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Winter Excitement

October 30, 2013

A few weeks ago I put together some of the things that are inspiring me in the change of seasons, in terms of clothing – layers, textures, prints, cosy knits, and a masculine edge. As we sped through October and are about to enter November, I’ve started my Christmas shopping, and as the night is appearing earlier everyday I am looking forward to rushing home from work, being greeted by my two favourite boys, preparing a warming, hearty meal and relaxing in front of the sofa together.

We tend to favour risotto whatever time of year it is, but there’s something so lovely about a wintry bowl of roasted, almost smoked vegetables. This roasted cauliflower, sage and almond risotto sounds absolutely perfect – especially if there is a warm slice of garlic bread next to it. And bread bowls filled with soup have always been on my to-try-and-make list – maybe this year I will actually get around to it!

If Ras was an outdoor cat he would totally rock the snowy head look. And blankets! A pile of blankets! Perfect for those winter movies. There’s something so exciting about the first day of snow. Sliding around trying to get to and from work, smiling at strangers who are negotiating the same path as you and trying not to collide into one another. Finally getting home, changing straight into your jim-jams, and picking out a movie to warm up to. And you can’t feel bad about it, because there’s nothing else that can be done! Bliss.

Christmas Day! Although this year we will be spending it at Trout’s house, and their rule is that you have to be up and dressed and ready to go before any presents are shared out (what kind of family tradition is this?! My family get dressed five minutes before the sprouts are on the table, but each to their own…) so there will be no jim-jams on the sofa this year. Although almost certainly a nap.

Christmas decorations! Every year I say I’m going to make them myself, and every year this (obviously) never happens. But it’s nice to look for inspiration! I might have a go at these adorable Christmas treats, though.

I can’t wait to wake up to snow; an excuse for movies and (sweet & salty) popcorn and pyjamas all day long. I can’t wait to have all of my Christmas presents bought, wrapped and waiting to be opened by a loved one. Buying a special dress for Christmas parties, Christmas dinner with friends (a wonderful tradition we found ourselves in a few years ago, and the perfect excuse to dress up, share gifts and enjoy a meal at a fancy veggie restaurant). Time off work to enjoy the season with friends and family. Caramel lattes, gingerbread lattes, Christmas cake, advent calendars, the trickle of Christmas cards as they steadily arrive – choosing our own Christmas cards and spending the evening writing them in a seasonal production line. Trying to get Ras into his Santa bandana, lighting spiced candles, putting up the Christmas tree. Aah I love this season!

all images found via Pinterest

7 Comments leave one →
  1. October 30, 2013 8:58 am

    That risotto looks gorgeous and the picture of the cat is adorable. I love the colder months for scenes like the ones you have picked out.

  2. Aja permalink
    October 30, 2013 6:03 pm

    I know Halloween is tomorrow, but I cannot wait for Christmas! No pajamas all day? What kind of nonsense is that? We’re spending Christmas day just the two of us this year, and I’m not looking forward to the no pajamas all day when we spend it with his parents in the future.

  3. October 30, 2013 8:38 pm

    Love this post so much! It’s exactly this time of year around halloween and bonfire night that I start getting really excited for the coming season, can’t wait for Chrimbo :-)

    • November 3, 2013 11:39 am

      I never used to be excited about winter and the cold, but your blog definitely helped getting me to look on the bright side of winter x


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