A couple of years ago,¬†I learned about Danish¬†chef Trine Hahnemann¬†as I was¬†munching on some simple¬†vanilla cookies that a friend made from Trine’s recipe. The little white¬†rings are full of goodness¬†– they’re¬†perfectly sized¬†and have¬†just enough¬†sweetness.
I didn’t make them in time for Christmas, but I did bake a batch in time for my family’s New Year’s Day feast.
before –¬†little ring cookies ready for the oven
after: little ring cookies ready to be eaten
Trine Hahnemann’s Vanilla Danish Butter Cookies
375 g butter
250 g sugar
2 vanilla pods
500 g plain flour
1. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until the mixture is pale and fluffy.¬†Add the egg and continue beating.
3. Split the vanilla pods lengthways and scrape out the seeds with the tip of a knife. Stir them into the flour.
4. Fold the dry ingredients into the butter mixture. (I knead the dough a little bit so everything sticks together.)
5. Wrap the dough in cling wrap and chill for (at least) two hours.
6. Preheat the oven to¬†200¬įC (I¬†set mine at 390¬įF).
7. Roll the dough into very thin sausages about fix or six centimetres long. Curl each on into a ring and press the ends firmly together.
8. Place rings on a¬†parchment-lined baking tray (I put the trays in the fridge for a few minutes before putting them in the oven. This helps them keep their¬†small ring shape).
9. Bake for about eight minutes (I baked mine for about 6 minutes.)
10. Cool cookies on a wire rack.
11.¬†Store the cookies in an airtight¬†container and do not mix them with other¬†types of cookies or they will go soft.
*Instead of converting the measurements into cups and tablespoons, I used a scale and weighed¬†each of the ingredients.
Thanks to Emmy for¬†teaching me about these delicious Danish cookies. Recipe via Red (original recipe is in The Scandinavian Cookbook). Photos by me.
DIY doily Christmas trees, Oui Oui Oui Studio
I spent several holidays in Manhattan while my sister and her family lived¬†there, and I always loved walking through the AOL Time Warner Center.¬†The view is awesome and the star decorations are lovely. This photo is a few years old, but the stars – and the view – remain pretty darn special.
stars at the AOL Time Warner centre, photo by Jordana
We all know that I’m addicted to white. Yes, it’s true. When it comes to Christmas, however, I can’t resist adding green and red to the mix. I know, I know, it’s shocking. I¬†love having a¬†real live green tree (mine is from Ikea, and it smells so good!), and my colourful decorations remind me of the places I’ve travelled. That being said, when I saw this white tree at Rona last weekend, I wondered if I¬†should give a¬†white artificial tree a try one year.
I probably would end up just putting lights on it and calling it a day. Maybe I’ll¬†wait for it to go on super sale, and then¬†try it out next year.
I¬†thought these¬†Christmas decorations were also pretty cute:
I wish¬†there was an Ikea in Kitchener-Waterloo.¬†I miss spending chunks of my days there and browsing the¬†collections with a coffee in hand. I haven’t yet made my way there to see this year’s¬†holiday collection in person (or to stock up on Glogg), but¬†I’m looking forward to doing so in a couple of weeks (if there’s anything still in stock, that is!). For now, I’ve rounded up some of the items that have caught my attention.
See more at Ikea.
December 1st is right around the weekend corner…time to¬†get those advent calendars ready! Here are some of my favourites from Etsy.
minimalist advent calendar, $80.11
advent calendar pouches, $69.66
advent calendar kit, $27.44
hanging advent calendar, $88.00
advent calendar reindeer parade, $31.77
Have a wonderful weekend!
I cannot believe it’s October and I opted to write a holiday¬†post. What has come over me? I’ll tell you what – Minted has come through once again this year with a beautiful selection of amusing, traditional, and whimsical holiday cards.
grand new year
vintage library card
sign of peace
sparkle and shine
My order arrived last week and¬†I am thrilled (once again) with the design and paper quality of these cards. The cards are also very customizable – flat, folded, booklet, photos, curved edges, gold foil, etc.¬†There’s no reason¬†not to order holiday cards¬†now.
I’ve prepared my 2nd Christmas carol remix for you this Monday morning…ready?
How lovely are your branches!
green¬†white¬†will always grow
Through summer sun and winter snow.
How lovely are your branches!
And if you’re still shopping for Christmas gifts, head on over to Design Maze where I’ve posted a black & white gift guide.
Can I turn a classic Christmas tune into a blog post? Let’s find out, shall we?
jingle all the way
oh what fun
it is to ride
in a one (horse) open sleigh (bed)
What do you think? Does it work? You may just find more of my Christmas song interpretations making the pages of White Cabana in the next 12 days!
