Hello everyone! We are Liz & Jewels with another episode of Food In Motion! Every month on decor8 we want to show you a video with a beautiful recipe that we like. Since we began in March we’ve alternated months, so I take one month and Jewels takes the next… This month we have a special Christmas gift for you! The concept of our blog is that we challenge eachother every week: We cook, style and photograph the same recipe on two continents. Liz in Muenster, Germany and Jewels in Brooklyn, USA. So for this Food in Motion episode we exchanged a christmas cookie recipe and we both made the cookies at the same time! We didn’t know what the other one was up to and were thrilled when we saw eachother’s films! Jewels (and her dog Lola!) made a darker version of the “Almond Sugar Cookies” in Brooklyn, sprinkling them with black and gold sugar (which she had never heard or seen of!) and I called the kids together and had a fun, but also a little bit crazy afternoon, baking a more colorful version of the same cookies in my German home. We’ve combined both very short videos into one below, so please watch it and let us know what you think.
Liz: The kids just loved helping. Putting on aprons, washing hands, kneading the dough, selecting the cookie cutters…. But the best part was decorating them! They just loved the colorful sprinkles and couldn’t wait to use them. It was a little bit tough baking, keeping an eye on the cookies and on the three cuties, but it was worth it and they had tons of fun!
Jewels: My dog Lola volunteered to help my with the baking of the cookies, but I thought that lovely friend Kristen was a better choice. Lola kept a close eye on us though, to make sure we would follow the recipe to the tee. The three of us a had a beautiful, calm afternoon because my husband had taken our baby Clementine out with him. It probably was a bit more quiet than Liz’ kids afternoon, but isn’t it great how one recipe can have two so different outcomes? I made the darker, more “Brooklyn style” version of sugar cookies, but they tasted great and we all loved them. And of course – one moment of not paying attention and Lola got her share of cookies, too. She loved them!
Almond Sugar Cookies
1 3/4 sticks of cold butter
1/3 cups of sugar
pinch of salt
3/4 cups ground almonds
1 1/3 cups of flour
or colored sugar
How To: With an electric mixer, cream butter, salt and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg. Gradually add the flour and the ground almonds, beat until combined. Place the dough in the fridge for at least 1 hour. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment. Roll out the dough on flour dusted kitchen counter and cut shapes with cookie cutters. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool before decorating.
We wish all readers around the world wonderful holidays and thank you so much for all your great feedback, inspiration and warm words during our Food in Motion time this year on decor8! See you in 2014!
Liz & Jewels
(images/video: liz & jewels)
Do you want to know what some of the hottest Holiday Decoration Trends are for this year? Of course you do! Hello, it’s Gudy visiting today with another trend report, this time for the month of December. To finish off this year with a trend post, what better than to talk about the current five decoration trends of this festive season? I’m going to highlight branches, wreaths and 3 different kinds of trees! Ready?
Agent Bauer, styling work of Tina Hellberg
1. Branches: There’s a lot more than Christmas trees to decorate now such as lovely branches! When added to large jars and vases, they make a great holiday display! Natural wood, white and black, add a real Scandinavian style and radiates quite a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. If it feels a bit minimalist and you find that you crave more color then just add red berries or colorful ornaments to hang.
2. Mini Trees: I have never seen so many small Christmas trees as this year and I love the idea of putting them in a glass jar and also that you can plant them again after the holidays. Holly had a row of them down the center of her table last year when I visited her home in Hannover, each wrapped in burlap. Stylish yet sustainable – a great way of decorating! Their main characteristic and the trend is that they are not adorned (well, maybe one or two small ornaments!) and just stand as a statement by themselves. You might want to give a little festive twist when displaying them in different jars, ceramic pots, buckets, crates or whatever you feel like.
3. Faux Trees: Last year we discovered some nice alternatives to the traditional Christmas tree by creating several designs directly on the wall. I have loved observing how so many people get creative and come up with different designs for their faux trees. It’s a nice way too to work with your children and create something together, right? I believe this will be an on-going trend for years to come, there is such a wide possibility of working on designs with different materials, shapes, sizes and colors, don’t you agree?
