1. The Book Thief is a wonderful film starring Geoffrey Rush and delightful newcomer Sophie Nelisse, who plays the main character Liesel. It's based on the book of the same name by Markus Zusak (which is now next on my reading list). The story is set in a small German town during WW2. Liesel's adoptive father teaches her how to read and in so doing introduces her to the magic of the written word. The family then hides a Jewish man in their basement and Sophie "borrows" books to read to him. The film was styled and shot beautifully and the story captured my heart.
2. I'm going all out decorating for Christmas, which includes a lot of greenery! I typically just use trimmed branches from my tree, but this year I also picked up a bundle of cedar trimmings with beautiful pale golden buds on the tips. My friend Abby found this pretty cedar at Home Depot, and like all good friends do, I copied her! I also gathered a bunch of pinecones from the neighbors of my husband's grandparents over Thanksgiving!
3. I asked my mum to send me photos of some of my Grandma's handwritten recipes for a project, and one of them was Poor Man's Pudding, or Pouding Chomer, a French Canadian dessert recipe from the depression era. I made it for dinner with a friend and it was such a hit that I served the leftovers to my husbands family over Thanksgiving break. My Grandma's recipe said to add raisins if desired, so I topped my mine with dried currants before baking. It's a nice warming dessert for winter.
4. My December reading includes Wuthering Heights. I haven't read it since high school, so it was time to revisit Cathy, Heathcliff, and Nelly. This quirky family tree illustration by Lizzie Stewart is brooding and romantic like the story- and also helpful when you've just started reading!
5. I love snow, just like the fox. I was so tickled to wake up yesterday to the first dusting of the winter, and I'm hoping for much more! Two years ago John and I discovered the Christmas in Yellowstone nature special on Netflix, also available on the PBS website, and it's now one of our favorite things to watch at Christmas. The special contains footage of a certain playful fox that makes me laugh every time.
Here's to a festive Friday, my friends!