Holiday Baking is on ❄️🍪🙌

Cooking and baking has always been a fun hobby that I have enjoyed immensely. I am an average cook that loves to experiment with cooking healthy meals. I enjoy baking, just simply because I am addicted to chocolate, and for me a lovely pastry with coffee, and tea is a trip to heaven and back☺️

Christmas peppermint bark

This year, more than ever in my life 😥 I have been cooking and baking for my family, and now for holidays I have decided to bake new goodies and find my new favorites.

I started with :

Pizzelle

Pizzelle 👩🏻‍🍳 every Christmas we enjoy eating these lovely lightly sweet giant snow flakes all day long when we travel to see grandparents. This Christmas I had to bake our own batch 😳 I pulled out my pizzelle maker which I had received years ago as a Christmas gift, and used grandmas’s recipe. After a couple of tries they came out perfect snow flakes 😋

Italian wedding cookies

Italian wedding cookies 👩🏻‍🍳 they are made with crushed almonds, and coated with powder sugar, and look like small snow balls. They are beautiful to look at, and are lightly sweet, and believe me when I say 🤣 you can’t stop at just one.

Cranberry bars

Cranberry bars 👩🏻‍🍳 using leftover cranberry sauce from thanksgiving meal, I baked these thick delicious bars with two flaky layers of dough, cushioning a layer of my chunky cranberry sauce, and a layer of walnuts. I am already thinking of making more of these bars with almonds. This is my absolute new favorite 👍

Peppermint barks

Peppermint bars 👩🏻‍🍳 I have always bought them as gifts for friends, and loved having them during holidays. This year never found the time to purchase them on time, so I decided to make some. Couldn’t perfectly layer the white chocolate over the dark chocolate, but the result was a swirl of dark and white with crushed peppermints that made little ones very happy to crush and spread over the baking dish. Easy, fun to make, and very delicious. Next time I will make it thinner, so it would be easier to cut, and I have more to eat👍

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Keeping it together 🥰

I can list many things we are not doing this Christmas, but I realize I will be only whining, and not respecting the facts that this has been a historic year. The events of this year has changed many lives, and will change the way we used to entertain for many years to come. Special days like birthdays, anniversaries will be remembered as not so memorable, and our photos will be good evidence of that, but we also know family get togethers during Halloween, thanksgiving and Christmas will never be the same again.

In my Family events that get us together include our grandparents, and close relatives. Their presence is necessary and important to us, and their visits has always left an impression on our children. Every occasion matters, and they are memorable. This Christmas family visits are not possible, and to keep grandma, and grandpa part of our fast growing family (one day they are toddlers, next day they are teenagers) we are staying in touch using everything accessible to all of us.

Sending pictures while trimming the tree, baking, and decorating the yard has kept our family close and involved. Trying to create memories together while not being in the same space. Keeping it together until things are back to normal !! “after all tomorrow is another day”❤️

Paper Garlands for Christmas 🎄

Ginger bread garland

During the holiday season, decorating has become an important note on our todo list, right after shopping and baking cookies. For my family holidays always called for traveling, and cooking. And this year unfortunately traveling is out, entertaining is out and we are left with cooking, baking, and keeping our family busy, happy, and healthy.

During holidays making ornaments to decorate the Christmas tree became a way to also entertained our guests, specially the younger ones. Nieces and nephews, grandparents, and classmates, will spend time putting together a ginger bread house, or get crafty and make ornaments, to keep or give as gifts. This year with a smaller number (no guests ) we are still planning on making paper garlands, and ornaments, decorating, baking, thinking of our family, friends, and just be thankful and grateful during the holiday season.💕

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Peppermint candy garland👍😄

Have a safe and happy holiday season ❄️☃️

Persimmons and pomegranates

Two amazingly beautiful fall fruits that not many of us have enjoyed eating them.

They are both covered in a thick outer skin that protects the beautiful seeds in the pomegranate,and the sweet some what chewy inside of a persimmon, making them some what puzzling as to how to cut into one. Both fruits are packed with nutrients, and are used in making sauces or are dried for use in cooking.

Fuyu persimmons
Fall fruits
Pomegranate & persimmon

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Thanksgiving Cranberry sauce 😋

Cranberry sauce is delicious, super easy to make, and so good for us. these small red berries loaded with vitamins, add more flavor, and amazing color to our holiday table.

How to cook cranberries👍

Please click on my video link to see step by step directions on how to make a delicious, simple cranberry sauce for your thanksgiving meal.

Place cards for the holiday table😋

This is a fun project that my family actually loves to work on without complaining. It is part of setting our table for our family before sitting down to give thanks for all the wonderful goodness around us.

This year we are setting a smaller table, but the work is still there, and we need place cards to be clear who is sitting where. Yes for the three of us !! Our fun project started with gathering our supplies. We get creative and try to be colorful, interesting, and unique.

Cinnamon sticks wrapped in colorful ribbon holding a place card
Used a sharpie on Christmas tree balls

Please watch my video for more photos on how to make fun, natural, beautiful place cards with your family👍 Have a wonderful, safe holiday season💕

Peanut butter & pear sandwich👍😋

Peanut butter pear sandwich 😋

This is a great breakfast sandwich and snack. I often make this sandwich and cut it in small pieces for mid day snack. The best pear for this sandwich is Bartlett pear. You need a juicy one so it will add more moisture to the peanut spread.

A slice or two of sour dough or your favorite bread, to top your sandwich, or an open face sandwich. Chunky or smooth peanut butter, and very thin slices of pear over lapping each slice on the peanut butter spread. That is it😋 simple, healthy, yummy.👍

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Candied Orange peels

Candied orange rinds

Great use of all the beautiful and fragrant full orange peels.

This process is easy, and makes your entire house smell so good.

1- you need 4 oranges

2- use a potato peeler to get a thin slice of skin

3- place in a saucepan cover with cold water let it come to a boil

4- repeat 3 times this helps the rinds to taste less bitter

4- drain

5- make a syrup. 1 cup sugar to 2 cups water

6- place the rinds in syrupy sugar until they look translucent

7- place the rinds in a tray cover with sugar move them around

8- to keep them soft and chewy keep in a tight container

Orange rinds in boiling water
Boil 3 times

Shake excess sugar off let them dry

Another delicious way to use Orange peels. drizzled over banana bread😋

 

 

 

 

Give Brussels sprouts a chance this fall!!

Brussels sprouts Packed with nutrients👍

These little guys are so good for us, and with a little help can become everyone’s favorite vegetable. It is not a age thing, it just how you take the smell and the texture of these cute round cabbage looking vegetables.

A fall vegetable, Brussels sprouts are from the cabbage family and packed with nutrients. As I have learned from years of preparing them, I believe fresh ones taste much better than frozen ones. I use salt and cheese to sautéed them and serve them immediately or sautéed them with glazed balsamic vinegar.

Fresh Brussels sprouts

Rich in antioxidants High in fiber Packed with vitamin C & K Reduce inflammation Regulates blood sugar

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