Happy Holidays

Dear Sam, Mmm, the roast chestnuts  you were telling me about sound very tempting - I will add them to my Christmas shopping list!  Your post started me thinking about all the delicious aromas that we associate with Christmas and it's also one of the themes of a book I've been reading lately, Nigel Slater's The Christmas…

Chestnuts and paper chains

Dear Claire   I'm roasting chestnuts as I write - no better tradition at this time of year, when December is almost  upon us, the lights are twinkling in the windows and the snow is flurrying. I do miss the chestnut sellers on English street corners and their little blackened paper bags of steaming hot…

Happy Thanksgiving

Dear Claire,   We had our first snowfall here a couple of days ago – the perfect moment for your warming, spicy apple cider. Thank you for the recipe! I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving. With everything that’s been going on in the world of late, I think it’s more important than ever for each of…

Happy Day of Happiness!

International Day of Happiness

Dear Claire,   I'm posting this a little earlier than usual this week, because today is the International Day of Happiness. And I wanted to share these ideas from Action for Happiness for some simple acts of kindness to make a difference to someone today: Offer to help Give away your change Pay a compliment Make someone…

The season of giving

Dear Claire, Happy Advent! I can hardly believe we are into December. Thanks so much for all those gift ideas. What wonderful ways to do some good - and extremely handy for me, as I haven’t even begun my Christmas shopping yet! One thing I did buy, though, was a children's Advent calendar. It's from…