"We are what we believe we are."
C.S. Lewis

Monday, December 9, 2013

Mop Philosophy Monday

Three layers of flannel.
Baby it's cold.
 Are you wearing flannel top to bottom?  How about in three different layers?  LLBean nightgown, shirt and BedHead robe, there's your recipe for a cold evening.  Slightly frightening in presentation, but definitely warm.
Speaking of recipes, I have a new one for the gluten-free among us, or anyone really.  An apple crisp made without flour?  It can be done and it's easier too: less ingredients.
 Smear some butter around your dish, peel and chop your apples...
 Mix up some rolled oats (about 1.5 cups) with equal parts butter and brown sugar, I used half a cup of each...
 I think the secret ingredient is adding a bit of applesauce to the chopped apples: it creates that delicious bubbly fruit texture in the finished product.
After you've tipped your oats all over the apple filling add some more butter...
Then bake for 20-30 minutes, you want it brown and delicious smelling.
I don't think this dessert lasted five minutes in our house.

Of course it's that time of year: Cookies.
The pigs came marching in.
 Piggy cookies to be exact.
Piggy apron and pink piggy icing.
 Interested in hydrating your indoor air with seasonal smells?
 Try simmering some fresh rosemary with cinnamon sticks and dried apples.

I think these hardcover Penguin Classics make the best Christmas gifts, how about you?
I can't resist them.

Something else I'm a big fan of: anything by Emma Bridgewater.




 How is this for a thoughtful Christmas present?  A good friend sent me a gluten-free Christmas pudding from Fortnum & Mason.  Thanks Darling!
Is your life centred around Christmas food these days?  Seems to be my theme.
I hope you are warm and cozy this week with good things to look forward to.
xoxDani
From an extremely thoughtful friend.

29 comments:

  1. The apple crisp sounds and looks delish. My flannel lined LL-B trousers and jammies are being put to good use in snowy Chicago. To my surprise, I am absolutely loving Little Women (now at chapter 43) and have slowed my pace as the end is near as I don't want to part with the charming March family. Looking forward to Book Club on 14th.

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    1. GSL I am so happy you're reading it! I also don't want to part with them, they are charm++ aren't they. Looking forward to the 14th here as well.

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  2. I sleep in flannel pi's all year round, I could never be a negligee woman!
    Love all the lovely bits and bobs here, the simmering pot of Christmas is a wonderful idea.
    Oh and Christmas pudding - I need to be put on a leash around Christmas pud, everyone says " oh it's so heavy, you can only manage a little" Nop, I can manage a lot - bring on the brandy cream!

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    1. Tabs I have to say I think of you when I see F&M! Especially when I go on their extremely tempting and delightful website, oh the goodies.

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    2. I think I'll move in there, it's my favourite department store in the world.

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  3. We put flannel on the bed a few weeks ago and it is good! It is freezing here as well - I will need to dress warmly for that March at lunch time, yikes!

    I think you are more organized than me - I am so busy editing, and focusing on the Dickens dinner that I've not done a lick of baking, though that is my plan after the 14th!

    I love the look of your crisp! For would eat that with me - syd loathes oats. Don't ask me why!

    I am with Tabs on being able to eat a lot of heavy things! I bought some pfefferneuse on Saturday and I must have at 10 of those little cookies yesterday, sigh....

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    1. WMM is your snow back? We had lots overnight, I was hoping for a snow day for Little Rascal but no. The snow plow downtown kept me up half the night. Stay cozy on the March today.

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  4. I don't have flannels. I had some flannel sheets but they bubbled but I did adore the feel of them on the skin. I like xmas smells but not so much the food. Mince pies are my desert island food - only eat under harsh circumstances. But I like mulled wine and that non alcoholic brew is very tempting - your home must be a festive happy place and the rascals are so lucky to be getting those pink piggie cookies!

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    1. Naomi I wonder if you had flannel jams you might wear them all the time. Mince pies, I agree, blech. Piggy cookies are nearly gone and it was definitely the Rascals, I can't eat them and MrBP is working all-out once more, those tins have been poked into all weekend is my guess.

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  5. Oh your house must smell so good! Mine smells like paint at the moment, which is a good thing! It's been cold enough here that I'm still wearing Winter PJ's some nights. Which is frustrating as we also are having a few warm nights, which makes it difficult to put the Summer weight quilts on the beds. Just when I think it's time, another few cold nights occur.
    Love the piggies. I also love the books - there's a series that penguin put out "Penguin Threads" that have the most beautiful embroidered covers. I'm afraid I'm a total sucker for a book that looks good too! xx

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    1. Heidi why don't I know about Penguin Threads? They sound beautiful, thanks for that tip I'll look them up. You must be loving the smell of paint just now!

