December 21st

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Thank you and the Happiest Holidays!**


Today's festive Christmas post was written for me by one of my wonderful readers, Karen!
Today is a very special day for her family, as it is his sons birthday! They celebrate it by going out into the country to find a Yule Log to burn in their fire. They also enjoy Mullet cider and special Yule biscuits today.
Karen was so kind that she sent me the most delicious cookie and Mullet Cider recipes which I am going to share with you!
Today is also the day for Karen's family to bring in the festive greenery. This all sounds so lovely, and it's my plan for this evening, too. I'll only add one thing, can you spot it in my pictures?

Thank you so much for sharing this with us, Karen!

Mullet Cider

2 litres of local cider
cinnamon sticks
grated nutmeg

Warm and enjoy!

Yule biscuits

100 gm butter
2 tbsp honey
2 egg yolks
150 gm plain flour
50gm ground hazelnuts or almonds
pinch of cinnamon
grated nutmeg
a few drops of vanilla extract

Blend butter, honey, egg yolk and vanilla together until you have a thick paste. Mix all dried ingredients together and add to the paste a little at a time until you have a stiff dough. Chill briefly and then roll out. Cut into festive shapes on baking parchment for about 15 minutes at 160 deg.

Happy December 21st and Winter Solstice!



Anonymous said...

Shortest Day, woohoo it all gets better from this, garden days here I come!! Mind you it's supposed to be -16C here tonight so I'll not get too excited just yet!
Thanks to Karen for sharing her lovely recipes. :)
I see it's going to be movie night in your house tonight Mia! Enjoy. :)
Vivienne x

Mia said...

Hello Viv!

It was really short here today,it's dark already! We'll watch the movie today and eat some (read: many) of Karen's wonderful biscuits I made this morning. And maybe some mullet cider too ;)

Happy day!

P.S. Out weather guy told this morning that tomorrow will be -25c and Thursday -30c, spring here we come!

Helen Philipps said...

Thank you both to you and to Karen for sharing these delicious recipes with us - and the cosy festive photos too.Enjoy your movie, Mia and keep cosy!
Helen x

Jane said...

Gosh Mia that is a very low temperature for the shortest day...it's all getting lighter though from now! Thanks to Karen for the mulled wine/cider recipe and cookies...I shall be making some mulled wine on Friday night to warm everyone up!
Happy Tuesday,
Jane x

Anne said...

Thank you for these recipes, Karen. A chilly day, just right for spicy wine, biscuits and family. This would have been my parent's wedding anniversary. Here's to love and sunnier days.

Thanks Mia and Karen!!

Anne xx

Mia said...

Hello Helen,

The movie was wonderful, we just finished watching it! It's the ultimate Christmas-movie ever :)

Stay warm and cozy and enjoy these days before Christmas!


Mia said...

Hi Jane,

Kare's recipes made us warm and cozy tonight (plus the wonderful movie!)!

Have a happy and festive week, we're almost there...!


Mia said...

Hello Anne,

I am sending warm thoughts to your way, light some candles and concentrate in happy memories, dear!

It's Christmas soon!


karen said...

What a lovely day it has been but quite worn out now. So cold we didn't go further than the garden for the Yule log but we brought in loads of holly too which looks lovely. The mulled cider was drunk at lunchtime - we needed it to warm up. Matthew is delighted to have snow on his birthday for the first time. Love Actually is my favourite film. Oldest son and I are going to watch it on Christmas Eve yet again. Not suitable for youngest son yet! Thanks for your lovely blog and very glad you enjoyed the biscuits - we have only two left now. Happy Yule to everyone - its all downhill to spring now :) Karen X

Mia said...

Hello Karen,

I am so happy to hear that your day was wonderful! We enjoyed the film and cookies and drinks (and the fire has been burning all day, it's freezing here, -25c) - thank you so much for sharing the recipes and festivities!

Have a lovely Christmas week and many greetings to the boys!


littlecottonbluebirds said...

Mia, I don't know karen but I must say thank you for the recipes. I will make the biscuits when I am able to eat them.

I am so smitten with your countdown garlands did you make them and is there a pattern?

Keep warm, Hugs Dani

Mia said...

Hi Dani!

Thank you for the nicest message again! And the garland, I just took off-white wool and quite thin needles and made 24 (you would need 25 I think) little pouches and "embroidered" the numbers with wool threads I had from other project.The I just chose wide silkish-ribbon to hang them! Quick and fun! I actually made this three or fours years ago already and it gets filled every year!

Happy Holidays!

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