a wonderful mission statement. I am so glad you commented, and I am a BIG runner so this is a treat for me too! Have a great rest of your week 🙂

  27. Oh. My. I am going to camp out under that tree and fill my gullet with cookies.
    I like to run and eat then run some more. And then eat. So my blog name kind of makes sense: http://thehangryrunner.wordpress.com
    It’s a little bit about my fitness journey (and sometimes fitness pizza into my face), some recipes, and random thoughts that happen while out running. And likely training for another ultra marathon. Cats outta the bag I guess.
    Huge shout out to Mack for hosting this lovely soiree. Don’t suppose I can get some milk with these cookies? 🙂

    1. Hehehe “run to eat, and eat to run”!! That’s what I always say!!! Please help me! I am in cookie overload!!! And yes yes I have lots of milk 🙂 Because really- what are cookies without milk?! Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing! I absolutely love following your journey!

  28. Mack you are amazing! Truly. What a GREAT theme and I simply can’t believe you did all that baking.

    My name is Nikki and I blog at Flying Through Water. My mission is to live the fullest, happiest most wonderful life I can and to motivate you (and myself) to actually DO it. 🙂 I hope you’ll pop in and check it out. You may recognize me from my first blog A Kinder Way.

    Blog: https://flyingthroughwater.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/flying_through_water/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/flyingthruwater

    Thanks for doing this Mack! <3

  29. OK WOW!! You did some serious baking! I am super impressed! Especially by that chocolate log. All of your goodies look amazing! I wouldn’t be able to choose between them. I need to try those brownies soon! I love this mingle and jingle! This is such a fun way to meet people. Thanks for hosting Mack! My blog is http://www.runandlivehappy.com . I write about running, my life, and my journey to be healthy. I hope some of you will stop by and say HI! 🙂

    1. Thank you soooo much for popping on in, Tara!!!! And thank you for the sweet words! The brownies are absolutely fantastic!!!! You would LOVE them! <3 Hope your week has been amazing so far!

  30. Hello all – Felicia here! Many thanks for hosting, Mackenzie!

    Check out my blog site for book reviews and indie author promos –


    or my author page for my latest free read – updated weekly!


    I’m also hosting a holiday giveway, and there’s still plenty of time to win an Amazon gift card or PayPal cash!


    Thanks! 😉

  31. Wow Mack… The party is rocking!! I’m back with jugs of hot wine, and milk for those who need to cut on all the sweetness 😉 I never thought a middle of the week Meet and Greet party could do so well…. And it is your first!!

    I raise my glass to you, and all your lovely visitors 🙂 Cheers!! xx

    1. Yayyyyyy!!!!! I am so excited that people actually turned up! Wooohooo! And YES- you brought the wine so we are all set 🙂 Thanks for being so active here, helping with that mingle aspect 😉 I so greatly appreciate you! CHEERS! xo

      1. Mack, the party just reflects how great a blogger and a person you are! I have (I won’t say never, but I was tempted :P) rarely seen a Meet and Greet have this much success over 24h. Most of them go on for a whole weekend and don’t get as much action going!

        You are an amazing person, and people know it 🙂 Those who didn’t come just weren’t aware we were partying or were doing stuff like open brain surgery or such!

        Can’t wait for your next M & G!! (and you don’t have to cook for everybody next time… we’ll like you even if you don’t :P)

      2. Awww, thank you soooooo much for all your encouragement! I truly thought my only two readers when I started this blog would be DJ and I’s moms. Haha. Your sweet words mean the world much to me! And honestly- I had no idea that Meet & Greets were traditionally on weekends, lol. So now I am especially glad it didn’t flop!!! Thanks again- and I never turn down an opportunity to cook so I guess we’ll see 😉 Hehe

      3. You’re probably going to create a new fashion! Partying during the week is great, it gives all weekend to visit new blogs adresses gathered during the mingling! 🙂 Reminding me that I have to update my post and add the last links 🙂

  32. Mack, I have to hand it to you,…your party is fabulous! I loved meeting all these terrific bloggers, and especially adored the cookies recipes…working on turning my own kitchen into a bakery at the moment. Maybe the smells of baking cookies will help poor Cyranny figure out just where the house is. I think I would rather have a mid-week party than a weekend one actually…the weekends are so full of other things. Like laundry and mopping that it is hard to get out and visit.

    1. Tehehhe. That is so great (Good luck, Cyranny 😉 )!!! And thanks so much 🙂 Happy baking to ya, Suze! I feel ya about those weekends!!!! Time to play catch up only to feel so behind- can I get an Amen!?!? Lol. Have such a great rest of your week!!!

