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I don't know about you guys, but I'd been thinking about Christmas since the end of September. By this point, I'm entirely over anything holiday related and am ready to get back to real life. Instead of boring you with photos of us opening gifts and eating dinner, here's some photos from the mountains.

CHRISTMAS BAKING

Black Pepper Truffles
Black Pepper Truffles
Black Pepper Truffles
Black pepper truffles
Salted Caramel Almond Thumbprint Cookies
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Salted Caramel Almond Thumbprint Cookies
Salted caramel almond thumbprint cookies
Eggnog FudgeGift Boxes
Eggnog fudge // Treats boxed up
Treat Boxes
Treat Boxes

My friends and I have been doing Christmas dinners for as long as I can remember. Over the last few years, I've taken the onus in hosting them at my home. As favours, I give out a box of home-baked treats. I've been scouring the web for months now to determine what I'd make this year. I'd say that this year is probably the best yet. At the very least, this years offerings featured the most unique and varied goodies. I won't lie… It takes a whole hell of a lot of work to put this together, but I love doing it. My guests seem to look forward to it each year, which is really what keeps me going.

Here's what I made this year:
Ginger molasses cookies
Cranberry & pink peppercorn shortbread cookies with dark chocolate ganache filling
Candy cane chocolate cookies
Salted caramel almond thumbprint cookies
Marbled cheesecake brownies
Lemon bars
Candied orange and ginger bark
Black pepper truffles
Eggnog fudge

Happiest holidays!

THE DECEMBER PLAYLIST

December - Hoar Frost

The December Playlist

Avocado, Baby - Los Campesinos!
A Song Is a Weapon - Stars
Three Headed Woman - Boy & Bear
Compliment Your Soul - Dan Croll
This Is Why We Fight - The Decemberists
Every Night - Josef Salvat
Don't You Want Me - Bahamas
Just Like Heaven - The Watson Twins
Beloved - Say Lou Lou
Bad Blood - Bastille
Boardwalks - Little May
Past In Present - Feist

Streaming available via Rdio.

WISH LIST


And you thought the Internet was saturated enough with holiday gift guides…

Admittedly, mine is a lot more boring than some of the others I've seen, and arguably more so than the one I posted last year. Amazingly enough, I've acquired six of the nine items items I posted, and ended up purchasing Bean Boots instead of SORELs (everyone owns SORELs). I tend to think of these lists/guides as more of "things I want but will never actually get," so last year is pretty impressive. I know, I know, not only is my list boring this year, but it's also totally chiming into the utter materialism that is the holidays. Yeah, whatever. I'd like to say that I won't ask for anything and the holidays will be all about spending time with friends and family this year, but in reality it's the opportune time for me to mooch off my parents. Yep, I said it. Unfortunately, my folks know that my brother and I take major advantage of them at this time of year (as evidenced by the Vario grinder and Vitamix I acquired last year…among other things), and have declared that this practice will not be occurring again this year. Ok, that's fine.

Really though, I do want this year to be more about spending time with friends and family. Christmas last year sucked so badly. We were dealing with my grandmothers illness, or, more like my brother and I were not dealing and my mother and the rest of her side of the family were damn messes. There was no Christmas dinner with the family. I cancelled my dinner with my friends for the first time in five years. The holidays were entirely about materialism and they were just not good. My plan is to take it easy this year. Work little, but not much. See my friends. See my family. Share meals, share laughs. Make memories. Yeah, there will be some gift giving, but it will mostly be about catching up.

To uh, get back to the list though… I've been trying to nail down a skincare regime for a couple of months now. My skin type has somehow managed to change on me (hormones, maybe?) and it's been a struggle to find the right products. When you do manage to find the right stuff though, man does it ever feel good. I look back at the copious amounts of makeup I used to wear everyday and I just can't imagine that these days. At some point since high school graduation (four years? Time flies!) I've conjured up the confidence to ditch the ten-pounds of eye makeup for every day wear, but a little shadow is the first thing that I'm bound to opt for when I get a little gussied up. Honestly, how laid back my style has become over the last few years shocks me. I really am a jeans and t-shirt girl, as suggested by this list. In addition to the goodies posted above, I'm yearning for some pullover sweaters, J Crew pyjamas and maybe a pair of leather riding boots.

Link back to your own wish lists in the comments! For some strange reason, I love to see what sort of shit people are after.
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