Christmas in Vermont

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I wanted to share a few pics of our Christmas tree before it is too late! If you want to see our other Christmas trees, you can see them here and here :)

Out of all of the Christmas trees I decorated this year, this one is definitely my favorite. My dad picked it out and I think he did such a good job…it is like my dream tree! Anyways, before we came to Vermont, I began looking for a fake fur garland for the tree. I couldn’t find one that wasn’t super expensive, but I did end up finding this end piece of fake fur at Joann’s for around $2. I cut the fabric into four inch wide strips, folded them in half lengthwise and then secured them with a hot glue gun so that the back side of the fabric wouldn’t be visible. In addition to the ornaments that we already had, I ordered two more sets of ornaments (one set bigger than the other) in pink and blue, and picked up a few extra big baby blue ornaments at Lowe’s. I think having many different sizes of ornaments helped to add dimension making the overall appearance of the tree more magical.

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On Christmas Eve, it started snowing, which was so exciting…having a snowy Christmas is the best! For Christmas Eve dinner, I taught my dad how to roast a chicken. I never really get to do anything like that with my dad (I usually cook with my mother, but she had a really bad cold and was unable to help), which made it one of my favorite parts of Christmas.

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On Christmas day, the sun came out and it was so dreamy. After we all woke up, we opened our presents by the fire and then we had our Christmas brunch. Afterwards, Slow Magic and I went on a walk before heading to my cousin’s house.

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What did you do for Christmas?

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Paleo Sugar Cookies

Christmas without sugar cookies (the kind you roll and cutout and then decorate with icing) would be weird…I know that sounds dramatic, but it is the truth. With that in mind I decided to make a sugar cookie recipe for the holiday season.

Paleo Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup vegan butter (chilled)

  • two tablespoons maple syrup

  • two tablespoons maple sugar (if you do not have maple sugar you can use maple syrup)

  • one teaspoon vanilla extract

  • two egg yolks

  • two cups almond flour

  • pinch of salt

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Divide chilled butter into four tablespoons (or into three tablespoons and one tablespoon). Cut the three tablespoons into pieces and put into a large bowl. Melt the other tablespoon of butter and pour into the bowl.

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Beat with a hand mixer until smooth.

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Add maple syrup and maple sugar and continue to beat until incorporated.

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Add the vanilla and egg yolks to the bowl and continue to beat with the hand mixer until combined. Add salt and mix.

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A little at a time, add almond flour and beat with a hand mixer.

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Continue adding almond flour until it is all incorporated.

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Transfer dough to a piece of parchment paper and flatten into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for an hour to one day.

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Preheat oven to 325° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Once chilled all the way through, roll dough between two pieces of parchment paper until it is 1/4 inch thick. Cut into shapes and place onto baking sheet (optional: chill the cutout pieces again in the fridge to minimize spreading). Bake for 10 minutes (or until the edges are golden brown), rotating the pan halfway through.

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Decorate however you like. I used maple butter, which you can buy at Whole Foods, pistachios, chopped peppermint chocolate, and some freeze dried raspberries (for color).

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Grain-free Cutout Sugar Cookies

prep time: cook time: 10 minstotal time: 10 mins

Grain-free cutout sugar cookies, perfect for Christmas.

ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup vegan butter (chilled)
  • two tablespoons maple syrup
  • two tablespoons maple sugar (if you do not have maple sugar you can use maple syrup)
  • one teaspoon vanilla
  • two egg yolks
  • two cups almond flour
  • pinch of salt

instructions:

  1. Divide chilled butter into four tablespoons (or into three tablespoons and one tablespoon). Cut the three tablespoons into pieces and put into a large bowl. Melt the other tablespoon of butter and pour into the bowl. Beat with a hand mixer until smooth. Add maple syrup and maple sugar and continue to beat until incorporated.
  2. Add the vanilla and egg yolks to the bowl and continue to beat with the hand mixer until combined.
  3. Add salt and mix.
  4. A little at a time, add almond flour and beat with a hand mixer. Continue adding almond flour until it is all incorporated.
  5. Transfer dough to a piece of parchment paper and flatten into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for an hour to one day.
  6. Preheat oven to 325° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Once chilled all the way through, roll dough between two pieces of parchment paper until it is 1/4 inch thick. Cut into shapes and place onto baking sheet (optional: chill the cutout pieces again in the fridge to minimize spreading).
  8. Bake for 10 minutes (or until the edges are golden brown), rotating the pan halfway through.

