What’s Poppin’

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is in a little over a week! Despite the craziness, Christmas time is my favorite time of the year, so the fact that it’s quickly approaching is both happy and bittersweet. Ben has been sick for over a week and E had it too, so I’m praying we’re healthy for Christmas.

We just celebrated N’s birthday (a little early) with family and it was such a wonderful time together. He’s an incredibly happy-go-lucky, kind-hearted boy and I’m so blessed to be his mom. I just can’t believe he’s FIVE. Someone slow down time for me?

As a side note, the picture above is him blowing out his candles. That’s probably obvious. What might not be obvious is my decision to make simple cakes. I used to do fancy cakes and piped frosting on cupcakes for every birthday, but for the past few years I’ve done a simple 9×13 cake and I’ve let the kids go crazy decorating it with sprinkles.

They love doing it, I love not stressing out over baking a fancy cake, and it tastes exactly the same to guests. I focus my energy on making more delicious food and making my kids happy. Talk about a win-win, right?

Now, here’s what’s poppin’…

Latest and Greatest on Rachel Cooks: 

Currently binging on Netflix: Gossip Girl. I know, I’m 5 years behind per usual. I can’t get enough of the drama, though.

Gift idea: I love this chic but not too girly bluetooth speaker! I think it’s destined for our basement when the remodel is finished.

Randomly came to my mind: Don’t you think POGS should make a comeback? I think some old school fun would be good for our kiddos.

Making me laugh way too hard: This print.

Gift idea for the girl that has everything: I love this cute mug!

Around the web – perfect holiday recipes!

Probably smells amazing: This candle is one of my favorite smells, I bet it’s amazing!

Discovered you are all Friends fans: When I found out how much you all loved this print, I knew I had to share this fun one with you too.

Popcorn Recipe to try: Cinnamon Christmas Popcorn

 

Full of warm spices, these Chai French Toast Skewers are a fun take on French toast that can even be made ahead! They're a must-make for your next brunch! Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com!

Chai French Toast Skewers – can be made ahead!

Full of warm spices, these Chai French Toast Skewers are a fun take on French toast that can even be made ahead! They’re a must-make for your next brunch! Christmas morning brunch just got...

When you bite into crispy Roasted Parmesan Broccoli you'll feel like you're eating a treat, not something packed with healthy nutrients! It's going to become a fast favorite. Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com!

Roasted Parmesan Broccoli Recipe – Easy!

When you bite into crispy Roasted Parmesan Broccoli you’ll feel like you’re eating a treat, not something packed with healthy nutrients! It’s going to become a fast favorite. Ben and I recently binged watched...

Perfect for both gift giving and parties, this bourbon caramel sauce will become an instant favorite of anyone who tries it! Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com!

Bourbon Caramel Sauce Recipe

Perfect for both gift giving and parties, this bourbon caramel sauce will become an instant favorite of anyone who tries it!  Thick and sweet, creamy and bourbon-y, this caramel is already calling your name,...

This gingerbread butter recipe will transform any pancake, waffle, or slice of toast into a festive holiday treat! And it's SO easy to make! Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com

Gingerbread Butter Recipe – Perfect for the Holidays!

This gingerbread butter recipe will transform any pancake, waffle, or slice of toast into a festive holiday treat! And it’s SO easy to make! The holidays are right around the corner, which is insane!...

What’s Poppin’

If you watch my Instagram stories, you probably saw that we put our tree up the day after Thanksgiving. One of my favorite things about the holiday season is turning on the Christmas tree...

Roasted whole carrots not only offer a stunningly gorgeous presentation, but also come with the bonus that you don't need to chop anything! Get the easy method on RachelCooks.com!

How to Make Roasted Whole Carrots – Easy Method

Roasted whole carrots not only offer a stunningly gorgeous presentation, but also come with the bonus that you don’t need to chop anything!  When I saw the most adorable little rainbow carrots at Trader...