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Last post I shared my hibernation of last weekend and reading by the fire. I was reading a book that I simply could not put down! A Week in Paris by Rachel Hore is a book filled with history, family secrets and the allure of Paris. It is a story of mother and daughter living in two very different worlds who share more than their passion for music. This book reveals the heartbreaking history of WWII Paris and the devastation brought to the City of Lights by Hilter and his army. I constantly read historical novels and I found this book one that I HIGHLY recommend!
I hope each of you had a wonderful holiday season and are enjoying the start of a new year! This past weekend eight inches of beautiful snow blanketed Chestnut Cottage. Oh how I love snow and the fact that it often causes us to “hibernate”. I was needing a day of reading by the fire and a nice little afternoon tea.
As I have said so many times, my library is my favorite room at Chestnut Cottage. That is particularly true on a snow day. This room is so cozy with its wormy chestnut paneling and old stone fireplace. Not to mention, that I am surrounded by my books!
Saturday afternoon I decided that a bit of tea was in order, so I pulled one of my favorite antique pieces close to the fire. I have had this little antique gate leg table for many years and it continues to make its home in the Chestnut Cottage library.
When not in use as a table by the fire, it holds books or sometimes part of my English barley twist candlestick collection.
Duncan MacDuff feels that the chair beside this table belongs to him!
I couldn’t resist using my Leighton Spray breakfast set for a bit of leftover pound cake from the Christmas Trifle and these adorable “Westie and Scottie” shortbread biscuits.
These were a Christmas gift from friends and I am not sure which I like best…the shortbread biscuits or the tin they came in!
Hope you will find time to relax by the fire, read a good book, and enjoy winter “hibernating”!
As we approach the birth of Christ, I love looking at my little stable filled with Waterford pieces.
Each of us likely remember our nativity sets from childhood and reflect on them at this time of years.
Last year on December 13th, I did a post of different nativity sets and you might enjoy looking back at that post.
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Our friends Bo and Ed have two sets that are both exquisite.
Each of us should make a true effort to keep the real reason for the season in our hearts this Christmas.
As I promised, this is the cake I made for the holiday dinner party earlier in the week. The cake is very moist, but a bit “crumbly” when cutting. It was a big hit and keeps wells in the refrigerator.
MIX CAKE MIX, WATER, OIL, EGGS, AND ORANGE PEEL TOGETHER THEN FOLD IN CRANBERRIES AND WALNUTS. MIX JUST UNTIL BLENDED
POUR BATTER INTO 2- 9 INCH ROUND PANS AND BAKE FOR 30-35 MINUTES IN A PREHEATED 350-DEGREE OVEN. COOL BEFORE FROSTING.
BEAT CREAM CHEESE AND BUTTER UNTIL FLUFFY. ADD POWDERED SUGAR, VANILLA AND ORANGE PEEL.
BEAT UNTIL WELL BLENDED. FROST CAKE BETWEEN LAYERS AND ON TOP AND SIDES.
DOUBLE THIS RECIPE FOR A 3-4-LAYER CAKE!
GARNISH WITH FRESH CANDIED CRANBERRIES (MAKE A SIMPLE SUGAR AND POUR OVER FRESH CRANBERRIES AND LET SET TO SLIGHTLY HARDEN AND THEN DUST WITH GRANULATED SUGAR).