Chocolate Rugelach from the Machne Yehuda Market in Jerusalem

Happy Cyber Monday! As someone who loathes the mall parking lot on a casual Tuesday (let alone a day as crowded as Black Friday), a day dedicated to discount shopping I can do from my couch was made to suit my holiday shopping needs.

In case you are surfing for deals today too, I shared a few stellar gift guides over the past several weeks. Many of the featured items are on sale today, so if you are still working on completing your holiday shopping list, be sure to check them out:

We spent our Thanksgiving feasting with Ben’s family in Chicago (I brought these Whiskey Glazed Sweet Potatoes, which were devoured, yay!).

After licking the dual slices of pecan and apple pie off of my plate, I promptly walked upstairs, found a bed, and collapsed into a two-hour nap. I’m not sure if it was the turkey or the fact that I was still jetlagged from Israel but either way, that snooze was deep and glorious. I hope you found yourself similarly relaxed.

Speaking of Israel, the photo above is of some chocolate marzipan rugelach I ate warm from the oven in Jerusalem. It was magnificent. One of the many things I didn’t know about the city is how stellar its baking and pastry scene is (example #2). I might even need to add rugelach to my holiday cookie list. Anyone have a favorite recipe?

I’d originally planned to include a photo of our freshly decorated Christmas tree today too, buuuuuttttt when I went to plug in the final string of lights, they turned out to be dead. Going to the store at 7:45 p.m. felt decidedly less appealing than pouring a glass of wine, so…the tree will have to wait. I hope you understand. I think you do.

Now, on this day of sanctioned surfing, here’s my latest list of finds, along with a sneak peek of what’s ahead!

Most popular recipe on my site right now: Cranberry Brie Bites.

Upcoming recipe I’m most excited to share: Chewy Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies. Coming later this week!

Reading: L’Appart. I preordered my copy a few weeks ago, and it’s finally arrived. Anyone who has spent (or dreamed of spending) time in Paris will appreciate the humor and idiosyncrasies of Parisian city life as described by the author, one of my all-time favorite bloggers and cookbook authors, David Lebovtiz.

Working On: My holiday cookie list. These Chocolate Ginger Molasses Cookies and these Perfect Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies are an annual MUST. I also have my eye on these Mexican Hot Chocolate Snowball Cookies, these Peppermint White Chocolate Cookies, and these Pistachio Thumbprint Cookies.

Happy 10th Anniversary, Kale Salad: How this humble green became a sensation.

An Argument for Eating the Whole Apple: Good to the core.

Phone a Friend: 11 holiday help lines you can call with baking and cooking questions. We’re a bit past date for the turkey-related ones, but you’ll find several dedicated to baking too.

Playlist du Jour: “Swingin’ Christmas” on Pandora. All day, every day until December 25th.

50 Recipes that Celebrate the 50 States: We’ve all been eating a lot of Wisconsin’s (cranberries) lately.

A Wine Train to the North Pole: Bucket list!

To my Fellow List-Lovers: My Favorite Planner is available for 2018 order. I used and loved it in 2017 and just ordered mine for next year. It’s part calendar, part to-do list organizer, part meal-planner, and part guide to pause and reflect on life.

What’s on your list this week? Any favorite finds? Let me know in the comments section below. I love hearing from you!

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  1. Hey Erin! I absolutely love those rugelach from Israel (were they from Marzipan bakery?)! In case you were wondering, they ship them to the states ;) I love warming them up in the microwave! Any more posts from your trip to Israel?

    1. Rachel, I didn’t see the name of the place (it was late night at the market and I think I was distracted by these tasty gems), but if they ship to the states I am in big trouble, haha! I’m hoping to do a more comprehensive post in the future, hopefully right after the holidays when things slow down a bit. Thanks for reading and for the tip on the rugelach too!