cool stuff i like
December 25, 2015
MERRY CHRISTMAS, my merry elves! Or tired elves? I'm wondering if this is the first time that a Cool Stuff list of mine has run on Christmas, the day itself. I've got some lovely things to look at during your holiday weekend, if you feel so inclined. Guess what - last weekend we went to a holiday party, we go every year and it's so beautiful - the parents of a friend of Andrew's throws it every year and there are candles and glittering sparkling glass dishes everywhere. And on a sideboard in the dining room there was a dish of sugared almonds, and jellied candy fruits. I felt like I was in a Dickens novel! I have to tell you, I realized that I don't think I've actually had sugared almonds before and now I'm convinced that I can never go another holiday without them. I feel like I don't want big heavy desserts anymore - I want to do what Nigel Slater suggests in this book - passing around a platter with fancy wrapped candies, little mandarins, sugared almonds and maybe petit fours. Tiny treats, doesn't that sound so nice??
Holidayish and seasonal cool things for you this week:
A great winter Tomte booklist, many of which are beloved favorites of mine - with a bonus rice porridge recipe!
Speaking of porridge.....a darling friend just sent me the link to Neil Gaiman's porridge recipe.
I'm really thinking HARD about doing something similar in my front room, which has a bit of wall like this.
Marzipan chocolate chip cookies.
Shakespearean Christmas carols.
Another great article about 'hygge' - the Danish concept of cozy time.
Did you all see my post from earlier this week? The Little Bear book? Well check this out - 'Miss Flora McFlimsey's Christmas Eve'. Same artist. I MUST HAVE IT.
Just discovered a new-to-me blog, the Homebook. Really charming!
Eggnog three ways.
Cool Book of the Week: 'The Never Girls: A Fairy's Gift' was an early holiday gift for Julia and she just adored it - said it was the best Never Girls book yet! Lovely hardcover, special edition that has a bit more story to it than the other books in the series. If your kiddo is a fan of the other books, you might care to add this to the pile. Julia has really loved the whole series (about real girls who find themselves immersed in Tinker Bell's fairy world) - in this one, the Never Girls are trying to get people to regain their belief in fairies, so that the fairies don't lose all of their magic.