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…