checkerboard cookies

 

stacked and fell

And another late post. Since I’ve gotten home I’ve been working and it’s been hot. I’ve been watching Doctor Who and not doing much else at all. Like a holiday from my holiday. It’s been much more difficult to get up early now that I’m back in Melbourne (and I have to say that the work Christmas dinner didn’t help with that AT ALL.)

I think it's what you call "mise en place"

But time moves on (quickly, quickly!) and so must we, and although it’s holidays for some, others of us still have to work. But we make time for play, too, and our house is having a Christmas party this weekend.

Cue massive freak out.

Cookies, cupcakes, mini quiches. Vodka, bourbon, gin. Dishes, dishes, dishes. Party party party! Continue reading

christmas biscotti

biscotti

bowls and bowls

How exciting! We’re at the halfway point between the first day of December and Christmas Day and I’m excited. I can’t wait till Christmas but at the same time I’m really enjoying the excitement in the lead up. Included in that excitement was the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2012.

the line up

pistachios

I signed up for the swap after hearing about it via Best Friends for Frosting (I’m pretty sure) in November. The deal is, you bake a bunch of cookies. You send 1 dozen cookies to three food bloggers (that’s one dozen each) and in return, three food bloggers send you cookies! It was so much fun making up my packages and I love love love recieving mail so getting the cookies was awesome too!  Continue reading

pumpkin cake cookies with black and white icing

pumpkin cake cookies

Christmas is about the birth of Christ.

When the Messiah was born, the first people who found out were the shepherds in the field. The lowly shepherds, who were looked down upon in regular society, were the first to find out that their people were to be saved and not only that, that they would save the entire cosmos. The Israelites, that small, proud nation on a small spit of land at the edge of the country wouldbe the saving grace of the whole universe. Continue reading

brown butter bourbon biscuits

stack

close

And just like that, 24 days of cookies becomes 23 days of cookies. It’s slightly disappointing because I wasn’t busy yesterday, I just had one of those beautiful lazy days where I blew off my to do list and drank tea all day, playing cards with friends and ending it all with community Christmas carols and It’s a Wonderful Life.

I regret nothing. Continue reading

florentines

stack

Our Christmas tree is up! I’m so excited. My housemates were hanging out for me to come home so we could decorate it together. Unfortunately we don’t have a real tree but I will be acquiring a pine scented candle sometime soon so we’ll still have that amazing Christmas scent. Mmm. Christmas. Pine.  Continue reading

gluten free snickerdoodles

tea and cookies

I am currently flying in a plane over Australia. Well, ok, not ACTUALLY RIGHT NOW flying. I am flying as I write this, so by the time you read it I will definitely have been on the ground for a while. But hey. I am flying.

piled

It’s a pretty amazing thing, flight. Humans have figured out how to subvert the natural impulses of our species, which is to stay on the ground where it’s (ostensibly) safe. Where we know what’s what. Where we know what is going on. Continue reading

non traditional rugelach

rugelach

Time for something completely different. Yes, that’s right, it’s time for the annual quick-review-of-books-I-have-finally-had-time-to-read-now-that-I-moved-into-a-stable-house-and-have-free-time!

fillings

Oh, that’s not a thing? Also the name is too long? Party poopers. Ah, well, we’re doing it anyway. Books are great gifts. You should totally get a book for someone this Christmas. Give the gift of another world. Continue reading

chocolate chip cookies, again

stacked

The feast day of St Nicholas, the man behind the story of Santa Claus, is the 6th of December (tomorrow) but in Holland, where my mum’s family is from, they celebrate Christmas on the 5th. (That’s today, in case you were still figuring that out.) I wanted to share a recipe for speculaas, a Dutch spiced cookie, but unfortunately I haven’t yet gotten around to making them so you’ll have to wait a little longer. Continue reading

shortbread

scattered

Traditions are important. When we participate in traditional practices, in traditional rites and rituals, we are participating in processes that sometimes have been around for hundreds and thousands of years.

line 'em up

Now it’s true that not all traditions stem from positive beginnings. Sometimes traditions make us lose sight of what is truly important, for instance, the tradition of Black Friday perpetuates the materialism and capitalism that lies at the heart of not only American culture but the culture of the rich West, of which we are a part.  Continue reading

brownie cookies with salted caramel buttercream

close up

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! My newsfeeds are filling up with instagram photos, status updates and tweets all about Christmas. Trees are going up, carols are being sung and most importantly, cookies are being made.

first

melt & chop

Mmm, cookies. Continue reading