Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Christmas Rhythm

I have just finished watching a 'Nigella's Christmas Kitchen'. Only Nigella can get you feeling sexy while you bake. Her ingredients, her passion for every little inch of what she creates. So, the kitchen is abuzz with bread baking, orange covered cacao treats and another Christmas cake. Brogan made two last week for Gran and Grandpa. This time it's Nigella's chocolate fruit Christmas cake. At least that one I can put raw Cacao powder into it.

Our Christmas tree is full with decorations the children and I made. We have put our fairy lights onto the veranda and once those go up, the whole house feels wrapped up for Christmas. We picked bay leaf and rosemary sprigs to hang up around the home. Cinnamon and orange rings are hanging in garlands on the fire places. Berries are ripe for the picking... Its truly impossible to tame my traditional heart at this time of year. I too hope for some peaceful and reflective moments as I go about this Season.

Now how nice would it be if I could have you all for tea~!

Love to you


Nirit said...

Dear Suzanne

Your posts are always such a joy!!
and you are sooooo right about Nigella!!

Lovely photos and ambiance,

Take care....


Tonya Gunn said...

Oh, I would love to be able to have tea with you Suzanne:)
Your preparations look wonderful. It is truly such an amazing time of the year.
Warm wishes, Tonya

Unknown said...

Looks beautiful Suzanne :) Do the oranges with the cloves in them really give off smell if you let them set out? Or is it more of a decoration. It looks so lovely, I will have to give it a try.

Hubby and I have been recycling our clementine rinds to simmer on the stove with cinnamon sticks and water for a wonderful, homemade potpourri!

Amanda said...

Love the bay leaf sprig! Your home looks so cozy!

Susan said...

What a wonderful invitation dear friend and you certainly do look sexy stirring up your Christmas cake.

Allowing me a peak at your Christmas trimmings certainly uplifts my spirit for this holiday.

Love you, Susan xoxo

themagiconions said...

Thank you for a really beautiful article on Discovering Waldorf. You always make everything so beautifully simple. Thank you my friend.
Blessings and magic,

SF said...

I'd come to tea in a flash Suzanne! ;) I love those fairy lights. Our verandah would look lovely with something similar. :) MIght need to talk to my dear one about getting some! Merry Christmas. xxx

renee ~ heirloom seasons said...

Dear Suzanne, I would so much love to have tea with you. We will maybe have to find a way to pretend.
Such beautiful holiday happiness you create all around you!
Much love to you and your family! XOXO

julie said...

what a delightful, joyful seasonal post - just followed the link from your inspirational post on Magic Onions.

Love your kitchen it is gorgeous - would love to come to yours for that tea, especially with all that delicious baking you have going on.
With love
Jules x

Sarah said...

I have recently subscribed to your blog and am very much enjoying it. THanks for sharing!

Sharon Lovejoy said...

I'll be RIGHT THERE for tea and the joy of being in your beautiful home with your beautiful children. I LOVED this post. It cheered me to my TOES.

Sending love, love,


P.S. you must enter a new comment in this or the next posting to win an autographed Tasha Tudor cookbook that I got from her when we shared the spotlight at a conference.


Unknown said...

Dear Suzanne, I'm sure that your entire house must smell delicious with all those gorgeous flowers blossoming all around and that homemade baking. Your photos are beautiful and show much festivity in your home. Our children are excited as they count the days on their advent bag and walk their little fairy through the spiral. They have been making pom poms for the christmas tree and I some little angels. We have all our window stars just behind the Christmas tree shining more colorful light into the room. You shared a wonderful description of your Christmas experience with your family on Discovering Waldorf, such a lovely read. It was so nice to receive a lovely email from you. I shall write back soon. Sending you and your family many blessings for the Christmas season. Love Jeanene

Unknown said...

Oh I forgot,, and I look forward to enjoying a wonderful cup of tea in those beautiful little teacups you have in your cosy French cottage kitchen. xxx

Valarie said...

Hello Dear Suzanne,
I would love nothing better than to stop by for christmas tea. The house looks lovely and I can smell that bread and goodies baking from here. It's so fun to see you have fresh fruits to celebrate the holidays with. We have our favorite dates,clementines,oranges and apples. Enjoy your Merry Making.
love and hugs,

Dawn said...

Oh HUllo!:)
I just came across you through Koralee's blog...and so glad I did!
(I home school my kiddos too....)
Love your photos and your home~
Thanks for sharing.
I will return if that's ok!

Have a wonderful new day:)

Aries said...

Just blog hopping. Lovely photos. Merry Christmas to you and a Happy New Year too.

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Everything looks so so peaceful, calm and beautiful, Suzanne.
Wishing you a lovely merry Christmastime and a happy h a p p y New Year! xxxx

gardenmama said...

Wishing you a most beautiful Christmas with your family Suzanne, warmest wishes of love and light in the new year!

Jim Long said...

Congratulations on being the winner of the Tasha Tudor book from Sharon Lovejoy's blog! Lots of envy. :-)

Heather said...

Looks like the holidays were truly beautiful for you and your family. Happy New Year.

beautyfulworld5 said...

suzanne, your blog is truly inspiring! i am a student in college, studying to be an environmentalist, and geologist (and hopefully marine biologist too! hehe :). but i would also love to work with children in a waldorf school, and came across your blog where you are a teacher in the waldorf school. how destiny weaves its way through our lives! so i will be excited to keep following your blog, and it is lovely! have a happy soon-friday and peace! ~lauren