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A Few Holiday Wishes (& Christmas Recipe)

Happy holidays everyone!

This year I’m unfortunately unable to spend the holidays with my family. Though I am lucky enough to be spending it with some of my all-time favorite people.

As one of the few times I haven’t been with family during the holidays, it’s a little bit hard. But I have so much to be grateful for that I can’t help but count my many blessings.

This Christmas I find myself in such a different place than I was last year, in a good way. I’m happy for all of the things that came into my life, and all of the things I’ve chosen to leave behind. I am surrounding myself with people who inspire me and I’ve learned to let go and face challenges with kindness.

So I’d like to wish that all of you have the chance to spend time with the ones you love, let them know you love them, and never take a moment for granted. These are the memories you’ll look back on with fondness one day.

And with that, I would like to share a traditional American cookie recipe! Here is one of my favorite recipes from home that my mom makes every year. They’re super easy to make and taste sooo good.

Russian Tea Cakes (aka Mexican Wedding Cakes aka Butterballs aka Snowball Cookies)


  • 1 cup softened butter (substitute for margarine or coconut oil)
  • One half cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • One half cup finely ground pecans


  1. Mix butter, powdered sugar and vanilla in a bowl. Separately, mix the flour and salt together and add to the butter mixture. Grind the pecans (ideally in a blender) and combine with the dough. Mix thoroughly and put in the fridge to chill for about an hour.
  2. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Cook for 10-12 minutes at 220 degrees Celsius. Cook until set but not until brown.
  3. While warm, roll the balls in powdered sugar. When cool, roll them in powdered sugar again. Voila! They’re ready to enjoy.


I hope you find a chance to try out this simple yet classic cookie recipe and most importantly: eat well, drink well, and have a merry merry Christmas!




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