Christmas baking

This year we do not have the time to do a big baking action, but from time to time we do bake some Christmas cookies. Andrea is exploring old recipes, from the book of Artusi. For Pablo’s Nikolausfeier he made these Galletti(2). Really nice and very buttery (Artusi is Artusi!). But I rather prefer the Galletti(1) with aniseed, as I love that flavor.
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As we cannot go so easily to K-lina’s party for Santa Lucia, I decided to make myself the famous Lusse Kata. I followed the recipe posted by GreenKitchenStories. It is just a great recipe, with no sugar, sweetened with maple syrup. I used soy yogurt to make it casein free, and reduced the saffron to half a gram. It was more than enough and already makes these buns quite a luxury. If not trying to make it naturally-sweetened and vegan or casein free, this recipe is probably a more traditional version. But I can assure you that you won’t miss the sugar nor the milk in these nice buns.
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These sweet ravioli filled with marzipan are based again on one of Artusi’s recipes. The dough is like the one for the crostata. Very nice though maybe a tad too sweet.
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Some of the last DIY-projects

Here are some of the self-made things finished in the last months:

    A summer-handbag for Sara
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    Actually a reversible one that she has enjoyed a lot in the summer months.
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    The idea and the pattern are taken from this blog. I used some vlieseline to make it stiffer.
    A sun-toy for Pablo
    A great idea for babys using fabric scraps taken from Joel, a great crafter.
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    Frames for organizing the pantry
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    A dress/top and a matching headband
    The dress is from a burda pattern. Sabine encouraged me to start sewing with this project. Thanks!! I also made the trousers to be used with it next summer, as this year is still more like a dress.
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    Haarband
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    Reversible bag for the Kindergarten
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    Mittens
    Using a pair of wool trousers that got felted. And one of the first neddle-felting projects. Just great and Sara loves them.
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New hat for Sara

New hat for Sara

With the snow already here and the cold winds at Saras Kindergarten location we needed a new hat.. One with earflaps and quick. I had a look at my wool stashes and found several skeins of DROPS Eskimo, which is quite thick, so it was perfect for the project. I found the pattern online