Holiday Sweets

I hate to admit this, but I’m not much of a sweet tooth. I know, I know, patronize me now. But it’s true, I’m a girl of the savory world. However, when it comes to the holidays I can’t help but think about sweet treats! Check out some of these amazing and irresistible desserts.

Photos: Food Network

Get these recipes!
1. German Chocolate Cake with Coconut-Pecan Cajeta Frosting
2. White Chocolate Cherry Chunky Cookies
3. Chocolate Truffles
4. Cherry-Walnut Gelatin

Tips for the Holiday Shopper

Black Friday is over, which by the way was a complete nightmare for me. It was a battlefield out there from getting in and getting out. Talk about survival of the fittest! So now that there’s 23 days left to go holiday shopping, one has to strategically plan on how to get everyone l

eft on their checklist. Here are a few tips I’ve come up with to help me for this year’s shopping madness:

  1. BUDGET: Always have a budget whenever you go out to shop, and if it helps…only carry cash! Keep track of the money that goes in and out. Try as much as possible to not use any credit cards because all you dois keep swiping and swiping away (Yes, yes. I’m guilty of this too).
  2. DEALS: Be careful of “sales-lines” and deals such as “This is our last one in stock!” “Buy 2, get 1 half off” “Last one left in your size!” Be smart! Retailers will say anything to get you to buy. Only buy if it’s really worth it.
  3. 3. SPONTANEITY: This is something I really need to follow: NO SPONTANEOUS SHOPPING! This kind of shopping will ruin you! When it comes to spontaneous shopping, you’re probably buying for yourself, and you’re probably spending more than you should. RESIST. Plan your days and times of when and where you’re going to shop. No quickly swerving into the parking lot if you see a sign outside the store!
  4. RETURNS: As much as possible, try not to keep returning or exchanging things you bought. Being indecisive will make you spend more than needed. (Even if you’re returning, trust me. You’ll spend more once you get that money back). This also goes with keeping your stores to a minimum. No need to drive everywhere to different malls and outlets. Gasoline ain’t cheap!
  5. LIST: It’s super smart and helpful to keep a list of what and for whom you need to buy gifts for. And don’t make it a mental list! Actually write it down or put it into a memo on your phone, and either put yourself on thelist as last or not at all. Shop for others first! (:

Hope this was somewhat helpful for you holiday shoppers. No need to hurt that wallet. (;

Happy safe shopping everyone!

I Can’t Help but be Thankful

There is so much that I have to be thankful for this year, I don’t even know where to start. From our wedding, to our beautiful honeymoon vacation to Hawaii, to making new friends, starting our new business, realizing what I’m passionate about, and making a conscious decision to not only dream but make those dreams happen. I’ve changed so much, I’ve grown so much. And I’m so happy that the good Lord has led me through this journey.

 

Most of all, I’m thankful this year for the wonderful people in my life. My family/friends (new and old) and my husband. If I take anything from this year, I definitely learned that I can’t do this alone. I need help, I always need help. And when I think I don’t need it, turns out I really do. Those people that came to my aid, I’m so grateful for you. Please know that I will always be here to lend a helping hand when you need it just like you have done for me. There is no “debt to be repaid” or “I owe you one.” More of an “anytime, anywhere” for you all.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. May you all enjoy what remains of 2011 and remember what really matters most this season.

Love,
Kissa