You may never fill your rugelach with jam again once you try these cinnamon brickle rugelach, which are stuffed with salted caramel and a layer of nutty cinnamon brickle crumble.

Cinnamon Brickle Rugelach

 

In case you’ve ever wondered what kind of hostess I am, let me inform you:

the hair disheveled,

covered in flour,

still rolling cookies five minutes after her guests were supposed to arrive,

praying that they’re all an hour late kind.

And it’s only gotten worse since Miss Remy arrived on the scene.

Much worse.

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Make a peppermint mousse black bottom pie this holiday season and taste all of your holiday flavor dreams coming true! 

Peppermint Mousse Black Bottom Pie

I just clicked purchase on a five pound bag of chocolate from Amazon and wrote a Christmas grocery list that included an ugly/absurd amount of butter.

Plus I have two sweet recipes comin’ atcha this week that are not even included in that mix and are already 100% in my belly.

And how is your holiday planning going?!

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Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plans- weekly recipes with prep ahead tips, vegan/GF substitutions, and a color-coded shopping list!

One more week! One more week!

I’ve got my Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menus planned and, guys – SO MUCH BUTTER. I don’t believe in cleanses, but maybe I’ll do one come January 1st. Probably not because I still need breastfeeding calories, but it’s a nice thought. Either way, you can look forward to a whole lot of hearty salads and feel good soups in the new year. Plus pasta, because I’m only human.

Knowing that starting next weekend your food groups are going to consist of mainly cookies, cakes, and pies, this week’s healthy vegetarian meal plan is full of extra good for you meals! Baked sweet potatoes loaded with beans and topped with a spicy cashew-based cream sauce, a gluten free hash made with spiralized veggies, an Asian kale power salad, the most totally green ramen I’ve ever seen, and a soup that’ll stick to your soul but not to your thighs. Happy eating!

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Served as either an appetizer or a light first course, this roasted apple, shallot, and goat cheese tart is rife with sweet and savory flavor with a hint of Middle Eastern seasoning. Perfect for holiday eating!

Roasted Apple, Shallot, and Goat Cheese Tart

I’m gearing up for this weekend, both mentally and physically.

We’re hosting our annual Ugly Christmas Sweater party on Saturday, followed by what should be a day of rest on Sunday but is looking to be more like a day of profound anxiety.

Because….I AM LEAVING REMY OVERNIGHT.

FOR THE FIRST TIME!

Hold me.

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Make the holidays extra decadent with this white chocolate pistachio cheesecake encased in a buttery chocolate cookie crust.
White Chocolate Pistachio Cheesecake

Everyone’s all PEPPERMINT CHOCOLATE this

and GINGERBREAD that

and EGGNOG all the things.

And I’m over here like white chocolate pistachio, y’all.

It’s where this holiday season is at.

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Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plans- weekly recipes with prep ahead tips, vegan/GF substitutions, and a color-coded shopping list!

Oh, hey!

You guys, I need workout advice. Or motivation? Or something?

I think I can count on both hands the number of workouts I’ve done since Remy was born…SAD. And it’s not for lack of trying! First, I joined ClassPass, which basically gives you access to most classes in the city, but you have to sign up ahead of time and you pay for a set number of classes each month. A lot of the classes are at boutique gyms, so you definitely get a discount but it’s not the kind of thing where you can go any time, as much as you want. The benefit to it is that there is such a wide variety of class offerings that I can pretty much decide twenty minutes before a class starts that I want to go and book it, in contrast to the regular gym I used to belong to where there was almost never a class available at the (random) times I was free.

THEN, I joined Daily Burn, which is (a) really cheap and (b) online, so I can work out from home. Definite benefits to both of those things. There’s also a new workout every day and the workouts are only 30 minutes. BUT working out from home just doesn’t have the same fun aspect of actually leaving my apartment and speaking to other humans above the age of 7 months.

So now instead of doing anything, I’m just lazy and do nothing and eat ice cream every night. HELP. What kind of workouts are you guys into right now??

The eating aspect of healthy living (ice cream notwithstanding) has not been as hard as the exercising part, especially because of all the inspiration I get from our weekly healthy vegetarian meal plans! There are lots of gems this week, including my FAVORITE vegetarian lentil bolognese (you won’t miss the meat, I swear!), a one pot chickpea tikka masala, spaghetti squash with a truly luxurious vegan cream sauce, sweet potatoes loaded with all of my favorite tex mex flavors, and the most gorgeously hued beet burgers that I’ve ever seen. Happy eating!

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