Sunday, January 12, 2014

January Hygge

We aren't quite to the middle of January yet, but I can already see the form hygge is taking for this first month of 2014. January can be a challenge. It sits in an awkward spot on the calendar. The holidays are a thing of the past, but it is still a bit too early to be thumbing through seed catalogs. It seems to me that if ever there was a month that home was the place to be, this is it. I am thinking of it as "hygge hibernation."

So on this grey and rainy Sunday morning I am looking around and feeling quite content. I'm in the middle of a great mystery series by Julia Spencer-Fleming. Am I the only one who discovers a new series and devours them, one after the other, without picking up another author in between?



One of my favourite places to curl up with a good book (or, as more often is the case, my Kindle), is this window seat.


As you can see from the bags tucked in the corner, it's also a favourite spot for knitting. This is one of those rare, treasured days without a single thing written on my calendar or "to do" list that needs attending to. Translation - lots of knitting time! I'm just getting started on a couple new Fair Isle projects. Here's a peak.



These more than make up for the lack of brightness outside.


I'm quite sure lemon curd tastes better in January than any other month of the year.


Especially when it's slathered over some scones that are hot out of the oven. Oops. It looks like an extra glob accidentally fell onto my plate. :-)



Accompanied, of course, by a cup of tea with a spoonful of local honey stirred into it.


I am only a couple weeks into my year of hygge, and I can already see it was the perfect word choice. It's making me look around and think, I mean really think, about my attitude and approach to each day. Normally January is a month that leaves me feeling deflated, but I'm hoping as I try to incorporate this concept of hygge into my days that at the end of the month I will feel every bit as hopeful and positive as I did at the beginning.

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  1. No, Kristie, you aren't the only one who devours one author's books non-stop. In fact, I love it when I discover them late in their writing life so I can read them for months on end and not have wait a whole year for the next book. I can usually find all the old volumes through our State's library system. Happy hygge reading!

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    1. I'm the same - it's great to find them when there are already quite a few written. That was the case with Julia Spencer-Fleming. She has eight books out, and another on the way. I almost hate to get caught up because then I will be waiting, like you say, a year between books. That is what happened with my favourite mystery author - Louis Penney. These authors need to write faster! :-)

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  2. Sounds like the perfect Sunday, I love a blank weekend for a change. I love lemon curd too, in fact I think I will make some soon. I've had a knitting day too, though did get out for a walk earlier.

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    1. You have shamed me about the walk. I walk almost every day, but I just keep looking out the window at the rain and can't make myself go out. Probably because yesterday I got caught in a huge downpour! I think I'll count your walk as being for both of us. :-)

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  3. Bliss! I like to get stuck in a book series, too. One of my favourite series is the Bryant and May mysteries by Christopher Fowler. The heroes are Arthur Bryant and John May from the peculiar crimes unit in London.
    I love the smell of lemon curd but find the taste a bit eggy. Whenever my husband makes some I forget that I don't actually like it much because it smells so nice.... Cx

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    1. Yes, bliss is a good word Christina. Thanks for the tip about the Christopher Fowler series. I'll have to check that one out. But not before I finish the one I'm currently hooked on. :-)

      Not liking lemon curd means you won't be tempted to eat your way through a jar of it in a day. Unlike some people. Ha!

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  4. I think you are doing a great job with your new word and new thought process. I'd love to be sitting right next to you chatting, eating lemon curd and knitting away the day.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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    1. I would love to have you over for some tea and lemon curd and a spot of knitting. If you stop by I'll have to pull out my sock project though. I can't knit Fair Isle and talk at the same time. :-)

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  5. I do the same thing with mysteries, lately on audiobooks so I can knit at the same time. Most recently it's Nicola Upson and her series of mysteries with Josephine Tey as a character. Really loving them, and the reading on the one I just finished was particularly fine.

    Are those, perchance, gluten-free scones? I love to make biscuits and scones and I have really suffered since going gluten-free—it's so easy to make a quick batch of biscuits and have something hot and delicious with a cup of tea . . . Do you have a recipe to share?

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    1. I listen to audiobooks too - I want to experiment with the Whysper-sync feature that lets you go back and forth between Kindle and Audible. Thanks for the mention of the series by Nicola Upson. Another one to add to my list!

      As for the scones, yes they were gluten-free, but unfortunately I don't have a recipe. It's a special mix I buy when I am down in the US visiting my mom. Have you looked at the Gluten Free Goddess site? She has some good recipes!

