[Holiday Survival Video] Bring Your Own

Today's Holiday Survival video is a personal favorite of mine as it brings you straight into the lion's den of all things food.  That's right....the kitchen!  For those of you afraid of the "k" word, don't be.  It's actually a very lovely place where tasty things happen.  There is even a warming device in this cozy room called an oven, which makes it a particularly nice place to be on cold winter nights :) How can bringing your own dish save you this holiday season?  Click play to find out.

After watching the video, I'd love to hear your thoughts below.  In particular:

1)  How does bringing your OWN dish help you? 2)  What is your very favorite party-pleasing dish to share?

Know your friends would love this tasty tip?  Pass it on with today's TWEETABLE.

If you are now racking your brain trying to think of what to bring to your holiday shin-dig, don't worry.  I've got your covered with my How to Savor the Holidays while Saving your Waistline and your Sanity cookbook.

If I was stranded on a desert island and could only bring one holiday cookbook, this is absolutely the one I would bring.  (Not sure why I would need a cookbook in such a situation, but you get the point.)  Each chapter is divided into the different emotions we feel during the holidays and then provides the ideal recipe as a tasty tonic.  

If you've ever been stressed, exhausted, peeved, worried, worn-out or simply in need of a sweet, guilt-free treat, this digital cookbook is for you.  It's also a brilliant holiday gift and makes you look very green and technologically advanced.  Always nice.

Much love and I'll see you next week for my fifth tasty tip on surviving the holidays.

P.S.  Since I love sharing recipes with ya'll, here's my all time favorite gingerbread cookie recipe.  They are sweet, spicy and perfect for any occasion.

Gingerbread Cookies

Makes 2 dozen cookies

1 stick organic butter

½ cup unrefined, unbleached can sugar or maple syrup

2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 ½ cups whole wheat pastry flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon baking powder

1 ½ teaspoons ground ginger

1 ½ teaspoons ground cloves

½ teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch of sea salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  In a small sauce pan melt the butter and add in the sugar and molasses.  Stir well to combine and set aside.

In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, ginger, cloves, cinnamon and salt.  Mix well to make sure there are no stray chunks.  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined.

Scoop out about 1 tablespoon of batter and place onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet.  Repeat until the batter is gone.  Bake for 10 minutes then rotate the cookie sheet a half turn.  Bake for another 3 minutes or until the cookies are golden around the edges.   Let them cool completely on the cookie sheet before shoving them into your mouth.  This part will be tough.

Big love coming your way!

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