Merry Christmas!

Merry ChristmasI hope every one of you is having a wonderful day where ever in the world you are.

Christmas this year isn’t too exciting for us but will nevertheless be a great few days spent together getting ready for our little boy. We decided this year not to visit family as it would require either an 8 hour drive across Germany or 8 hour flight to Canada, both of which, would be extremely uncomfortable for an 8 month pregnant woman. Instead we are having our own little Christmas, eating cheese fondue, making gingerbread houses, watching Christmas movies (obviously a Christmas Carol) and drinking hot chocolate.

Normally I am a Christmas freak! And I mean FREAK. I take out decorations November 1st and count down the days. But this year, it feels like part of our family is missing (our little boy) and the day that he joins us will feel more like Christmas than December 25th.

We are so excited for next year, to spend our first Christmas as our family of 3!

From us to you, Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Decoration Steals

Since it is Christmas Eve, what is more fitting than a post about Christmas decorations. I’m sure that you all have already gone out and gotten gifts (except for those of you who are crazy and are willing to go into a store on Christmas Eve) but these decorations also double as a great gift!

I am all about simplicity when it comes to decorating (hello OCD). I like clean decorations which don’t look like clutter. There is a fine line between Christmas decorations and Christmas clutter. For me, it is about keeping within the same colors and classic pieces. I like to find cheap pieces that look expensive and can be used multiple times. I do not like to splurge too much on Christmas decorations as they only come out once a year.

This year I am loving gold and white combo, add in some forest green and it really feels Christmassy. I have found some great pieces at Ikea and H&M home -their home line is amazing!

Here are some pieces I am currently loving.

Christmas decorations

Half Golden Balls //Pine Candle // Golden Wreathe // Christmas Kitchen Towel // Golden Napkin Ring // Star Deco // White Star Light // Herringbone Throw // Golden Star Top // White Ball // Pine Wreathe // Golden Balls

Happy Holidays everyone! Thank you for reading!! xo

Grinch cookies

These are one of my favorite cookies to make at this time of year. The good thing is that using different colours, you can also make this for any holiday! I have yet to have a guest not ask me for the recipe.
Here’s what you’ll need (batch makes 3 dozen)
2 1/3 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 1/2 cups butter
1 tsp vanilla (preferably white if you’re making white dough)
1/2 tsp of food colouring of your choice
1 1/2 cup holiday sprinkles
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
First, combine 2 cups of the flour, sugar, powdered sugar, salt, and baking soda in a bowl and whisk together.
Whip butter with a mixture and add vanilla once whipped.
In thirds add the dry mix to the butter and mix until well blended.
Once all the dry mix and butter are fully blended, divide the dough into two halves (can also divide it into 3 or 4 pieces depending on how many colours you want to use.
Put the dough you want coloured into the mixer (in my case it was half). Add desired amount of food colouring to the butter. If you are using gel or liquid, add some of the remaining 1/3 cup of flour to get desired consistency. I find with the gel food colouring I use, it gets very sticky and I need to use the whole 1/3 cup.
Depending on how soft the dough is (how warm the butter has gotten) you may need to chill the dough slightly (10 minutes or so). It is a stickier dough but it is much easier to work with when it is warm as opposed to cold. Generally I don’t chill it at all.
Once you have a good working warmth put the dough between two pieces of parchment paper and roll out dough about 1/2 inch (if you are doing more than 2 colours, roll it out thinner).
After rolling out all coloured dough, flip the coloured dough on top of the white dough, still using the parchment paper -repeat with all colours if making more than 2 (it is really important to leave one of the parchment papers on the bottom dough for the next step). Cut off any odd ends to make the two (or more) colours the same size.
Using the parchment paper, roll the dough tightly like a sushi roll. Be sure to pull the parchment paper along as you roll it, don’t let it get rolled up in the dough.
Once it’s done, roll it around a few more times to get out any air.
Put sprinkles on the parchment paper and roll the dough around covering the dough completely.

 

If you are planning on freezing the dough you can roll it in seran wrap tightly and freeze it for up to 6 months.
Cut the dough in 1/2 inch slices and separate them on the baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
If you feel like your dough is too soft, chill it for 15 minutes in the refrigerator before putting them in the oven.
Bake for 15-20 minutes and enjoy!
Let me know what you guys think if you make it!