Soon 2015 will be upon us. A new year with a fresh start, new hopes and new big dreams. I love this time of year — not only is it the most wonderful time of the year but it’s also the most exciting time. The Christmas holiday, together with the anticipation of the upcoming new year just makes my heart sing.
My heart has definitely caught the happy spirit of the season and I’m in full on holiday mode. Baking, cooking, decorating and planning. It’s all so very exciting. I’m also happy to share with you some recipes that were born out of my silver kitchen recently. I hope you will enjoy them as much as we have.
Elevate the mood of the season and scent your home or RV with this lovely assortment of pine tree snippings, a star anise pod, a cinnamon stick, one orange sliced and studded with cloves and a small apple. Place them all into a small pot and fill with water up to the top. Bring to a simmer and enjoy the sweet smells of the holiday season. Add more water as needed.
One of my sweet readers commented on my facebook page when I shared this idea that rather than simmering away on the stove, she uses a small slow cooker. Great idea I say!
Now this recipe I simply adore. The cookie dough, for me, is like a blank canvas. I added poppy-seeds, lemon zest and almond extract (instead of the traditional vanilla). The recipe follows below :)
Our bedroom got a little makeover and everytime I walk in here, I can’t help but smile big. I’ve been in love love love with that duvet set now for a little over two years. I’ve had a thing for triangles back then and I still do now. Maybe it’s the graphic designer in me that makes my heart flip for triangle patterns but my love for them still goes strong.
Which brings me to my next point. No matter how in love I was with that duvet set, there was no way I was paying the amount of $$ that was being asked for it. It was an insane amount. So I pinned the duvet set to my Pinterest board that I titled, “Outfitting an Airstream,” and moved on with my life.
Every now and then I would stalk that set and just dream it could be mine. Well, two weeks ago my dream came true :) When I returned to my Pinterest board for my ritual stalking, I discovered it was on SALE. Including shipping I paid less than $50!
I want to thank you for being here, it means so much. Your sweet words to me about J5MM always makes me smile and I hope that your holiday season is full of peace and happiness.
Wherever you are this holiday season, hubby, B, Oliver and I are sending you warm holiday wishes ♥
Safe and happy travels,
With all my heart ~
Lemon Poppy Seed Shortbread Cookies
Bake these up all at once, or keep the log in the freezer for those times when a hankering for a fresh baked cookie strikes.
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Zest of one large-ish lemon
2 tablespoons of poppy seeds
1/4 teaspoon salt
optional: miniature marshmallows
Preheat oven to 375° F.
In a medium bowl, cream together butter, sugar, lemon zest, salt and almond extract until light and fluffy. Gradually stir in your flour and poppy seeds until it is well blended.
On a sheet of plastic wrap, place your dough and flatten it into a disc. Chill in your fridge for at least 30 minutes.
Cut equal size squares in the dough and roll into little balls pressing into the middle with your thumb to make an impression. Place cookies onto an ungreased baking sheet and place a single miniature marshmallow in the impression, or “print.”
Bake for 15 minutes or until the edges turn a nice light brown.
Remove your cookies from the oven and let cool on a wire rack. Once cool, add a single raspberry to each cookie and dust with powdered sugar.
They are really cute little cookies that taste so delicious. I hope you enjoy.