(English) Snowflake gifts

Some of you may not be thrilled with the soggy snowflakes that have decided to grace us with their presence, but you should know that snowflakes can be a girl’s best friend – especially when they are made of diamonds or dough! Here are a few snowflake suggestions to slip under the tree, around your neck, or onto a plate. Enjoy!

“Out of the bosom of the Air,

Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken,

Over the woodlands brown and bare,

Over the harvest-fields forsaken,

Silent, and soft, and slow

Descends the snow.”

(From the poem Snow-Flakes by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

Sephora gift card

Sephora has everything a gal could want, but buying her beauty products is a tad too personal, so just get her this gift card (comes with a mirrored compact) and everything will be merry and bright.

Show her you REALLY care with diamond snowflakes from the BIRKS SNOWFLAKE Collection. These whimsical pieces will remind her of the romance of our Canadian winters.

Go bold with a statement snowflake like this vintage brooch I found at a second-hand boutique on the Plateau. You can find them on ETSY by typing in rhinestone snowflake brooch.

Have your snowflake and eat it, too! These adorable cookies are available online from Montreal cookie maven, Sweet Isabelle. You can even offer your loved one a cookie decorating workshop with Sweet Isabelle. Oh what fun!

Deep-Fried Snowflakes! These traditional European Rosette pastries are what my German grandmother would make each Christmas. Delicate and light, they are dusted with icing sugar and melt in your mouth. Timeless, but time-consuming – if you feel inspired to try making these – here’s the recipe:

Traditional Rosettes

2 eggs

1 teaspoon sugar

¼ teaspoon salt

1 cup milk

1 cup flour

Beat eggs slightly with sugar and salt. Add milk and flour and blend until smooth. Heat lard or vegetable oil to 375 degrees. Place the decorative end of the iron in the oil for a minute or two to heat, then gently wipe clean.

Quickly dip the heated iron into the batter but do not allow the batter to come over the top of the mold. Immerse in hot oil for 20 to 30 seconds until golden. Using tongs, tap the rosette off of the iron onto absorbent paper to drain. Heat the iron in the oil and wipe again before making the next rosette.

When cooled, sprinkle the rosettes with powdered sugar. This recipe makes approximately 40 cookies.

Now, let it snow!

Btw, you’ll need these babies to make them. I’ve seen them on Ebay and Etsy.

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