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Morning Coffee (11/12) Nightmare Before Xmas Festival, Crazy Foreign Words, Caramel Macchiato Cookies, Muppets Book + More!

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I (Sarah) LOVE LOVE LOVE Nightmare Before Christmas.  And I know I’m not the only one out there!  🙂 I live in California, but now I think I need to make my way down to Austin, Texas (with a stop in Dallas to visit Jeni!) on December 20th.  The Nightmare Before Christmas festival launches then, and I NEED to be there! There will be live performers, photo opps, sing-alongs, specialty cocktails and more.  YAY!!

Get more info and tickets HERE.

What fun festivals do you attend throughout the year?

There are a ton of really neat words in other languages that we don’t have in English.  Weird, right?  You would just assume that every word in one language, exists in another… wouldn’t you?  This article shows some really neat words from other languages that don’t exist in the US.  Here are some of my (Jeni) favorites:

  • Kummerspeck – German – translates to “grief bacon,” refers to weight gained due to excessive eating that stems from being sad.
  • Mencolek – Indonesian-  that thing some people do in which they tap someone on the opposite shoulder to get them to look in the wrong direction.
  • Pana po’o – Hawaiian – refers to when you scratch your head to help you remember something you’ve forgotten.
  • Pena ajena – Spanish (and fremdschämen in German) –  means “to be embarrassed for someone.”
  • Gigil – Tagalog –  basically refers to a situation of such extreme cuteness it’s overwhelming, or the irresistible urge to hug something cute.

Have you ever heard of any of these words?


Bacon and eggs earrings!!  HA!  These are too awesome!  And they are just $13, too!

Buy one, get TWO free!  It’s a huge boot sale at!  The most expensive pair will be the one you pay for, but the other two pairs will be free!!  There are TONS of styles, including boots for kids.  Women’s boots start at $60 – so you’ll basically get three pairs of boots for $60 (if all three are regularly $60), which is just $20 per pair!



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Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies are 100% in line with that holiday vibe. A big plate of Milanos can be better than a fresh baked batch of cookies. We CAN BE – calm down. So this year, Pepperidge Farm is giving us an early Christmas present! Two brand new flavors just hit their lineup, and they are exclusive to Target stores. The coffee-inspired cookies are Irish Cream and Caramel Macchiato… and yes, they really are exactly as they sound. The Irish cream offers that creamy, tart kick perfectly. The aftertaste on these is awesome, too! And the Caramel Macchiato …sweet, sweet caramel with a hint of espresso in there. The flavors are spot on, and we will definitely be stuffing our own stockings with them this year! 😊 Which flavor are you most excited to try?

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Have you seen the new Pepperidge Farm Milano flavors?  Holy moly they are GOOD! I reviewed them on my Snack Gator Instagram, which you should read….but to give you a hint – they are AMAZING! Be sure to grab some at Target, where they are exclusively sold!

What new goodies have you spotted lately?

We have all used travel pillows.  That’s for sure. But this one makes the ordinary travel pillow look like a CHUMP!  This twistable, memory-foam travel pillow can be shaped into whatever form you need to be the most comfy! 

What do you use when you travel?

Remember The Muppet Christmas Carol movie?  It’s from 1992, and boy, was it popular!  Well, now it’s been made into a kids children’s book!  Check it out HERE and be sure to look at some of the pages – because there’s a LOT going on in this book!

What’s your favorite Christmas book?

Ok, now this is too cool.  I (Jeni) always have trouble thinking of clever gifts to give my teenaged niece.  She’s super crafty and clever… and these little DIY Mini Scenes are PERFECT!  There are several scenes:  studio, flower house, and study.  Aren’t they so cute!?  They scale at 1:24.

What do you gift teens?

Last night, my (Sarah) boyfriend and I went to a friend’s house for dinner. She served fried chicken with this weird, hot honey stuff on it.  Turns out, it’s called Mike’s Hot Honey and it’s absolutely AMAZING!  I want it for pizza and breadsticks and maybe even to drizzle on my salads!  Seriously – this stuff offers the sweet and heat you expect, with a special kick.  Check it out!
Have you tried anything lately?


Seriously, guys.  This is THE BEST soup EVER.  I (Jeni) spent years perfecting this recipe – trying new things and adding a little of this, reducing a little of that….and BAM. The perfect bacon cheeseburger soup.  It’s absolutely amazing and I’m so excited to share it with you, and make it tonight for dinner!!  It literally tastes like a bacon cheeseburger – but in soup form.  Crazy, right?

What’s your favorite homemade soup?


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  1. Oo I might have to get the Muppet Christmas Carol book. I love that movie so much.

    I also need to get the bacon and egg earrings for my daughter for her stocking.

  2. Oh my goodness those egg and bacon earring are so funny! I can’t believe there’s a Nightmare Before Christmas festival that sounds so much fun!

  3. The bacon cheeseburger soup looks like a recipe that my family would love. I can’t wait to give it a try.

  4. THAT is the fest for me! Nightmare Before Christmas is my favorite movie of all time! I put it on during Halloween. I put it on during Christmas. Sometimes I play it on a random Tuesday.

  5. I wouldn’t mind trying the new Milano flavors. Those cookies were always such a treat growing up.

  6. Milano cookies hold a special place in my heart because my mom used to buy them before every road trip. I cannot wait to try these new flavors!

  7. Bacon and Eggs earrings? Ok, that is too cute and fun!! I love The Night Before Christmas book for the holiday season!

  8. Hahahahaa…after a challenging day it was a breath of fresh air reading your post! I really enjoyed your Morning Giggles! Thank you so much for the light-hearted laughter. I really needed that today!

  9. I adore The Nightmare Before Christmas. I have luckily passed this on to both of my children! I had no idea there was even a festival and now I NEED to go to it!

  10. I really love those boots. I need to get me some of those. I have such a love for boots and probably already have to many haha.

  11. Those Milano cookies look incredible. They are so perfect for our breakfasts. Love these flavors!

  12. Still laughing at the tigers lol but I love all the new words I didn’t know before. I like when I can find an unusual word and use it!

  13. Okay the soup looks phenomenal definitely going to give that a try immediately. I was just saying yesterday that my granddaughter watches the dumbest things on Youtube, but Peewee Herman yeah.

  14. My oldest loves The Nightmare Before Christmas so much. I’ll have to get it so she can watch it when she moves into our new house with us.

  15. Kita Bryant Reply

    I have started to think I’m the only one that doesn’t like Nightmare Before Christmas lol All my friends and family love it, and I’m just creeped out by it 😛

  16. Those bacon and eggs earrings are everything! I think my best friend would so appreciate them (as much as I do!).

  17. The Nightmare Before Christmas is a great film. I’ve recently introduced it to our boys. This year, we get to show it our youngest.

  18. We’ve got all the same favorite Christmas classics! We are super big fans of The Nightmare Before Christmas here and The Muppets, too. I’m loving the book version to hook my littles.

  19. Those earrings are adorable! And so are those mini scenes. What is it with mini things that just make them so desirable!

  20. I am not a fan of egg or bacon earrings, but love to try pepperidge farms cookies sounds like great flavors. I am coffee lover . I agree with you when guys get cold it really important event.

  21. I want to try those Milano cookies. But I’d need to share them so I don’t eat them all up at once.

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