I’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! I hope you and your loved ones enjoy happy times together, laugh as much as possible, eat delicious food, and think about all the things you’re grateful for.
Sarah Louise Matthews
Thanks, as always, for making time in your day for a little White Cabana.
What’s your approach to wrapping Christmas presents? Do you plan a theme? Do you use wrapping paper or bags? Is everything colour-coordinated?
As for me, I keep things simple (are you that surprised?). I use one wrapping paper design and just a few bags. I keep ribbons and tags simple, too. My wrapping is basic, and Pinterest certainly makes me look like the worst wrapper ever.
Just look at these five beautifully wrapped gifts. Wouldn’t you love to receive one of these? I think I may consider improving my approach to wrapping next year.
The Cross Design via Erica Cook
via 30s magazine
via Homey Oh My
via Style At Home
It may come as a surprise to many of you, but when it comes to Christmas, I am quite traditional. I am always eager to get a real tree in my home (usually around December 1st), and I decorate with ornaments I’ve collected from my travels, and a few that I pick up locally each year. Other decorations around my home are from my childhood, belong to my growing collection of reindeer, or are part of my growing Christmas Spode collection (Am I too young to have a Christmas Spode collection? Nah!). You can see some of my decorations on this guest post I wrote for Rox-Anne at Celebrating This Life last year.
All this said, I’ve noticed a lot more white trees and Christmas decor floating around blogs, Instagram pages, Pinterest, and magazine spreads. They’re absolutely beautiful, and I commend those who embrace an all-white Christmas!
via Kaatje Karin
via Blount Designs
via Sara Ashley Hanson
Wishing all of you a wonderfully happy Christmas! Thanks, as always, for making time in your busy day for a little White Cabana!
I’m taking a few days off from blogging to spend time with my family, so don’t be surprised if you don’t see an update. I’ll leave you with one of my favourite Christmas Cabanas this year:
my sister and brother-in-law’s gorgeous home
Last week, I shared five black and white Christmas trees. This week, I’m sharing five paper Christmas trees. Who will be doing a bit of DIYing this holiday?
DIY paper Christmas trees in black and white, Therese Knutsen
DIY paper Christmas trees in black and white, Seventy Nine Ideas
DIY pop-up Christmas card, Maurice & King
via Craftaholics Anonymous
¬†Have a great weekend!
Earlier this week, a colleague asked me if I had a white Christmas tree. Truth revealed – while I do have quite a few white ornaments, I mostly embrace a traditional green and red colour scheme at Christmas. I keep my decorations tame, but I do not shy away from these classic colours. I can’t yet bring myself to go all-white because I really like having a real tree in the house for the month of December.¬† Surprised?
What do you think about having a non-traditional tree? Would you go for a white or black version?
DIY ombre tree, via Little Inspiration
via Hymns and Verses
via Shabby Chicks
via Eclectically Vintage
via Craftberry Bush
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!
The ornament collection at Chapters-Indigo is quite pretty this year. Grab a book, pick up an ornament – sounds good to me!
white porcelain moose ornament, $7.50
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