One of my most prized positions is my Grandma Soogie’s Cinnamon Roll recipe. I remember being a young adult, probably in my 20s, and realizing I needed to know how to make her famous rolls for future holidays when I would be doing the cooking. I asked her during one of my regular card playing visits, and she wrote it out for me on a piece of pharmaceutical notepad paper. As it began to weather I have protectively had it laminated. Her procedure is a little tricky in places but with practice, both Kevin and I have figured out how to make them. They’ve become a bit famous in many of the places we’ve lived. The best thing about these cinnamon rolls was always that they were served with the meal as the bread–not as a dessert! Growing up we had them three times a year: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. Now my kids request them too–this batch is for Gigi’s Christmas celebration at school today.
Cookie Plate Image from Glorious Treats
It’s about time for the Krembs family to start pumpin’ out the Christmas cookies. We usually have a set of staples that we always make–like Pfefer Nuts, Russian Tea Cookies, and Spritzers. The Pfefer Nuts are already made–probably because they are so easy. The Russian Tea Cookies are up next, yet I don’t know if I have my Spritzer cookie mold thingy…so it’s time for me to find some new recipes. Hence, this Christmas Cookie Roundup! Have a look and maybe you’ll find some new ideas for your Christmas cookies this year. I know I have!
I’ve been wanting a trench for a while (right Maureen!?). I always see one, try it on, and think, meh. Not for me. But then, I realized what was wrong: the color! I am not a khaki colored trench coat kind of person. They just don’t suit me. Now red, that’s a trench I can invest in! Mary and I had these matching red trench coats made during my first visit when we went to the market below the Science and Technology Museum. It was this past visit in Shanghai when I first got to wear it. And now with the temperature dropping in Hong Kong, I’ll be able to wear it here too. And, I’ll wear it with confidence because I think it suits me.
As seen from so many updates here on the blog, my Instagram feed, or my Facebook page, we recently visited my sister Mary in Shanghai for Thanksgiving. It was such fun, and I’ll try not to post too much from the trip. One post I will dedicate my awesome travels to is Louella Odié. Louella Odié is a local Hong Kong handbag boutique. First, the reason I love this line of bags is the printmaking. With a brother as a printmaker, I have grown to have an appreciation for all things printed. With this mother-daughter team, mom Karen is the artist behind Louella Odié while Lauren is the businesswoman. The team is sensational as are the bags. I was so excited to carry The Hong Kong Skyline Tote throughout my four day weekend in Shanghai. It’s as if the bag, as many of my personal items, became a being, and She was often referred to as Her. Take a look at where She went in Shanghai!
I’ve had my other plaid Christmas skirt for YEARS! It’s pilled on the sides and to be honest, it’s just time to get rid of it. (We’ll see if I actually do!) That’s why when I saw this Christmas plaid skirt in the middle of the spring last year, I jumped on purchasing. I set it aside for just this day, December 1st, and I plan to wear it in multiple ways–just like the last Christmas plaid skirt. I love Christmas, and of course I love dressing in holiday spirit. In fact, I’m invited to a 12 pubs of Christmas crawl where tacky tinsel is expected, but, I told the host, I can’t do tacky Christmas. Or maybe I do, but it’s pretty authentic for me…Merry Christmas! Time to pull out the Christmas plaid!
10. Plaid Pajamas
11. Tartine Cookbook
12. Gold Face Candle
Get shopping for those SISTERS!!
It’s November 28, the day after Thanksgiving. Oh, but it is so much more! Today is Black Friday–the day after Thanksgiving in which the holiday shopping season may officially begin. I’ve actually never witnessed a Black Friday since I live abroad, but I can only imagine the frenzy. Then, on December 1st, it will be Cyber Monday, the one day out of the year with the highest amount of online purchases made!
It’s a given that I am a shopper. I love it. And to be honest, I’m actually quite good at it. I understand it’s not for everyone though. Therefore here on Kremb de la Kremb I have been creating various gift guides for you: here’s one for a handsome young man or spunky little girl, and here’s another one for the perfect host gift. This weekend you’ll get to see the perfect gift guide for sisters–since I have so many! So stay tuned…
I have also started to use an affiliate program here on Kremb de la Kremb with a program called RewardStyle. Basically, I find an item, create the link through rS, and then if a purchase is made from that link, I get a little commission. It’s like I work at Nordstrom for example, but through my computer. So, since I love shopping, and I’m pretty good at it, use me! Use the links I’ve provided below. I’ve included the sales and deals for you too–and I’ll continue to do so. More importantly though, if there’s something you’re after, and you just can’t find it, well ask me! I’m your (personal) shopper!
Merry Christmas!! And happy, happy shopping!!
Here are some links to shop from–there’s more too, so if you don’t see your store listed below just let me know. Thank you;)
Black Friday huge sale sitewide
Cyber Monday free shipping
Black Friday 30% off, Code: TGIBF
Cyber Monday 30% off, Code: ILOVEMONDAYS
50% off one full-priced item, Code: BRFIFTY
40% site wide, Code: BRFORTY
up to 80% off
Black Friday deals under $5, $10, $20
Black Friday 50% off sitewide, Code: BLKFRIDAY
Black Friday 30% off select full-price styles and additional 40% off sale + free shipping, no mimimum, Code: HOLIDAY
Cyber Monday 30% off select full-price styles and additional 40% off sale + free shipping, no minimum, Code: MONDAY
entire store will be 50% off
Black Friday select items up to 80% off
Cyber Monday 20% off final sale
up to 60% off select styles
Tiered promotion: 15% off $250, 20% off $500, 25% off $1000, Code: GOBIG14
All sorts of specials!
Black Friday additional 25% off all sale online, additional 50% off all sale in-stores
Cyber Monday take $15 off $75, $25 off $100 and $50 off $150
Zappos.com Announces Fast, Free Giving! For every order placed on Zappos.com from Black Friday to Cyber Monday Zappos will donate 10 meals to families in need, in partnership with Feeding America.
There’s a Thanksgiving tradition that got broken this year: we put the tree up early! Usually Kevin is highly against this, but a special arrangement was made since a) we won’t be in Hong Kong for the actually turkey day and b) we had a chance to have our Hong Kong cousins over to decorate the tree. We feel so lucky to have family here! I mean how awesome is it that we get to see relatives often–and now even more with my sister Mary in Shanghai. We usually put the tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving. One tradition that wasn’t broken–the kids adorned the tree!