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Mini Avocado Toasts

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While I will likely never reach the brunch heights effortlessly pulled off by my talented friends (check this birthday brunch spread that Lisa threw–complete with an utterly gorgeous crepe cake, personalized name tags and a gorgeous holiday tablescape!–or this mimosa bar by Erin!)…I enjoy them to the fullest extent.

img_9174img_9177img_9182Erin made these incredible mini avocado toast bites at a brunch hosted in her light-drenched loft–they were the perfect things to stave off hanger since I ran in late and made everyone wait for another 20 minutes for my eggs to bake–but also so incredibly easy to make and also totally festive!! It’s literally mini avocado toast. Smash avocado on crackers (specifically Mary’s Gone Cracker’s Everything flavor because that garlic/onion/seed combination is majorly tasty), salt and pepper, add cheese and then sprinkle on ALL THE POMEGRANATE ARILS! Instant holiday cheer like there’s no tomorrow!

img_9195img_9205img_9203Speaking of which, I am heading back to California VERY SOON to hang out with my family for the holidays! I’ve taken on the task of creating the family holiday card these days and went with Tiny Prints again this year for our card. I am SO excited to send these out–I love their tri-fold “year-in-review”-style cards because it meshes the styles of the photo card we used to send out with the newsletter we also used to send. If you still need holiday cards, I can’t recommend Tiny Prints enough. Their customer service is extraordinary and your card is pretty much guaranteed to look magazine-worthy!

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This may be the healthiest holiday recipe I’ve ever posted and I will keep singing its praises even through the cookie currently in my mouth.

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Vegan Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Getting out of bed was soooo hard today.

Vegan Spinach & Artichoke Dip // The Pancake Princess

It’s getting down into the 30s and 40s (Houston, WHAT??), so I doubled up on my comforters and wore sweats to bed and now I remember why I slept with two comforters all through high school. My favorite thing ever is getting under a heavy layer of blankets before going to sleep. So this morning I woke up all snug and comfy and my alarm was the only downside.

Vegan Spinach & Artichoke Dip // The Pancake Princess

On the other hand, I’m not complaining about the cold since I can now look for excuses to turn on the oven. Warm kitchen + baking = winter upside.

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Baked Brie (with homemade pie crust!)

And now for something truly fatty…

Baked Brie // The Pancake Princess

I signed up to bring an appetizer to my office’s holiday gathering. Two days ago, I fretted over what to bring as my friend and I raided the dairy fridge at Costco. “I was thinking baked brie, but…” My sentence trailed off, the silence longingly filled with suggestions of healthier, less gut-bomb-ish food.

“Oh, everyone loves baked brie,” Shelby said with assurance. And since I’m easily swayed and a 13.5 wheel of brie at Costco is only around $8, I went with it.

Baked Brie // The Pancake Princess

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