Excited yet? We are... Baby Jesus took our son's letter with his present wishes from the window sill and that means a happy Christmas when he rings the bell after supper on December 24! Right?
This is the time we put up our tree (well I should wait until December 24 really!) and bake our Xmas traditional cookies, which mostly all have walnuts in them (chopped, ground... ) to celebrate our favorite fall produce in the Czech Republic.
Our tree is usually eclectic ... Not a theme one, with hand made ornaments (glass, wood or straw).
Like this one...
We have even a high heeled stocking... And some fun ones.
Keeping the decor subtle and nature true ...with only bee wax candles and simple style.
Someone wanted his own tree in his bedroom... Smiles.
Made this vase for our breakfast nook:
And some easy ones for our dining room, starting with empty bowl and basket:
Having time to visit the Heritage Park in Calgary and see the Xmas Train display ...and horse wagon ride.
Also, we made time for our mother-son baking team and made some delicious cookies together! (ate lots too!)
Now, my Czech recipe and my mom's for a wonderful Xmas biscotti is here:
250g icing sugar
250g all-purpose flour
120g chopped walnuts
200g candied orange/ lemon peels
100g dried currants (or raisins)
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Touch of ground cloves and allspice and nutmeg
Mix it all together well, first with a spatula then with our hand, don't over mix, it becomes sticky. And use flour on your hands to shape int 3 equal parts:
Place on buttered and flour dusted baking pan at 325f for about 20-30 min. Do the toothpick test!
Cut into slices while warm or after a day or two, store in a container.