Is it too late to convince my family that we just need to go to the beach for Christmas this year? We went to the beach for the week of Christmas a few years ago and it was literally one of the best Christmas’ that we’ve had.
We rented a big beach house and there was a lot of relaxing, Christmas cookie making, ocean gazing and seashell hunting. I need that again. I mean sheesh…I haven’t been to the beach since the last week of July…I’m getting kind of restless. haha
But…my future sister in law has to work the Saturday after Christmas so it doesn’t look like we’ll be making the trip to the coast this holiday unless Thomas and I just decide to go on our own. I still haven’t totally thrown that idea out of the window.
A nice relaxing Christmas morning at the beach with my honey sounds pretty good to me. 🙂
Plus, I think we’re going to go without a big tree this year. I’m not feeling it, Thomas isn’t feeling it, I don’t really want to spend a bunch of money on a tree that’s gonna die in a few weeks and to be honest the thought of having to fiddle with lights and garland make me want to take a nap.
I set up the little 3 foot “beach tree” but that might be the only one that’s going up this year. Thomas said he was totally fine with that and it won’t be the first year that we didn’t put up a big tree.
I’ll probably look for a Christmas tree on sale after the holidays so that we’ll have one for next year. We normally get a live tree but I think that I want to see if I can get a super nice pre-lit tree for next year. Maybe if we already have one at the house it won’t take up forever to put it up. haha.
Who am I kidding… we’ll probably still wait until the last minute. However, if we already have the tree then it won’t cost us anything haha. Trying to positive here haha.
So last weekend our Downtown area had a little Christmas event. It was literally a full day of Christmas stuff!
I got my god-daughters, Alyssa and Kendra, that morning and we started our day off by walking over to the market for the Christmas craft show. We had breakfast with Santa, got candy canes, decorated cookies, got more candy canes and I picked up a few homemade decorations for the apartment.
Then after a walk to the playground, we went downstairs to the coffee shop for lunch and “story time with santa”. Story time with Santa and lunch also included hot chocolate and more candy canes haha.
Then after a short break, we walked a few blocks over for the “Christmas on the Plaza” to see the Christmas lights, listen to Christmas carolers and of course drink more hot Chocolate and have more candy canes.
Our day was literally packed full of peppermints and candy canes! I mean literally it was literally a hot chocolate and peppermint kind of day!
With that being said, I can’t think of a dessert that’s more appropriate for this week that this No-Bake Peppermint Oreo Cheesecake!
We’re still in the middle of Christmas Week which means that a bunch of us food bloggers are still sharing tons of festive Christmas recipes with y’all and the HUGE giveaway is still going on! If you haven’t entered yet, jump down to the bottom of this post after you get the recipe and be sure to enter to win! I mean, you could buy some serious Christmas gifts with that kind of prize!
Participants for Christmas Week:
Cravings of a Lunatic
Poet in the Pantry
The Redhead Baker
Pineapple and Coconut
All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Cooking on the Front Burner
The Little Ferraro Kitchen
Crumb: A Food Blog
The Bitter Side of Sweet
Amee’s Savory Dish
Food Done Light
Farm Fresh Feasts
Flour On My Face
Mother Would Know
Food Lust People Love
My Catholic Kitchen
Try Anything Once Culinary
That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Cooking In Stilettos
Mind Over Batter
Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
Lauren Kelly Nutrition
Big Bear’s Wife
From Gate to Plate
Karen’s Kitchen Stories
Dixie Chik Cooks
The Tomato Tart
Recipes from Day 3 of Christmas Week! Please visit all our talented participants:
Nutella Ganache from Cravings of a Lunatic
Dark Chocolate Turtle Cups from Try Anything Once Culinary
Holiday Marshmallow Oreo Santa’s Hats from Desserts Required
Cranberry Gin Fizz from Poet in the Pantry
Peppermint Mocha Fudge from The Redhead Baker
Petit Pains au Chocolat aux Amandes (Petite Chocolate Almond Croissants) from Pineapple and Coconut
Salted Caramel Cashews from All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
Hazelnut Crescents from Amee’s Savory Dish
Bacon Butter Toffee from Comfortably Domestic
Grandma’s Scottish Shortbread from Farm Fresh Feasts
OREO Snowball Cookies from Flour On My Face
Holiday Triple Chocolate Bark from Mother Would Know
Classic Chocolate Crinkles from Daily Appetite
Orange Cardamom Slice and Bake Cookies from Savory Experiments
Homemade Maple Candy from Cooking In Stilettos
Cranberry Cherry Spice Cake Trifle from Food Babbles
Chocolate Walnut Cranberry Pie from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
No Bake Peppermint Oreo Cheesecake from Big Bear’s Wife
Cream Puffs With Cranberry Orange Sauce from Everyday Southwest
Mini No Bake Eggnog Cheesecake from From Gate to Plate
Chewy Sugar Cookies from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
Pignolata-Italian Honey Balls from Savoring Italy
Caramel Chocolate Cups with Peppermint Chips from Dixie Chik Cooks
Maple Gingerbread Marshmallows from The Tomato Tart