This is the time of year when we seek to keep our toes warm, our kitchens aromatic, and our homes full; full of laughter, full of love, and most importantly, full of our loved ones. It is a time that inspires people to wind down, relax, and share. And because giving is such a wonderful sensation, both for the giver and the receiver, I would like to share some of my favorite winter treats with you. Some of these are older recipes on my blog, but they will always remain goodies. Whether you wrap them up to give as gifts, or enjoy them with the special people in your life on a cold winter’s night, they will be sure to strengthen bonds and spark conversation. P.S. I hope you love pistachios. 🙂
On another note, I want to send very warm greetings to all the new faces that have followed this blog in recent months. I am so thrilled that you are making my recipes for the holidays and absolutely grateful that you have even taken the time to let me know how you’ve liked them. I sincerely appreciate your kind comments, questions, and feedback. As I have said before, I started this blog to engage and unite people. It has been so lovely seeing that vision come to life as our conversations grow through food and beyond. I ardently believe that it is a conversation worth investing in, as food, a primary human need, has the ability of reminding us of our commonalities.
That being said, my love for food, cooking, and sharing does not go without feeling empathy for those who will have to sleep with empty stomachs this cold winter. 1 in 8 people in the world go to bed hungry every night. And while many of us may feel hopeless upon hearing this statistic, we have the power to make a difference. Any small donation to international organizations or acts of kindness to refugees in our neighborhoods, for example, can transform lives. The brutal toll that the Syrian crisis has taken on everyday people, many children, has left them in vital need of sources of nutrition. If you’re interested in helping, click here for a list of trustworthy organizations working in Syria and assisting refugees.
I wish you and your families Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year filled with lots of love, peace, and happiness.
Bejeweled Chocolate Bark
Chocolate Chip Pistachio Cookies Stuffed with Nutella, (Coming Soon)
For more sweet treats click here.