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25 Days of Christmas 2017: Day 11

Holiday Traditions!

One of my favorite Holiday traditions has to be with my family and our pups. One thing we do every year is go to this neighborhood that go all out for Christmas. Every house is decorated with lights, trees, blow up decorations, themes, its breathe taking. First things first is we get in our Holiday sweaters (the pups have their holiday sweaters too) and meet up at Starbucks and we get our traditional Hot Chocolate while the pups have their pupachino (a cup of whipped cream). We do this because in San Francisco it can get really cold and the hot chocolates keep our hands warm while we walk around the neighborhood that is literally lit up in Christmas lights.

We literally stay out for hours, in awe and taking pictures of these houses that these people worked so hard on. Its magical and I reallly hope this tradition stays in our family for years and years.

-Dezi

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25 Days of Christmas 2017: Day 10

If you are anything like me and my family than you will absolutely love these Candy Cane Marshmallows that I make for the family party.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • Mashmallows
  • Mini Candy Canes
  • Milk Chocolate
  • Crushed Candy Canes

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and place aside
  2. Crush up some candy canes and melt the chocolate
  3. With the straight side of the candy can, stick it in the marshmallow about half way
  4. Dip the marshmallow halfway in the chocolate and cover with crushed candy cane
  5. set aside until dry and serve and enjoy!

I like to mix it up a bit so every other marshmallow has crushed peppermint. They are very easy to make and a big hit at the family holiday parties.

-Dezi

 

25 Days of Christmas 2017: Day 9

Pizza stockings are so festive and delicious that will make any table scream with holiday cheer! So here is how you make them!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • Crescent dough sheet
  • 1/4 C pizza sauce
  • 1/4 C Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Stocking shape cookie cutter

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Preheat oven to 350º and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  2. Cut out stocking shapes from dough
  3. Top with sauce and sprinkle the top of each stocking with mozzarella cheese
  4. Bake for 4-6 minutes and enjoy!

Now these you can make with whatever toppings and sauce of your choice, I mean its pizza you really cant go wrong. I hope you enjoy these festive pizza!

-Dezi

25 Days of Christmas 2017: Day 8

Peppermint spoons are perfect for the Peppermint Caramel Hot Chocolate. They melt away in the drink adding a nice refreshing pepperminty taste. So here is how you make them!

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • Silicone spoon mold
  • Peppermint candy canes
  • Food processor

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300º
  2. Grind up the candy canes in the food processor
  3. Fill up the molds with crushed candy canes
  4. Put them in the oven for 10 minutes
  5. Let cool and carefully take the spoons out of the mold

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You can dip them in chocolate or leave as is like I do when I make them for myself or my family. They are a cute way to make your drink into a festive one!

-Dezi

 

25 Days of Christmas 2017: Day 7

Today I will be showing you how I make my pups Biscotti Treats. They are pretty easy to make and my pups goes crazy, along with their cousin Coco who will actually eat these in front of you (she’s a shy eater). So lets get baking!

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 C flour
  • 1/2 C water
  • A drop of coconut oil
  • 3/4 C peanut butter
  • 1/3 C blueberries
  • 1/2 Tsp. baking powder

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Pre heat oven to 375º
  2. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper
  3. Combine water, oil, PB, baking powder and blueberries until combined
  4. Form a rectangle “loaf” on line sheet roughly (10″x4x1 1/2″)
  5. Bake for 22-24 minutes until golden brown
  6. Let cool for 5 minutes and slice into 1/4″ pieces
  7. Bake another 10-12 minutes, let it cool and serve!

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I like making smaller treats when I bake for my pups because they have such small mouths it makes all of our lives easier. Dog Biscotti is their Christmas Eve morning treat, I figured I love them in the morning so they probably would love them in the morning and because I get up so early I make my tea, and get started on their treats while they are still sleeping. Once they are done we snuggle back into bed with my now Hot Chocolate, I put on a movie and they eat their Christmas Eve Biscotti!

-Dezi

25 Days Christmas 2017: Day 6

One of my favorites to cookies to eat is my Peppermint White Chocolate Chip Cookies! So, here is how you can make these yummy cookies to share or eat by yourself!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 C butter
  • 1/2 C brown sugar(packed)
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 C flour (sifted)
  • 1 Teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 C white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 C peppermint candy cane (crushed)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350º and line a cookie sheet with parchment and set aside
  2. Mix butter and sugars in a bowl
  3. Beat in egg and vanilla extract
  4. Mix flour, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl then mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until combined
  5. Mix in the chocolate chips and the peppermint candy cane
  6. Chill the dough in the fridge for a couple of minutes before placing them on the cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minute, let them cool (or not I love them out of the oven) and serve!

I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as I do! I love them and to me, they taste like Christmas!

-Dezi

25 Days of Christmas 2017: Day 5

Christmas Tree Meringue are the cutest things you can set on your table for this holiday season. They are so easy to make and super delicious, so here is what you need to make these super adorable treats.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 cream of tartar
  • 6 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Gel green food coloring

DIRECTIONNS:

  1. Preheat oven to 225º and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In mixer Beat egg white and cream of tartar  with whisk attachment on high speed until frothy.
  3. Beating constantly add 1 tbsp of sugar at a time, beating after each additional until sugar is dissolved before adding the next. (Rub a bit of meringue between your finger to see if its smooth). Continue beating until white are glossy and stand in soft peaks.
  4. Fold in vanilla and gel green food coloring, place in piping bag and pipe tress on your lined cookie tray. Bake for 50 minutes.

Now you can also decorate them with sprinkles but you should put those on before baking the meringues. Plus if these things get soften up you put them in the oven for aboThis is one of my favorite treats to make for the holiday season. They look so adorable and festive when they are out on the table and they go fast!

-Dezi

 

 

25 Days of Christmas 2017: Day 4

Now a one of my favorite drinks is a Caramel White Hot Chocolate but for Christmas I like to add a bit of peppermint to give it a Holiday twist. Plus, its the perfect drink to cuddle up on the couch in a blanket with the pups and watch a Christmas movie! So lets get started!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 C milk
  • Salted caramel sauce
  • White hot chocolate mix
  • Whipped cream
  • Peppermint

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a large mug, warm the milk in the mcrowave
  2. Once the milk is warmed to your liking add in the white hot chocolate mic and if you love caramel than you start stirring with your peppermint spoon for a peppermint twist
  3. Once its all mixed to your liking, add the whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel and ENJOY!

This is a twist on my all time favorite morning drink. I really hope that you enjoy it as much as I do. What are your favorite holiday drinks? Let me know in the comments below!

-Dezi

 

25 Days of Christmas 2017: Day 3

Not only do I love Christmas, but I love Christmas movies. In my collection of movies I feel like I have a ton of Christmas movies to choose from, so here are my top 12 Disney Christmas movies that I watch all during this holiday season.

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  1. The Sant Clause (1,2,3)
  2. Ill Be Home for Christmas
  3. Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas
  4. Prep and Landing
  5. Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
  6. One Magical Christmas
  7. The Ultimate Christmas Present
  8. Twas the Night
  9. Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street
  10. Disney’s A Christmas Carol
  11. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  12. Eloise at Christmastime

Now, these are not ALL my favorite Christmas movies because that list would never end! These are the movies that I have already watched the minimum of 5 or more this Holiday season. Unlike most people who would put their decorations up while listening to music, I love putting my decorations up while I have an amazing Christmas movie on.

-Dezi

 

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