Coffee Talk

Coffee Talk #8: a chance to catch up on the little things in life—both sweet and salty! November 2018

Hello, friend! How’s your fall going? Is it a tad chilly, but also warm and cozy due to all of the piles of chunky knit sweaters and super cute knee-high boots you’re rockin’? It’s crazy to think that the last time we spoke, it wasn’t even Halloween yet! Anyway, it’s the time of the month again where we catch up, chit chat, and swap life updates. 🙂 Grab your favorite hot beverage, perhaps a fresh-baked plate of cookies, and let’s jump in.

Visited Monica… This year, we actually visited my sister Monica and her husband Kevin for Thanksgiving. She lives in the Midwest, where the winter *might* be even more harsh than it is here in Boston. 😉 Jury’s out though! My other sister, Penny, and her husband, Andrew, and my mom also came to join in on the fun. It was really nice just catching up, chatting, and seeing everyone again. The last time I saw Penny, she stayed with Erik and I, and we had the best time chatting about everything, including this lil’ ol blog. She’s a huge, huge supporter, and besides Erik, probably the most enthusiastic reader I’ve ever met. Yep, my sister’s a reader of BB!! How cool is that?

Meanwhile, Monica and Kevin have the most beautiful home. They’ve been DIY’ing it since they bought the fixer upper a couple of years ago. They’re basically my family’s Chip and Joanna. Lol. I mean, they redid both bathrooms (tiling, paint, tubs, the whole shebang), redid their entire backyard, the kitchen (including cabinets, gorgeous flooring, beautiful backsplash), the living room, and decorated the heck out of their home. It totally inspires me and Erik to get our home in an equally gorgeous and cozy state. <–However, our Boston-charmingly-tilted floors are really cramping our style. . Just imagine the tile work on those!! .

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Thanksgiving 2018 Family Selfie!!! Erik, Andrew, Penny, Me, Monica, Kevin, and Grams. 🙂

Since we had Thanksgiving at Monica’s place, my mom got a chance to chill a bit on her usual kitchen duties. Even after all these years, she’s still trying to whip up the biggest feasts for at least 10 people. But it always makes me a bit frustrated because I really want her to be able to relax and let others do the work—since she’s been doing it for too many decades. Do you have a mom or other family member that’s the same way?

Anyway, we missed my other sister, Jenny, and her kiddos, Dylan and Kai so much. But we were able to FaceTime them for some quality video chatting. 🙂 How was your Thanksgiving? Did you celebrate it?

Sneak Peek: NEW RECIPE!! Can you guess what it is? 🙂

Easy Vegan Cinnamon Pecan Cookies (V, GF): a 1-bowl recipe for chewy on the outside, soft on the inside buttery gluten free pecan cookies bursting with pecan crunch and a cinnamon kick! Made with healthy ingredients. #Cookies #BeamingBaker #Vegan #GlutenFree #GlutenFreeCookies #Christmas #HealthyBaking #VeganCookies | Recipe at

Kitchen Testing times… So I finally started testing those Oil-Free, Fruit-Sweetened, and Blender recipes! It’s been quite the treat. Super interesting and challenging in a new way. Gonna start with no bake versions of these goodies first, then progress to baked treats as we go. Reason being: no bake can be easier and quicker to test.

Anyway, I’m super excited to see how it all goes! Let’s just say there’s a bit of dark chocolate… perhaps a brownie… and some super, super chunky granola involved. 😉 Tell me: what kind of dried fruit would you like to see in these fruit-sweetened recipes? Dates? Raisins?


Sunrise Alarm Clock… so if you’re anything like me, you have ALL the trouble waking up every morning. This issue has become especially troubling in light of… well, there being no natural light in the morning. It’s the craziest thing that you can wake up at 6am, and there’s barely a sign of the sun until, if you’re lucky, 7:30am!! What in the? Needless to say, my wakeup issue coupled with the whole it’s-doom-and-gloom-outside business did not equal a happy me in the morning.

So I finally, finally got one of those sunrise alarm clocks! Have you heard of it? It’s a round clock with a circular light fixture on it that turns on as your alarm. The best part? It slowly turns on about 30 minutes before you’re due to wake up. It starts at 10%, then increases to 100% by the wakeup time. It’s the BEST. It has completely changed me and Erik’s whole wakeup vibes. It feels more natural, less forced, and less… eh, resentful. Lolol. We’re even using the whole birds-chirping track as our wakeup sound and it’s actually pretty pleasant.

What techniques do you use to help you wake up easily in the morning? Any morning or nighttime routines that help?

