At A Glance, December

What I find notable for the month.

Homemade Mandelbrot. There are a couple of desserts that I love the most and funny enough they have the exact same ingredients. One is a cake and the other is this twice baked cookie. The Italians have biscotti, the Jews have mandelbrot. Mandelbrot is made with a touch more fat so dunking isn’t necessary to enjoy without breaking a tooth. Shout out to Instagram follower, shortcutstoshabbat.com who asked me for the recipe.

Harrowstyle Mandelbrot

Pre-heat oven to 350°. Grease sheet or cookie pan.

Cookie Dough
3 Eggs
3/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 Cup Sugar
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
3 Cups of All Purpose Flour, Sifted
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Cup Chocolate Chips (optional)
1 Cup Chopped Almonds (optional)

Cinnamon/Sugar Mixture
1/4 Cup of Cinnamon with 1 1/2 Cups of Sugar (adjust to how much cinnamon taste you prefer)

Beat together eggs, oil, sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Mix sifted flour, salt and baking powder together in small bowl. Add flour mixture to wet mixture, mix until incorporated. Fold in optional chocolate chips or almonds.

Divide dough into two logs about 3 inches in width on baking sheet, (no need to be precise.)

Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and cut logs into individual slices. Bathe slices in cinnamon sugar on both sides and return to pan to bake for an additional 10 minutes.

Note: You don’t have to use cinnamon/sugar mixture. You can make these with different adds in such as dried fruit, nuts, chocolate or enjoy plain.

Banana Republic Factory. I purchased this jacket on my way to return something else. I have been looking for a satin jacket for awhile and couldn’t resist.
Grief Is My Side Hustle is a podcast I adore. There is a website too, with plenty of links and information. The podcast is especially good not only because it gives the many varied voices and manifestations of grief and death, but because it can’t help highlighting and exploring living and loving, in all its messy and glorious ways. Meghan Riordan Jarvis is a terrific interviewer and listener. Subscribe to this podcast on all listening platforms-you will thank me.
Hudson/Grace. This home keeping store has a great sensibility. There is so much on their site to appreciate.
Joie. This leather moto jacket is incredible value. I love that the zippers aren’t shiny silver.
How To With John Wilson is a docuseries on HBO. It is fascinating and gross, beautiful and funny. He explores tiny themes set in NYC with tons of film clips of moments you may have walked passed and never took in.

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Gifts of Note

Ideas for the holiday giving season.

Diptyque Reed diffusers are my preferred scent vehicle since I woke up one morning and found a scented candle burning from the night before that I failed to blow out. Yikes.
Anya Hindmarch Okay, so Dairy Milk is my favorite chocolate. That’s why I like this cheeky handbag.
West Of Breakfast The height of bedroom elegance is either silk or white cotton pajamas.
Banana Republic Now that I am a dog grandmother, I actually care about dog gifts.
Anya Hindmarch Another cheeky accessory. This one gets stuck to the back of your phone to carry credit cards or your ID.
Club Monaco This is technically a menswear belt, however, I see it as unisex. If you are wearing a monochromatic outfit, there are times when you will not want to break it up with the jewelry pop that a gold or silver belt buckle provides. For a clean line, this black hardware is perfect. Women, you are likely somewhere between a 30-36 in menswear belt sizing.
Wolf & Badger I love tartans for holiday times but what to do when the season changes? This happy looking multicolor blanket is all season friendly.
Club Monaco Everyone needs to reach into their handbag or back pocket this minute and assess their current wallet situation. I am sure it needs freshening. Salvatore Ferragamo, below.
Salvatore Ferragamo
Totême This dress could be perfect on your next holiday to somewhere warm. It could double as a day dress and coverup. Or, it would be a perfect as a hedge in your wardrobe to looking crisp next summer.
Target These cozy little shorts are super mushy comfortable. Since they aren’t full length they aren’t hot and overwhelming.
William Sonoma I don’t drink wine but I do serve it. A wine coaster preserves table cloths and lends a finished look to a well dressed table.
Birdies This is such a fun gift because these are not likely to be purchased by anyone for themselves.
William Sonoma I was unaware of the varieties of popcorn until I saw this. Maybe this isn’t as welcome as chocolate for some, but then again, I am a popcorn person so I think it’s cool.
William Sonoma I added this for you people who think my popcorn suggestion isn’t very fun.

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