Trying New Recipes During the Holidays

As a person living with anxiety I tend to fall into ruts that disguise themselves as my “comfort zone”. If it were up to me, I’d probably rarely leave the house, never watch a new show, and eat the same thing every day (pasta). I’m what you would call…boring 🙂 .

However, becoming aware of my tendencies and their triggers/causes has been really helpful. Admitting you have a problem is the first step, as they say. SO, I do my best to fight the urge to live a life of monotony (don’t we all fall into the monotony trap sometimes?) and I make an effort to branch out. I even went to a yoga class for the first time last month!

One way that I branch out is by trying new recipes. I realize this is pretty low risk branching out, but that’s kind of the point. Not every form of trying new things has to be skydiving 🙂 (which I’ve done btw!). By trying new recipes I am learning a new skill, broadening my food palette, and opening myself up to potential failure. It’s the risk of failure that makes the success so sweet.


This month I decided to make latkes. The last time I had a latke was in my Kindergarten class, so it had been awhile 😉 . Hanukkah had just begun so it seemed like the perfect time to try my hand at making them and it went really well! I’m not Jewish but I love to try other culture’s foods and traditions.

One great thing about latkes is the ingredients are all really cheap. This is a budgeting blog after all! Potatoes, onions, egg and flour are all things that I either had on hand or could pick up really easily.

They turned out really well, and I think this time I won’t wait two decades before making them again.

I also decided to make gingerbread cookies from scratch this year. I have had my fair share of gingerbread cookies, of course, but I had never made them from scratch. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever lived in a house with molasses in it, so making gingerbread cookies wasn’t as easy as making other cookies where all the ingredients are on hand. Plus, they’re so easy to find at the store it seems a bit extravagant to make them at home.

IMG_3826But, I decided it was time to add gingerbread cookies to my repertoire. I made the $4 molasses investment and found a recipe on (that site is amazing) and went for it! I briefly considered buying some holiday cookie cutters as well, but my one and only cookie cutter did the job just fine. I think it’s actually a pretty cute twist on a traditional holiday cookie. And I saved money by not buying a bunch of new cookie cutters (I never would have been able to avoid the temptation of buying them all).

Safe to say that these cookies were all gone in one day (whoops!).

What holiday recipes do you make every year? What are some that you have been wanting to try? I’d love to hear!

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