Month in Review: December, 2018

Month in Review: December, 2018

I never intended on stepping away and taking a digital detox. It all began with tucking my phone away to soak in quality family time over the holidays and catching a cold on the flight home from Florida. A weekend offline suddenly turned into three weeks and I was in disbelief. The holidays really took a toll of me this year! Thankfully, the cold has passed, our Christmas decorations are back in storage, and I’m ready to take on my 2019 goals. One of which, is to rejuvenate this space. To start, let’s rewind a bit and dive into December’s month in review!

Month in Review: December, 2018

December was a magical month full of light displays, sugar cookies, and holiday parties. Ian and I fully immersed ourselves in the season and filled our calendar with outings to drive down candy cane lane, bake our favorite holiday treats, and attend our first play in Milwaukee – Christmas at Pemberly. We ended the month celebrating Christmas with my family, then flying to Florida to ring in the New Year.

Month in Review: December, 2018

It was a month filled with tradition – some old and some new. That’s one thing I love most about the holidays. It’s a time to create your own magic and be filled with the wonder of the season. Watch the video below to see one second of every day in December. Enjoy!

Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer

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As Christmas ornaments and gingerbread cookies hit the shelves, I beeline towards the back of the grocery store to check if my favorite peppermint mocha coffee creamer is back in stock. It is something I look forward to all year round, and wish it was apart of their regular flavor assortment. As Christmas has come and gone, I know my time to stock up on my favorite creamer is limited. Therefore, I thought it would be beneficial to learn how to make this seasonal coffee creamer at home.

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Luckily for all of you peppermint mocha lovers out there, this creamer recipe is quite simple! I was pleasantly surprised that in less than five steps I had a jar full of my homemade creamer sitting in my fridge. Plus, there is something special about starting off your day with something you’ve made from scratch. Enjoy!

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Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer

Ingredients:

  • 1 C. skim milk
  • 6 mint leaves
  • 14 oz sweet and condensed milk
  • 2 tbs coca powder

Directions:

  • Simmer mint leaves and milk for 5 minutes
  • Remove from heat and whisk in the cocoa powder and condensed milk until well combined
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge

Holiday Gingerbread Loaf

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Evenings look a little bit different around our apartment this time of year. Twinkle lights shimmer on our Christmas tree while a Michael Bublé albums play in the background. When we take breaks from belting out the lyrics to “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” Ian and I like to experiment with new recipes in the kitchen. Ian has been on a real bread kick lately, so I wanted to join in on the fun and make a holiday inspired loaf.

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I dug up a recipe for a festive gingerbread loaf and decided to give it a go. It may be that I’ve not very adventures when I bake, but breaking out a new bottle of molasses made me feel like I was making something special. I was nervous to try a recipe outside of my comfort zone, but while the loaf baked in the oven, the warm aroma of gingerbread filled our kitchen and put me at ease. By the smell of it, this loaf was going to be a new favorite!

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Drizzled with frosting, this loaf couldn’t look anymore festive. Paired with a cup of tea, this gingerbread loaf makes for a cheeky breakfast option or afternoon snack. It can also be tied up with a ribbon and gifted to a friend during the holiday season.

Holiday Gingerbread Loaf

Ingredients:

  • 2 C. flour
  • 1/3 C. packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 C. molasses
  • 3/4 C. hot water
  • 1/2 C. butter, softened
  • 1/3 C. applesauce
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 C. powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tbs. milk
  • Preheat oven to 350˚ and grease a loaf pan.

Directions:

  • In a separate bowl, mix together the remainder of the ingredients.
  • Slowly stir in the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until fully combined.
  • Pout batter into the loaf pan and bake for 55-60 minutes.
  • While the loaf cools, mix together the icing ingredients.
  • Once the loaf is at room temp, drizzle icing over the top of the loaf.