Can you believe Wednesday is the first day of Winter?!? It feels like we were just enjoying everything pumpkin on the first day of Fall. The rush to make sure I am fully prepared for the winter chill has been hectic, to say the least. From switching over our curtains to the heavier winter alternatives to making sure our home heating was all in good condition it has certainly been the season of busy! If you too are looking to make sure your heating is all in good condition you could potentially check out a company similar to if applicable. Or you could go with a more local provider which is what I did. Good winter curtains can also be found in reliable local drape stores. This is the last full weekend before Christmas and let us see I still need to buy presents, wrap presents, bake holiday cookies, pack for our trip up north, oh the list goes on. But ‘Tis the Season, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Today for Friday Favorites I am sharing some of my personal Winter and Holiday favorites and essentials in food, fitness, and around the web.

Love Your Melon Beanie

With highs in the 20’s or teens, I refuse to step out of the house without something on my head. Loving this beanie from Love Your Melon. And the fact that the proceeds go to give a hat to a child with cancer and to find a cure. After you buy one for yourself, be sure to gift one as well.


Photo from my Instagram

25 Family Holiday Activities

One of my favorite things to do around the holidays is spend quality time with family and friends. I love this 25 Days of Family Activities, from crafts, to baking, to volunteering. It’s a great guide to bring your family together and get in the Holiday Spirit. This weekend my husband and I plan to watch a Holiday movie (Home Alone and Elf are our favorites) and hope they are available on Amazon Prime or Netflix. Our friends have found out how to change country amazon or Netflix with their VPN. We haven’t had to try it yet, and we really don’t want to miss out on our favorite holiday thing due to the unavailability of country-based content restrictions. However, we do have the choice to cook and bake our likings! Speaking of which, did you see last week’s round up of all my favorite holiday dessert recipes? I can’t wait to start baking some of them tomorrow evening.

Dark Chocolate and Mint Nestle Baking Chips

Some of my favorite winter sweet combinations are white chocolate and cranberry, peppermint and mocha, and dark chocolate and mint. Which is why I love these baking chips. I use them in this Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe for a little holiday twist on the classic CC cookie.


Food & Wine

Enhance your dining experience and holiday meals with this Food & Wine Guide from The Daffodil. Some of my personal favorite pairings are goat cheese with Pinot Noir for an appetizer and beef and Cabernet Sauvignon for our Prime Rib Christmas dinner.

Holiday Food & Wine Pairing Guide

Hot Chocolate

Has anyone tried the new Snickerdoodle hot chocolate from Starbucks? I’ve only had the Skinny Peppermint Mocha so far this season but when I do try the hot chocolate I’m doing half Snickerdoodle hot chocolate/half coffee and asking for it to be made with almond milk, YUM! Also can’t wait to try this protein hot chocolate recipe or this crockpot recipe.


Netflix Watchlist

Once football season ends and life returns to being somewhat normal, we always get into Netflix Series on the weekends. What’s better than some wine, popcorn, and a cozy night-in watching some of your favorite movies or shows?!? Imagine yourself surrounded by all your winter favourites (like a personalised face pillow or a personalized photo blanket). Now add to the imagination all the good movies and shows available on Netflix. Watching movies is the best thing to do this season as there are lots of great new releases on streaming platforms across various different countries. Plus the best thing about streaming is that you can pick certain sub categories and genres to watch so that you can find something new, for example there are great comedies on Netflix Canada that should see you through the winter season and throughout the next year! Lastly, as a finishing touch to your imagination, add some good snacks and beverage. Doesn’t this sound like a perfect plan? Ask yourself repeatedly, can anything be better than this? However, if you think that your Internet connection might cause hindrence in your plan, then use Luma to create a fast, secure, and surround Wi-Fi network for your home . That way you can stream your favorite shows and others can easily be on their devices all at the same time. Below is my Winter Must Watch List. Might I suggest pairing your Watch List with some Boom Chicka Pop Popcorn and Holiday or S’mores Puppy Chow because every good TV Binge needs a quality snack 😉

Netflix Winter Watch List 2017

Thanks to Heather for today’s Friday Favorites link up. You can check out previous Favorites Posts here.

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What’s on your Winter Must Watch List?

Favorite Food & Wine Pairing?

What’s one holiday activity your family has done?

10 Comments on Winter and Holiday Favorites

  1. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
    December 16, 2016 at 5:42 pm (6 years ago)

    I’m literally on the website now buying beanie gifts. My dad had cancer, so this cause is near and dear to my heart.

    Favorite pairing… sparkling and cheese/charcuterie. Or a huge red wine with chocolate.

    • sweetandstrong
      December 18, 2016 at 3:20 pm (6 years ago)

      Love the idea behind Love your Melon. And oh I haven’t had sparkling wine with cheese in awhile, need to do that for New Years!

  2. Lisa @ Mile by Mile
    December 16, 2016 at 11:55 pm (6 years ago)

    That Starbucks drink sounds amazing! And I am looking to do some baking this weekend- Id love to find those chips to use!

    • sweetandstrong
      December 18, 2016 at 3:21 pm (6 years ago)

      I just tried the hot chocolate yesterday, it was delicious! Highly recommend. And happy baking!

    December 17, 2016 at 2:20 pm (6 years ago)

    Hi! I just
    Came across your blog! I love that food and wine guide! Also I need to try the snicker doodle hot chocolate!!

    • sweetandstrong
      December 18, 2016 at 3:22 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks for visiting Julia! And just tried the snickerdoodle hot chocolate this weekend, it was delicious!

  4. Heather @ Polyglot Jot
    December 17, 2016 at 4:41 pm (6 years ago)

    Oh wow I didnt see those mint and chocolate chips thats a great idea! Would make for some yummy cookies! I’ve been doing some baking and wrapping and lots of hot chocolate drinking!
    That hat is so cute and I love that it also helps those with cancer…definitely checking that out!

    • sweetandstrong
      December 18, 2016 at 3:23 pm (6 years ago)

      Yay for all those holiday activities, how will we fill our time in the new year?!? lol

  5. Jen
    December 18, 2016 at 11:46 am (6 years ago)

    The dark chocolate/mint chips are a staple in our house, they take regular chocolate chip cookies to the next, greatest level 😉
    I’m currently on season 6 of Pretty Little Liars on Netflix and I’m 100% obsessed with this show!!

    • sweetandstrong
      December 18, 2016 at 3:24 pm (6 years ago)

      Totally agree about the mint chips Jen! And OMG I am obsessed with PLL, I need to go back and rewatch them all before the final season this Spring.