Sweet, Spicy and Soothing Winter Recipes
The Winter Solstice was yesterday. The shortest day of the year in terms of daylight. Many I know prefer the long summer days with sun until late in the evening. However, I think this dark shorty is Mother Nature’s cue for us all to slow down and prepare to spend some quality down time with the ones most important to us.
Recently, when in Amsterdam on holiday, we were walking the quaint residential streets as people were coming in from their day. In many of the homes, the kitchens are on the ground level and have large windows open to the cobbled streets. Most home owners bicycle into a small courtyard, go into the kitchen and immediately light candles to begin the wind down from the day. It’s as if they celebrate the Winter Solstice everyday. Everyone is so peaceful enjoying their homes.
This week, after all our clients were tucked in and ready for the holiday, and Miss LBD became Mrs. LBD Junior (congrats to the newlyweds!), I got a terrible virus. To all of you who emailed thinking you did not receive the Monday and Wednesday post, I apologize. I should have posted a quick note about our absence. Another lesson in Blogging 101!
And while I have been on tea and toast, I do have some really good food blogger friends who kick it in high gear this time of year. I can imagine any one of these (or all of these) goodies gracing our counter tops this special time of the year. These 5 gals are expert photographers as well. The photos are almost as good as the recipes! Links to their sites are below each photo.
Winter Solstice Cake
Chewy Almond Cookies
Espresso Hot Chocolate
No Churn Peppermint Ice Cream
Vegan Caramel Cheesecake
Yes, this week’s Friday’s Favorites did not look like it would happen. Thanks, Mr. Flu Bug! Yet, thanks to a little help from our friends, we can all enjoy these beautiful photos and winter treats as we head into “planned” major family down time!
Here goes, the official blog notice. We will be taking a short break during this holiday season to enjoy all the blessings in our lives. During our own curl up and read time, we will be catching up with all the blogs we follow. We invite you to do the same with littleblackdomicile and take a stroll thru our archives and social media pages. Let’s make 2018 the year of Good Design for Everyone.
Travel Safe, Stay Healthy, Be Happy
Wishing You The Very Best Of This Holiday Season!
Laurel and Kristen