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  6. It is definitely holiday food time in our house. DH will soon be baking his traditional butter tarts and short bread cookies. We gift some and eat some. The tree went up yesterday, it's beginning to feel like Christmas around here.

    So nice of your friend to send you a special Christmas pudding! Do you make a sauce for it?

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    1. DF your hubs really is domestic, he even does the baking, what a catch! Yes I'll make a sauce for it, not sure the recipe yet but it will be a big treat on Christmas day.

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    2. Brandy cream - I just buy it from M & S.

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  7. I had to memorize Jabberwocky in eighth grade...was quite proud of myself. Love flannel sheets but with the little heater that sleeps next to me they just get too hot. We go for jersey in the winter instead. I have many of Mr. H's shirts to choose from if I get chilled. Too cold and the heat goes up one degree. The piggy cookies are just too cute.

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    1. Blue Booby is your H a human furnace as well? It's very handy to have one of those around!
      I'm giving Jabberwocky to my Little Rascal for Christmas, I wonder if I could get her to memorize it. That sort of work seems to have fallen off school curriculums for some reason. It's a valuable skill!

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  8. HOLIDAY COUNTDOWN The return of the piggy cookies, can you hear me clapping my hands from the snowy northland? Not much of a sweet tooth. But love the look of them and their tails, adorbs. Sorry no snow day for little miss. And yes, you must have that pud with lashings of brandy butter or rum sauce, whole point really - making the rich richer.

    Stay warm DBP. Wish I could cozy up in flannel, but all suits for me 'til Thursday.

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  9. Hi Dani, nice to see the return of the pink piggies! Today I'm baking cookies for our school's community dinner tomorrow. I'll do some for us closer to the time that No. One Son arrives back for Christmas.

    Lucky me, I also sleep with a human furnace!

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  10. That pudding looks lovely! We polished off the last of the cookies last night doing up the tree. The girls have their gingerbread houses to put together tonight and I'm going to make a few more batches of cookie dough.
    I adore flannel! I still use my 30+ red tartan/plaid (what is the difference?? Tabitha?) llbean bathrobe. I've got a yummy set of snowflake flannel pjs--great for visiting family whose homes always seem chillier than ours.
    Blustery day today--stay warm and cozy!

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    1. Dannie - your 'plaid' is something you drape over your shoulder, it's one particular entity!

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    2. So a plaid is your specific tartan?

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  11. I don't wear flannel Pajamas as we have a luxurious down duvet so I am toasty in bed. It has been really cold here and there is more snow in the forecast. You've inspired me to have a kitchen day...thinking I will bake the Christmas shortbread.

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  12. Looks so wonderfully fragrant and delicious! The only bit of Christmas we have seen is the tree in the lovely Christ Church in Mussoorie...other than that, I'm making my lists and counting my days. Am depending on the F& M GF pud being available in LHR as there was no opportunity to make one this year and it's one of the best parts of Christmas for me!! I make a similar apple pud, only I process half of the oats so that the texture is a little more traditional. Dani, make sure that you only buy GF oats as the others can be contaminated. Love your layers of cozy flannel! A couple of years ago I was given a cashmere dressing gown, and it is one of my favourite things e.v.e.r. Completely luxurious and divine...and worth it when winter lasts as long as it does in our neck of the woods.

    Thank you so much for sharing your Christmas prep...I can't wait to get home and do a bit of my own!

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  13. The pig cookies are such a nice tradition. I couldn't live without flannel these days.

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  14. The apple crumble looks and sounds delicious.

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  15. flannel is the bees knees and, along with wool, polarfleece & down, the most important fabric in my wardrobe from Oct to April. PJ's must be of a smooth fabric however, otherwise the velcro effect of flannel against flannel would have me in such a tangled ball by morning that I would need to be surgically removed.

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  16. Hi Dani,

    Sorry I haven't come to visit... It has been a bit busy with setting up the house for Xmas and spending many hours on Monday baking for Xmas. It is THE day that really launch the Xmas season, but it requires a bit of preparation ahead. Thanks for this gluten free recipe, it looks really yummy.
    I am all in layers even if it is not really cold, but it is very, very humid, which I found worse. I hope your week is getting well.
    Take Care

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  17. I love flannel but don't own any. Wonder why that is? Love your little piggy cookies. So very cute. I haven't done much for Christmas because I've been felled by the cold from hell. Just spending time sleeping and aimlessly wandering the Internet. Hope the cold lets up for you. I know my daughter is wearing her coat inside her apt these days in Vancouver.

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  18. oh dani you should see me at night all layered up in my jammies. it's quite a sight (and not a v pretty one either!)

    and that's how i make my apple crumble and i didn't know that was gluten free. yay.

    apple crumble, cold night, layered jammies, we really know how to live don't we? x

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