Mushroom Ginger Congee {Vegan, GF}

Mushroom Ginger Congee is a thick and hearty Asian soup that is made with oats! This vegan soup is easy to make, super healthy, and tastes delicious!

Mushroom Ginger Congee {Vegan} | ChezCateyLou.com

Do you ever get in little food routines? I have weeks where I end up eating the same thing pretty much every day. And last week, it was this Mushroom Ginger Congee for dinner every night! Sidenote – TheBetterHalf was working late that week…he would not approve of only soup for dinner.  Although let’s be serious, I didn’t only have soup…I followed the congee with dessert of course!  It is all about balance, right?

This soup  is so simple to make and is so warm and comforting. Plus, it doesn’t get much lighter – only 140 calories and 1.5 g of fat per serving, and it is very filling!  This is a great recipe to make when you aren’t feeling well, because the ginger and mushroom will both boost your immune system. Healthy comfort food that tastes amazing and helps you feel better – no wonder I ate this for dinner every night!… 

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Carrot Cake Cookies

These carrot cake cookies have all of the warm and delicious flavors of carrot cake baked into a soft and chewy cookie!

Carrot Cake Cookies | chezcateylou.com

Happy Friday everybody! Is anything better than Friday? I really don’t think so! Sure you still have to wake up and go to work or school – but the promise of the weekend is ahead. It is such a great feeling! And what better way to celebrate Friday than with cookies – carrot cake cookies to be exact. How’s that for some alliteration?!

These aren’t just any carrot cake cookies – these are for the Mystery Dish challenge! That’s right, it is already time for another Mystery Dish challenge. In case you missed some of my other posts, Mystery Dish is a fun group that I’m part of with some of my blogging friends. Every month, the host sends out a list of ingredients, and we have to come up with something using the “mystery” ingredients. It is kind of like the show Chopped, with a lot less pressure!

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Gingerbread Cookies and St. Frank Textiles

This recipe for soft and chewy gingerbread cookies is a Christmas staple in my house! You can decorate them with a simple icing and sprinkles, or keep them plain!

Thick and Chewy Gingerbread Cookies | ChezCateyLou.com #Christmas

Is there any kind of food that says Christma more than a gingerbread cookie? There is just something about the flavor of gingerbread that makes me think about decorating the tree by a cozy fire while Christmas music is playing in the background. And they are so much fun to make because you can choose any shape that you want! I love to get out my cookie cutters each Christmas season and play with them – it makes me feel like a kid! Of course the standard gingerbread man is adorable, but there are so many fun options.  This year I was inspired by these gorgeous ornaments  from St. Frank.

St. Frank sells handmade textiles that are sourced from artisans around the world. This holiday season they are featuring a limited edition Birds of Peace ornament set that consists of four embroidered birds, each one with a unique and beautiful pattern. So I added a new cookie cutter to my collection and got to work.
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Gingerbread Doughnuts

All the warm flavors of gingerbread are baked into a cute little donut and topped with a thick layer of frosting! These gingerbread donuts are perfect for the holiday season!

Gingerbread Donuts | ChezCateyLou.com

It is December 1 – let the Christmas recipes begin! I have a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit until Thanksgiving and my birthday have passed. But once they are over, I start to get so excited about Christmas. TheBetterHalf and I just got back from an amazing trip to Paris and Brussels (more to come about our trip in a future post) and both cities were all decked out for Christmas. It was gorgeous, and got me in such a festive mood!

So when I woke up at 5:00am this morning because of jetlag, naturally my thoughts immediately went to Christmas baking. And since it is a weekend morning, I focused on doughnuts, one of our favorite weekend breakfasts since I bought my Donut Pan.  And so gingerbread donuts were born!  … 

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Thanksgiving Punch

Thanksgiving Punch is a delicious rum cocktail full of warm spices and fresh lemon juice. It is perfect to serve before, during, or after your Thanksgiving feast!

Thanksgiving Punch, a rum based cocktail perfect for Thanksgiving!  | ChezCateyLou.com

Last week on ChezCateyLou, Cate gave you all the recipes you need to put together a successful Thanksgiving meal.  That’s all well and good, but surely you’ll need something to help you survive the other seven hours of the day when you’re not stuffing your face.  That’s where this delicious Thanksgiving Punch recipe comes in handy.

* This post also appears on The Nobler Experiment.  The Nobler Experiment is an excellent blog that focuses on all things alcohol related.  You should head over there right now to check out their Thanksgiving content, including more cocktail recipes and wine and beer recommendations for the big day.   … 

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