Ho Ho Hello friends!
Three days to go! I’ve been practically sleeping in the kitchen (what’s new right?) trying to cram in as much seasonal baking as humanly possible. I know some of you are probably still dashing around trying to find presents for those ridiculously hard to buy for people (we’ve all got one don’t we.) Hear hear! Stress no more…I have the answer to your prayers, a present anybody will love! This week I bring you… nifty nut butters.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!! So all you grinches better be donning your Santa hats and sucking those candy canes. This week I have an extra special Christmassy treat for you. We are making gingerbread cookies. Basically I just needed to use my Christmas cookie cutters… it was about time they made their annual appearance. I have a confession to make…I am unashamedly a cookie cutter collector (how’s that for alliteration.) I’m afraid I always succumb to the shiny, alluring temptation, but as they say the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. However, there is a cookie cutter for every occasion…and what better occasion is there than the silly season?
Boy have I got a treat for you! As it is Sunday somewhere…we are having Pancake Sunday! And if that doesn’t excite you (er hello? Are you feeling okay?) …they are Bounty pancakes! This week I made the annual trek into our storage cupboard to lug out the decrepit Christmas tree and its’ adornments. It’s hard not to feel jolly when you hit your head on your way out of the horrid dusty cupboard, spend 4 hrs (i.e. 10 minutes) wrestling with the Christmas tree box, and then are poked mercilessly by the tree’s spiny branches. That being said, after a sweaty, irritating, and panicky morning I had successfully turned our house into a holly jolly haven. I’m living in a tinselled, twinkling, euphoria.
Can we pause for a moment and give a hearty “HOORAY!”…because this week I had my last exam, and I have now officially finished school! I can’t express how excited I am. To celebrate I decided this week to give a wee countdown. We are counting down….(drum roll please)…the Top 35 best snacks! (yes I know it’s in the title, thank – you!) Since we are heading into holiday season, I want to give you a list of filling, nourishing and tasty snacks so you can keep your sticky fingers out of the cookie jar!
Deck the halls with bells of holly, FA-LA-LA-LA-LA…LA-LA-LA-LA. Tis the season to be jolly, FA-LA-LA-LA-LA…LA-LA-LA-LA…What? It”s not Christmas yet you say. You are much mistaken my friend, the silly season is well and truly upon us! (At least Starbucks says so!)
What a cracker (in the christmassy sense of the word) of a week I’ve had! Four hideous exams occurred but here I am, positively twinkling with cheer for the holidays! If I had it my way, Christmas decorations would go up in September and only come down in March. Well since that obviously isn’t happening, I’m bringing you a little smidgen of Christmas (you’re welcome.)
So this week I have Chai spiced, cranberry and cacao nib cookies (phew what a mouthful!…literally.) I have to make a wee shoutout to my gorgeous friend Rachel who suggested the Christmassy theme and inspired me to use cacao nibs.
So I’ve been hidden under a gigantic mound of textbooks and flashcards this week. Unfortunately for me, I managed to pick up a cold from somewhere…and it looks like he’s settling on in. I won’t bore you with the icky, miserable details, we’ve got too much to catch up on. Funny story: we went grocery shopping on Saturday and someone who shall remain nameless (hint: rhymes with hum) accidentally dropped a bag of sugar on the ground and spilled it everywhere! She then proceeded to leave a fine, powdery trail behind her (bless.) I am dedicating this recipe to her as it was her birthday this very week! (Another year older and just as clumsy.) So let’s get on with it shall we? The recipe I’ve got for you today is Satay chicken salad (warning: things may get a little bit saucy (; )
I have to apologize firstly. I had every intention of making this post a savoury one, but then life happened. I officially finished school this week (sob/hooray.) Leading up to our final day I was all, “I’m not gonna cry, I never cry.” Hahahahahaha! There I was, weeping like the big, soppy wuss I am! Then I had to face the awful tragedy of exams…hitting the books again. So all in all this week called for a dose of comfort food, and by comfort food I mean chia puddings.
Today I’m bringing you granola. If you have never made granola before (what have you been doing with your life?) it’s super easy so don’t sweat it. But before we get into it, let’s have a wee chat.
Well what a week I’ve had! I had my last school gala, my last mufti day and my last assembly EVER! On Wednesday it was my birthday, and my dear friends decided to kidnap, blindfold and drive me round in circles…(you could be forgiven for thinking this sounds like a stag night prank gone wrong ) they then led me to where they had set up a special picnic just for us.
This weekend was my party and we had a girl’s retreat at my house. Highlight was trying (and failing) to do pilates. I think our abs were pretty worked out if you know what I mean (I mean from the giggling…keep up!) Anyway, after one very hectic, traumatic and slightly melancholic week, I bring you Crunchy Sunshine Granola.
I am particularly joyful this week because…I only have 6 days left of school…FOREVER!!! (Can i get a hallelujah? Amen?) Now I’ve just got to get through exams (duh duh duuuuuuh.) I am also in high spirits because my birthday is this week so I have an excuse to make and eat cake (not that I need an excuse!) In other news, this week I’m bringing you a very rustic lil loaf.
Today I have Peanut butter and cocoa bliss balls for you. (Hip hooray for bliss balls!) Just so you know, the definition of bliss is: ‘supreme happiness, utter joy or contentment.’ Need i say more?