It’s that time of year again! And if you’re like me, it’s ridiculously hard to find the perfect gift for the people in your life. So I thought I’d share a few gift ideas that might help you with your last minute shopping list.
Fresh cranberries soaked in simple syrup overnight then rolled in white sugar. These sparkling sugar coated cranberries are the perfect holiday snack.
Oh my gosh. You guys! You guys! I’ve been so excited! I’ve waited to share these sparkling sugar coated cranberries with you for awhile now. Aren’t they just so festive and perfect for the holidays?
Last Sunday, we went up to wine country for a daycation with just us girls. Every couple months we want to get away from the city just a little to enjoy ourselves. We visited a couple of wineries and discovered a new favorite spot. If you haven’t been to wine country during the fall, you really need to visit. Especially as the grape vines change into shades of yellows, oranges, and reds. It is absolutely stunning.
I’ll update with more photos of our adventures another time.
Apple cider sweetened with a touch of cranberry simple syrup and topped with club soda. This sparkling cranberry apple cider is the perfect holiday mocktail.
Less than 20 days left until Christmas!
It definitely doesn’t feel like it, but then again, it never really does in California. Over the weekend, we went to Kenwood and Napa for more wine tasting and to enjoy the view of wine country during the fall.
Have you been to wine country during the fall? If you love summers in wine country, you might just love the fall even more. The leaves change into shades of yellow, orange, and red. The weather is much cooler, which I personally think makes it much more enjoyable. When you’re sipping wine under the hot sun, it’s uncomfortable. When you’re sipping wine in the cold wind, you just need to wrap yourself up in a cozy sweater or a warm blanket. It’s so much fun.
In the mean time, let’s talk about this sparkling cranberry apple cider.
Fresh cranberries burst in a simple syrup. This cranberry simple syrup is perfect for flavoring any winter holiday beverages.
We finally got our Christmas tree this weekend! I’m so excited. Our tree is up and decorated even though the star is more than a little lopsided. Now, we can start placing gifts under our tree!
Christmas trees are actually a recent thing for our family. Growing up, we never had a Christmas tree since money was tight. It wasn’t until I got my first paycheck as a dental hygienist that we started buying a Christmas tree. And we absolutely love getting fresh ones from the Christmas tree lot. It’s so much fun walking through the rows and rows of trees to find the perfect one. Plus, my sisters and I love that our living room smells like Christmas. Maybe one day we’ll go to a Christmas tree farm and chop our own. Do you have a tree at home?
In the mean time, we have to talk about this cranberry simple syrup.
Can you believe that December is here? Now, I don’t feel like a weirdo for watching Hallmark Christmas movies all day every day. You know how some people love Christmas songs? I love Christmas movies. =)
Right before Thanksgiving, my sister and I went to the pre-Thanksgiving Ferry Building farmer’s market. While there weren’t many vendors there, we did see a brand new bakery stand, Dot’s Baking Pantry, selling a ton of cakes and cookies and basically every dessert you could possibly want.
And I discovered Hummingbird Cake for the first time. I’ve heard of it, never had it, and all of a sudden, I’m sooo obsessed with it. It’s literally love at first bite. Have you ever had hummingbird cake?
Rich and custard-like butternut squash pie baked in a gluten free graham cracker crust. This Butternut Squash Pie is soo delicious and perfect for any gathering.
I know it hasn’t been that long since Thanksgiving, but I’m already looking towards the winter holidays. As soon as it hits December, it’s all about baking desserts to give away and buying gifts for family and friends. And of course, there’s all those holiday parties and potlucks. I’m soo excited. What are you looking forward to the most this holiday season?
I know when it comes to fall and winter pies, we tend to think of pumpkin pie and sweet potato pie, but I wanted to introduce to you something a little different. Today, I wanted to talk about butternut squash pie.
I’ve always been a fan of butternut squash. It’s works both as an ingredient for sweet or savory dishes. They’re great in my pasta and in savory puff pastries. And now I can use it in my dessert too.
Strongly brewed coffee filled with pumpkin puree, maple syrup, and old fashioned oats. This pumpkin maple almond oatmeal latte is delicious and comforting, especially as the weather gets cooler.
I had the most relaxing several days ever, and I’m so grateful to be able to relax and recharge. That is, if you subtract all the hecticness that revolved around cooking for Thanksgiving. I always look forward to Thanksgiving though. Delicious food, fun time with the family, marathons of Hallmark Christmas movies. What’s not to love?
But as much as I love eating all the dishes we make for Thanksgiving, I love eating the leftovers so much more as you can probably see from my previous few posts. But now, my almost week long holiday vacation is over, and I have to fall back into routine.
I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, and I just love that it revolves around food. So today, I’m sharing with you some photos from our Thanksgiving table. My sister and I teamed up to the honey pear pie. She put the pie together so that I could work on other dishes, then we designed the pie crust together.
Mixed grains topped with leftover turkey and roasted vegetables then drizzled with maple balsamic vinaigrette. This roasted leftover turkey vegetable grain bowl is the perfect way to use up your leftover turkey.
I hope you guys had a fantastic Thanksgiving day with your family and friends! We had so much food as usual and now we’re going to be eating leftovers for days to come. So I thought we could have a little fun with our leftovers.