What I Made for the Holidays

Happy Holidays!

I hope you are all having a wonderful time and enjoying this time of year.

I don't know about you but food is a HUGE part of the festivities in my house.

Baking is one of my favorite things to do especially around Christmas time, thanks in large part to my mother who has taught me so much - and who is the absolute Master Baker! 

It was lots of fun to pick out recipes (thank you, Pinterest!) and share all the delicious baked goods. 

So, here's a little recap of what I made for the holidays:

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Apple Pie

What could be more festive than apple pie? It's the quintessential winter holiday dessert! 

Baked Cinnamon Apples & Cranberry Compote

Here's the healthy version of apple pie - baked cinnamon apples! No sugar necessary. I like to add them to my oatmeal for breakfast.

I also whipped up this cranberry compote with orange zest and just a hint of brown sugar as another healthy alternative. 

Carrot Cake Muffins (gluten free)

These carrot cake muffins with cream cheese frosting were divine! (The key is to add lots of carrot and extra spices and toasted walnuts). 

I made them GF by replacing regular flour with Cup 4 Cup gluten free flour

Vegetable Lasagna (gluten free) & Greek Salad

I love vegetable lasagna! This one has mushrooms, zucchini and squash. I made it gluten free by using brown rice lasagna noodles instead of pasta. 

And of course I had to make a Greek salad. This one has all the trimmings including kalamata olives and feta cheese!

Baklava

This is a classic Greek dessert that I make with my mom during the holidays. This batch was to die for!

Tiropita

Another Greek classic but of the savory variety, these cheese pies are best served fresh out of the oven. 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (gluten free) & White Chocolate "Trash"

Along with baklava and dark chocolate bark with almonds and peanuts, I made these gluten free soft pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. 

Here is the original recipe for the pumpkin chocolate chip cookies I found on Pinterest and here are the following changes I made to it:

-Substituted GF flour (Cup 4 Cup)
-Added some nutmeg, ginger and cloves to really pop the pumpkin flavor
-Replaced 1/4 cup white sugar with brown sugar.
-Made them 1 tbsp per cookie as they puff up quite a bit
-Left out the walnuts

I also made these white chocolate "trash" treats out of white chocolate, Oreo cookies, pretzels & marshmallows and these 

We brought this assortment to my fiance's company holiday party and it was a hit!

Chocolate Cake (gluten free)

This was literally the best chocolate cake I've ever had in my life, I cannot believe it's actually gluten free!

Here is the original chocolate cake recipe I found on Pinterest. I simply substituted gluten free flour (King Arthur). 

This cake has been equated to Miss Trunchbull's chocolate cake from the story, Matilda. If you've ever read the book or seen the movie, you probably remember drooling over it! Well, I promise you this cake is sure to satisfy all those decadent desires.

Crochet & Water Color Painting

Not exactly "what I made" for the holidays, but crocheting and water color painting are some hobbies I plan on getting into in the upcoming new year. 

I just started watching some YouTube tutorials so I can learn how to crochet. I've been practicing my beginner stitches and it's definitely challenging but I am loving it!

I also received this watercolor set as a gift and I can't wait to dive in. 

So, there you have it!

I'd love to hear what you all made for the holidays or what you are planning on doing in the new year. 

Leave a comment below! 


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Kalliope Archondis, JD, LLM. 👋Hi! I'm Kalli, lawyer turned freelance writer and founder of 3dsuccess.org, a personal development blog dedicated to helping you reach your goals and achieve your definition of success - without all the stress & anxiety. You can read more about me & 3D Success here.