The heavy velvet maxi skirt is vintage Susan Bristol made in Hong Kong. Susan Bristol is best known for horribly twee (and expensive) sweaters and cardigans. It was nice stuff, but a little too cute for me. This skirt isn't typical of their offerings, just as the top is a bit out of place for Niki Minaj. Strangely, they work well together.
I baked some spritz biscuits. As you can see, my skill with the press isn't great, probably as I only use the thing once a year. I used quality butter for these as they're mostly butter and I only bake them at Christmastime. The recipe is from my mum's old copy of the 1950 Betty Crocker cookbook.
You Will Need:
1 cup soft butter (1/2 pound)
2/3 cup sugar
3 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon flavouring (I used vanilla)
2 1/2 cups plain flour
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Net week, I'll bake the stollen. We already did pulla, and I have quite a bit of it in the freezer to get us through the winter. I try to space the baking through Advent so that I don't need to worry about Christmas until after Danny's birthday. This week, the biscuits go to our library volunteers, State park employees, and the staff at our favourite thrift store. For the State park I'm doing iced biscuits shaped like the leaves of our native trees. Last year I did fish, the year before that, birds. I like the challenge, but this might be a bit more detail than I'm capable of piping. I rely on food writer pens that deliver food colouring through a felt tip point. If you haven't tried them, my advice is to take extra care when spreading your icing and make certain it is completely hardened before proceeding. they don't work well on un-iced surfaces.
Niki Minaj top-K Mart
Vintage velvet Susan Bristol skirt-Goodwill
Scatter pins-Can't remember
Fragrance-Rive Gauche (Because I'm wearing black, blue, and silver. I recently bought a vintage canister, and I wasn't sure the accellerant would still work. It still works! The vintage really does smell different-I'm so happy to have a large canister of it).
I wore my, Old Lady coat, because I am one...old. Not a lady. Sure, I looked like a polar bear, but I wasn't freezing my behind off like the kids in their oversized puffer jackets that let in all the wind. With this kind of cold, you'll want a cocktail. Something warming.
Hot Point (serves 4)
4 oz. Scotch whisky
32 oz. ale
1 egg, beaten
4 tablespoons sugar
Heat ale to boiling. Combine egg, sugar, and Scotch. Mix well. Slowly add boiling ale, stirring constantly to prevent curdling (I'd temper the mixture first). Pour into mugs from a height to create froth. Drink immediately-words that are like music to my ears.
Stay warm, and if you can't stay warm, stay toasted.