731. Christmas Part 1

chocolate picture frame Nadege
Merry Christmas!! It is now Dec 23 as I make this post. I'm quite behind on my blog (as usual) so this is just part 1 of everything since we returned on vacation about a month ago. Christmas came so fast this year. I can't believe it's already two days away. I usually like Christmas Eve more though. Last year we spent the holidays in Iceland, Spain and the Netherlands. It feels like just a few months ago still. Also it's crazy to think that 2020 is just around the corner. The years are flying by way too fast..!!

In the photo above is an all-chocolate frame that I got from Nadege. It's one of the stores I visit every single Christmas without fail. The other one is Williams Sonoma. I love their holiday products!

Williams Sonoma hot chocolate
This is hot chocolate from Williams Sonoma. Our annual tradition.

Distillery Christmas Market
Visiting the Christmas Market at the Distillery a few weeks ago..when Christmas was still 19 days away hahah.

Distillery Christmas Market
Distillery Christmas Market
Distillery Christmas Market
leftbanked outfit
Holiday sequins + Moon Boots

Cluny Bistro
Cluny coconut dessert
Kitchenaid Mixer dough
I got a Kitchenaid Mixer from my mom and sister for Christmas. I've been wanting one for soooo long. They gave it to me early so since then I've been baking a lot of bread. I mainly wanted one for bread-making since it comes with a dough hook, and making bread is too difficult for me by hand. We've been experimenting with different breads and making more than we can eat. It's a lot of fun to use.

I attempted pretzels..as you can see, I got lazy with shaping them lol. They tasted pretty good though but just wasn't as soft as I would like. I will try again soon!

tangzhong milk buns
Hokkaido milk buns. We've made these a lot.

matcha shortbread cookies
Delicious matcha cookies. We've made these a lot in the past already though.

matcha bread
Also matcha milk buns. They look nice but you can barely taste the matcha.

The Keg Mansion Christmas
Family dinner a couple weeks ago at The Keg Mansion.

The Keg dinner
Stiff Mary Roach
I've been reading and buying a LOT of books these days (I lost count but I got at least 15 new books within the last month and a half). I'm in a reading phase suddenly and I don't even remember how it started. Here is one of the books I'm currently reading (Stiff by Mary Roach). It's super interesting so far and probably one of my favourite books I've ever read. It's quite an unusual topic though. It talks about cadavers and their uses when people donate their body to science after death. The author is really funny so it's not dark or anything like that.

Commerce Court Christmas tree
Dineen Commerce Court
Flatiron Building Toronto
Berckzy Park winter
Terroni pasta
Christmas presents
For Christmas this year, I decided to do a "10 Days of Christmas" gift-giving for my boyfriend. Kind of inspired by the song 12 Days of Christmas (but I was too late on doing 12 days). A random mix of small items, bonus items and some not so small. For the Star Wars movie premiere last week, I decided to give a themed one:

pondtrooper star wars rubber duck
commerce court snow


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