Friday, December 23, 2016

Merry Christmas -2016

 Asked son if he would help with the pomanders and he did a good job! He came home for Christmas. It was a 9 hrs trip for him and were happy when he arrived safely. We will not have our Christmas meal and gift opening in this house till the 25th.
 He made us breakfast which was his favorite whole wheat waffles. It was a nice dark wheat.
 This cranberry Christmas cake tasted so delicious! The tartness of the cranberries really adds a mouth watering flavor. Wish I had better photos. I got the recipe here.
 My paperwhites are coming along!
 With nephews and nieces now married with little children of their own now there are more gifts to take along in the trip back home.
 Simplicity is the thing around here. The table was just for the three of us. Our daughter and husband are not going to be with us for Christmas, they are in some Island far away. They joined her in-laws and they are staying there for a couple of months. We miss her but we got to see her last October which was so good.

 Large napkins are actually smaller sack towels. I got the idea from pinterest. :)
 This is the sweet potato recipe from the new magazine from Joana and Chip Gaines. I used the disposable pan because I 'm taking this all the way to Iowa. This way I will not need to run the risk of forgetting my pans there. It's a bit far to try to retrieve them if I need it. I will freeze like this then when read to cook put in the oven for 10 min. We will celebrate with that side of the family on the 28th. The three of us here at home will have our Christmas meal tomorrow the 25th. When do you have your celebration? Share your traditions, it is interesting to hear how every family celebrates.

 A fast supper made with four different cheeses, pecorino, Kerry Gold cheese, queso fresco and Goat cheese with herbs. On bottom right two types of liver pates. Cornichons, fig spread, flat bread crackers and the bread was homemade (given to us by a friend.) It's English muffin bread. We also had herbed salami and several nuts. Lazy way to put food in the table if you're busy.

Compote of crab apple also a gift! I had never had it before and oh heavens what a delicious treat. The color is so beautiful. I am thankful for this. The friend who gave to us got it from someone else who had it homemade. I have to learn how to make it...but then where would I get the crabapples?
Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas time with loved ones. Around here we pray for ourselves but also for the world. We are keeping warm, drinking lots of hot chocolate, playing board games and enjoying each other's company.  Peace, love and joy as we prepare for the birth of Christ!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

December 13

Hope this advent season has brought blessings to you! We are indeed into Winter around here. The temperatures have been pretty low. The meteorology department have been talking about the Polar Vertex is to blame for low temps all over the US. We got plenty of snow. Hope you're keeping warm this season!

 I started the little fox that I got from Alicia Paulson but have not yet made his clothes.
 This snow drift goes all around the house and it's pretty high.

 The wind was blowing for quite some time that day and this is how the road looked like.
 Enjoyed seeing this sundog in our way to the gym. Sun dogs (or sundogs), mock suns or phantom suns, scientific name parhelia (singular parhelion), are an atmospheric phenomenon that consists of a pair of bright spots on either horizontal side on the Sun, often co-occurring with a luminous ring known as a 22° halo.
 In the way to the gym, colorful sky. I called it the white, brown, blue, lavender, peach sky.
 These cuties live by the road we take to go to the gym to exercise.
 I have planted some paperwhites, the blossoms smell so good.
 I don't have the recipe for this because I got a recipe and then changed it so much that I have no idea not even which name to give to it. It did turned out pretty tasty. It has pumpkin puree and cinnamon.
 Every time I move from one country to another (which I have done a few times) I loose my cookie cutters. I got the 5 in the bottom right of the pan at a cute store that sold old and antique things in S.D.
 Star shape is so nice and goes with the thought of the "Star of Bethlehem." 
 I tried decorating some of the cookies.
The first hot chocolate of the season. I realized that I did not had a proper hot chocolate in the house so I made it with Droste, honey and plenty of whipped cream.
 Spice tea is good for you and the aroma all over the kitchen is heavenly! Don't leave the spice inside the tea for too long or it may turn a bit bitter.
 Winter wonderland!
When the days are short and we don't get to see the sun light for long hours we marvel at the sight of light that comes flooding indoors certain days.
Wishing everyone a wonderful advent season!
May the Lord bless !!