Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad

This shredded Brussels sprout salad from What’s Gaby Cooking is giving me life this month! It’s the perfect green addition to the holiday cheese board and cookie mix. This salad has all of my favorites…pomegranate seeds, candied walnuts, parmesan, and plenty of crunchy shredded Brussels. Hunter actually said “this is the best salad I’ve ever had,” so it must be that good or I just need to make more weeknight salads.

Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad

The perfect salad for all of your holiday festivities!

Also worth mentioning – I shredded these Brussels sprouts in this Cuisinart food processor, using the slicing/shredding attachment. I will never go back. Hand slicing these on a mandolin or with a knife sound so time-consuming now. Also it’s currently on sale, so go grab one for your foodie friend or yourself!

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Shopping List: CultureMap Holiday Pop-Up

December snuck up on me this year! I can’t believe the holidays are almost here, but the Christmas tree is up in our first home and I’m ready to cover the floor around it with PRESENTS! I always love to shop local and share a little bit of Dallas with my friends and family, so I’ve made it a bit of a tradition to attend the CultureMap Holiday Pop-Up Shop (see last year’s post here!). It’s a great way to grab last-minute gifts from local holiday vendors!

Adeline Velvet Dress

Velvet dress by Adeline

G and I figured the pop-up would be the perfect time to do a little holiday Shopping List as well, so in this post you’re getting outfit details and an event recap! Lucky you! Adeline has SO many cute and cozy holiday outfits right now, but this velvet dress was a perfect fit. I also picked up a few (currently top secret) gifts while I was at it. Adeline is your spot for all the clothing, jewelry and shoe-lovers you’re shopping for! And not kidding, I got like 10+ compliments on this dress on Sunday alone. So it’s a winner!

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Blondies

Snickerdoodle Blondies

Merry Christmas Eve Eve! I’m coming to you live from I-35, and our car is full of these delicious snickerdoodle blondie brownies for our families. I highly recommend you consider making these treats as a pre-Christmas activity! You won’t regret it.

Blondies

YUM!

This recipe is from What’s Gaby Cooking, and as soon as I saw it, I knew we would have to make these for Christmas. They’re cinnamon-y, sugary, and they don’t require a ton of ingredients. In fact, for the first time ever, I only had to pick up one ingredient to bake something (eggs)! That is a major win.

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10 Last Minute Gifts to Buy 10 Days Before Christmas

It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but let’s not kid ourselves by saying it’s stress free. Every year, I tell myself I will start Christmas shopping earlier. Every year, I tell myself I will avoid the mall and buy all of my gifts online. And every year, I inevitably end up at the mall with all of the holiday shoppers asking myself where things went wrong.

So to help you out this holiday season, here are 10 items that you can easily write down, pick up (or ship – Hi, Amazon) just in time for Christmas. There’s something on this list for everyone – your foodie friend, your man friend, your friend that really loves pizza. Links below for easy shopping!

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Last Minute Holiday Stocking Stuffers

I love shopping for any reason, but this time of year allows me to really let my retail prowess shine.

The art of gift giving is multifaceted and includes many steps. To name a few:

  1. Purchase gift perfectly suited to recipient’s tastes and personality. This part is arguably the most enjoyable…feel free to snag a few items for yourself too, especially if you went to the mall because you deserve a reward.
  2. Wrap said gift in your choice of fabulous seasonal paper, ribbon, etc.  (I’m coming for you Container Store Gift Wrap Wonderland.) If your place of residence doesn’t begin to look like Santa’s Workshop during the weeks leading up to Christmas, you’re doing it wrong.
  3. Generate excitement from recipient by bringing up gift as much as possible (obviously you want the recipient to be as excited as you are that you’ve found the perfect gift for their lifestyle.) Hopefully they got you something amazing too but that really isn’t what this is all about.
  4. Pour yourself a glass of mulled wine and watch your friends and family delight at the thought, care and excellent wrapping craftsmanship you’ve put into gift giving this year.

However, when we find ourselves at this point in the holiday season, sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day to spend at the mall or elsewhere making dreams come true. That’s why I’ve compiled this handy guide of last minute holiday stocking stuffers – or should I say stocking stars…

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CultureMap Holiday Pop-up Shop Favorites

Even with allergies in full effect, there’s one holiday shopping tradition in Dallas that I simply refused to miss out on.

While some enjoy the crowds at NorthPark and the Galleria (and I too will undoubtedly join the masses in crossing off the finishing touches on my Christmas list in the upcoming weeks) the CultureMap Holiday Pop-up Shop provides an ideal one stop shop for local gift giving, complete with prosecco, valet, sweet treats and a wrapping station to round out the experience.

Neighborhood, Jack Mason, Bullzerk, Celebrity Cafe & BakeryJoy Macarons and Dallas Museum of Art are just a few of the vendors that showcased their curated holiday gift selections to eager shoppers on December 6. Pictures with Santa were also available on-site, although I couldn’t convince Hunter to participate in that particular tradition (maybe next year…)

Here are just a few of my favorites:

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