Actress and model Molly Sims says this time of the year is full of good food and family. “We love to bake during the holidays. Ever since I can remember, I always bake with my mom this time of year and now we have little Brooks helping us in the kitchen,” she says, referring to her adorable 1 1/2- year-old son. “This year we made sugar cookies, salted caramels and banana breads!”
That’s right — not only is Sims beautiful and sweet, but she can cook, too! In fact the Las Vegas star writes her own entertaining blog and is getting ready to launch a new book called The Everyday Supermodel.
Sims chatted with us about everything, including her favorite kid and adult recipes (like her mulled wine recipe using Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi pinot noir — need I say more?) as well as her BFF Rachel Zoe.
Molly Sims: We love decorating the tree as a family. We try and get real trees — they smell so amazing! We also got a mini tree, which we call our 'Charlie Brown' tree. Brooks decorated that one — and he did a really good job!
I also keep past holiday cards of the family. I put them all on a key ring so you can flip through cards from years ago and see how the families have grown!
MS: For Thanksgiving to surprise Grandma and Grandpa we dressed Brooks up as a turkey! Then last week, as a reindeer! It was too cute! As for me, I like to change it up. Sometimes I keep it comfortable and casual, but I also love, love, love to put on a great cocktail dress, or a sequin tank, or throw on an awesome headband to change up my look! Nothing wrong with a little glitz and glam during the holidays!
MS: When I am hosting a holiday dinner party, I like my dishes to be mostly inspired by my guests. One of my best friends is a vegetarian, which inspires me to make a creative and delicious sweet potato casserole or veggie side. This month, I am really into pumpkin and chocolate. I recently tried pumpkin spice brownies that are perfect to serve guests.
MS: My personal favorites are mini mashed potato bars — Brooks absolutely loves them! They are soft, easy to eat and it gives the kids a yummy holiday staple without the mess. I’ve also been finding if you make their food into holiday shapes, the kids will find almost anything delicious. For example, cutting a roasted turkey breast into a Christmas tree shape or even a simple gingerbread man.
MS: There is no better holiday scent than my mulled wine! I like to use Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi pinot noir. It’s multi-purpose because it can always be poured with dinner afterwards.
MS: I think winter is the time to enjoy warm drinks! Warm peppermint apple cider is my go-to. It is simple and the kids love the DIY aspect of dipping their own candy canes. Caramel steamed milk is a decadent dessert option for the little ones.
MS: I always try to get Brooks and the kids involved in our festivities. I like to create a scavenger hunt and have them retrieve holiday-themed items to fill a cornucopia. My favorite game to play while entertaining is Cards Against Humanity — but that’s really just for the adults!
MS: We have! Skyler is a little bit older, so Brooks just likes to follow him around and watch everything he is doing. Luckily, Skyler doesn't mind having Brooks as a shadow. I think when he is a little older, they're going to be the best of friends! (Right Rachel?) And hopefully Brooks can have the same hat collection as Skyler does!
MS: I love Natura Bisse skin care, their cream gives you a great glow. I love, love, love Hourglass primer... my makeup stays all day and through the night with it. And I definitely try to moisturize as much as possible. I love Aquaphor, Bio-Oil and Eucerin.
MS: We will be spending the New Year [holiday] with family and friends — and Brooks will definitely be there! Brooks still goes to bed early (8 p.m. is pushing it!) so Scott and I might pretend it’s the new year right before his bedtime so he can have a little NYE countdown too!
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