Happy Friday: Volume 8

Colmar, France Christmas Market

Happy Friday!

This week has been so much fun. My cousin was here and we spent the week going to Christmas Markets around Stuttgart. My favorite stop was the Colmar Market. I love the town of Colmar and their market is one of the best. I wouldn’t recommend going on a Saturday night, we did that last year and it was so busy that I had a mild panic attack and had to leave. Sunday or a weekday is less crazy. It is so beautiful and Christmasy. And French. Every time I cross the border into France I feel lighter somehow.

We also went to Stuttgart, Esslingen, Ludwigsburg, and Frankfurt. Each one is unique in their own way. You see a lot of the same items for sale from market to market but each one is known for something. The snacks are really good too. I like to collect the mugs from each market. I had to drink a lot of gluhwein to do it, but somebody has to do it. There is still one I really want to get to, but we are running out of time, it’s only open on weekends and closes before Christmas. The kids go on break starting next Friday, and this week is going to be bonkers. We are going to Morocco next weekend and I have a million things to do before then. A good problem to have.

This weekend we are regrouping. We have been on the go for the last few weeks. I’m going to bake some cookies, catch up on some work, and watch Christmas movies on repeat.

I hope that you have a wonderful weekend.

Colmar, France Christmas Market


I’m not a fan of a backpack, but I like this one.

Bridget makes the prettiest cookies ever. Her St. Nicholas cookies are perfection.

Thinking about 2019, these planners look interesting. I also love this planner and use it every year.

This scares me more than anything. I know I’m going to need to do it someday, but I’m not looking forward to it.

Making these this weekend.

Such good advice. I love having a teenage son. So many truths in this one.

This is a cute DIY stocking.

Also a cute DIY banner.

Keep these in mind for Christmas morning.

Some of the best holiday traditions I have are with friends, it is just as important to honor these.

I made these for the Pinhole Press Holiday Cookie Bake-Off. There is still time to enter and lots of prizes to be won.

I can’t get enough of this guy. #notthrowingawaymyshot

I need to find the right container to make this. It would be good for winter, not just Christmas.

Intriguing cookie recipe. I think we need to try it out, don’t you?

I’m not happy about this at all. This was my drama-free zone.

When someone is grieving, please remember that it isn’t about you.

I’ve only read a few of the books on this list, but Educated is one the best books I’ve read this year.

It’s never too late to start a tradition.

I wrote about my book tradition and so many wrote to me saying that they wish they had started one. Start it now, it’s never too late to do something special for your children.

This shampoo has changed my life. I’m going back to brown this week, but while I’ve been blonde-ish, it has been so helpful in fighting the brass and keeping my color fresh.

Print this out and tape it in your kitchen cabinet. It’s going to be helpful this time of year.

This is what Germany smells like right now.

Making this for dinner tonight. I can’t wait.

How to build resilient children.

Colmar, France Christmas Market


You can see the rest of my reads here. This was a good year to be a reader. (If you are reading this via email, click over to the website and the link will be live.)

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy – This has been on my to read for a long time, I finally picked it up because the movie was coming out this week. The book is fantastic, but the movie…. eh. I LOVE Dolly, so I had high hopes.

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Well, hello there! I’m Bree Hester, the Boston-based blogger and food photographer here at Baked Bree. Here you can get lots of weeknight meal inspiration, eat more plant-based meals, and still indulge in a decadent sweet treat. Baked Bree is a place where you will find great recipes and inspiration for your next family adventure.

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