Recipe For My Favorite Christmas Cookies Ever| Collab with Kavichick 2000

Hey lovelies!
Hope you’re all well and getting into the Christmas spirit! I sure am, which is why today’s post is another Christmas inspired one. Yay! This is not only exciting because I’m sharing the recipe of my favorite Christmas cookies ever but also because it’s my first ever collaboration post as I’m collaborating with the lovely Kavi! Kavi is not only one of my favorite bloggers ever but we’ve become pretty good blogging pals as well, so I’m really excited to be collaborating with her. We both absolutely love Christmas, so we thought it’d be a fun idea to share some of our favorite Christmas recipes! Now over here on my blog you can find the recipe for some very yummy and really pretty Christmas cookies and you can find an amazing recipe for a festive drink over on Kavi’s blog.

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The cookies are really easy to make and so delicious, so let’s get started.

What you need:

300g/1cup flour
100g/0.5cups sugar
1 egg
A pinch of bourbon vanilla
200g/0.8cups butter
Finely shredded lemon peel
Your favorite flavor of jam
Confectioner’s sugar

First off preheat the oven to 180°degrees Celsius/356°Fahrenheit. To make the dough you basically just mix together flour, sugar and butter. Then add an egg, the lemon peel and a bit of bourbon vanilla. Make sure to really knead the dough thoroughly and once it’s kneaded enough put it away in the fridge for an hour.

After waiting for an hour take the dough out of the fridge, get a rolling pin and roll out the dough until it’s about an inch thick. Now take any shaped cutter you wish and cut out the cookies. I’ve used circle, heart and star shaped cutters. Make sure you have them in different sizes!

Now put the cookies in the oven for around 12 minutes.
When they’re done take them out of the oven and let them cool down a bit. Once they’ve cooled off take a spoon and some jam (I used strawberry as it is my favorite flavor) and use that to stick the different shaped cookies together. Once you’re finished with that sprinkle some confectioner’s sugar over the cookies and you’re done. They should look something like this:

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We’ve been making these cookies in my family every since I can remember and they’re one of my absolute favorites! Now head on over to Kavichick 2000 for an incredibly delicious DIY Nutella Chai Latte!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and good luck if you decide to give this recipe a go.

XX

Sophie

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Banana Chocolate Chip Bread Recipe

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I’ve always had a secret passion for baking. When I was little being allowed to help my grandma bake was like the biggest thing for me. We still have a bunch of pictures of mini me baking or more like me making a mess. I don’t know what it is about baking. Maybe it’s the way you can put a smile on peoples faces just by mixing together a bunch of ingredients to create a delicious baked goodie. Maybe it’s how even though most of my relatives live pretty far away baking Christmas cookies in December would always reunite everyone when I was still a kid. We’d meet up with my grandparents and my great cousins and just spent an entire day baking. Those were the best times.

Nowadays I still love to bake but unfortunately I don’t have much time and whenever I’m at Uni I don’t really have much ingredients either. Therefore I love to use the chance of being able to bake whenever I’m home. One of my favorite things to bake is Banana Chocolate Chip Bread. I love bananas and I love chocolate. Simple as that.

After trying a piece  of banana bread at some garden party I’ve googled a bunch oo recipes ad tried them out. Each time I made banana bread I’ve changed up the recipe and added some of my own ingredients. Now I’ve finally created a recipe, which I’m sticking to because I like my banana bread best this way.

Here’s what you need:

2 cups/ 250g flour
1 teaspoon backing soda
1/2 cup/ 115g butter
3/4 cup/ 110g brown sugar
2 eggs
2 bananas
2 tablespoons of yoghurt
Chocolate chunks
Cinnamon
Cloves
Nutmeg
Salt
Milk

1. Preheat oven to 350 degreez Fahrenheit or 175 degress Celsius
2. Start of by mixingthe flour, baking soda, butter and a pinchof salt.
3. Add sugar, eggs, yoghurt and a tiny bit of milk. You don’t have to add yoghurt but I do because it makes the bread so much lighter and fluffier if you know what I mean.
4. Mash up bananas and add the choclate chip chunks.
5.This step you can skip if you like but I love to add some spices to my banana bread to well spice it uo a little. So what I do is I add a pinch of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. I’ve been experimenting with on this part but I decided that these spices go best with th rest of the recipe. I just told you my secret ingredients so shhhh
6. Bake for about 40min.

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Idgie wants a piece as well!

This is an easy and quick recipe, so if you have a thing for bananas and choclate you need to make this!
Happy Monday!
-Sophie

DIY: Ocean Themed Costume

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I have finally finished my costume! After hours of sewing, gluing and discussing my mom and I have finally finished it. I’m so thankful for her help because I could have never done it by myself. In case you’re wondering how we did it it’s really very easy. We went shopping and bought a plain blue dress, some pearls, a fisher’s net, little fish and, starfish and shells. My mom then sewed the green and white pearls as well as the fisher’s net on to the dress. Then we simply glued everything else on to the net and that’s it already. Here’s how it turned out.

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When we went shopping for the dress we found this adorable fish purse.

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I also created this headband. I just bought a sparkly headband and glued some shells and a starfish on it.

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Now that my costume is finally done and I’m really pleased with how it turned out, I’m actually starting to look forward to be in the parade tomorrow. It’ll be my first time in years. The last time I’ve walked in a Carnival Parade was in kindergarten, I believe. Thanks to my friends who pretty much forced me to come with them I’m going to do it again. It should be fun though. At least I hope so.

What do you think of my costume? Can you recognise the ocean theme?

Have a lovely weekend! XX