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Our everyday life: week 52

I can’t believe it’s 2014. I can’t believe we’ve completed a whole year of “Our everyday life”.

Sorry it’s late, but here’s how the last week looked:

Icy car, no scraper, using Peter Rabbit book to help :)

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Early morning (cold!) walk in beautiful sunshine. Much better than the storms and floods all around us.

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But storms and floods mean lots of “muddles” (C’s word for muddy puddles) to reflect on and jump in ;)

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Holiday snacks – maple spiced nuts. Made it up as we went along, but people raved about them!

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We bought C just one gift for Christmas, a boy doll called Mike. They seem to be getting along so far!

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Huge fan of his dinosaur backpack (aka walking reins!), he wore them ALL DAY!

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Merry Christmas! Our sister-in-law cooked for all, but I made bread sauce, smoked salmon pate and Shake baked bread. A very good food day!

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C danced all day with Father Christmas.

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Nuts were gobbled and we lasted about 5 minutes playing a very old version of Trivial Pursuit. It was too hard for those of us under 40!

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A lovely birthday treat – brunch with my love.

IMG_20131224_085627Happy New Year to you all, hope it’s a good one for you :)

Bake

xoxo

The Gift of Time #nofilter

Merry December, people!

We hope you are full of lovely food and drink and happiness!

I am just quickly sharing my birthday (Christmas Eve!) gift from Shake with you, as I really hope it will mean more food and recipes :)

Simple lights have basically given me the gift of time – no longer will I try to squeeze in baking/making and photographing bits and pieces while C naps!

Before – normal living room lighting.

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After – hooray! We have light!

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Now for some more playing around…

See you soon, I hope :)

Bake

xoxo

Favourite posts this week

Market flowers

:: We just received an early Christmas present from my Grandpa, saffron from Iran. It’s the real deal, guys. Will try not to squirrel it away (my speciality!) and hope to make these Swedish buns. Although the recipe calls for yeast, which means I’ll pass it over to Shake ;)

:: A great series, Parents Who Cook, from one of my all-time favourite blogs. The ladies have some lucky children!

:: This post from Soulemama really makes me want to learn to cross-stitch. Adorable little works of art!

:: Yet more saffron – this time in brownie form. Yum.

:: I love to read about Bekah’s simple Christmas traditions.

:: I can’t find the right words to talk about what happened this week in America. All I know to do is hug our boy a little tighter, for a little longer. This post has been shared a lot, not sure if you have seen it yet, but it really made me think about mental illness and being a mother.

Wishing you a happy and healthy week.

Bake

xoxo

 

Christmas is coming

Orange decorations Orange decorations II Christmas bunting

We are feeling festive!

Tonight we will be drinking some of this.

Presents have been wrapped (except for something handmade that is a little wonky and needs tweaking. Oops).

What I especially love at the moment is seeing our bunting hanging up all around the house.

Wedding bunting

It was made by my mother in law and reminds us daily about our wedding and the special weekend we shared with our families.

Hope you are starting to feel festive too :)

Bake

xoxo

 

Favourite posts this week

I’m sorry I missed the post last week. After some stormy days we lost normal internet for almost a week and Shake’s backup satellite internet for work was almost all used up by Skype (oops!) and what was left was too slow for me to use properly…

:: Guardian/OFM 20 best cookbooks of 2012. Do you agree?

:: What the British say and what they really mean! Very unlike the French who love to tell you how it is…

:: Mulled Wine – YES! Another reason I love this time of year.

:: Go Sainsburys! Great news about sustainable fish, which we are struggling to find over here…

:: We aren’t buying baby anything for Christmas, but will keep this post on ethical toys in mind in case anyone else wants to, and for next year too!

:: Ottolenghi’s spice cookies from Luisa look amazing!

:: Winter food in pictures. Cute.

:: Mmm another post from Mr Lebovitz this week. Looks delicious.

:: Caramelized beetroot tarte tartin – on my “to make soon” list.

:: I also have an avocado problem. This recipe won’t help, but will undoubtedly be yummy.

:: This video made us both chuckle – I am sure if I had Instagram I’d be doing all of this too…I’m friggin’ Michelangelo ;)

Right, have to dash, baby eating cat food (that’s ok right?), homework to be done, presents to be finished, rooms to be tidied, dinner to be prepped, siblings to be called….

Bake

xoxo

 

 

 

Alternative Christmas Cards (charity shop books)

Last year, the most enjoyable bit of our Christmas shopping was our alternative Christmas cards and it might be something you want to try for yourself. It’s a bit complex, so I’ve written out the process step-by-step…

  1. Write a list of people you would usually buy cards for
  2. Find your nearest charity bookshop
  3. Buy everyone a book

It’s simple and fun, but you never know what you’ll find in stock and that makes it even more interesting. We spent a couple of hours in an Oxfam Books and delighted the volunteer staff with the total number of books we bought.

I like to look for books I don’t think people would buy themselves, but that they might find interesting. It’s a lot of fun, and a great way to spend time thinking about the people you love. And for people who “don’t do books” there’s usually something funny or silly.

On top of all that, most books in most charity shops costs less than a regular gift card from a supermarket. And the whole cost of your book is a charitable donation, rather than the few pennies in royalties that charities get from most boxed Christmas cards.

You can (and should!) write a message in the front of a book, and there’s a whole load more value in the content than you’d find in any card.

And if I haven’t sold this idea hard enough already, the kind of people who do their Christmas shopping in charity book shops are awesome. It’s a refreshing antidote to the rudeness and madness that takes over the rest of the high street around now.