Festive Friday, Day #7: Neighborhood Sweets

Happy Friday, my beloved readers!

This is THE LAST Festive Friday post before Christmas!

How are we here already!? I won’t say it this time. (Even though time is flying!)

So, I mentioned in last weeks’ blog that I wanted to wait till closer to Christmas to deliver these goods. My husband is on his way home at this moment (yay!) and because it is the weekend before Christmas, I’ve got to make sure that all the baking is done for both the neighbors and for our family Christmas gatherings! Therefore, today I have recruited a little help from none other than my beloved sister, Desi! I’m so grateful to have spent the past few days with her and am even more so since she’s graciously volunteered to help me finish my baking!

Two sets of hands in the kitchen is always better than one and two sisters in the house makes baking a lot more fun! – Sorry, I just had to! I know that was cheesy.

20181221_160210.jpgWe decided that we wanted to make some fun little gingerbread men! What’s even more fun was that these little babies are totally vegan friendly! Yay!

For the sake of not making this blog into a cookie recipe book, I’ll only be sharing the basics and the end result. If you guys want to get your hands on this recipe, then please comment below and I’d be happy to share more with you!

All the recipe called for was molasses, sea salt, baking soda, flour, brown sugar, vegan butter, vanilla extract, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and ground ginger.

We made the icing with powdered sugar and water!

Bake at 350 for about 6 minutes and voila!



I sincerely applaud those holiday bakers (such as my mom) who really go all out in the kitchen. While I could definitely sit at an easel in my studio for hours on hours, I find ti a lot more difficult to spend all that time in the kitchen. The cookies we made this afternoon were by no means “extravagant” cookies, but we did spend most of the day in there baking these few batches!

It’s moments like these that I really appreciate my simple taste in life.


At our last house, our neighbor was the sweetest lady you could ever think of. She would come over to our house every year with the largest tray of baked goodies and it was such a nice gesture especially for me because no one ever did that in my neighborhood when we were kids growing up. After receiving such a heartfelt gift, I knew that I wanted to take part from then on in the years to come. While we did carry on this tradition last year, I was so sad that I wasn’t able to go deliver them in person. Needless to say, I just can’t wait to meet some of our neighbors and deliver all of these sweets.

I hope you all enjoyed today’s Festive Friday blog.

I know it was short and sweet (there I go with another pun), but I’ve still got a lot to do before Mr. Du Bois arrives!

There are a lot of Holiday Festivities coming up within the next week and I promise I’ll write you all again as soon as possible!

Till next time, loves. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


    1. Thank you! It definitely made the process much more enjoyable! I love baking work family and friends!

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