  33. Thanks for inviting me to the mingle and Jingle ! It’s nice to meet everyone ! The cookies all look so delicious. I hope if anyone would like to check out my blog called Reflections of Love which is about life, faith unemployment and my journey with my mom who has Alzheimer’s disease ! You can find it at http://www.alwaysamomcom.wordpress.com
    I would be happy to have you come and visit me ! 😊

    1. Thank you for sharing your journey with us <3 I feel honored to have the chance to check it out. I will certainly be visiting 🙂 Best wishes to you!!!!

  34. Ok…. Me again… But Mack told me to come back as many times as I wanted! And I am still licking my fingers like a child! I just wanted to share Suze’s latest post… because she’s talking about the party!!


    Oh, and while I’m here… Just in case you’re in the mood for a short poetry-like post of mine 😉


    Until later, maybe 🙂

    1. Once again, I am just giggling like a nut over here. DJ keeps going, “what are you laughing at now”?! That post was too good by Suze. I always just LOVE your poetry too. You are quite the word smith, Cyranny! And thanks again for bringing the party 🙂

      1. Wordsmith… I like that! I can just picture myself hitting on an anvil… Trying to make syllables fit what I wanted to say…. lol

  35. Thank you for the invite! Sorry, I’m so late to the party. My name is Katy and I write at katyslifestory.com. I have had 2 pregnancy losses, both little girls, and we are continuing to try to start a family. I also love dogs and write about them quite often as well!

    1. Hi Katy!!! So good to see you here. You are just fashionably late, no problem at all 😉 Thank you for sharing your journey with us. I have enjoyed your writing, and your story touches my heart. Prayers for you and your family <3 I will certainly be staying in touch 🙂

  36. Those cookies oh my oh my!!!!! I need them! My boyfriend peeked over and said “are you looking at food again? We just ate dinner!” And I said “babe it’s okay, it’s dessert!”

    That being said (lol) for all who don’t know me I am a passionate Health and Wellness blogger and a soon to be Holistic Nutritionist! I stand by what I said about those cookies because above all else, I believe in balance. Check me out at http://www.standingstrongwellness.com

    1. Hahahha!!!! Oh my goodness, that’s too funny. I absolutely LOVE your blog, and I’m so glad you stopped in to share your link with others! It’s always so inspirational and REAL. Have such a great rest of your week! <3

  37. Hi again, another friend of mine dropped this comment below my reblog. I hope you don’t mind me sharing it. Thanks!

    Hey everyone, my name is Lisa and I am the founder and owner of Jack’s Corner. We are parents helping parents who have started this amazing blog so that you can give advice, get advice or maybe just be yourself. We want to hear about your every day stories and your life’s adventures. We have this hand of cards that has been dealt to us and everyone has a different hand so come join us and share your story at Jack’s Corner. We also raises awareness for families in need so if you would like to be apart of our blog and help support Jack’s Corner visit us at http://www.blog.frommychildtoyours.com
    Thank you and we look forward to you being apart of our community…
    – Lisa

    1. Thank you for sharing, Lindsay!!!! I appreciate you taking the time to jump in and share those comments that others have left. Lisa sounds inspiring! I can’t wait to check out her place. Have such a great rest of your week, dear 🙂

    1. I am so excited to see you stopping by, Marcia!!!! I stopped by your blog yesterday and just loved it!!! I will definitely be following. Have a great rest of your week 🙂

  38. Mmmm, those all look soooo delicious, I’m drooling! Thanks for the invite to the party!
    My name is Donna, I blog about life, the universe and everything, all with a lot of humour – you never know what you’re going to find so drop by, stay a spell, you might never want to leave. Here’s one from the vaults,a Christmas classic: https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/12/18/these-arent-the-gifts-youre-looking-for/
    Hope this week treats everyone kindly and thanks again, 🙂

    1. Thank you for stopping in, D.!!!! Your posts look awesome, I love the one you shared, and I can’t wait to follow 🙂 Have such a great rest of your week!!!!

  39. Yummy yummy yummy. I feel a sugar rush coming on. I’m a freelance writer, blogger, and novelist. Find my blogs at http://www.onceaLittleGirl.com where I write about my younger years growing up on a farm with 8 siblings. http://www.blacktortoisePress.com is where you’ll find me writing about People Places, and Things, and promoting authors and books. My novel A SHIP OF PEARL is a gentle story of hope and love set during the Great Depression: A 1933 bank failure pulse calamity on top of disaster. Separated from his family, 12-year-old Eldie Craine is up to his eyeballs in unfamiliar territory: someone else’s clothes, a new school, new rules. And, now there’s Cecilea. Available on Amazon and upon request at libraries and bookstores.