Minted via Sweet Paul Magazine
Free People blog
Sköna Hem from Helt Enkelt
4. Bottle Brush Trees: If you have the time to create some fun DIY Christmas decorations, this is your trend! You can reproduce these using a very mundane kitchen utensil – the bottle brush! Simple give them a hair cut and dye to resemble a Christmas tree. If you want to make it look even more authentic add some glitter, stars, ornaments or vintage figurines.
Apartment Therapy (vintage trees)
5. Wreaths: Is there a hotter trend right now than crafting your own wreath? Use unexpected materials foraging your local farmers market, pluck pictures from a family album, add paper elements or whatever you feel like. These kind of wreaths offer a more personal way to celebrate the season. We have even started to spot oval, drop, heart and square shapes this season!
Thomas J. Story for Sunset
Victor Schrager for Country Living
I have worked this year mainly with several wreath and different natural branches storing my usual ornaments away.What is your favorite trend of these five? Have you seen anything else that might be on raise this season? I have truly enjoyed your thoughts and comments over the past month and wish you a merry and mindful Holiday season. - Warmly, Gudy
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I thought I’d jump on the gift guides bandwagon and do a few gift guides in case you need some inspiration! I know when it comes to shopping, I love to see what my fellow bloggers are giving (and receiving!) because oftentimes, I spot stuff I wouldn’t have noticed otherwise. So whether this guide serves as help for your holiday shopping or simply a gift for someone that you love after the holidays have passed, I hope that you enjoy my roundup of 20 faves under $50.
1/ Animal rubber stamp that doubles as a decorative object from Anthropologie 2/ J.Crew playing cards 3/Library of Flowers bubble bath from Terrain 4/Jonathan Adler elephant match strike 5/Liberty Print wallet case for iPhone from J.Crew
16/ Garance Dore print 17/Bake something delightful, then fill these Peppermint Winter Cupcake Boxes by Martha Stewart 18/geometric pillow handmade by Nirwa 19/twin triangle necklace from artsy modern 20/German glitter ornaments from Pottery Barn
Fancy anything for yourself, too? I bet you do!
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Hello everyone! Are you ready to win a beautiful book during this special 3 day FLASH Giveaway? You only have between now and Thursday to enter to win this beautiful blogger book (only available in German)… So get hoppin’! Earlier this Autumn, my German publisher Callwey, published the first ever book written by a team of European design bloggers along with Petra Harms. I was asked to write the foreword and also write the section about storage and to shoot and include photos from my home for this project which I gladly did. The book, “Wohnideen Aus Dem Wahren Leben“, launched this past Fall and has been a real hit here in Germany. In the midst of moving, I’m trying to clear out extra books that I have so I’d like to giveaway 5 copies of this book (29.95€ value each) to 5 winners. I will sign and dedicate each copy, beneath my foreword, if you would like otherwise your copy will come shrink wrapped.
1. Tweet “I’ve entered to win blogger decor book “Wohnideen Aus Dem Wahren Leben” on @decor8 from @callwey”
2. Then come back to this post and comment below with your email address, country, and twitter handle and of course, why you’d like a copy of this book.
This contest is only open to those living in Europe and the UK since I don’t have time right now with my move and a baby on the way to fill out customs forms and ship overseas (sorry, guys). I will choose 5 winners at random on Thursday, December 12 at 5:00 pm GMT +1 time (I will close comments on this post at that time) and all books will ship on December 13, 14 and 16 (only on those dates – I cannot ship books after that so if you win, you need to send me your mailing address ASAP). This way, you can receive your copy in time for Christmas too!
(images from Wohnideen Aus Dem Wahren Leben with permission from snug studio)
Thank you ALL for your lovely entries! I’m sorry to say that COMMENTS HAVE NOW BEEN CLOSED on this giveaway because it has ended. THE FIVE WINNERS ARE: 1 Frau Schmitt, 21 Aga/Passion Shake, 28 Midsommarflicka, 86 Sabrina/Mikrogluck, 89 Jasmin/Life Design.