Will Martha Stewart be coming to your home for Christmas this year? She can if you first head to the Home Depot and stock up on some of her holiday decorations. Here are some of the items that caught my attention in the Arctic¬†collection.
glass owl, $9.87
star tree topper, $14.97
set of 6 ornaments, $9.96
101 ornaments, $26.96
penguins¬†items from Martha Stewart’s Arctic collection
There are so many creative ways to use photos nowadays. From cards to memory games to mugs to calendars – there’s a way to perfectly personalize holiday gifts and stationery. Pinhole Press, as you may have previously heard, makes gift giving quite easy.
You could start with holiday cards to send to family and friends.
Silent Night card
Merry Merry card
You could then get coordinating labels and gift tags.
Unique gifts for children and adults include memory games, photo books, and magnetic notepads.
Do you like receiving personalized gifts like the ones above? Don’t you think it’s a great way to remember – and share – happy moments?
Images courtesy of Pinhole Press.
Yup – the shops are in full-on Christmas mode (and have been since November 1st, right?)! Let’s have a look at a few of the goodies that Winnipeg-based¬†EQ3 has to offer this year…
Christopher decorative tree, $19.99
owl ornament, $14.99 for 3
Radiate paper star, $7.99
Marimekko fabric – Kuusikossa
Note: Marimekko fabric is 25% off until November 25th at select EQ3 stores in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, and Winnipeg.
Santa’s on his way…and he’s bringing his reindeer too!
baby reindeer (28″ high), $375, ABC Carpet & Home
I’m ending the week here with five beautiful wintery white living spaces.
via Country Living
photo by Katya De Grunwald, via House to Home (thanks to Colin for the submission)
via House & Home
photo by Kate Sears
Have a wonderful weekend!
Don’t be surprised if you don’t see daily updates over the next week or two. I’m taking a mini blog break!
Still on the hunt for a cool Christmas gift for (insert the name of your favourite person who you haven’t yet bought for)? If you’re in Toronto then it’ll be worth your while to visit Drake General Store. The shop is full of quirky, interesting, amusing, and Canadiana products that are sure to fulfill your favourite (insert person)’s wish list.
ceramic cactus, $22
p’tite poutine bowl, $24
hidden owl mug, $32
countdown clock, $135
Well isn’t this a modern nativity scene? I love Baby Jesus’ sweet curl and big smile.
EQ3+ Alessi Presepe Nativity, $137
I know a lot of us are focused on our trees right now…but how ’bout them wreaths? Do you hang up a wreath (or several) for the holidays? I have one with white wool pompoms (easy DIY) on my front door…it stays up all winter long.
via Dust Jacket
via Sweet Paul
DIY book pages wreath – via See Kate Sew
via Willow Decor
DIY pinecone wreath – via Casa Sugar
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
My kind of snow…
Manzanita snow dome, $51, West Elm
owl snow globe, $24.50, Indigo
moose snow globe, $24.50, Indigo
Ikea is making it pretty easy for us to bring a good Jul (holiday season) into our homes this year (and every year, right?) what with its super selection of holiday items that are less than $20. For a very special edition of 20 Below, I am featuring not one but five¬†great white decor items from Ikea that can be used during – and after – the holidays.
STR√ÖLA¬† 7-armed candelabra, $19.99
BLOMSTER lantern $19.99
JULKUL pastry cutter, set of 6 $4.99
STR√ÖLA floor lamp, $16.99
JULFINT mug, $2.49
Images courtesy of Ikea.
Last week we went to visit Santa with the boys at the beautiful ABC Carpet and Home. For those of you who don’t know – it is one of NYC‚Äôs most stunning shops! The visit kick started the Christmas season for us and I long for all-white Christmas decor thanks to these inspiring vignettes!
photos by Corie
I took some photos of my mom’s Santa collection a little while ago. Even though the beard is white and the outfit is red, each jolly little figure seems to have a unique personality.
Photos by Jordana.
If you’re still thinking of gift giving today, then perhaps you’ll consider making a donation to a favourite charity in honour of someone you love. There are so many wonderful causes to support but here are five wonderful organizations that I contribute to at this and other times of the year.
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
Canadian Cancer Society
Odette Cancer Centre, Sunnybrook Hospital
Children’s Wish Foundation
Heart & Stroke Foundation
To which organizations do you contribute? Please share.
My talented photographer friend Tina recently sent over this photo she snapped of a sparkly ornament on her mom’s tree. Even the tree needs a pretty new holiday dress!
photo by Tina
Aren’t these DIY Christmas jars sweet? Gather a bunch together and you’ll have an indoor winter scene in no time.
via Tortoise and the Hare