  40. Hello! I just discovered your blog today! These treats all look so delicious, I wouldn’t be able to choose one ( I guess I’ll just eat them all haha) Cant wait for more of your future posts! following immediately!
    My blog is https://chiarascornersite.wordpress.com/ I am brand new to blogging, you can expect lots of posts on travel, art, motivation, baking and much more! xx

    1. I am so excited that you found it!!! I love your place and am so fascinated with your adventures already!! I can’t wait to be a frequent follower. xo

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Frank! Your place sounds so interesting! I love the idea of incorporating poetry and psychiatry. I can’t wait to check it out.

  41. Hi Mackenzie, me again !! A big thanks for introducing me to your followers!! I’ve got some followers and frequent visitors and it boosted my blog !!☺☺. By the way I guess I’m the one and only guy commenting here. 😀😀 I could see lots of ladies commenting here. ☺☺

    1. Hi Sijo!!! I’m so glad you popped back on in! I am SOOO glad it helped you meet some people, and gain some followers! Your talent deserves some exposure! And there are a couple other guys, but it takes some detective work to find them, lol!!! Have such a great weekend!

  42. Mmm, those are really yummy, I can’t wait to have a bite. Your site is really full of great posts, am following right away. I will love to be reciprocated too, I write about inspiration, motivation and all the rest….👍

  43. Oh my GOSH I am so upset with myself for missing this!!!! 🙁 life got so busy and I’m so sad I didn’t make it on here! You seriously made oatmeal cookies….. I can’t. I am literally teary-eyed. You are without a doubt, the sweetest, most kind-hearted girl in the world. I am so unbelievably glad that we got in contact because your comments and blog posts lift my spirits every week. Please never change, because you are amazing ❤️❤️❤️ XO

    1. Oh my goodness, now YOU are making me teary eyed!!!!! I am so glad you loved this 🙂 I am so so thankful for this community, and am so inspired by everyone here. Alsooo- I couldn’t stop eating those oatmeal cookies, so thank you for the amazing suggestion! AND Thank you for your sweet words as always— I am incredibly thankful for our friendship. You inspire me and encourage me more than you know!!!! Sending hugs & love, beautiful!! <3 xoxo PS. You are just simply fashionably late 😉

  44. Wow, hi everyone,,,,thems a lot of cookies,,,,wow. I could eat one,,,,,maybe two

    I write for : livefree2sailfast.com,,,,where we left like tropical, sailboats and adventure travel. Be sure to search for us on Pinterest too, under boats, beaches, bars and bikinis,,,,thanks again for hosting-

      1. Hi, thanks for the deserts, wow, that was quite a spread. Would be great to have you check out the site and perhaps share with your readers. – Thanks for the comments.

    1. I’m so glad you came back, D.!!! Woohoo! I can’t wait to check that out. I hope other people see it and go too! Thanks for sharing!!! Have a great week 🙂

  45. I’m a little late to the party! I saw the post Shop Girl Anonymous shared! Those cookies are making me drool! Over at https://nikisthoughts.wordpress.com/ I blog about my life as an Army wife transplanted from my home state of Texas to upstate New York, including Army “family” get-togethers, work, crafts, or some random blog challenges! I’d love a visit this holiday season! 😀

  46. This is such an incredible effort! Your yule log looks DELICIOUS- wish you could post some over for me haha!
    My blog is bingingonbeetroot.wordpress.com where I talk about fitness, health and travel- whilst reminding everyone we can all have these Christmas treats if we want them! X

  47. This has been one of the best Meet & Greets I’ve ever participated in. What a great hostess you are, Mackenzie! What I love about your blog is how much of your heart and yourself you share. I’ve been reaching out to people, so I’ll finally leave my calling card. My blog contains essays on current events, articles, poetry, and, randomly, fiction about kitties. So, it’s eclectic–something for everyone. I’m a writer who works in retail, so I write about retail too. Because it’s insane. https://amypunt.com/

    1. Aww, Amy thank you so much!!! That makes my day! I have never done one before, so I wasn’t even sure I was doing the post correctly, haha, so your affirmation is so encouraging. And oh my goodness, thank you for your additional sweet, sweet words….they truly mean the world <3 I hope you have an absolutely wonderful week ahead, and I also hope some stop by to check out your marvelous place!