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Pink Christmas Tree

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Here are a few pics of the Christmas tree from our bedroom :) I originally wanted a light pink tree, but after not being able to find one, I decided to go with more of a hot pink one that I found on a late night trip to Walmart. It is pre lit and only $30, which is about how much I wanted to spend (there are some ridiculously expensive pink trees out there). To make it feel a little lighter, I added some colder LED lights and wove some light blue gauzy ribbon with fake snow through it. Additionally, I added some pink, silver, and white ornaments with blue velvet ribbon and topped it with a Barbie keychain that we picked up in Tokyo.

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Slow Magic's Holiday Gift Guide : Musicians

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Slow Magic’s Holiday Gift Guide for Musicians

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  1. Technivorm Moccamaster KBG 59607 Coffee Brewer ($329)
    I’m addicted to black coffee and nothing’s better than a simple and solid coffee maker. This is one of the best drip coffee makers out there. Dream Angel picked the pink color but I really like it too.

  2. Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO 80 Ohm Studio Headphone ($148.49)
    I bought these headphones on a whim while traveling and needing to finish a remix. I’ve been blown away by the quality and comfort of these. I’ve ended up wearing them even when I’m at home working on music.

  3. Propellerhead Reason 10 ($300)
    I wouldn’t be where I am today without this DAW. I made the very first Slow Magic songs with Reason and have loved watching it grow and expand over the years. If you are thinking about music production you can try it for free. 

  4. Headphone Mount ($9.29)
    I’m kind of a nerd in my studio so something like this that can make headphones easy to access is cool to me. Not only is it inexpensive, but it definitely helps your studio feel more organized.

  5. Moog Grandmother Semi-Modular Analog Keyboard Synthesizer
    I don’t own one of these (yet), but I’ve spent way too long playing one at Guitar Center and I was blown away. I always expect the best from Moog but this is one of the prettiest sounding synths I’ve touched, and with built in reverb it really is the full package.

  6. Gaff Tape ($16.71)
    I also wouldn’t be where I am today without this stuff. If you’ve only ever used Duct tape, using gaff tape will change your life.

  7. KRK Rokit 5 Powered Studio Monitor ($299)
    I got these studio monitors soooo long ago when I was just a new music producer. It was one of the best decisions I made when trying to make better sounding music. I sometimes want to get new speakers for aesthetic reasons but I never do because these are so solid.

  8. Rode NT1KIT Cardioid Condenser Microphone ($264)
    This is a great mic if you need to record anything at all. I usually work on music “in the box” but sometimes I need to record something “real” and this always gets the job done.

  9. Philips Hue Single Premium Smart Bulb ($39.99)
    Adding lighting to my studio really helped me feel like it was a nice space to spend hours in front of a computer. You can even sync the lights to the sound output of your DAW if you want to feel like you are on a stage and not just sitting on a computer.

  10. Arturia MiniLab MkII 25 Slim-Key Controller ($97.88)
    If you are new to producing or just want to try it, getting a nice midi keyboard is a great place to start. It’s always helpful to play something instead of just clicking the screen. Arturia makes solid hardware (and software synths if you are looking for better sounds)

  11. TCL 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD TV ($429.99)
    I wanted a HUGE monitor so I could see more of what I was doing with Reason and I decided to try out a TV. I was impressed to learn it works pretty well and doesn’t cost nearly as much as a computer monitor of this size would. 

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