remember how it feels, if you eat or drink something or if you smell a certain fragrance or hear a certain familiar voice/sound and all of the sudden you’re that little child again, you’re stranded right in your childhood. oh i love those moments. and this year, yes this season, i needed lots of them.
maybe because i was scared that this years advent/christmas season will not be as relaxed and layed back as the last 3 or 4 years. working from home and having a pretty busy december with work/project days made me a bit stressed out even before the december arrived.i knew i would have to set and structure my/our free afternoons with the girls wisely. to spend our free time intentionally. i wanted it to be as slow and easy as it can get.i wanted to have time, personally, to think about the essential and for me most important thought of this season: the arrivial and the coming of jesus.his peace and love in my life and its surrounding.
and as far as i look back, i think i managed to live it quiete well according to my conditions. i even made our annual hanging advent calendar again (seen here) excactly like i did a year ago. not only because i didn’t have time to think of a new idea, but also because i believe that the magic of christmas lays in the tradition and the recurring things. our advent calendar is something like that and i still have fond memories of the advent calendar my mum made for us four girls, we were viewing every single year.so hey, we even managed to do a few christmas/winter crafting projects (for more inspirations have a look here ) like creating simple white dancing window stars or snowflakes made out of 7 butterbrot paper bags. or we dried another batch of dried orange slices (pears were great too, but didn’t last that long in their fragrance as the orange slices i found and were harder to preserve..i found out when opening some christmas boxes from last year.) we even reused our left over precious beeswax from the rolled beeswax candles and dipped candles.
we baked christmas cookies at least two times. and because thats not that much compared to how much christmas cookies are savoured here, i baked a few baking trays of my favourite childhood christmas cookies on an evening together with my sister and this weekend. i told you, i needed those comforting familiar childhood experiences. there’s this coconut christmas cookie recipe my mum used every single christmas time as far as i can remember. they are comforting (maybe its the huge amount of butter in it,ahhh), not too dry and of course sweet. you can bake them a bit longer and you have the more crunchier version. one very good thing about them: they are perfect to store and they keep their fresh taste for a long time (i know, ’cause those two winter/christmas times i spent in canada, my mum sent them to me with other homemade cookies and her light almond quarck stollen.i remember that those coconut cookies tasted sooo good, even in february – i saved them forever to have a taste of home). and because there’s so much butter in the dough, its not the easiest for young kids to use cookie cutters with the slightly sticky dough and that’s why i made them in the evenings without the girls.but enough said, her’s the recipe for the really easy
coconut christmas cookies:
ingredients (serves you about 4 baking trays):
- 1 egg
- 250 g butter
- 250g sugar (i use 200g and thats also sweet enough)
- 1 small packet of vanilla sugar
- 250 g coconut flakes (grated coconut)
- 5 drops of bitter almond oil
- 250 g flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
mix it all together and start rolling the dough out on a floured surface.bake them with middle heat until the edges of the cookies turn slightly brown. as said before, you can leave them in the oven until they are all golden brown, but then they are really crunchy.just give it a try and experiment a bit.
i hope you like them as much as i do.