Favorites List (December 2011) Recipe

A holiday favorites list for December 2011 - links, likes, inspirations, and things I've enjoyed in the past couple of weeks.

Favorites List (December 2011)

I like December more than most months. I like the tinsel, the twinkling lights, hot mugs of tea in the afternoons, and sparkling drinks later on. I like winter flowers, soft sweaters, shortbread (baked a few minutes too long, please), and a dash of Christmas Elvis. I start looking forward to the parade of citrus that isn't far off, and I daydream about places where snowflakes are native. The last few years I tend to get wintertime allergies, effectively balancing out a favorite month with one of my least favorite things :/ Anyhow, I thought I'd post this list on the early side this month, and then follow it up with a few favorite holiday recipes in the coming days. Hope you like:

- Paint pail mittens.

- Meg Ray | Miette

- Picasso | Life

- Rosemary Gin Fizzes

- Tis the season for thank-yous & handwritten letters.

- A year of beans.

- Erica Tanov fabric + magic.

- DIY gift tags

- Soba noodles this way.

- Travel zipper bags:

- The week she turned six.

- Take a class for fun. For ex: SFAI / Center for the Book / Little Flower School / June Taylor / Love Apple Farms / M+T

- This profile on David Kinch.

- Everyone needs a good pair.

- And a gold heart.

- Keep cozy.

- Chunky hand knits.

- Best-of: cookbooks / photo sites

-This salad.

- Canal House + Food52

- Pumpkin & Goat Cheese Hand-pies

- Watercolor Calendar

- And a great desk series (via Amanda H)

One last thing! I nearly forgot to thank all of you who came out to visit (& have books signed) at the Remodelista Holiday Market. It was wonderful to meet so many of you in person and to have your support. -h

Lead photo: There are three tiny trees, side-by-side, on my block exploding in wintertime flowers. I've been out everyday this week to take pictures of them.

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Greetings Heidi Thank you for the list


Particularly spectacular list Heidi--Merry Christmas, and thank you.


I saw those soba noodles and definitely want to try that recipe- did you also see the article she linked to in the post? I love it :)

Simply Life

Ohh! The year of beans sounds fun. Too bad they only deliver to the US. Would be fun to discover some new beans. Not to mention they're so good for you. I love chunky knits. I hope to learn more than just knitting rectangle items (eg: scarves) and knit more fun stuff like mittens/ toques... one day.


December is one of my favorite months too! It's just so warm and cozy - makes you want to curl up with a blanket, a good book and a glass of wine. Those hand pies look delicious! Can't wait to try them.

Anjali Shah @ The Picky Eater

Only a foodie would be drooling and wishing for the year of beans!! I just knew your cookbook had to be on that best list. You probably do not even realize how many people you inspire--THANK YOU for always being willing to share your ideas and for the teaching techniques.


love the camellias... I don't have any right now so I forget that their time starts now... a bonus for being somewhere where snowflakes are not native.


What a lovely list- something to read, something to do, something to make, and (most importantly), something to eat! Those pumpkin and goat cheese pies look delicious!


My mother and I are sharing a year of beans! I'm so incredibly excited – there was audible yipping that happened. Most people don't quite understand :)

Sam @ The Second Lunch

thanks for the great links! i love the disposable camera + album idea!


I love your monthly faves and hits! Also fun to go on a little clickfest that's going to start right now... :)

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

I love the sprouted kitchen! I saw their soba noodle post and shared it with a few of my close foodie friends... I think I got them hooked!

sweet road

Happy holidays! I'm having winter allergies too- what is up?! There are so many good things on your list. I cherish all my volumes of Canal House Cooking and it's a great deal over at Food52. I'm trying to slow down and savor December for all the magic and holiday fun in the kitchen. It's been snowy and very cold here in Colorado-perfect for the holiday spirit!

la domestique

It's hard for me to read lists like this without hearing Julie Andrews singing in the background. :) I love your lists as they lead me to interesting places. If I were to post a favourites list, your blog would be on mine. :)


I am dying to get the year of beans for Christmas. I might buy it for myself if I don't. I emailed them to make sure it would be available after Christmas in case I want to order it. (They said until Jan 6th.) I love your favorites list, but I always miss the recipe. Thanks for including some recipes as favorites! I'm going to try the brussels sprouts and the soba noodles :)


always love your lists.

lynn @ the actor's diet

An inspiring list as always. December always seems to be a month I overlook when thinking of favorite times of the year, but by the time it comes I'm craving the coziness it brings! Happy Holidays to you, Heidi.


Love that blanket! It looks so warm!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

I love these lists...the year of beans looks interesting.. and that wool blanket - luscious! My art desk is such a mess -- I'd have to do some real cleaning if I got on the from the desk of... site!


i recently discovered Canal House and am now obsessed, too!


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