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2016 Inspiration

2015 is almost over. This Friday is January 1st, which means a new year will be upon us. At the end of the year I enjoy looking back at what happened over the last 12 months - the good and bad. I like to see how I've grown, what mistakes I've learnt from, and how things have changed. From this I find inspiration for the new year. Motivation, inspiration, life lessons. I don't necessarily set goals for myself for the new year, but I do jot down ideas, dreams, and things I'd like to try during the upcoming year.

This is my list:

Baking

Baking is a huge passion of mine. I've definitely grown and become more adventurous but I have so many more ideas that I'm excited to start working on in 2016. I started a notebook a little over a month ago where I've been writing down all my ideas for treats. I'm beyond excited to start baking and decorating which is a really good thing. Though, I'll have a lot of sweets on hand, so please come over and eat some!

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My Life In Photos

I hope you had a lovely Christmas. It's crazy it's already over. December went by way too quickly. We had a great time visiting family but I cannot even describe how tired I feel from our mini Christmas vacation. December was filled with fun Christmas activities and I'm sad that it's over.
I baked whipped shortbread with maraschino cherries in the middle, which is the only way I like shortbread.


I also made fruitcake cookies for Adam since he's a big fan of them. I could do without them.


I consumed a decent amount of eggnog - plain and in coffee.


I squeezed in quite a few Christmas movies, but I had the most fun watching Home Alone and tweeting along with Rosa.


I spent a night watching Christmas movies and wrapping gifts. All of Adam's gifts got wrapped in this amazing Star Wars paper.


The cutest gingerbread Hello Kitty on my tree!

Animal Crossing: New Leaf was very festive this month. I'm so in love with the snow and colourful lights in the trees. I tried…

Christmas Day Style

Christmas is two days away and I'm feeling pretty excited about it - all the family visits, eating yummy food, exchanging gifts with Adam, stockings... it's always a fun couple of days.

Now, if I could pick out my ideal Christmas Day outfit, all of these items would top my list!
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I'm a sucker for anything Christmas-themed, so all of these clothes and accessories are pretty amazing. I'm especially fond of those gift bow earrings and ornament clutch. 
Are you ready for Christmas? I have very little left to do except try to squeeze in as much sleep as possible to prep for 3 busy days. 
I hope everyone has a safe and lovely Christmas! xo Jen

Gingerbread Decorating

A couple of weeks ago we had a nice evening in. We turned on the Christmas lights, put on Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and decorated our gingerbread house. It was a nice evening and I ended up with a great sugar high.  









We bought a smaller than normal gingerbread kit this year since we always have too many sweets during December. I was excited to find those gingerbread men gummies at the Bulk Barn to add to our house. But I can't figure out why they picked 'cookies and cream' as the flavour. Why not gingerbread?

It's insane we're now counting down the days until Christmas, and not weeks!
xo Jen

Gingerbread and Geekery

I have to share the most amazing and creative gingerbread creations I've ever seen. My fellow IGGPPC staff member, Rosa, is a whiz at gingerbread creations. Don't believe me? Take a look at some of her finished work. If you click on each title you can see more photos from these finished projects.

Hogsmeade at Christmas



Jurassic World



This Is Halloween



Crazy, right? Go and check out more of her gingerbread creations at Gingerbread Sagas.

xo Jen

My Life In Photos

December can be summarized in a few words: work, Christmas activities, kitty snuggles, Star Wars, and sleep. I guess add in 'sewing' during the first week before my last craft show. It's been a really busy month but with Christmas being my favourite holiday, I'm also finding comfort in holiday movies and activities whenever I can.

The Walking Dead captured my attention for a good chunk of the Fall and I'm sad we have to wait a couple months for it to be back on again.


I am so excited to own one of the Star Wars lipsticks from Covergirl. They pulled it from coming to Canada but I'm lucky to have some amazing U.S. friends that will send me American-only products.


Even though I already watched Love Actually this season, I'm still tempted to watch it again. 

How do you make Rice Krispie treats Christmasy? Add sprinkles!



Kitties snuggling bum to bum. They haven't snuggled together in a while but our basement is cold so when it happens, it's down there.


