Friday, December 19, 2014

Holiday cookies

I'm not a baker, but, for some reason, when this time of the year comes something happens and all I want to do is to bake cookies. Last year I baked these more than once and they are so delicious! But this year I was looking for something a little more Christmas-y and the above video caught my attention on Facebook. I clicked through and had a laugh when I read "Don't suffer through holiday cookies that taste like cardboard. You (and Santa) deserve better." The only time I tried to bake and decorate roll-out cookies, it was a disaster. They were bland and my decoration skills were less than mediocre. So these tips from Food52 come in a good time, just when I'm looking for the perfect recipe. Their recipe seems pretty simple and straight forward, I'm hoping I can handle it. And, I'll give decorating another try.

So, this is my plan for the weekend: bake and decorate holiday cookies. I hope next week I can report it was a great success! Or at least not a total failure. ;)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

My Christmas stocking

Hello friends! Today I'm over at Jaime's blog sharing what I would like to find inside my stocking on December 25th. Head over to find out what's in my wish list this year!

Monday, December 15, 2014

In the bedroom

As we put things in their places, I've being showing bits and pieces of the apartment here on the blog. In the last few months, we've been working on making the bedroom less Anathalia and more Anathalia&Nelson. He always complained that the bed and the lamp and all the white made it a bit too girly for his taste. So we found a lamp that both of us liked and also bought new bed linens. It's still a work in progress (we can't agree on a bed frame...), but I think just changing the lamps made a big difference. What do you think?

with the old lamp

and with the new lamp


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Afternoon tea in Boston - L'Espalier

While my parents were visiting, we went to L'Espalier for their Fantasy Tea Party. I had been to L'Espalier for tea before when Chelsea and I did a tea tasting, so it was a completely different experience. At the tasting, we tried a number of different teas, learning about their smells and flavors from tea sommelier Cynthia Gold. This time, she was there only to greet us and bring us to our table. We were seated at a cozy table by one the big windows and had a delightful time sipping tea, talking and eating delicious finger sandwiches and pastries.

Here are other afternoon tea experiences I had in Boston!


Monday, December 8, 2014

Eat Boutique: a Holiday pop up shop

On Friday, Joy and I stopped at the Eat Boutique pop up shop in Fenway to say hi to Maggie, the master mind behind it. We had a great time browsing, sampling and buying the most delicious selections of small-batch and artisan food, some kitchen tools and linens. Maggie is the sweetest person and everything is so carefully curated, you just want to get everything home with you! The light was amazing, casting beautiful shadows from the window lettering. I ended up getting two kinds of chocolate, some delicious bourbon caramels and the most amazing spiced pecans (for which I'm coming back for sure!). If you're in the area, you should definitely stop by to check the shop out! They ship anywhere in the US and you can also shop online, if you're not in Boston.

I snapped a bunch of pictures, here are a few of them:

 Check their website for operating hours and events.


Friday, December 5, 2014

Ready for Christmas

Our little apartment is ready for Christmas, and so are we! The tree is here with lights and a bow, the stocking is ready to be filled and the banner I did at the Home For The Holidays event is hung. My plans for the weekend include a lot of admiring the blinking lights! ;)

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Small Business Saturday in Boston

I said I wouldn't be around for a few days, but I couldn't not support about Small Business Saturday, since my favorite shops in Boston are small businesses, owned by some awesome people that work so hard.

So, here are some links:

I hope you #shopsmall this Holiday season, too!


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello, friends! I'm signing off for a few days, while my parents are in town visiting from Brazil. I'll be back late next week. I hope you have a wonderful time with family and/or friends! Happy Thanksgiving!