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    2. I'm curious about that Whispersync feature too--will be very curious to hear how you like it if you do experiment with it. I do really like the gluten-free goddess site and will have to check her recipes for scones. Yours just looked especially delicious! Have you also seen the gluten free girl and the chef site? I made a chocolate bundt cake from one of her recipes the other day and it was phenomenal.

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    3. Yum - chocolate bundt cake sounds great! I haven't heard of either of those sites, so will have to check them out. Thanks!

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  6. Perfect Day Kristie - I'll take a free day, inside with the handwork and a good book, anytime. The scones and lemon curd look mouth-watering - it is a year since I gave up making/eating scones, and now I miss it! However, need to lose a bit more weight so no giving in to temptation :) Happy hygges!

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    1. Congrats on being scone-free for a whole year! I hope I haven't tempted you to go back to them. I love them, but rarely have them. I don't eat gluten, and the gluten-free kind just aren't quite the same, and also they have really unhealthy ingredients in them. I made them as a special treat to go with the lemon curd, but won't be having them again for a long time.

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  7. I LOVE to read a series all in one go, and funnily enough the series you are reading has joined my to-be-read queue after seeing a lady reading it on the beach the other day! Pleased to hear its worth getting my hands on!

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    1. First of all, the thought of being in a place where you could see someone reading on a beach sounds very appealing right about now. :-) I think you will love this series, Sarah. I have been quite caught up in it since Christmas. Let me know what you think after you have tried it!

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  8. It looks lovely, Kristie. You are absolutely capturing the spirit of hygge and it looks wonderful to me. I do the same thing with books when I find an author I love, I max out on all of his or her books at once!

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    1. It sounds like there are a lot of us who read straight through a series!

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  9. Love you have already captured hygge in Janaury. Your lemon curd looks delicious I made some at Christrmas which we have just finished, shop bought lemon curd is just not the same! Sarah x

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    1. The curd WAS wonderful. Note the past tense in that sentence. Yikes! I better not make another batch any time soon.

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  10. Ah Kristie, the very idea of lounging on a window seat, reading a great book with the thought of hot scones covered in lemon curd just makes me green with envy. Don't get me wrong, I can do all of those things if I wish. But do I? No because I tell myself I don't have the time, things to do, places to go, people to see etc etc! Note to me - make time for myself!! Lovely post.
    Patricia x

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    1. I tend to be like you, Patricia. So it is one thing I am trying to focus on to create more hygge moments, that is, finding some time to sit still during the day. I usually only knit and read at night, and so I am working at getting over any guilty feelings if I pick up a book or my needles for a half hour or so every afternoon.

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  11. Sounds like that was a lovely day! I don't think I've ever tried lemon curd, but that can't be true.

    When I look around and really think. another part of my brain shouts "oh no you don't!" :)

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    1. Have you ever had lemon meringue pie, Rick? The filling in the pie is a bit like curd. It's not hard to make. Do you want me to email you the recipe?

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    2. That would be nice, thank you! I really like lemon meringue pie. :)

      AlsoI had a recent discovery similar to your's regarding real whipped cream. For me it was orange juice. I can't stand the stuff stores sell. But I like fresh squeezed. We had oranges leftover from the holidays, so I "juiced" them for my wife--she loves OJ. I took a sip and it turns out I do too, but only the real kind.

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    3. Real orange juice is a completely different experience than the stuff at the stores. Even the supposed fresh squeezed orange juice doesn't taste right when it comes out of a container. I think your OJ discovery was probably a bit healthier than my whipped cream one though. :-) Here's the link to the curd recipe I use. Read through some of the comments though before making it. The most helpful one is to mix all you ingredients together first before heating. And it definitely needs to cook longer than the six minutes the recipe calls for.

      http://allrecipes.com/recipe/perfect-lemon-curd/

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  12. I love Julia Spencer-Flemming. I'm currently reading her latest. I wish I was just starting this series. They are great. Have you read the Louis Penny series? It too is the best. Also Deborah Crombie, love that series also. I love a great mystery that makes you think!

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    1. Another Spencer-Fleming fan! I am loving these books. My next one will be her latest, and then I will join all of you who have those painfully long waits for her latest instalment. And yes, I have read the Louise Penny series - it's probably my favourite mystery series ever. Thanks for the tip about the Deborah Crombie books. I'll check her out!

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  13. You're the second blogger to have recommended Julia Spencer-Fleming, but sadly our local library doesn't have any titles by her. Sigh....

    Quiet contentment is certainly a feature of hygge in this post and I love your curling-up corner. :-) As for the lemon curd - mmmm......

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  14. That's the second time this week where I have read that the Danish are meant to be the happiest nation, but pay the highest taxes.

    I like that word HYGGE.

    Christy

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