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Gingerbread Biscotti

I decided my next ginger/molasses recipe would be a biscotti. Adam had been requesting some lately and I thought the white chocolate chips would add a nice bit of sweetness to them. Oh, was I ever right! These are by far my favourite biscotti I've ever made. I ended up making adjustments to a recipe I had used before and I will definitely be making this recipe again throughout the year and not just during the Christmas holidays.

Gingerbread Biscotti:
2 cups and 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
7 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons molasses
1 cup white chocolate chips


Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease baking sheet.
2. Mix together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg in a large bowl.
3. In a different bowl, whisk together sugars, butter, eggs,…

What I'm Loving Now

So Christmas is less than two weeks away which is kind of crazy. I'm feeling the last minute stress to get things done on time - wrapping gifts, filling out Christmas cards, squeezing in as much baking as I can.

Star Wars

Not only do I have a big Christmas to-do list, but I also gave myself a to-watch list this month as well. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, comes out next week so we decided to rewatch all of the other Star Wars movies. We watched Episodes 1-3 over the last couple of weeks. I never realized how whiny and annoying Anakin is. But Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi definitely makes up for the creepiness of Anakin. Last night we watched 'A New Hope' and will be fitting in the last two movies during the upcoming week. I'm sure there's other households feeling the normal Christmas stress and excitement but also itching to finally see The Force Awakens. It's pulling my emotions and excitement in different directions!

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Comic Book Fandoms Gift Guide

I read a wide variety of comic books, but all the X-Men comic book series top my favourites list. However, I am loving some other titles and characters - DC Bombshells, Catwoman, Star Wars, and Spider-Gwen just to name a few.

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I'm particularly fond of the Star Wars Jedi Cowl Dress, the R2-D2 teapot, and the X-Men cardigan. But all of these items are amazing. I still need a calendar for 2016 so I may have to look for the DC Bombshells one.

What would be on your comic book fandom wish list?
xo Jen

My Favourite Christmas Traditions

Every December there are a few things that I just have to squeeze in because they've become Christmas traditions. Some of these things are done with my family, some just with Adam, and some things are just for me. 
1. Decorate a gingerbread house Ever since I started dating Adam, we build and decorate a gingerbread house every December. One year we waited very last minute to buy a gingerbread house kit and we couldn't find one anywhere. One of us did end up finding a gingerbread house kit and the other brought home a gingerbread train kit. Needless to say, we built and decorated both. Now we always pick up our kit as soon as they show up in stores and then buy extra candy closer to our decorating date. 
Not one of ours sadly, but it's too cute!
2. Watch as many Christmas movies as possible As soon as November 1st hits, I allow myself to watch whatever Christmas movie I want. This includes Elf, Love Actually, Bridget Jones's Diary, Christmas Vacation, Rudolph the Red Nosed…

Cat Lady Gift Guide

It's no secret that I'm a cat lady. I have two furbabies that I love more than I thought possible. Being a cat lady is like being apart of some not-so-secret club. If you meet a fellow cat lady it's like you're instant BFFs. You tell stories about your cats; the cute stories and the ones where your cat is being a total jerk. The reality is, once you're a cat lady, you're one for life.

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I want to expand on gift idea #6 - the orange collar. You might have seen the 'Kitty Convict' ads pop up on your social media. This is the idea over at Exploding Kittens. It's to help identify indoor cats when they've escaped. Since both of my cats are indoor cats, I stress about them getting out of the house all the time. They're way too interested in sniffing the screen door when it's the only thing blocking them from the outside world. The idea of the orange collar with a tag saying they're a kitty convict just might help ease my mind when o…

Gingerbread Cupcakes

I've been on a ginger recipe kick since I purchased a container of molasses recently. I had my parents up to visit a couple of weeks ago so I thought gingerbread cupcakes would be a fun and festive treat to make.

As usual, I manipulated a boxed cake mix for this recipe. It was super easy and the cupcakes, even without frosting, are so moist and yummy! I feel like if I threw some chocolate chips in the batter, it'd be a tasty muffin.


Gingerbread Cupcakes:
1 box of yellow or golden cake mix
1 cup water
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (or oil if you like)
1/4 cup molasses
3 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg


Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place cupcake liners in your muffin tray.
2. Mix all your ingredients together in a mixing bowl using a hand mixer. Mix for approximately 2 minutes.
3. Using a spoon or ladle, add cupcake batter to cupcake liners. Fill liners approximately 3/4 full.
4. Bake for 20 min…