  48. I’m so sorry I missed this the day of the post! I don’t like when too much work gets in the way of my personal enjoyment and reading your blog is one of my enjoyments! I am going to pretend they’re gluten-free and make myself happy 🙂

    1. Awww no worries at ALL!! I know life is crazy, crazy, especially this time of year, and I NEVER expect you to keep up with everything around these parts, hehe. I just wanted to make sure you got a glimpse of the “gluten free” butter cookies 😉 Lol. Have such an absolutely wonderful week 🙂

  49. Hi Mack! It seems as if I’ve fallen off the face of the earth as I have not been as active in the blogosphere haha, but I decided to take a quick little study break today from all my finals to revisit your blog, and WOW, I am so glad I did!!! This post is incredible and I CANNOT wait to try some of these recipes for the upcoming holidays! 😍😋 Hope all is well with you and your family! Wishing you the happiest of Holidays <3

    Lots of love xoxo,

    1. Lynna!!!!! Sooooo good to hear from you, beautiful!!!! I am veryy happy you took a break and stopped by here 🙂 I can’t wait to read your most recent update!!! Woohoo! Hope you have a marvelous holiday season yourself, dear <3 xoxo

  50. Hi Kenz,
    Love the music and all the cookies. It must have taken hours to bake all of them.
    It really puts you in the mood for Christmas . We know how you like cookiies! Merry Christmas to
    you and enjoy being with your Mom. LOve you and miss you God bless you and DJ at this special

    1. Awww thanks, Gramma! Just trying to follow in your footsteps 😉 Except mine weren’t even close to as good as yours! I love you!! Hugs to you and Grampa! <3

    1. That’s too funny!!! Blogging dreams are such a real thing, it’s hilarious! I can’t wait to check out your blog!! Such a busy season, but so much good. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your link, Debbie 🙂 Always so good to hear from you <3

  51. I love this post! What a great idea. Love your tree and all the delicious Christmas treats. This was a perfect way to try out some new recipe ideas. I’ve got to get at my Christmas baking today.

  52. I am so sorry I missed this! Between travel and finals, the last week is literally a blur! But oh my god you are the sweetest! And super woman and girl…You. Can. Bake! My mouth is seriously drooling! I love this and I am so happy it was such a success for you! I hope more people discover what a sweet, genuine, kind, and joyful person you are and the space you have subsequently created because of it! So much love to you beauty! <3

    Better late then never but here are my every day and not so every day ramblings and adventures:


    1. Better late than never right ?! 😉 and awwwwwwww,K. you are so sweet, no pun intended, teheh. I’m glad you enjoyed the foodie pics. I hope people stop by your lovely place and see what a beautiful soul you are !!!! Xoxo 💕💕

      1. hehe thanks love! Bwahaha I love your puns! Overtime I write one now, I think of you. Awe thank you hun! That is so incredibly sweet (there is that word again but it is true! 🙂 of you to say. So much love to you lady <3 <3 <3

  53. Ahhhh I love this so much! This was such a wonderful surprise!! I love what you did with the holiday treats and you’re so thoughtful for making all of those based on our favorites! The snickerdoodles look so yummy. You my dear are full of talent. You’re creative, a cook, a baker, a profound writer and someone who has a biggggg heart! DJ has it allll! Hahaha ahhh thanks again for this nice surprise and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post! ❤️❤️ Merry Christmas to you and DJ and Roman and I hope you two have a blissful holiday season! 😍


  54. This is such a late response but I am only now catching up on my reading: this is sooooooo awesome! This Jingle & Mingle is such a fabulous idea & you executed it with so much flair! I loved seeing the Norwegian Butter Squares in your photos – thank you for including me in your event.

    I’ve enjoyed meeting new people through this – so much fun!

  55. Wow – I thought cookies in the blog you posted today were beautiful – these all look beautiful AND yummy. What a fun idea “Mingle and Jingle” – love it Mackenzie!

    1. Thank you so much, Linda!!! I was blown away by how much of a hit this little party was. We devoured those goodies way too quickly too- hehe. I’d love to do something like this again soon! Time to brainstorm. Have a great rest of your weekend 🙂

      1. It looked very fun – you should definitely do it again Mackenzie … looks like a hit. Wait til you are done with school and have a lot more time to bake up a storm and be the hostess with the mostest. 🙂

      2. Yesss! I cannot wait till I can do this again. I think after school ends and we are home to celebrate the holidays this will have to happen again 🙂 I’m glad you liked the idea! Happy New Year, Linda!

      3. I did think it was a very good idea. Happy New Year back at you Mackenzie and the same to you. Hope you are relaxing with a quiet evening after the frantic rush and whirlwind holiday visits in the month of December.

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