Hello hello and happy Friday!
It’s Friday Faves and my favorite time of the year! Happy December everyone! Sure, there’s lots of hustle and bustle and commitments galore that can leave one feeling drained or overwhelmed, but only if you let it. For me, my golden holiday rule is to make boundaries and just say, “no” if I’m not feeling it. ‘Tis the season to find the joy for oneself and not feel obligated to create joy for others—especially if it’s a one-way giving street. So this holiday, instead of it being all about others, put yourself first. It’ll be the best gift of the season.
Next Friday, my Smudge comes home from school and I cannot wait! Her favorite thing is this cinnamon rolls recipe (it’s the only one I’ll make) so my plan is to have some ready for her to eat the next morning. They are DIVINE! I just might join her.
But first, let’s dig into this week’s list of Friday Faves. Enjoy!
While watching Thanksgiving football, we saw this TV commercial and it had ALL OF US in tears, especially my bawl-baby of a husband. If you haven’t seen it yet, this is what advertising should be.
28 Christmas movies streaming on Netflix now.
For now and later…3 things you can do after a draining holiday visit.
Here’s why expats are flocking to this European country for happier lives.
Airbnb horror stories. Yikes! You can’t not read these…
I can’t believe it would how long it would take me to remove backgrounds in Photoshop, and now you can just upload an image here and SNAP! It’s done!
A great hack for getting butter to room temperature FAST.
Whoa, this is the most originally-styled cheese board I’ve seen in a long while.
Your house will smell of holiday cheer with this Christmas simmer pot on the stove.
This quiche has a hashbrowns crust and I am drooling.
Craving this chicken pasta like whoa.
Say it with me in your best English accent, “Sticky toffee pudding!”
A touch of sweet is perfect in these puffed pastry brie bites.
This classy French dish would be so yum for Xmas Eve or din.
I am definitely trying this peppermint espresso martini at some point.
Holy moly, this cheesy baked dip looks divine.
Save time for more shopping when you make this slow-cooker chicken curry.
If you’re looking for a show-stopper dessert, this is it.
You just might need this creamy gnocchi with mushrooms.
This wintry grain salad is a nice respite from the richness of the holiday.s
The cottage cheese obsession is alive and well.
Oooh these Korean rice bowls are on my Korean-food-loving daughter’s must make list.
An edible DIY that would make for a cool homemade gift.
Here are 5 cookie recipes I’ve added to my holiday baking list:
- My grandma’s lemon bars recipe sit squarely at #1.
- These chocolate chip cookies look perfectly soft and chewy, with a twist.
- Malted chocolate cookies are a must for the chocolate lover.
- These shortbread cookies look so simple to make.
- I can practically smell these gingerbread Italian almond cookies through my screen.
This cranberry g&t looks totally festive.
This bottle opener would be such a fun stocking stuffer.
6 food subscriptions that make great gifts.
Speaking of gifts, do you have a signature gift you give? I’m into the idea…
Not that I need another one, but I’m eyeing this market tote.
15 DIY ornament ideas, if you’re feeling crafty.
20 holiday nail ideas (that aren’t red).
What a gorgeous home. Love that little nook by the stairs.
That’s it for this week. Have a grand first weekend of December!
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