December Favorites (2017)

Welcome to my December favorites post! My favorite month of the year and as you can see above, we got our first snow!

Are you all ready for Christmas?! I’m now done with my Christmas shopping and all I need to do is put everything together, wrap the presents and bake plenty of healthy treats for my family and friends. 

I’m spending the next few weeks working (because unfortunately, I’m not at a point in my career where I can get a Christmas vacation). I’m also working hard on the blog, doing some work behind the scenes. The little free time I have is spent in the woods running or in front of my Christmas tree painting. I got 2 extra large canvases from my mom, so I’m hoping to make two beautiful abstract paintings to decorate the bare walls in our apartment. Hopefully it turns out well!

For this month’s favorites post, I’m focusing a little on the holidays and the beginning of the new year. Yes, it’s time to set some goals for 2018! Plus, at the end of this post, I’m sharing a list of favorite holiday treats. Enjoy!

Currently Watching

Okay, before we get into all the holiday stuff, I need to mention my new obsession. Have you seen This is Us on Netflix yet? This show is everything. I’ve been obsessing about it for the past week and I just had to share that with you guys. If you haven’t watched it yet, you need to watch it NOW. I will admit that I started watching it partly due to the fact that Jess, from Gilmore Girls, is one of the main characters.

Last Minute Christmas Gifts

Oh She Glows Cookbook and Oh She Glows Every Day. My personal favorite cookbooks. They make a great addition to any kitchen, vegan or not! 

Half Baked Harvest Cookbook. I absolutely love the photography and creative recipes in this book. It’s filled with healthy and not-so-healthy recipes, which makes it great for anyone! 

S’mores Ornament. The best Christmas ornament for any foodie. 

The Gift of Coffee. You can’t go wrong with a bag of good quality coffee. Maybe as a gift with a good travel mug or a beautiful pottery mug?

Marble Coasters. I have the round version of these coasted and they are absolutely beautiful! 

The Little Book of Hygge. I’m thinking I may just give this as a gift for myself. 

Instant Pot. I mean, this is basically on everyone’s wish list.

My Favorite Books this Year

Woman in Cabin 10

In a Dark, Dark Wood

The Lying Game

Into the Water

The Light Between Oceans

Shop Page

I’m happy to say that we finally added a shop page to the blog! This is where you’ll find all my favorite home decor, ingredients, kitchen equipment, photography gear and cookbooks. Take a look to find all my favorites! Never know, you may find a few more holiday gift ideas?

2018 Goals

If you know me, you know that I love setting goals for myself. It keeps me motivated in life. Here are a few of my goals for 2018:

  • Learn how to make recipe videos 
  • Spend more time for myself, doing the things I love (self-care)
  • Increase my endurance and flexibility
  • Plan my wedding

Those are general goals. I tend to write more specific monthly goals as I go. That way, I can adjust each month if things don’t work out. By breaking down bigger goals into smaller, monthly or weekly goals, I find that it keeps me focused and motivated. Things change in a year and we have to adjust.

Here were my goals last year. I’m happy to say that I stuck with most of them! It’s okay if you don’t accomplish each one of your goals 100%. Keep in mind that goals aren’t always made to be reached, sometimes they simply serve as something to aim at. So although I didn’t floss every single night, I did start flossing most nights, which is already improvement. I did still complain (of course), but I was a little more mindful about the reasons why I complained and I tried to be a little more positive because of that. 

12 Healthy Goals for the New Year

Christmas Morning

On Christmas morning, my mom usually makes a good breakfast casserole and we all sit down at the table after exchanging gifts. Here are a few breakfasts I would love to try.

Kale, Mushroom, Leek Savory Bread Pudding

Gingerbread-Spiced Vegan French Toast

Apple Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Chai Frosting (definitely not sugar-free, but they sound too good not to share!)

I also have a french toast recipe coming to the blog soon – Hopefully before Christmas!

A Vegetarian Christmas Eve Dinner

While we don’t have a vegetarian Christmas dinner, we have a Christmas eve dinner and my mom always leaves me in charge of the menu. This means it’s always a vegetarian meal. These are my choices this year: 

The Best Shredded Kale Salad

Savory Winter Cobbler 

Dessert: Every year, we make a chocolate fondue before going to church on Christmas eve. Of course this means I’m sticking with fruit, but tradition is tradition. Maybe I’ll make myself a little treat this year…

Holiday Treats

Just a few date-sweetened desserts that caught my eye.  

Walnut Cookie Dough Energy Bites

3 ingredient Vegan Chocolate Pots

Vegan Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffles

Favorite Holiday Treats from the Blog

The Healthiest Peppermint Mocha

The Healthiest Peppermint Mocha

One Dreamy Coconut Macaroon Truffle with a bite taken from it.

Dreamy Coconut Macaroon Truffles

Rudolph Nutella Donuts (Vegan, Gluten-free, Refined Sugar-Free)

Rudolph Nutella Donuts

Chai-Spiced Cut-Out Cookies

Chai Spiced Cut-Out Cookies

Dark Chocolate Truffles

Dark Chocolate Mint Truffles

Creamy Cashew Chai Latte | Unsweetened Caroline

Creamy Cashew Chai Latte

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