Holiday Inspiration from Local Sask. Bloggers
The holidays are one of the busiest times of the year, with tons of opportunities to celebrate. It can be fun to get in the Christmas spirit by making a DIY piece of decor or trying a new recipe — and why not take some inspiration from those who know it best? Check out these local Saskatchewan bloggers for creative holiday recipes, delicious holiday treats, and DIY craft and decor ideas. Michael Buble’s Christmas album as background music is recommended!
Kristen Raney of Shifting Roots Blog / @shifting_roots
Kristen’s blog features tons of amazing DIY ideas, including food, home, decor and her speciality — plants and gardening. For some tasty holiday dessert ideas, check out her Rice Krispie Christmas Treats, which is a great option for kids, or her No-bake Mint Mocha Cheesecake Bites, which only take 30 minutes of prep time.
For some excellent DIY holiday ideas, Kristen has a super simple take on making a Rustic Minimal Christmas Wreath, and also an idea on how to make DIY Christmas Gift Card Boxes, which are a fun way to enhance a gift card present. If you’re hosting a Christmas party or event in your apartment or a small venue, she even has tips on how to host in small spaces!
Renee Kohlman of Sweet Sugar Bean / @sweetsugarbean
Local food writer, chef and cookbook author Renee Kohlman is known for her delicious recipes, especially desserts! Her cookbook, All the Sweet Things, has tons of creative and decadent treat recipes, and makes a great Christmas gift for the sweet-lover on your list.
Check out Renee’s blog for creative cookie recipes like Matcha Shortbread, a twist on a classic favourite this time of year. For a festive Christmas brunch idea, try her Apple Butter and Whole Wheat Buttermilk Biscuits, which will melt in your mouth. For party-hosting and potlucks, she also has a ton of appetizer ideas, including Wild Mushroom Bacon Crostini and a Rustic Fig and Honey Goat Cheese Tart, which will satisfy your craving for something savory.
Nicole Harling of Culinary Cool Blog / @culinarycool
Nicole is based out of Regina and creates delicious recipes for every occasion. She has some great dessert recipes, like her Peppermint Mocha Shortbread Cookies or White Chocolate Lentil Shortbread. Shortbread is a classic treat for the season and it freezes well, too, meaning you can certainly make this ahead of time.
If you’re hosting a dinner party, or heading to a classic holiday potluck, check out some of her creative appetizer ideas like Roasted Chickpeas, which are a healthy party snack and easy to whip up. She also has a Cheesy Garlic Bread with pine nuts — which is sure to be a crowd-pleaser — or check out her Capicolla Con Papas, served in crispy tortilla cups.
Meredith Deanne of Meredith Deanne Lifestyle / @meredith_deanne
Lifestyle blogger Meredith Deanne’s Instagram has a beautiful holiday aesthetic worth checking out for some home and decor inspiration. Her blog features Holiday Home Decor Tours from previous years if you’re looking for some ideas to spice up your home decor. For a fun mocktail option for your next gathering, check out her recipe for Cranberry Mint Mocktails, which is a festive and fun take on a holiday-themed beverage.
She also has a holiday collection called The Cozy Collection, which is a collaboration between prairie makers and artisans. The collection includes handmade holiday cards, hand-sewn stockings, natural lip balms, pottery and more! It’s a great way to find some locally-produced gifts for your loved ones this season.