This year we decided to stay home for Christmas, just the two of us. 2016 has been a busy year full of challenges and changes and it felt good to take some time to relax, enjoy good food, read and discuss and play some board games. I made a vegetarian version of the traditional Karelian hot pot using pulled oats and gluten/free ginger bread adapting my grandmother’s recipe, a childhood favourite. We were lucky to have some snow for the weekend and we took our boots out for a walk in the forest. Wishing everyone peaceful and heartwarming holidays ❤ Advertisements
Two weekends at Ateliers Des Tanneurs, ecological & sustainable Christmas Market. And you can get your weekly groceries at the Bio Market next door while you’re there! More info HERE
Christmas 2013 is behind us and we’re standing at the door step of the New Year. Even if Christmas is a holiday for spending time with the people you love and calming down after the busy month of December, I dare to say that New Year is in a way a more spiritual event. While Christmas has an undeniable material dimension to it with the gifts and the feasting, New Year is a time to really reflect who we are and where we want to be. Some people make resolutions, others more quiet plans of a better, healthier life or hopes of finding love and luck, success and prosperity. Even if the New Year’s night is practically nothing more than a night between a Tuesday and a Wednesday, we somehow feel that when that new morning comes – Anything is possible. So just before popping the champagne, I wanted to share some pictures of the beautiful items I got for Christmas. Oakley sunglasses will serve me perfectly at the ski slopes of Lapland in the …
…from the kitchen 😊 Wearing a top from Rodier and a cardigan from Missoni
Some last minute cleaning, shopping and wrapping. Tomorrow Christmas can come and fill the house with it’s warmth, joy, scents and tastes that remind of us of our childhood and make us want to smile and share valuable moments together. To make the most of this week I have a good book, food & wine, candles and most importantly: time.
The present bought for secret Santa at the office can often be a real hit or miss when people are buying low budget gifts to colleagues they barely know, but l have to say l just love what l got this year! The big porcelain cup is dressed up in a pretty tasteful and cute Christmas jumper and holds in it a hot chocolate mix, marshmallows and even a small whisk. If you’re looking for a small and sympathetic gift, these are apparently available at Delhaize 🙂
A few tips if you’re wondering what to get for mom, or for another special lady in your life. Offer a heavenly blend of tea and some beautiful cups. White tea “Avec les Anges” from Tea for Two. Cups are second hand. Pamper her with a Korres face cream or a luxurious wool and silk throw from Coco-Mat. Or get her a book to read during the holidays. Another idea that can’t fail is a homemade hamper: gather some of her favourite goodies from the bio shop. Or offer a Gift Card: a good present can also be a service – offer to baby-sit, cook a three course meal, give a massage or offer to clean the house.
Five days of shameless eating, sitting by the fire watching movies and reading. Long nights of sleep. No camera, no computer. My traditions, Your traditions; starting Our own traditions.