To get into the festive spirit this year, I told myself I’d listen to Christmas music. I’ve tuned into Majic 100 to catch some classics and new version of beloved carols, and I also wanted to add some tunes to my phone. Which made me realize I had NO Christmas music on my computer! There was one album in particular that I missed especially, so I went ahead and bought it again. No, it wasn’t the new Cee-Lo’s Magic Moment CD (although I am curious to check that one out). I had to have a copy of one of my favourite singers of all time singing the traditional classic Christmas songs: Ella Fitzerald’s Christmas.
I went through a jazz phase in high school, and even though I rarely listen to it much anymore, Ella has stayed with me. I continue to play her songs from time to time, and her buttery-soft, silky smooth voice, haunting, spirited, and real, affects me in some way. The way she can put a song through it’s paces is mind-boggling and I really think she’s one of the best singers we have ever seen.
So if you’re looking for a Christmas album this year, check hers out. It’ll put you in a nostalgic, peaceful frame of mind, thinking about good times had in Christmases past, happy memories, living like a child in the cocoon of your family’s warmth and love. Goodness knows we could all stand to feel that way right about now.
Onto more Christmas baking: mini-muffins. I got a mini muffin tray as a gift last year, and I though a batch or two of these little things would be portable and tasty to bring to a birthday party today, an open house style brunch for a sweet little one year old and many, many family members. I made one tried and true recipe (pecan pie muffins – recipe here) and one new recipe (lemon poppy seed muffins – recipe here). Both turned out pretty well!
To make mini-muffins, you can follow a standard muffin recipe, keeping the temperature the same, but shorten the baking time to about 12-15 minutes. For the citrus muffins, I bought one orange and one lemon and both produced only about 1/4 cup of juice, so I scooped out 1/2 a cup of the dry ingredients, already mixed. It seemed to work – the muffins tasted great!
Wishing you all happy tidings today, love in your hearts, music in your ears and a delicious Christmas treat to enjoy!
This post is the third in my countdown to Christmas. Read along every day between now and the 25th to get in the festive spirit!