Thursday, December 10, 2015

christmas to do...

there is nothing like a good ol' dose of christmas to get you out of a gloomy funk, and this year the thorburn family is REALLY excited for christmas! well- finn and i are... jeff goes along with all our crazy ideas.

all my life i have been a huge christmas celebrator. i love the traditions and decorating and baking and family and making everything (perhaps a bit overly) meaningful. this year will actually be our first ever christmas just the three of us. we are heading to calgary on the 27th, but never in the 12+ years jeff and i have been together have we ever officially spent the entire day without chunks of extended family. as someone who very much loves a full house, i'm a bit mixed on my feelings about it, but i am really excited to make it a special day and do a few things we might not normally do (like, we might GO OUT for christmas dinner instead of making a big feast! gasp!)

it's probably no surprise that i have spent more than a few hours rummaging through pinterest finding ALL the things that i'm certain will make this christmas just right. and how unfun would it be if i wasn't overindulgent in my sharing of these ambitious projects?

so, here are a few of my favourite things found floating around the internet time will tell if any of them actually come to fruition.

i'm super late in getting a wreath made for our front door this year. if i'm being honest, i still have a stack of slowly rotting pumpkins waiting to be composted. but i've always loved the simplicity of wreaths like the one above. and i could likely forage for the needed supplies in our yard. (though i probably should have done this yesterday when the sun was shining.)

i stumbled upon a rather large bag of very old cinnamon in my cupboard recently (i'm still totally stumped by where it actually came from...), and deemed it the perfect excuse to make these cinnamon ornaments. i remember having them on our tree as a kid, and each year eagerly inhaling all their sweet cinnamony goodness as we unpacked the ornament box.

i for some reason cant stop buying cheese. we don't even really eat that much cheese these days, but every trip the grocery store has me coming home with various cheese options. i keep thinking it will be good to have for when people pop by, but so far, i have just eaten most of it. (hey man, half a block of fried halloumi totally counts as dinner!) i did however pick up some imperial cheese the other day with full intentions of making these cocktail crisps that my friend anna shared on my 12 days of baking feature last year. that is assuming i don't eat all the cheese first.

each year, finn and i pick an ornament project that we make together. this year, we decided on some variation of a pinecone elf. i like the sweet little faces on these guys.

my friend katie and i have been daydreaming over these momofuko cornflake, marshmallow and chocolate chip cookies. it's an involved recipe with many steps, but we have agreed to tackle it together. it will also probably help us to SHARE a recipe rather than having the whole batch to ourselves. ;)

1 comment:

  1. 1.) Fried halloumi TOTALLY counts as dinner ;)

    2.) Those pinecone elves!!