As part of FBC’s 5th anniversary we’re sharing a special 24-day Holiday Countdown from December 1st to the 24th. We’re going back in time to reconnect with some very special FBC Members. These Canadian food bloggers were among the very first FBCers to be showcased in our Friday Featured Blogger series that still runs today (we’ve featured almost 250 bloggers in five years!).

Countdown to the Holidays Day 20: Family Bites | Food Bloggers of Canada

Where are they now? And how do they celebrate the holidays? Today we visit with Jan Scott of Family Bites (you can read our original feature with Jan here from August 3, 2012).

Countdown to the Holidays Day 20: Family Bites | Food Bloggers of Canada

Name: Jan Scott

Blog NameFamily Bites

How has your blog evolved over the past five years?

I think the best way to describe the evolution of my blog is to say that in the past five years I found my voice. My blog is 90% a hobby blog, nothing more than a place to document the day-to-day adventures of feeding a house full of hungry boys, and after more than 860 posts I feel that I’m no longer trying to figure out who I am and what I want to say.

What’s your favourite holiday tradition?

Those who know me are probably already familiar with my pathological predisposition to celebrate everything via a variety of family rituals that kick into overdrive at this time of year. From the activity advent calendar I create for my older boys to the cookie baking and the tourtière we consume on Christmas Eve, almost every activity during the holidays is anchored in some sort of tradition. At the heart of it all though, I think the thing I like the most is hanging out in front of the fireplace with the kids watching holiday movies while enjoying some hot drinks. We do it often during the month of December and I never tire of that time together.

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Share a favourite holiday recipe with our readers

Countdown to the Holidays Day 20: Family Bites | Food Bloggers of Canada

At least once every December we make a chocolate hazelnut cake with chocolate Christmas trees. It’s a festive take on a regular one-bowl chocolate cake, slightly spiffed up with a Nutella-laced frosting. The colourful Christmas trees bring an abundance of delight to people who see and eat the cake, but they are literally the easiest things to make, which pretty much sums up how I like to cook and bake during the holidays.

What are the must-have staples in your holiday pantry?

My holiday pantry always has the usual baking ingredients — flours, sugars, chocolate, spices — within easy reach, but I also like to have other festive treats on hand like homemade cookies, assorted cheese and crackers, nuts and olives, fig jam, clementines and pomegranates, red and white wine, chilled Prosecco and a solid stash of cocktail napkins for all the nibbling we do during the season.

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