Monthly Favourites December 2016
Hi everyone! How has the holidays been going for you so far? Lots of good eats & drinks with family and friends? I sure hope so! I’ve been eating my way through the holidays….lots of time for healthier stuff in the new year, right? For now, bring on all the chocolate, cookies, turkey and cheese plates ’cause girl be hungry (except for the day after Christmas Day!) I was so full that I’m only eating 3 days later! Haha! Just kiddin’, but, boy, was I stuffed! How could I resist my momma’s cooking? Impossible! And have you been wearing your Santa hat, onesie and Christmas socks all through the season like me? Um, no? Yeah, yeah, I don’t do that 😉 #Itotallydo. Anyway, let’s get to it. Let’s have a look at what’s been going on around here this past month, shall we?
RECIPES I’VE POSTED THIS MONTH –
FOOD & FOOD RELATED SHINANIGANS –
During the holidays you typically see some new products out for a limited time. So I came across a Peppermint vodka from Smirnoff a few weeks before Christmas and grabbed myself some. Super minty. Funny thing, too, is that the label is scented!
I’ve tried it with club soda and a candy cane for garnish and it is yummy! I bet it’s awesome in hot chocolate too!
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, then there’s no surprise that I love sweet/savoury or sweet/salty combos. So, when I saw these dark chocolate sea salt caramels at Costco before Christmas, I had to get them! Yeah, twist my arm 😜
Below are some delicious recipes from friends and fellow food bloggers that are perfect for the holiday season. I’m sure you will enjoy ’em as much as I do!
Nutella Hot Cocoa from The Beach House Kitchen (pictured below & photo credit). How perfect is this for Christmas? I can see myself with a big cup of this sitting under the tree….extra marshmallows for me, please 🙂 !
Easy Microwave Baked Brie with Apricots and Bacon from Family Food on the Table (pictured below and photo credit). Brie. Loves it, I do. And this is just the absolute perfect app that can be pulled together in no time whenever you have unexpected guests this holiday season. It tastes amaaazing and looks like you’ve spent all day making something delicious. Who would even guess that it took you minutes? And who is gonna care when it tastes this good??
Grinch Sugar Cookies from Tasty Ever After (pictured below and photo credit). So pretty and festive! So we’ve passed the day that these have to be left out for Santa. So, you know what that means? More for you 👍🍪
Winter Sunset Cocktail from Ciao Chow Bambina (pictured below & photo credit). Tis the season, right? I love grapefruit and especially in a cocktail. This one is just a perfect celebratory drink. Plus, there’s no better way to look at the snow outside than with one of these beauties in hand☀️
Cranberry Brie Bites from Pumpkin-n-Spice (pictured below & photo credit). After Christmas Day, the majority of meals that hubby and I have are bits and bites. I don’t feel in the mood for a big meal. Well, that’s the case most times; I always feel like a lot of smaller bites than one big meal. Are you the same? The colours of this one are vibrant and the flavour is amazing! Plus, it’s a fantastic way to use up any leftover cranberry sauce you have!
One of my New Year’s Resolutions last year was to read more. Though, I haven’t read as much as I would have liked, it definitely has increased. This year will be no different. Hubby gave me a fiction novel which I’m really enjoying; it’s called In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware. It indicates on the cover to ‘prepare to be scared…really scared!’ But, I wouldn’t say that it is very scary…for me, anyway. It’s a murder mystery and a very quick read. Lovin’ the book so far and it’s the author’s debut book so I will keep an eye out for any more books that she has coming out.
Something I’m super excited about is Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook. Hubby gave it to me for Christmas. If you are a fan of Jamie Oliver’s Christmas specials, then you are gonna love this book. It is a compilation of a bunch of recipes from those shows and it is awesome. Of course, the recipes are totally useable outside of Christmas and there are lots of good eats in there. Can’t wait to give it a go!
Since it is Christmas, I figured I would share some of my absolute favourite movies that I have to watch over the holidays. I’m sure some of these make your list too 😉
- ‘The Grinch’
- ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’
- ‘A Christmas Story’
- ‘Christmas Vacation’
- ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’
- ‘Frosty the Snowman’
- ‘Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer’
‘Love on the Brain’ by Rihanna. I absolutely love this song! It has such an old school vibe and it definitely is one that I turn up in the car. It’s so much different from Rihanna’s previous music and I certainly hope to hear more like this.
Because it’s the holiday season, there’s a few albums & songs that I particularly love to listen to –
Michael Bublés ‘Christmas’
A Charlie Brown Christmas – the album
Frank Sinatra ‘Christmas Songs’ album
Gayla Peevey ‘I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas’
The Chipmunks ‘The Christmas Song (Christmas Don’t be Late)’
What are some of your faves?
So, what are your guys plans for New Year’s Eve? Hubby and I have went out in the past, but in recent years we would much rather stay home and cook something delicious, have a couple of celebratory drinks and stay with furry child. We actually love it! We typically go out during the day for a light lunch, pick up anything we need for the evening and then head home. There’s usually someone having fireworks nearby, weather permitting, and we go on our back step and check that out. Wouldn’t have it any other way! How about you guys? What do you typically do to celebrate?
Typically, every year my parents give furry child a Christmas outfit (think Ralphie in ‘A Christmas Story’ wearing his bunny suit that his aunt gives him….too cute!) So, here’s our little guy with a snowman suit on. He looks so impressed, doesn’t he 😂🐶?
Hope you’ve enjoyed my Monthly Favourites December 2016! Until next time, take care and chit chat in 2017 🙂 !