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Welcome to KCL Friday Finds! Today's shopping guide is full of affordable beauty-themed stocking stuffers. Don't get me wrong, I love to get candy and chocolates in my stocking, but I also love other gifts, like a cute new pair of socks and especially little beauty products.

A beauty stocking stuffer doesn't have to cost a lot. Between individual sheets masks and bath bombs  to lip balm and nail polish, you can find so many great options under $10. Several options below are even under $5.

The most universal of stocking stuffers, aside from candy, is lip balm. When given as a gift, go with something more luxurious than a Cherry Chapstick from the grocery store. My favorite lip balms at Bua Organics are all-natural and organic and come in options like Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, and Jojoba Oil. For a moisturizing lip balm with the addition of a fun scent, try Einstein Bath Co., for flavors like Sangria, Marshmallow, and Pink Frosting.

A wonderful way to give a luxury beauty…

Homemade Gingerbread Pancakes


I've been on a gingerbread kick this holiday season. I'm usually one for cranberry and pumpkin desserts, but this year I've been experimenting more and more with molasses and ginger. During the holidays, I love to add festive flavors to my weekend brunches. It's so yummy to make french toast, pancakes, or bread pudding with pumpkin puree, dried cranberries, or eggnog. This year after I had a large leftover jar of dark molasses, I came up with this recipe for gingerbread pancakes. It's a quick and easy (and incredibly yummy) way to infuse some classic gingerbread flavors in to your holiday breakfast.

Ingredients
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/3 c molasses 
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, or vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg 

Instructions

1. Whisk the wet ingredients into a medium bowl - the milk, oil, eggs, molasses, and milk with the brown sugar. Then whisk in the dry ingredients until it's just combined. A few lumps are okay.

2. Heat your griddle to medium high heat and coat with canola oil or butter.

3. Spoon about 1/3 cup batter for each pancake to make them small. The extra syrup in this batter makes these a little hard to flip, so make them small and make sure they're cooked until there are lots of bubbles on top before flipping.

*Tip: with finicky batters like this, I've found it works best to just get in there and go for it. Place your spatula just under the edge then slide it all the way under a pancake very quickly.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar and a sickening amount of maple syrup and enjoy!


More Holiday Breakfast & Brunch Ideas 

Comments

  1. Oh, these look soooo good...and here I couldn't even get instant oatmeal right this morning!

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  2. You always have something yummy here, Krisztina!
    Merry Christmas!

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