Cooking

Twinkle lights & powdered sugar

This morning I woke up early. I tiptoed to our kitchen. I lit up some candles & put my favourite Christmas playlist on in the background. I made myself a cup of coffee and got to work. I wanted to make an old-fashioned rice porridge for my family for breakfast. Not unlike risotto it takes about 40 minutes to come together so to get my girls to school in time I was up long before I could hear the pitter patter of bare feet and see sleepy eyed & messy haired little angels in their nightgowns emerge to the kitchen from the warmth of their beds.

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Yesterday was one of those days when at the end of it, before bedtime stories I sneaked in to our bathroom, ran myself a relaxing lavender bubble bath and read my book for a while, soaking up the warmth and relaxation. Sometimes we just need a minute for ourselves. I have learned early on that I always feel better after a run or a bath. Even on good days it sometimes does a world of good to unwind after the hectic running around and then I can be more present for my girls. I took out all our Christmas books a few days ago. It´s so nice to get back to them again and again every year. Some of them are from my childhood and maybe one day I will read them to my grandchildren. So even though my girls read by themselves I enjoy these books together with them and want to have the right state of mind for that moment.

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I have been enjoying this time of twinkle lights all around us so much. All the buildings look like gingerbread houses with the pretty lights. I make sure to turn on the lamps by our windows every morning and night when we wake up or come home to give light to those walking outside. I also put a led candle to our hallway that I keep on, flickering in the mornings and at night, when it´s dark so anyone who comes home or leaves to go out in the dark gets a warm and cozy feeling. We also put fairy lights in the girls rooms. They look so magical. 

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Our kitchen has been filling with lovely scents lately. We have been making peppermint bark, we baked gingerbread cookies and I have made some Christmas cakes sprinkled with powdered sugar that looks like freshly fallen snow for a festive feel. The kitchen and the whole house smells like cookies and spices and mandarins. I love it. Have you planned your Christmas menu yet? I have a feel for what I want to do for our Boxing Day brunch but I think I will need to finalise my menu soon. Today on the breakfast menu is anyway the rice porridge which we eat with a butter dot in the middle and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.

Rice porridge

2 dl water

2 dl porridge rice

1 l whole milk

salt

butter & cinnamon sugar to serve

1. Bring the water to boil. Add the rice and cook for a bout 2 minutes until the water has dissolved.

2. Add the milk and simmer slowly under a lid for about 40 minutes, until thick, stirring every once in a while.

Serve porridge with cinnamon sugar, a butter dot and some cold milk.

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As I write this snow is falling outside our window in large white flakes. It has covered the lit up Christmas tree in our court yard it´s lights now shining through the snow with a lovely dim glow. I can not imagine a moment calmer than this.

Have a lovely day!

Lattemamma

p.s. Excuse my somewhat unrelated pictures compared to todays text. It´s still pitch black outside. But I do absolutely love this box of panettone. It was my very favourite this year. And it suits my colour way for this season perfectly. As I said before I decided on a lighter colour scheme of white, cream, pistachio, green and perhaps there will be a surprise element on my Boxing Day table to add to this scheme if the mail is on my side. Please keep your fingers crossed! I promise to share more if it comes in time.

 

4 Comments

  • Katja

    Riispuuro on meidänkin perheen suosikki. Yleensä teen uuniriispuuroa, koska se on niin helppoa, ei tarvitse vahtia kattilaa ja varoa pohjaan palamista. Sunnuntai-iltana syötiin iltapalaksi riisipuuroa ja loput tänä aamuna aamupalaksi. Minä tykkään syödä riisipuuroni voisilmällä, mutta lapset rakastaa sokerilla ja kanelilla maustettua puuroa.

  • Hanna

    Minulle riisipuuro voisilmällä on uusi tuttavuus, mutta viime viikonloppuna joulumyyjäisissä oli tarjolla, ja harvoin voi mistään huonompaa tekee 😉 Sinulla on tosi kaunis ja tyylikäs blogi, ilo seurailla!

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