2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Bloggers

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It’s that time of year again!

We’re hunting for gifts for our family and friends, and that can be so stressful. I know that once it gets to the end of the year, I’m always scrambling to find ideas for that person in my life who seems to have everything they want.

So, this year, I’m creating two lists: one specifically for bloggers and one for everyone in general.

This holiday gift guide for bloggers is filled with some of my favorite products. They’ve helped make blogging and everyday life so much easier. And I think they would be perfect for you or the blogger in your life

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5 Minute Carrot Top Greens Pesto

Carrot top greens blended with garlic, basil, walnuts, olive oil, and a pinch of salt. This 5 Minute Carrot Top Greens Pesto is easy to make and a great way to try something new with ingredients you already have.

5 Minute Carrot Top Greens Pesto | Cooking with a Wallflower

Happy Monday!

I can’t believe the first weekend of December has already gone by. Just three more weekends until Christmas!

But it doesn’t really feel like it. Especially since it’s so bright and sunny, though ridiculously cold and windy, here in the city.

I’m always associating Christmas with the overcast skies, cold weather, and rain or snow. So it doesn’t quite feel like Christmas just yet. But we’re definitely getting there.

5 Minute Carrot Top Greens Pesto | Cooking with a Wallflower

Today, I wanted to introduce you to carrot top greens pesto.

I love buying colorful carrots from the farmer’s market. Most of the time, these carrots are small with huge tops. And it just seems like a waste just to toss out the carrot top greens when you can use them in your dishes too.

Like, sautéing them with garlic and a little bit of salt for a vegetable dish, or adding them to your soups, or using them as garnish instead of parsley or cilantro. Seriously, soo good.

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Wallflower Weekly Finds, 94

It’s December! It’s December! And my house is already all decked out for the holidays.

We bought a Christmas tree Thanksgiving weekend and started decorating as soon as the tree was up. But now, we’re thinking we’ll have to redecorate because the lights are off centered. It might be that our tree is missing a few branches here and there so it’s not very symmetrical. But that’s okay. Because we love our perfectly imperfect tree anyway.

As part of an ornament exchange, you know, like a cookie exchange, but with ornaments? I decided to make my own ornaments to send off. I bought empty glass ornaments and filled one with green reindeer moss, white glitter, diamond dust, and mini pinecones. It turned out so well that I want to make one for my tree. Maybe more than one? In multiple colors? Or maybe filled with sea shells? I see ideas for stocking stuffers.

What do you think?

Sometimes I just love the simple things in life.

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Oh, and the night before Thanksgiving, my sisters and I went to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Our family is Harry Potter obsessed!

It’s such a good movie. What better way to start the holidays than with a movie and giant bag of buttery popcorn, right? Have you seen the movie yet? Or will you?

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Roasted Garlic Romanesco with Fresh Herbs

Romanesco tossed with olive oil, minced garlic, and salt then roasted until slightly browned and charred. This roasted garlic Romanesco with fresh herbs is simple yet delicious, perfect alone or as a side.

Roasted Garlic Romanesco with Fresh Herbs | Cooking with a Wallflower

I love that I live in a city where the farmer’s market is accessible. Just a little over a year ago, they started a farmer’s market in my neighborhood so now it’s much more convenient for me to go. I don’t have to travel across the city to browse the farmer’s market for amazing finds. As much as I love the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market, an hour long trip one way takes too much time. So the convenience is very much appreciated.

The best part about shopping the farmer’s market is that you can stumble across fruits and vegetables that you have never seen or heard of before. Like the pineapple guava, or the feijoa, the sweet edible flower of the pineapple guava, and of course, the romanesco, just to name a few.

There are just some things you won’t find at your local supermarket.

Roasted Garlic Romanesco with Fresh Herbs | Cooking with a Wallflower

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Overnight Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding

Overnight chia pudding mixed with pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice then sweetened with maple syrup. This creamy easy to make overnight pumpkin pie chia pudding is delicious and great for using leftover pumpkin puree.

Overnight Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding | Cooking with a Wallflower

Thanksgiving was so nice and relaxing. It was all about the food, and of course, the days off. To be honest, I seriously overindulged in brownies, pumpkin pie, and apple pear pie. Like, dessert for breakfast kind of indulgence.

And with days of eating, we still have leftovers tightly packed into our fridge. I even froze some turkey so that it would last longer.

It’s not like we even bought a giant turkey. It’s one of the smaller ones, about 8 pounds, but we still have a ton of leftovers. That and mashed potatoes.

But I don’t mind because I love Thanksgiving leftovers. It’s when you can get creative with your food.

Overnight Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding | Cooking with a Wallflower

Today, though, we’re talking about overnight chia pudding.

If you’re like me, you probably try to buy things when they’re on sale. And sometimes, that comes in bulk. Or maybe an oversize can, like pumpkin puree. Most of the time, unless you’re making pumpkin pie, you’re not going to use a lot of pumpkin puree to make what you’re making. Which means that when you have a giant can of pumpkin puree, you’re going to have a ton of leftovers.

Since it’s right after Thanksgiving, I wanted something on the light side. At least for this week until it’s officially December and then it’s all about the freshly baked cookies and warm hot chocolates.

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Wallflower Weekly Finds, 93

I’ve been away for a couple days doing all things Thanksgiving, and today, I’m almost officially back.

I’m still completely, utterly exhausted from all the foods we’ve eaten. Especially all the desserts I couldn’t resist.

If you’ve been on Instagram stories, you’ve probably seen all the things my family has eaten.

Salads, mashed potato, mac and cheese, asparagus and crab soup, chow mein, apple pear pie (super <3 the braided version!), pumpkin pie, brownies, cornbread, turkey, shrimp chips, garlic bread.

What did you have for Thanksgiving?

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So this week I’m just going to share some recipes that you can use for leftovers because I know we all have a ton of those.

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Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup

Egg noodles cooked with leftover turkey, carrots, celery, onions, and mushrooms in a healthy yet delicious soup. This leftover turkey noodle soup is perfect for the day after Thanksgiving.

Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup | Cooking with a Wallflower

Happy Day after Thanksgiving!

How was your Thanksgiving? Did you eat lots? What sort of dishes ended up on your menu? I would love to hear from you!

We had sooo much food. It’s almost ridiculous, but I don’t think we would have wanted it any other way. The more food, the better. At least, that’s how I see it since I have so many choices.

Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup | Cooking with a Wallflower

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Leftover Turkey and Dumpling Soup

Creamy soup filled with shredded leftover turkey, buttermilk dumplings, celery, carrots, onions, and thyme. This leftover turkey and dumpling soup is both delicious and comforting, a great way to use Thanksgiving leftovers.

Leftover Turkey and Dumpling Soup | Cooking with a Wallflower

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving!

That means that this is the perfect time to talk about leftovers!

Because by Thursday evening, as you’re packing up all the leftovers and stuffing them in your overfilled fridge, you’re going to wonder what to do with all that food.

I’ve actually had Thanksgiving dishes the last couple weeks. Otherwise, there wouldn’t be any dishes to share with you.  That also means that I’ve had Thanksgiving leftovers for a little while now too.

Leftover Turkey and Dumpling Soup | Cooking with a Wallflower

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