December 2015

December on Planet Byn {2015}

December 31, 2015 Monthly Recaps
Best Instas of the Year

December was totally crazy with holiday parties, dinners with friends, preparing for Champagne & Cookies and getting ready for Christmas. I’ll hit you with the highlights: I had a catch-up dinner at Trevor with my friend Heather, and we ordered all the bar snacks, my favourite of which was the buffalo fried cauliflower with dill […]

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Shimmer & Shine Birthday Cake

December 30, 2015 Cakes, Cupcakes & Icing
Shimmer & Shine

Today is my niece Rebecca’s 3rd Birthday, and I was convinced for this whole year that I’d be making a Frozen themed cake come December. To my surprise, my brother informed me that she wanted a “Shimmer & Shine” birthday cake. Shimmer & Shine, you say? Turns out this is Rebecca’s new favourite TV show […]

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~ Champagne & Cookies 2015 ~

December 29, 2015 Cookies

Someone asked me last week how many cookies I make in December. I replied that I usually make about 10 different types of cookies, but she came back at me wanting to know the total volume. I guessed about two dozen of each type, so somewhere in the neighbourhood of 250 cookies. The look of shock on her […]

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Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

December 8, 2015 Drinks
Hot Chocolate Mix

Last week my friend from work had a couple of us over to her house for dinner, and true to form, I spent like a week trying to decide what to bake to bring over. I just find it so lovely when people open up their home to you and welcome you in. I feel […]

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Baked Sunday Mornings: Whipped Shortbread

December 6, 2015 Baked Sunday Mornings
Whipped Shortbread

I feel like shortbread has a bad reputation as a “boring” Christmas cookie. I made a traditional whipped shortbread for my first Champagne & Cookies party back in 2010, and I think it was kind of overlooked. Partly my own fault, because when there are nine other treats to choose from, a plain shortbread cookie […]

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