17 December 2012

Favourite Bites & Bobs December 2012

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.” 
Laura Ingalls Wilder

I can hardly believe that Christmas is almost upon us once again.  As ever there is a myriad of festive inspiration out there. Here are my favourite bites & bobs for December & maybe just a few things I would quite like to find in my Christmas stocking.

Chocolate Chestnut Fondant from Jamie at Life's A Feast.

Rosemary Tangerine Biscotti from Smith Bites

And it being Summer here this is the perfect sorbet from Emma over at My Darling Lemon Thyme.

The Smitten Kitchen can even make cauliflower festive...Cauliflower Feta Fritters with Pomegranate.  I reckon I could scoff a whole plate myself.

A totally new way with squash...sweet sour & quite delicious. 

"One can never have enough socks," said Dumbledore. "Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn't get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.” 

JK Rowling Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In the hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains fro a long winter's nap.

Clement Clarke Moore, 1823

And Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a glass or 2 of this 
Falcon Enamelware Bake Set.  Love the old fashioned feel. 
The most beautiful cheese knives. 
I covet this clutch
My favourite smellies...Montego Bay Coconut & Lime from Glasshouse...the essence of a tropical Summer holiday.
Perfect for New Year go on make a wish!
And Summer... I love Summer & hydrangeas & have the prettiest white one blooming in the garden.

I hope Santa is good to you all! Have a very merry Christmas & happy & safe 


  1. What a terrific wish list! Love the Laura Ingalls Wilder and Dumbledore quotes, too. And the white hydrangea is stunning - one of my favorite flowers.

    1. I adore hydrangea too...& love the white...but it now looks to be turning blue!

  2. Love your wish list. I am hankering after that Falcon enamelware and every time I venture to buy some they are out of stock in NZ. Hope you get all your wish for this Christmas.

    1. Yes it sure is popular....must try & find some to purchase in NZ! In the meantime on the book front contemplating an excursion to the book depository.....

  3. Great list Mairi, I too am hanging out for my own copy of Jerusalem.


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