Oh, how I love this time of year. The crispness of fall, the changing colors in the trees, and the anticipation of the holidays coming. There’s something magical about Christmas. No matter how many years go by, the twinkle of Christmas lights, the frosty air and a warm mug of hot liquid in my hands just makes my heart flutter.
We have some fun family traditions that our kids look forward to every year! What are some of your favorite family traditions?
One is the Advent Angel. Every night, starting December 1st, the Advent Angel comes and leaves a note in the Advent calendar. She sends the kids on a brief scavenger hunt, where they will find their surprise for the day. Sometimes it’s a movie night with popcorn and snuggling with mom and dad on the couch. Sometimes it’s a yummy treat. And sometimes it’s doing something kind for someone else.
One of our very favorite traditions is the “Landon Award” for Christmas lights. Every year, we drive around a different neighborhood in our local area, and vote on the house that we think is decorated the best. We don’t go to the “amazing” neighborhoods where you have to sign a contract when you move in agreeing to decorate for Christmas. We find a regular neighborhood, and then we surprise one lucky family with the Landon Award and a box of chocolates. This was the one we gave out last year:
It seriously is so much fun to see the look on someone’s face when they open their door and see a smiling bunch of kids with a box of chocolates and an award for their efforts to be in the Christmas spirit!
Anyhoo, that is just one of our favorite Christmas traditions.
Egg nog is another.
But since going dairy-free, we haven’t had any type of “nog.” Until now.
Enter Silk Almond Nog. It’s revolutionized our Christmas season. If you don’t consume dairy, and you miss egg nog, you’re gonna love this!
Silk Almond Nog is made from almond milk, is of course dairy-free, and tastes amazing! My kids didn’t even notice the difference from “regular” egg nog!
So, I’ve come up with a few fun recipes featuring this fun holiday product. First up is my frozen almond nog! You’ve probably heard of frozen hot chocolate. Well, this is even better!
Frozen Almond Nog
What you need:
3 cups almond nog (I used the pumpkin spice one, but you can use regular if you like!)
15-20 ice cubes
nutmeg for dusting (if desired)
What to do:
In a high-speed blender, blend together the almond nog and ice cubes until smooth. Pour into serving glasses and enjoy promptly!
Ok, once I made the frozen almond nog, I thought it was time to bake. Baking’s my favorite. And smiling. Smiling’s my favorite, too.
So why not have some grain-free almond nog cookies to go with your frozen almond nog? My kids couldn’t get enough of these! The hint of almond nog flavor makes these unique and delicious!
Almond Nog Cookies
What you need:
1/2 cup softened butter or coconut oil
1/2 cup organic sugar
½ cup organic brown sugar or coconut sugar
2 egg yolks
⅔ cup Silk Almond Nog (Pumpkin Spice)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
ground nutmeg, for dusting (optional)
2.5 cups Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 gluten free flour
What to do:
Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Combine the dry ingredients in a small bowl, and set aside.
Cream together the butter (or coconut oil) and sugars until combined.
Beat in the egg yolks, almond nog and vanilla.
Stir in dry ingredients until combined, then scoop onto cookie sheet in heaping tablespoons.
Bake for 9-10 minutes, until done.
Let cool on wire rack for a few minutes before eating.
Want more recipes, a free digital holiday recipe book, a coupon, and more? Check out Silk’s Holiday website! Oh, and don’t forget to share one of your favorite holiday traditions with me in the comments!
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