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This last week has been a lot of holiday eating. A lot of holiday eating. The other night, FH and I went with some friends to Kous Kous, a Moroccan restaurant we’ve always enjoyed.

Not only was this a good chance to enjoy a meal before the holidays with friends, but it also gave me a chance to check about American Express’ new Serve program, which I’ll detail more at the end of this post. In addition, one person commenting on this post will win $100 American Express’/Serve credit, find out more at the end of this post. You can do anything you want with the money: use it to pay for dinner, transfer it back into your bank account, etc.

Once we arrived, we noticed some different items on the menu and also the addition of a cocktail menu. You can view the full menu here.

The left is a Moroccan Kiss (champagne, pomegranate juice, orange blossom, St. Germain liquor).

The right is a Sit Sin (Citrus & Cinnamon ~ Mandarin Absolut, Citron Absolut, orange juice, cinnamon schnapps, cream)

For our starter we chose the vegetarian platter:

Zaalouk, My Ratatouille, Endive Pockets, Moroccan Potato Salad

It’s a week until Christmas. Can you believe it? It totally snuck up on me. I know I say that every year, but I feel like this year it really really did. I’ve had a crazy business month. And when I’ve had time off, I’ve been so tired, I don’t have the energy to do much of anything.

Normally, holiday cookie baking is one of my favorite things. I love trying out new recipes, improving on old ones. But so far I haven’t baked a single holiday cookie. Not one. I finally had some time this weekend to do a quick one.

I do plan on mustering the energy and time to bake my usual holiday goodies so I can pass them to friends and family. But I realize that I won’t be able to blog about them on the blog before Christmas for anyone looking for inspiration or ideas, like I have in year’s past. So at the end of this post, I’m sharing some of my holiday favorites from previous years.

Now onto these red velvet cookies. I like making these during the holidays because they are so festive.  For this version, I decided to make them extra big and with a nice Nutella center. Because my goal is to stuff Nutella into everything. (I’m half kidding.)

So far all the mug cakes recipes I’ve come across have all been chocolate. While I love chocolate cakes, sometimes I’m in the mood for something lighter and more refreshing like a white cake with fresh fruit.

So I set about trying to create a simple white cake. And since blueberries were on sale, I added some fresh blueberries to the batter. My first attempt was a failure. But on my second attempt, I create a pretty fluffy mug cake filled with fresh berries. Delicious.