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Christmas!! Winter fun… Omigosh… can you believe it’s already time to start our Christmas/Holiday shopping?!? Did you engage in any of that Black Friday or Cyber Monday madness? Erik and I dabbled, just a bit. 😉 We were mostly torn about when to put up our Christmas tree, do decorations, and swap wishlists. We decided on decorating a bit on Black Friday and a whole bunch on Saturday. That was AMAZING! We made a few yuletide drinks, put on our favorite Christmas tunes and just decorated for hours. We even put on cute Christmas socks! (What is it about holiday socks that are so much fun?)

We’re still planning out our Christmas edible gifts menu (aka the Annual BB Candy & Cookie Factory pop-up shop opens). We’re thinking about doing some fudge, almond joys (always a big hit), paleo brownies, and a platter of cookies (oatmeal chocolate chip, vegan peanut butter, and peanut butter coconut oatmeal) to give out.

How about you? Have you started decorating for the winter holidays yet? Have you started shopping for gifts, or perhaps drawing up your holiday dinner menu?

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies (V, GF): Soft, chewy pumpkin oatmeal cookies packed with chocolate chips and pumpkin seeds. Perfect for breakfast or an afternoon treat! #Vegan #GlutenFree #DairyFree #Cookies #Baking #Breakfast | Recipe on 

Popular Recipes this month… it’s always super fun to see what recipes are popular during the month of November. It’s only our 3rd holiday season doing the blog, so we’re still learning what folks like and what recipes pick up this time of year.

Latest Recipes… In case you missed them, here are all of the yummy recipes that came out these past couple of weeks!

4 Ingredient Gluten Free Soft Peanut Butter Cookies (V, GF): an easy recipe for deliciously super-soft, flourless peanut butter cookies made with just a few healthy ingredients. #PeanutButter #Vegan #GlutenFree #GlutenFreeVegan #VeganBaking #GlutenFreeCookies | Recipe at

Phew! All done for me. What are your updates? What kind of recipes do you hope to see in 2019 on Beaming Baker? Can’t wait to hear your thoughts! In the meantime, wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful, love-filled holiday season, filled with sweet moments—both edible and not. 😉 ‘Til next time…

In case you wanted to catch up with a few past posts: Coffee Talk 7, Coffee Talk 6AugustJulyJuneMayAprilCatching Up 2Catching Up 1.

Sending you all my love and maybe even a dove, xo Demeter ❤️

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  1. Love the Coffee Talk posts~! Your Thanksgiving time sounded really nice. My husband and I tend to leave behind the holidays to travel. It’s not that we don’t like the holidays, it’s just the only time we can get a good chunk of time off to go play. This year it’s Hong Kong for a week, then 4 weeks in Western Australia. We love the sun, plus it’s fun celebrating the holidays in different countries to see what it’s like. I’m really looking forward to your up coming recipes, you make baking (or no bake) seems so “doable”, I usually get scared off trying new recipes, but your’s are always great. Here’s wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season. Cheers!

    1. Thanks Heidi! Oh, it totally makes sense to spend that time traveling and enjoying the sights. Wow—Hong Kong and Australia sound AMAZING!! I can’t wait to hear how the holidays are for you in those places. 🙂 Thanks as always for your fun and thoughtful comments. Wishing you the best, most fun, and safest of travels. Hugs!!

    1. They’re rough!! Erik and I somehow made it through two winters in Maine… and yet when we visit the Midwest we’re still taken aback by the cold there!

    1. Oh yay!!! Cookie gift baskets have got to be one of the best gifts! (Can you tell I love edible gifts?) 😉

  2. Thank you for a good read! I always do ten minutes of yoga first thing every morning, and I find that it really helps me to wake up and focus my energy 🙂

    1. You’re so welcome! 🙂 I seriously love the sound of that! I hear that it’s such a calm way to start the day too. 🙂

  3. Sounds like you had a great holiday! Those midwest winter can be harsh. I’m a CA girl, so I don’t even remember what real winter is like…it’s been 75 here all “fall”. I love seeing how other people decorate their houses – it’s great inspiration!

    1. It was very nice. . Haha, I know! I grew up in CA too, but I’ve never quite gotten used to the winters here. .☃️.

  4. You guys in US are lucky coz you have two big family holidays, Thanksgiving AND Christmas!! Here in Italy, it’s just Christmas for family get togethers, lots of cooking, presents and decorating! All your cookies look beautiful!

    1. Thank you! They are definitely one of my new faves. . And wow, I’ll bet Christmas in Italy must be amazing! .