Nine Favorite Things
I finally got my Christmas trees this week! I say trees because we have one in the studio since we always do Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner there. And then one in my house too. Everyone who watches my Instagram stories already knows all about the studio tree. Which I’m now referring to as the Rockefeller Center tree because it is ginormous. Think Clark Griswold meets Rockefeller Center meets Charlie Brown. It’s probably around the size of the Griswold’s tree but with a nice bend in the trunk…Charlie Brown style. When you walk into the studio, your first thought is Rockefeller Center because it’s just that big.
I will say that it does fit perfectly in the space – since we have such high ceilings. I wasn’t expecting my dad and Asher to return with such a big tree. But Asher was on a mission. I said something taller and skinnier could be cute. But that girl had her own vision…and she made sure my dad understood the assignment.
It still needs lights so I haven’t begun decorating. I’m waiting for my dad to help with the lights. Then the decorating will begin! It’s going to be a process, but fun!
Have you guys gotten your tree yet? I have a small one at my house that I just love! It makes my nights all very special and festive!
Aside from all that, nothing else to really report. We still have no snow, which is the oddest, most unusual thing for us. Living up where we live, you’re almost guaranteed to have plenty of snow this time of year, but we have none. Fingers crossed we’ll get some this week. As of right now, they are calling for snow Monday and Tuesday, then again Thursday and Friday. So let’s hope! I know many of you guys don’t care for a white Christmas, but for us – we love it! Just wouldn’t be the same without some snow to play in. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
Oh, and lastly, a few of my brothers are home for the month of December (Creighton, Kai, and Red, plus Hailey, Red’s girlfriend)! I’m so very excited to have them around to cook for. It might be a little additional work at the end of the day, but it’s one of the things that makes me happiest.
Have a great Sunday and enjoy this week’s December favorites!
1. Things i’m loving, wanting, and excited to try…
loving…Emi Jay. I mentioned them a couple of weeks ago and just love their fun claw clips and accessories. they’d make really fun stocking stuffers, I’m getting a few for Asher. I love the sagittarius and taurus colors, especially for the holidays.
listening to…The Benefits of Strength Training. my dad has been trying to get me to lift weights for years. I knew the benefits, but this podcast really did sell me on incorporating more weight training into my routine. listen to this before the new year, it’s a great goal to set for 2022.
loving…Zara for winter clothes and holiday gifts. love this cozy cable knit sweater. this puffer vest is super cute. this cardigan is the coziest. this overshirt is perfect for styling with jeans and boots. and then I love this coat for dressier nights.
gifting…Canyon Coffee. They recently sent me some of their beans and it’s some of the best coffee. we’ve never been too picky about beans, but we didn’t know what we were missing. their subscription sets would make a nice gift for a coffee lover.
in my cart…Eberjay Red Holiday Pajama Set. I know I talked about PJ’s last week, but I’m on the hunt for the cutest holiday pair. I love the little presents on these so much.
following…makeup by KELLI ANNE. I LOVE her makeup tutorials and have learned so much. she has product recommendations for everything too.
gifting…Birdie. our team member, Margaret, shared this with me. you can keep it on your keychain and pull the top off in case of an emergency. it emits a loud sound and flashing strobe light to deter an attack. perfect little stocking stuffer for honestly anyone.
loving…this Free People Sweater Set. my cousin, Maggie who just had a baby said she’s been living in this set. and for anyone who’s just had a baby themselves, she said that they love this Babybjörn bouncer. And that Kyte Baby and Posh Peanut have the softest onesies.
gifting…a Foot Heating Pad. I know many people who would love this.
watching…Free Form’s 25 Days of Christmas. remember when this used to be called ABC family’s 25 days of Christmas? gotta love a lineup of the holiday classics.
baking…Christmas Monster Cookies. we love these. they’re cute, easy, and so good!
loving…Canva. So easy to make fun collages and photo prints.
2. Our Master Holiday Gift Guide.
So excited to share our master holiday gift guide! Everyone worked so hard putting this together! Hoping you guys find the perfect gifts for all on your list.
