Hello from Holiday Vacation-land… aka, my parents house where Jack and I have been spending the week. We flew in just in time to have a white Christmas before the snow melted. Other than spending time with family, we’ve been spending time in the house because we’re really not winter people. I binge-watched Shirley temple movies, Jack fixed my parents computer. We’ve been eating my mom’s christmas cookies and I’ve been working on a few new recipes – spending time in front of the stove is the best way to stay warm around here! All in all, it’s been a much needed relaxing week.
We’re heading home tomorrow to spend New Years Eve with friends and I’m excited to make this cocktail.
We often mix kombucha into our cocktails, but it didn’t occur to me until now to use it in a Moscow Mule in place of the ginger beer! This cocktail couldn’t be easier to put together – it’s just a splash of vodka, kombucha, and a squeeze of orange. For garnish I added cranberries and a sprig of rosemary.
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend!
Christmas came a little early for us – a few months ago “Santa Amazon” sent us an Amazon Echo and my techy husband Jack could not have been more excited. While he was playing around with its features, he decided that it would be neat if it could read our recipes aloud. So he got to work and here it is: a Love & Lemons skill where you can search and cook our recipes while Alexa reads the ingredients and instructions OUT LOUD. It’s really handy because it’ll keep your phone screen from getting messy while you’re trying to follow a recipe.
So if you found an Echo under your tree this year and want to play around with our new feature, just say “Alexa, enable the Love & Lemons Skill” to get started.
After that say “Ask Love & Lemons for a carrot recipe” or “Ask Love & Lemons for recent recipes” (or whatever kind of recipe you’re looking for) and she’ll read you the ingredients and the instructions step by step.
Here’s a little video demo of how it works – we posted this on Instagram Stories last week. Sorry for the janky quality – remember, it’s an un-edited Instagram Story video. I made this simple carrot soup to show you how it works:
Let us know if you give it a try!
And if you don’t have an Echo, the carrot soup recipe is below. It’s one of my favorites especially after a week of indulgent holiday eating. It’s simply flavored with garlic and a punch of ginger. I love to serve it with a scoop of Carrot Top Pesto (recipe also below).
Happy Christmas Eve!
For this post, I had originally planned to do a cinnamon roll recipe to recreate all of my warm and cozy Christmas morning memories. Obviously – I didn’t get to it. Plan B was to make a cinnamon roll smoothie – all of the goodness of cinnamon rolls but in a healthier format. But then I realized, who am I kidding? A smoothie will never be a cinnamon roll, so instead, I’m sharing the yummy coffee-spiked smoothie that we’ve been making all week and really enjoying. It’s creamy and filling and it won’t leave you with that carb/sugar overload feeling. What it will leave you with is more energy for opening presents and it’ll make you feel better about having a cocktail and a few cookies later in the day!
Happy Holidays, friends & Smoothie Cheers!
And the countdown begins! As a kid, Christmas morning was always the absolute BEST part of the year. For the special morning my family celebrated with one of 2 breakfast rituals – a can of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls or a box of Entenmann’s chocolate doughnuts. We loved it all – although my sister and I could honestly care less about the food because the morning was all about waking up and waiting sooooo patiently for my parents to get their coffee before we could start opening presents.
The recipe suggestions here are a little more homemade, but hey no judgement if you have a soft spot for soft canned cinnamon rolls :). Click directly on the photos to go to each recipe.
Pictured above: Cacao Nib Strawberry Vegan Waffles – these can be made ahead, frozen and popped into the toaster or toaster oven. Feel free to switch the cacao nibs for chocolate chips, blueberries or whatever filling your family likes.
If you’re a parent, you’ll need your coffee but you’re gonna want to make it quick. Make this Homemade Vanilla Hazelnut Milk the day before – chill it overnight and then pour yourself the most decadent holiday morning latte.
For something slightly sweet and nicely spiced, try these Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins.
Or on a savory note, this Spring Onion Frittata:
… or there’s always one of the most popular recipes on this site, Vegan French Toast (or here’s a non-vegan version or a nutella stuffed version if you’re feeling extra indulgent):
One of my new favorites, this Blueberry Coconut Baked Oatmeal is great for brunch.
On a super cold holiday morning try this superfood Maca Cacao Hot Chocolate:
Holiday or not, I love a toasted slice of this super seedy Pumpkin Cranberry Nut Seed Loaf. It keeps for a few days in the fridge and it also freezes well.
Since it’s the holidays let’s celebrate! These Apple Mimosas are simple twist on the classic and they’re always a hit at brunch:
It’s Christmas week! Yay!
So… we still haven’t put up that tree, but I’ve been doing a whole bunch of baking to make up for it (for Christmas and also for other upcoming holidays).
These cookies are so good that I’ve made them quite a few times this month. We (ahem, Jack) kept eating them before actually getting around to taking photos of them. Since no one needs a January gingerbread cookie, we made them again this past weekend. Better late than never! Here we go – these spicy little guys are ready to share:
The cookies are naturally sweetened with coconut sugar and molasses which makes them sweet but not too sweet. They’re spiced with ginger, cinnamon and (a surprise spice) cardamom, which gives a nice warm flavor. I mixed in a little almond butter, which makes these so delicious that I couldn’t stop eating little pieces of the dough while I was mixing it together.
You could definitely decorate these if you like – I took a more minimal approach because these are really tasty on their own, and also my decorating skills aren’t really so hot. (Remember these?)
Make these cookies into your favorite cut-out shapes, OR take the easy (but still very delicious) way out and roll them into balls to make soft, chewy ginger cookies like these: