Rice crisp cereal mixed with mini marshmallows and crushed peppermint candy canes, then topped with crushed peppermint candy canes. These peppermint rice crispy treats are perfect for the holidays.
We’re less than a week away from Christmas! It’s going to be a frenzy with all the unboxing, wrapping, and baking that’s taking place over the next few days. Plus, I have so many dinners and events to attend over the next week. The end of the year is always so busy and exciting. lol.
It’s that time of year again! I absolutely love giving gifts to family and friends, but the shopping part always stumps me. So! I thought I could give you a few ideas to work with. You know, in case you’re still looking for gift ideas.
Last weekend, my family and I went to the Great Dickens Christmas Fair at the Cow Palace. This event takes place every year from Thanksgiving to Christmas, but we have never gone before. Finally, we decided that this year we’ll go. And it was amazing.
If you’re a fan of Charles Dickens. Or Victorian London. Or Christmas. Or fairs. This is the place to be. There were 7 stages for live shows, food and drinks, tons of shops, lots of demos from artisans, and the magic of Christmas. There are actors walking around everywhere. So if you decide to stop to rest at a bench, a few actors may stop in front of you and act out a scene.
Strong coffee poured over creamy matcha latte with oatmeal. This dirty matcha oatmeal latte is simple to make, delicious, and the perfect pick me up during cold winter days.
I’m starting to count down the days until Christmas.
Over the next few weeks, my weekends are filled with events. Wine country, office holiday dinner, Cirque du Soleil’s Volta, and Candytopia. Not to mention all those dinners with family and friends leading up to the holidays. It’s going to be so much fun. And so exhausting. What plans do you have for the holidays? Will you be staying local or traveling?
Since I’m working extra days leading up to the holidays, I know I’m going to need a little extra pick me up. So does my youngest sister, Victoria. She’s currently studying for the last of her finals so she needs something to keep her up during those long study sessions. Remember those days? I definitely don’t miss it.
Crispy on the edges and chewy in the center, these cookies are filled with chocolate chips and then drizzled with homemade salted caramel. Simple to make, these salted caramel chocolate chip cookies are the ultimate dessert.
Tis’ the season for fresh baked cookies!
Every December as it gets closer and closer to Christmas, all I want to do is stay in the kitchen, have the oven on all day, bake cookies, and bask in the aroma of cookies baking in the oven. Seriously, there’s no better time to be in the kitchen than during the winter.
Last weekend, one of my friends stopped by Mr. Holmes’ Bakehouse and tried their churro croissant. She loved it so much she highly recommended it to me. So of course, this week I had to try it for myself. She was right. The flaky layers of the croissant, the cinnamon sugar coating the outside, and the sweet cream on the inside. It was the perfect balance in flavor and texture.
Granulated sugar melted and browned then mixed with butter, vanilla extract, heavy cream, and salt. This 10 minute small batch salted caramel is easy to make and a great gift for the holidays.
I’m in holiday mode! It always happens as soon as Thanksgiving arrives. If I could, I would take the entire month after Thanksgiving off just to bake cookies, watch Christmas movies, and sip on hot chocolate. If only, right? lol.
But December is definitely the perfect month to indulge in all your favorite desserts. It comes just once a year and it’s the peak of the holiday season, so I figured that means it’s okay to eat all the cookies and comfort foods I want.
Tomato based soup filled with shredded chicken, black beans, corn, and a hint of refreshing lime. This Tex-Mex Chicken Soup is simple to make and cozy enough to chase off the winter cold.
I’m soo excited for the start of December. We have so many things planned in the weeks to come. Holiday parties, Cirque du Soleil’s Volta, Candytopia, and maybe even the Dickens Fair. For the most part, my weekends are booked from here on out and I’m so ready for it. What do you have planned for the rest of your year?
I found a little piece of fall in San Francisco. About a week ago, it finally rained. And I have never been so excited to see rain. It chased away all the smoke from the wildfires. And I love that I can finally walk outside again without a mask on.
With December just around the corner, it’s time to talk about baking and entertaining. I’m not sure why, but when it comes to December, I feel like it’s all about the baking and the entertaining. If only that’s all I have to do all December long. Wouldn’t that be amazing? lol.
So this week, let’s talk cookies, entertaining, and all things cozy.
Strong coffee brewed with almond milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice then sweetened with maple syrup. This pumpkin spice latte is easy to make and a great pick me up for both fall and winter.
I have one last fall inspired recipe to share with you before we head into December!
I can’t believe we’re already wrapping up the fall season. Every year, it feels so short lived. Every year, I feel unprepared. And every year, I say that the next year I’ll be more on top of things. And every year, it ends the same way. I guess there’s always next year.
In the meantime, let’s talk about this pumpkin spice latte.