How to Get in the Mood for Christmas + 10 Christmas Instagram Pic Ideas

I know that Christmas isn’t really supposed to start until after Thanksgiving, but it seems like it starts right after Halloween ends. It can be a little overwhelming…where to start/when to start. I made a checklist of things to do if you are feeling overwhelmed but want to get into the Christmas spirit, or if you are already there but want to keep it going. Also, each thing on the list would make such a good instagram pic…so additionally here are ten ideas for IG lol.

Christmas Checklist

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1. Go pick out your tree (real or fake). If you already have a tree, put it up 🎄

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2. Decorate your tree. If you want to change things up try different themes or use ribbon or a garland 🎀

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3. Now that you have your tree up, take Christmas pictures 📷 Here are a few of our previous Christmas pictures :

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Dream Angel and Slow Magic

Our first Christmas picture as a married couple :

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4. Listen to Christmas music 🎵❄️ If you aren’t sure what to listen to, I made a playlist for you 😉 listen to it here.

5. Drink a warm beverage from a cute mug ☕️

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6. Do some Christmas shopping 🛍

7. Choose a wrapping paper theme and then wrap your presents 🎁 I got these from Paper Source one and two.

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8. Bake cookies 🍪

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9. While you are baking, watch Christmas movies 📽

10. Drive/walk around and look at Christmas lights 💡

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How do you get in the mood for Christmas?

Other Christmas posts : here.

Vegan Grain-Free Half-Baked Ice Cream

Vegan, Grain-Free Half-Baked Ice Cream

Slow Magic loves Ben & Jerry's Half-Baked ice cream so I wanted to make him a vegan, grain-free, refined sugar-free version.

The recipe is made up of three smaller recipes, which I then add to store bought vegan ice cream. The first recipe is for a rich chocolate fudge sauce that I swirl through the vanilla ice cream. The second recipe is for half-baked decadent chocolate fudge brownies that are both, gooey and crumbly. And finally, the third recipe is for the perfect, use in any ice cream flavor you want, cookie dough.

To make the Chocolate Fudge Swirl Ice Cream :

To make the Half-Baked Chocolate Fudge Brownies :

And finally, the Vegan Grain-Free Cookie Dough :

To assemble, watch the video above or follow the recipe below :

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Vegan Grain-Free Half Baked

A vegan, grain-free version of Half-Baked

ingredients:

Vegan Ice Cream Base
  • 2 pints of vanilla Nada Moo (or any other brand)
Chocolate Fudge Swirl
  • 1/2 cup (vegan/refined sugar-free) chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
  • two dates pitted (optional)
Brownies
  • 1/2 cup almond butter 
  • 1 vegan egg (1 tablespoon ground flax meal and 3 tablespoons warm water) 
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup 
  • 2 tablespoons 100% unsweetened cacao powder 
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar 
  • pinch of salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips (divided) 
Cookie Dough
  • 1/2 cup almond flour 
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot or tapioca starch 
  • pinch of salt 
  • 1/4 cup maple or coconut sugar 
  • 1/2 vegan egg (1.5 teaspoons ground flax meal and 4.5 teaspoons warm water) 
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup 
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil 
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 
  • 1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips (cut roughly) 

instructions:

Chocolate Fudge Swirl
  1. In a medium sized heat safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and maple syrup. 
  2. In a small saucepan, stir coconut milk over medium heat until simmering.
  3. Remove from heat and pour into the bowl of chocolate chips and maple syrup. Stir until the mixture is well combined and it has thickened.
  4. For a fudgier fudge swirl (optional)  : add dates and chocolate/coconut milk mixture to a food processor and blend until combined.
  5. In a freezer safe dish, add a layer of vegan vanilla ice cream, followed by a layer of chocolate fudge.  Continue to do this with the remaining vegan vanilla ice cream and chocolate fudge.
  6. Using a butter knife, cut an ’s’shape through all layers of ice cream and fudge to make the chocolate fudge swirl. Place back in the freezer to harden.
Brownies
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F and line a small baking dish with parchment paper (I use a small glass dish from Pyrex). 
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, beat almond butter with a hand mixer. Add the vegan egg and maple syrup and beat until smooth.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the cacao powder, coconut sugar, salt and baking soda until well incorporated. 
  4. A little at a time, mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients.
  5. Mix in 1/8 cup of chocolate chips.
  6. Pour the batter into the baking dish and top with remaining chocolate chips. 
  7. Bake for 15 minutes (or until the edges are crisp and the center is gooey).
  8. Remove from baking dish and place on a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled, store in the freezer until ready to use.
  9. Break the brownie into small pieces before adding it to your ice cream.
Cookie Dough
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together almond flour, arrowroot, and salt. 
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine maple sugar, vegan egg, maple syrup, and coconut oil. 
  3. A little at a time, mix the dry into the wet ingredients. Add chocolate chips. 
  4. Roll cookie dough into long strips and store in the freezer until you are ready to use. 
  5. Cut the cookie dough into small pieces before adding it into your ice cream. 
Vegan, Gain-Free Half-Baked
  1. In a freezer-safe container, add a layer of the chocolate fudge swirl ice cream followed by a layer of brownie and cookie dough pieces. Continue to do this until you no longer have any ice cream.
  2. Store any leftover brownie and cookie dough pieces in the freezer.
  3. Eat right away or place the container back into the freezer to harden.

NOTES:

To make the vegan egg : In a small dish, add ground flax seed. Add the warm water and stir to combine. Place in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.

Paleo Tea Party

Recently, I had a tea party with my sister-in-law Erin. For me, this was so exciting because I have been having tea parties with her since we first met in the 9th grade. All of the food was homemade and either vegan or paleo.

Also, thank you to Slow Magic for filming it and editing it.

Paleo Tea Party

Food

For the tea party I made :

  • Paleo vanilla cake with rose frosting and fresh berries
  • Paleo chocolate cake with fresh berries
  • Paleo maple macaroon tarts with strawberries
  • Vegan mini raspberry tarts

Paleo tea sandwiches :

  • Cucumber
  • Turkey Cucumber
  • Egg salad

Erin made the absolute cutest :

  • Paleo petit fours
  • Refined sugar free meringues
  • Refined sugar free candied orange peels

Table

For the table, I started by using a piece of an ivory jacquard fabric that I picked up at a local fabric store as a table cloth. I did not have time to hem it (I should have planned better) so I just made sure that there weren’t any long threads hanging from the raw edges. For dishes I used a set of bamboo patterned china that Slow Magic and a I received as a wedding gift as well as crystal tumblers that I found at home goods. To finish it, I decorated the table with pink and white roses and of course the desserts. 

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Valentine's Day Baking with Dream Angel

Mini Strawberry Rose Cake

This Valentine’s Day I wanted to make Slow Magic something that would be slightly over the top (seeing as it is our first Valentine’s Day as a married couple and all), and I thought little cakes with pink rose frosting would be perfect. In our house, cake always has some sort of fresh berries so I added a layer of fresh strawberries and a strawberry on top for decoration.

The recipe is grain free, refined sugar free, dairy free and paleo friendly. 

Cake :

  • 2 1/2 cups almond flour

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 2 eggs

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil/butter

  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

 

Frosting :

  • 2 cans coconut cream (chilled overnight in the freezer)

  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey

  • 1/2 tsp rosewater

Optional :

  • red food coloring

  • fresh strawberries

  • dried rosebuds

  • heart shaped cookies

Cake :

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F

  2. In a large mixing bowl combine almond flour, baking soda and salt

  3. In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract together until well combined

  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until a batter forms

  5. Spread into an 8 x 8 in pan lined with parchment paper (or a 8in circular pan)

  6. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes

  7. Transfer to wire rack to cool

*Wait to make frosting until right before you are about to serve your cake (although it will hold up in the fridge for a day or two)*

Frosting :

  1. In a mixing bowl, add the solid part of your chilled coconut cream, maple syrup, and rosewater

  2. using the whisk attachment, mix together until frosting forms

  3. Add a drop or two of red food coloring and mix until it is red

Assembly :

  1. using a heart shaped cookie cutter, cut out four hearts from your cake

  2. add frosting to two of the hearts and then add a layer of thinly sliced strawberries

  3. add a dollop of frosting onto of the strawberry layer and then place a second heart on top

  4. frost the second layer

  5. sprinkle dried rosebud petals

  6. add strawberry and cookie for decoration

Done !! so easy, you're the best ♡