Wonderful Things, for the Most Wonderful Time of The Year

Children of the playground … we must gather!

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 There is exactly one month until Christmas

WTF-OH-MY-GAWD-HOLY-MOTHER-OF-HO-HO-HO …

That`s kind of how I feel about the entire situation tooo. I`m excited ( I totally just typed executed for anyone who wants to know :$) and also, thinking Santa baby, this lady aint ready for you aaannnnnnddd I still have one more fall recipe to share with you !!

Also, funny story – Mr. LTSL has never been much of a Christmas person – he’s all about good food, family, gifts and cookies but count him out of the parades, tree light up festivals, Christmas markets and decorating. Especially tree decorating. Except this year. It would seem that my little Grinch’s heart grew three sizes this year.

We got our tree the second weekend of November – it’s a phoney-baloney one because we can’t have a real one in the condo. I also heard that it takes 12 years for a new tree to grow back .. so pardon my French but eff that.

Anyways, … ever since I’ve been collecting decorations for both our home and the tree – I’ve even made some!! And since the second weekend of November Mr. Grinch has asked when we would decorate. So we finally did. And it’s beautiful. There’s no order to it .. there are large bulbs at the top, and little ones at the bottom .. but it’s ours. And it’s perfect. And we did it together.

Holiday season things. Yo. Word.

… I can’t stop.

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I haven’t even thought about Christmas shopping – but I want to get it done soon, so I don’t have to face the travesty that malls turn into come December Uno. Sooo to make YOUR life easier( … and because I know what I want for Christmas) I’ve made a list of the cool-funky-amazing  things any food blogger – food eater – food lover would adore :

 Stocking Stuffers :

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  • Vanilla bean pods – Fresh Vanilla makes a world of a difference!!
  • Coupon to wash the dishes/clean the kitchen  – I would LOVE this … I’m a cooker/baker … I hate cleaning .. but I do it, because I made the mess.
  • Zester/Grater  – So handy for spices, cheeses – nutmeg
  • OXO cookie dough scooperI have a couple and LOVE them – different sizes are a good idea – perfect for not just cookies, but cupcakes, ice cream … Nutella ( what, you don’t eat Nutella with a scoop?!?)
  • funky apron I always forget to wear an apron .. and I have a couple. But Funky aprons are gnarly and look you can even be Wonder Woman, or  Batman orr look at this Christmas Story — show me how the piggys eat apron!!

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  • Baked jewelrytwo words SO.CUTE.
  • OXO Cake TesterI currently use, wooden skueres – it does the job, but this cake tester would be so.much.better.
  • Gift Card to favourite restaurant – because every home cook/baker needs a day off every once in a while.

Gadgets

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  • Vegetable spiralizer  – so cool, I so badly want to make zucchini noodles!!
  • iPad And Cookbook Stand Combo – YES! In hopes that I no longer have butter stains on all of my cookbooks … this is #SorryNotSorry kind of situation
  • Hamilton Beach 1.5 Quart Ice Cream Maker ( it’s so little and cute!!)– ice cream for one, SIGN ME UP!! This would be so perfect, especially since Mr. LTSL isn’t an ice cream kind of guy .. cupcakes, sign him up for cupcakes.
  • Tagine – so freaking in love with mine. You’ll never have a better lamb stew or paella – promise.
  • Cast Iron Pan – I use mine for everything .. pizza … steak … potatoes … cookies .. cake. LOVE IT!
  • Pizza Stone – Pizza never tasted so good … nor quesadillas .. or grilled cheese.
  • Silpat Mat – WORD. Best kept baking secret … that’s probably not a secret – I use mine for every single jingle thaaaannnnggg … but mostly cookies.
  • Cake stand/dessert tray – I only have a million … but what’s a girl to do? Some people collect shoes, some plants … you can never have enough funky-cute-amazing-sparkly cake stands/ dessert trays.

Fancy-shmancy Food Items

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  • Sloane Teas – YES. LOVE the chocolate truffle … and the jasmine pink lemonade
  • Hot chocolate by Jacques Torres Die.  – Thick, rich, creamy, annnd sooooooooooo delicious!! Add some burbon and we’ll be besties!!
  • Blueberry Honey by Nude Bee Co. ( TORONTO WHHHHHHHHHHHAAAATTT) … shop local. Seriously, probably my favourite honey in all the land. And their blueberry. Kill-me-now.

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Cookbooks

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I hope this helps ladies and gents … and if all else fails, at least you have a great shopping list for yourself :D

Wisdomist Wednesday : Existing

Remember how I told you guys a little while ago that one of my stress buster tactics is writing – that I’ve started keeping a journal. I’m doing pretty well to be honest. I don’t commit to writing every day … it’s not supposed to be a chore – it’s supposed to be my escape. And I think it’s worked .. although, sometimes I still find myself picking up the phone for advice – but seriously, what else are family and friends for?!?!

This morning, as I drank my coffee – I sat down to write. And there and then, I made a conscious decision that today – instead of complaining about the poop that floats around life … I’m instead going to make a list of everything that I’m thankful for. I felt better after seeing how long my list was!! Some of the things I included ;

  •  Waking up this morning to a warm happy home
  • Getting to kiss my husband goodbye every morning while he’s still semi-asleep
  • Hearing my mom laugh
  • Being healthy
  • Having a job
  • Living in a city that’s safe enough, where I can walk down the street without worry
  • Best friends that laugh me out of being stressed
  • Good hot chocolate

I read a hashtag on Instagram a little while ago that I completely fell in love with … it was #TooBlessedToBeStressed – LOVE IT!! Sometimes, we just need to acknowledge that just existing is something kind of fantastic !!

I’m glad you exist … I like you!!

And you should you glad that you exist … you’re pretty gnarly!!

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Good pep talk peeps … have a lovely Wednesday. I’m sprinkling love all over your world today <3