HAPPY LAST DAY OF 2019! And last day of the DECADE to boot!
Wow has so much changed for me in the past year ~ in great ways! I started the year so excited to create a bright happy life for myself, and am ending it even more positive about everything! The middle was stuffed with great stuff too. Here’s some of what I accomplished!
And so much more! Hard to believe it has been 365 days! I really just want 2020 to be very similar – just happy, colourful, and creative! I think we can do it!
LET’S GO!!! Lots of love and best of luck to you all in 2020!! xoxo
Another Christmas done! My holiday was jammed full of family, colour, cheer, and of course so much food that I’ll be full for a week (just kidding, I’m nibbling on more cookies right now :D)!
Speaking of food, I’m so happy to say my challenge to bake every day since December 1st was a big success!! I ended up whipping up well over 25 different items and had so much fun in the process and have learned so much. The crazy thing is there is almost nothing left now but crumbs as I’ve given away so many trays (phew)!!
Here’s the full list of goodies I baked (they link to the recipes!):
Every Canadian Christmas party seems to have a plate of Nanaimo Bars! If you’re not from the great white north and have never experienced these delicious squares, you’re missing out! They’re a layered treat with three layers: a crunchy chocolate nut base, smooth custardy middle, and sweet chocolate top.
They’ve been on my list of baking to-dos forever but this was my first time actually making my own. The recipe I used was for Chocolate Mint Nanaimo Bars from Spend with Pennies because I thought they look far more festive than the standard plain custard bars. If I knew just how easy they were, I would have made them ages ago!
I remember being a kid at my Grandma’s house at Christmas and eating so many ooey gooey toffees and caramels that made my teeth stick together and left my insides all warm and happy! Tooth pulling sweets are *definitely* a Christmastime only kind of treat ~ that’s why they’re so special.
But finding a “sticky” recipe for today’s challenge had me… well quite stuck! Sticky toffee pudding and cinnamon rolls are mega yummy, but I needed something that I could eat a bit of and then throw into the freezer until I can give away!
And then I saw them! A cookie stuffed with melty caramel chunks, peanut butter AND chocolate?! What could be tastier and stickier?! They’re called ‘sumbitches’ – no actually! The recipe is from Will Cook for Smiles. That’s not particularly Christmassy sounding, but they ARE tasty!
They’re soft cookies and the caramel chunks melt and ooze out, and the peanut butter makes them smooth and a bit salty. The flavours give off such a warm comforting smell and childhood me would have eaten them all in one go (and adult me probably will ;))