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I’m going to keep it short and sweet today: I want all of you to have a happy, lovely Thanksgiving full of buttery potatoes, crisp turkey skin (the best part), and pie. Lots and lots of pie. My mom is in town so I’ve been showing her the sights: Alamo Square, the beach, the bridge, even wine tasting in Sonoma. For dinner, we’re planning a simple, small meal for the two of us and one of my best friends — it’s exactly what I crave for this holiday. I plan to hit ‘pause’ and really think about what is meaningful in my life. Not that we shouldn’t do that every day, but really Thanksgiving is the perfect reminder in all the day-to-day chaos. I’ve had quite the year (more on that here), so I’m just grateful to be where I am in this moment.

a Thanksgiving table - california styleI hope you and your family have a great holiday and be sure to check back in on Friday for some of my favorite shopping deals of the day!

photography by Jojotastic at Scribe.

RECIPE // easy tiramisu for two #festivefinds

When the holidays roll around, I like to hit ‘pause’ and really take the time to spend with the people I love. Usually for me, this means one-on-one time, as opposed to throwing a raging party. I simply prefer maintaining connections with my loved ones over a cup of coffee… and something sweet and delicious, like tiramisu. This recipe not only makes this classic recipe simple, but is super fast to throw together at the last minute.

RECIPE // easy tiramisu for two #festivefindsIngredients:

  • tiny cookies
  • 1 shot of espresso — I used the Voltesso capsule
  • 1 cup mascarpone
  • 1 cup whipping cream (in place of raw eggs as traditionally used)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • a splash of rum (~1 teaspoon)
  • cocoa and cocoa nibs for topping

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RECIPE // easy tiramisu for two #festivefinds RECIPE // easy tiramisu for two #festivefindsTo start, make your cookies according to the package (to make life wayyy easier, I used this natural sugar cookie kit). Roll the dough onto a clean, floured countertop and cut out shapes (I used the tiniest, cutest cookie cutter set ever). Bake and, when finished, allow to cool.

RECIPE // easy tiramisu for two #festivefinds RECIPE // easy tiramisu for two #festivefindsRecently, Nespresso sent over their new VertuoLine system, aka the easiest cup of espresso I’ve ever made at home. In a matter of (what felt like) seconds, I had a fresh shot of espresso waiting to pour over my sugar cookies. I added a splash of rum, but you can also skip this step.

RECIPE // easy tiramisu for two #festivefindsWhisk together mascarpone, whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla extract for about 5 minutes or until peaks start to form.

Now is the fun part: assembling the layers! Because I’m so fancy, I used these gold-rimmed coupe glasses, but you can use any small glass you have on hand. First add a layer of cookies, then pour over the espresso and rum. Top with a layer of the whipped mixture. Dust with cocoa powder and cocoa nibs.RECIPE // easy tiramisu for two #festivefinds RECIPE // easy tiramisu for two #festivefindsRECIPE // easy tiramisu for two #festivefindsFor as fancy as this looks, it’s kind of silly how easy it is to make this recipe!

RECIPE // easy tiramisu for two #festivefindsart direction, styling, and photography by Jojotastic

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Nespresso. All opinions are my own and I would never endorse something I didn’t completely love. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.

Flower arrangements are a really festive way to perk up any tabletop during the holidays, no matter the size. From your breakfast nook to service for 12, I’m sharing my favorite tips and tricks for creating gorgeous centerpieces for tables of all sizes.

Flower Arrangements For Tables Of All Sizes - 3 quick and easy tips for making a Thanksgiving centerpiece #ziplocThere’s a really great flower market by my apartment, but if you’re not so lucky, worry not. Grocery stores have really stepped up their game in the flower department. I suggest shopping for bold blooms like dahlias, as well as more delicate pieces like baby’s breath or Queen Anne’s lace. You can always forage in the backyard for wildflowers, branches, and bits of pine.

Flower Arrangements For Tables Of All Sizes - 3 quick and easy tips for making a Thanksgiving centerpiece #ziplocI shared tons of tips that will help you pick out the right flowers, keep them green longer, and fit the size of your table

Head over to Ziploc to see more!

Flower Arrangements For Tables Of All Sizes - 3 quick and easy tips for making a Thanksgiving centerpiece #ziplocFlower Arrangements For Tables Of All Sizes - 3 quick and easy tips for making a Thanksgiving centerpiece #ziplocphotography by Nathan Michael

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ziploc. All opinions are my own and I would never endorse something I didn’t completely love. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.

In wintertime, with my busy schedule, I need a hearty “stick to your ribs” breakfast. As a kid, my grandma would make batches and batches of her signature oatmeal every time I visited her. She kept her recipe simple and magical, always with a dusting of cinnamon on the top. To add a twist to this traditional treat, I like to make fancy oatmeal with just a few special toppings.

spiced apple oatmeal recipe - a great 'stick to your ribs' kind of breakfastThere are 3 recipes to check out: spiced apple oatmeal, pumpkin pie oatmeal, and baked berry oatmeal.

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pumpkin pie oatmeal recipe - a great 'stick to your ribs' kind of breakfastphotography by Nathan Michael

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ziploc. All opinions are my own and I would never endorse something I didn’t completely love. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.

Marshmallow cereal snacks are one of the simplest, but most delicious, desserts. By combining 3 ingredients (marshmallows, butter, and rice cereal), you suddenly have the perfect base for all kinds of yummy variations. It’s like magic! I usually add a few special ingredients to mine to make them look fancy and taste gourmet.

RECIPE // fancy marshmallow cereal snacks #ziploc #holidaycollectionThere are 3 recipes to check out: sea salt + caramel marshmallow cereal snacks, pumpkin spice + vanilla marshmallow cereal snacks, and peppermint bark marshmallow cereal snacks.

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RECIPE // fancy marshmallow cereal snacks #ziploc #holidaycollection RECIPE // fancy marshmallow cereal snacks #ziploc #holidaycollectionphotography by Nathan Michael

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ziploc. All opinions are my own and I would never endorse something I didn’t completely love. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Jojotastic going.