(open this up full screen to easily view/click through the pages and products)
3. Stocking Stuffers!!
4. Favorite questions of the week.
q: are your hands ok?
a: lots of questions about my hands! here’s the thing, I live in Colorado and it’s cold/soo dry. having dry hands is hard enough, but then I’m cooking, and honestly, I’m not careful with hot things. I burn myself daily, so my hands are really beat up. I have a burn in all of my videos this week, soo everyone’s been asking. I’m all good. I just need to slow my pace and be more careful while cooking! lots to do and never enough time!
q: what time do you do dinner with your family? later? we are lucky to sit down by 8.
a: when my family does dinner, it’s always super late, anywhere between 8 pm-10 pm is totally normal for us.
q: workout routine?
a: daily hike first thing in the morning and then I’ll do like 10 minutes of strength exercises. just simple things like push ups. I never go to the gym. I do need to stretch more though!
q: is your family Mormon?
a: no. there’s just a lot of us that’s all ??♀️ my mom had my oldest brother at 18. my parents have been married 36 years…my mom just loves kids too much.
q: do you have a soft, buttery fluffy holiday roll?
a: Nothing beats these rolls!
q: which Béis luggage pieces do you have and which do you recommend?
a: I have the carry-on and the larger check-in bag. both are the best luggage. 100% recommend both bags, but especially the carry-on if you fly often.
q: new cookbook anytime soon?
a: can finally say yes to this!!! February 22!
q: will your next cookbook have recipes you’ve posted on Instagram?
a: no. these are all new recipes. you haven’t seen any of these yet!
q: who do you think you look more like, your mom or dad?
a: my dad for sure, but people say I look like my mom too. I guess I’m a good mix.
5. A Holiday Dinner with Camille Styles.
Last month I flew to Austin to help host our first holiday dinner of the season with Camille Styles. To be honest, I just showed up and shared some recipes for the dinner, Camille really did it all! It was such an amazing night meeting new and old friends and celebrating the season.
Camille is without a doubt one of the most gracious and incredible hosts. She’s one of those people you meet and are blown away by all that they can do. Her home is beautifully decorated with greens from Gracious Garlands. Her fire was roaring, and the stockings were hung, creating the coziest dinner party scene. It was holiday dinner party perfection. You can see everything over on Camille’s site. They’ve built out an incredible holiday page dedicated to the dinner. Including all the recipes on our holiday menu, how to set a table, and hosting tips too. And Camille’s kale salad is so great for holiday dinners!
Read all the stories here.
6. Charity of the week.
This week a kind follower messaged me on Instagram sharing the story of her 3-year-old nephew, Barrett. He was recently diagnosed with an extremely rare genetic disorder. Up until now, very little research has been done on this disorder and doctors are unsure of the effect it will have. Fortunately, Barrett was able to enroll in Dr. Ethan Goldberg’s CHOP Epilepsy Genetics Research Project. Dr. Goldberg has spent his carrier studying this specific gene. He was able to recreate this specific variant and then create a cure! Their goal in fundraising is to provide Dr. Goldberg with the means to continue this line of research and take his cure from the lab to humans. A fundraiser has been set up through The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to help with his research efforts. You can learn more and donate here if you are able.
7. Favorite links i’m loving…
…I LOVE everything about this home. It’s beyond incredible. The designs and details are so pretty.
…I don’t have Apple TV+, but if I did, I’d be watching her Christmas special for sure. The bathroom, the kitchen, the bedroom…so obsessed.
…LOVE pushups. I do them every day (and am now feeling very good about that).
…I want to make travel plans.
…love these ideas.
…a sold list.
…would love to stay here.
…travel bucket list.
…for the travelers making plans.
…pretty. I love the dark wood in the kitchen.
…for the new year.
8. New Winter Finds.
9. This week’s dinners + weekend eats…
Tuesday: Spicy Sesame Chicken and Ginger Rice
Wednesday: Sheet Pan Alla Vodka Pizza
Saturday: Frosted Spicy Ginger Moscow Mule