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Well the big day is almost here! I will be taking some time off (yes even more time) over the holidays as I will be entertaining my friend and being a tourist again. I will be back after the New Year so have a great holiday everyone! And enjoy these recipes on the big day. xo

A Christmas Menu - Callooh Callay Blog

cocktails blackberry champagne cocktail // mint merrymaker // pear nectar thyme mimosa

sides coconut roasted sprouts // roasted carrots + mushrooms with thyme // quinoa broccoli casserole

mains sundried tomato + pine nut sausages // polenta casserole with mushrooms + cheese // cranberry + pistachio nut roast

cookies gluten free gingersnaps // chocomint cookies // nutella + hazelnut palmiers

dessert brown sugar bundt cake // christmas cake // peppermint chocolate cake

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There’s still time to decorate for Christmas! Naturally I want to try all of these; however my little room here in Germany is not really worth decorating at this point. But if I was going to these 11 Christmas DIYs all look pretty darn great. So if I were you I’d go for it. ;)

11 Christmas DIYs - Callooh Callay Blog

1 – merry sign // 2 – brass himmeli ornaments // 3 – lace snowflake ornaments // 4 – stocking rack / 5 – felt star garland // 6 – triangular wreath // 7 – pom pom wreath // 8 – hanging wreath // 9 – feather wreath // 10 – driftwood tree // 11 – geometric tree //

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Ok, one more holiday post and that is it until New Year’s. These simple yet super-styley Christmas vignettes have me swooning. I do also love a super-put together Christmas look but there is just something so charming and relaxed about the pared-down approach. Not to mention easy! Just set a small tree (or branch), toss some lights here and there, light a few candles and you’re done. Of course So here we have it – Christmas decor for mere mortals.


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I’ve saved all my Christmas links for today. It’s the final push to the holiday and I imagine many (like me) have some loose ends to tie up. I am still sorting out my final ideas but this is a good list of possibilities for all your holiday needs. Enjoy!


Mint chocolate candy cane cake [Eat Live Run ]
Eggnog cheesecake bars [ Apartment 34 ]
Rugelach [ Crepes of Wrath ]

Peppermint White Russian [ A Beautiful Mess ]
Prickly pear fizz [ Spoon Fork Bacon ]
Beer nog [ Randy Clemns ]

Seasoned salts [ Angry Chicken]
Crocheted hair ties [ Curious Cat Cat ]
Olive oil with rosemary and pink peppercorns [ Food ]

Chalkboard snowflake gift wrap [ Swellmayde ]
Natural wrap [ Alisa Burke ]
Surprise balls [ Honestly WTF ]

Fringed ornaments [ Confetti Pop ]
Balloon Christmas tree [ Petit Elefant ]
Paper straw wreath [ Design Sponge ]

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The White Chocolate Gingerbread Cookie

I switch up my Christmas cookie recipes a bit every year, but these ones are so good it just doesn’t seem like Christmas without them. I got this recipe orginally from House and Home magazine back in 2007, but I can’t seem to find a link to it on their site. So I’m reposting it here in it’s entirety,  for you to make and enjoy as much as I do:

White Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

6 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
4 tsp ground ginger
4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 cup minus 2 tbsp molasses
2 eggs
4 squares white chocolate

Step 1: In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon and salt.

Step 2: In a standing mixer, cream together the butter and brown sugar until pale yellow.

Step 3: Add the molasses and eggs to butter mixture and mix on low until combined.

Step 4: Add dry ingredients to wet and mix until well combined. Divide dough into three discs and wrap in plastic. Chill at least 1 hour.

Step 5: Pinch off 1 tbsp of dough and roll around on a plate of sugar. Place balls 2″ apart on ungreased cookie sheets; press thumb into centre of each ball of dough. Bake at 350° for 14 minutes. Cool on rack.

Step 6: Chop 4 squares white chocolate and microwave on high power for 20 seconds at a time. Stir until smooth. Chop 2 oz. candied ginger and stir half into melted chocolate. Fill indents of cookies with this mixture. Top with reserved ginger. Stack in bows and wrap with cellophane.

This year, I actually didn’t roll them in sugar before baking nor did I add candied ginger to the white chocolate. But they still turned out to be pretty darned amazing. There is just something about the white chocolate and sharp ginger flavor that is just plain magical.

Food Links

A sampling of the yummy things from across the web that caught my eye this week:

The Savory

Roast carrot and avocado salad { Sacramento Street }

Broccoli cheeze soup { Oh She Glows }

Stuffed potato skin shells { Healthy Tipping Point }

Roasted fennel white bean dip { Food52 }

Zesty and spicy roasted brussel sprouts and sweet potatoes { Mango Tomato }

The Sweet – one last holiday edition

Peppermint crunch truffles { Bakers Royale }

Pfeffernusse ice cream sandwiches { Eat Live Run }

Candy cane whipped cream { Signed by Tina }

Peppermint hot fudge sauce { Smiten Kitchen }

Ina Garten’s rugelach { Mint Loves Social Club }

Bon appetit!

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