This post really should be called something like "Christmas shopping in Japan" or "Eye Candy from Japanese Books", or even "Yah! I'm on holidays!", but I just couldn't resist using this phrase....
Thursday this week was my last day at school before the holidays. On Wednesday night, I made a big batch of Rum Balls with a recipe similar to this one, but with double the ingredients and substituting some of the plain biscuits for ginger biscuits.
I would have photographed them, but they were finished late at night and then packaged up early morning before I went to school.
I felt like Santa handing out packages to teachers that I work directly with, teachers that I've become friends with and to one student who baked me cookies this week.
One teacher, who works from a different staff room to myself sent me an email to tell me how much he was enjoying them. He told me they were a "good friend with coffee". How cute is that! It's not a phrase we use, but I think we should. It's going to be my personal mission to bring it into the English vernacular.
The first book I bought is called "Mon kiri asobi" (ISBN978-4-7966-6074-7) or something like "Play with family crest papercutting"