25 Days of Christmas Baking: Day 4 – Around the World

Let’s grab our passports today and see how the holiday’s are celebrated around the world! I opted to stop over quickly in Germany where my family is from for this around the world bake. Germany is well known for it’s holiday traditions: Christmas Market, Advent Calendars, and of course the FOOD!

One of my favourite Christmas memories is sneaking my Oma’s Spritzgebäck (which translates squirt cookie as they come out of a cookie press, or spritz because you know spritz!) from the table before dinner. Spritzgebäck is a very traditional German fluffy butter cookie which looks oh so fancy so I had to try my hand at it.

I found this recipe from Dinner at the Zoo. The recipe is very simple: only butter, flour, sugar, salt, vanilla, and an egg. You then take the mixture and put it in a cookie press, and squirt each one out onto a cookie sheet and bake. The recipe is for chocolate spritzes, but I ended up doing half in chocolate, and half without.

Unfortunately my cookie press (a 60+ year old thing that my Oma passed on to me in which you actually have to crank the press like a stuck jar of pickles to get the cookies to come out) wasn’t really a fan of this recipe. The dough tastes absolutely amazing, but might be too dry for this particular press (or maybe I need to work on my arm muscles!) So instead I opted to roll out the cookies and do cut outs – which worked spectacularly!

I then dipped half of each cookie in melted dark chocolate (the half dip is a very German thing) and added sprinkles – and wunderbar!

Christmas Treats Elsewhere!

I absolutely love seeing how people elsewhere celebrate! Here’s some of the goodies that come from around the world that I would love to try:

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Day 18 of the 30 day blog challenge!

Day 18 – A Photograph of Yourself

Ever since I was pretty young, I hated having my photo taken. I was always very shy and self-conscious and just didn’t want people to pay attention to me. It’s a bit of a trait in most of my family that people would see a camera and then SCREAM and run in fear!

I don’t really take many selfies either, which is too bad because it would be fun to look back on myself and who I was at certain times (perhaps a new challenge for myself!!) So I don’t have a whole lot of photos of myself to share.

Found this adorable one which is a picture of me, my brother, and my bunny rabbit Thumper (yep, from Bambi!) from Christmas 1994. Christmas time fills me with such happiness as I always had great childhood memories.

I also love that I dress exactly the same now a days haha!

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Day 10 of the 30 day blog challenge!

Day 10 – Best Trip Of Your Life!

December is just FLYING by! We’re half way through the month and in just 10 days it will be Christmas, and then EEK 2019 is just around the corner. I’ve been busy, busy, busy. I’ve been baking tons – made yet another batch of cookies and walked all the way to and from the store today. STILL have one final (ha!) round of baking tomorrow for my bake exchange at work on Monday. Then gift shopping, and finishing up some knitted gifts, PLUS a new found obsession with Ru Paul’s Drag Race. Phew! I could use a vacation. Today’s prompt is about just that!

Growing up, my family travelled from coast to coast in Canada in an RV, (I’ve been everywhere but Newfoundland and the Territories!) and I have incredibly fond memories of visiting a good chunk of this very very big, very very pretty place. My favourite trip of all time has to be when my parents, brother, and cousins travelled to visit my family in Nova Scotia!

Hard to believe, but that’s me in the middle! Not a speck of pink or bows anywhere in sight AHH! We were roughing it a bit on this trip, but I was a total tomboy at this time in my life!

We spent two weeks driving over 3,500 kilometers (2,000 miles for you American folks!) stopping at all sorts of random campsites, poutine shops, a monastery, tried to escape rush hour Montreal in a 35 foot long RV, and making many wrong turns to get to the little Nova Scotia town of Parrsboro

Parrsboro, Nova Scotia
Photo of Parrsboro from NovaScotia.com

Parrsboro is a cute little seaside town surrounded by oceans, cliffs, and blueberry farms, and is known for having the highest tides in the world! It’s just a very different way of life over there – life moves slow and everyone in town knows everybody else, which is SO different from how hectic life is now. I remember watching the tide come in for the first time ever and falling in LOVE and never wanting to leave.

I hope to one day go back, and perhaps when I’m an old lady I’ll buy one of the cute little character homes by the sea and paint it PINK as well!

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