I adore making discoveries that become new favourites, don't you? It's like stumbling upon a treasure when you were just ambling along without any thought of being on a treasure hunt. I've been an appreciative fan of Duchy Originals food products for some time but it's only available here during the holiday season at a high end store in town. I saw this jar of Damson Preserve whilst out Christmas shopping and decided to try it with only a vague idea of what a damson was. All I knew was that it had a marvellously Victorian ring to it, so much more romantic than prosaic fruit jam.
Apparently, damsons are a type of plum. And how wonderfully plummy it is. Fruity with that right hint of tartness and without that cloying sweetness which is the pitfall of many a jam. On a snowy day with an icy windy blowing, there is something deeply comforting about toasting up a slice of good bread and topping it off with your favourite whatever.
Did you treat yourself to any Boxing Day goodies? I picked up this tea cozy at Chapters. Just perfect for a pot of tea.
I adore the thick wool felt and cheerful simple red stitched stars. Although, perhaps I just like saying "tea cozy."
What kitchen would be complete without a good knife set? I was so very fortunate to receive a knife set for Christmas. I had no idea how having really sharp knives would make such a difference with food preparation. And, I am fascinated with how they are neatly displayed and organized. As someone who was not born with the "neat and tidy" gene, something that comes to me inherently organized is a wondrous thing.
And, of course, I must mention my new wooden chopping board which is exceptionally large and exceptionally heavy. It was a gift and an absolute delight. Again I had no idea what a difference having a large work surface for food preparation would make in the kitchen.
New favourites, new discoveries. I think I'm off to a good start.
I'm linking up with A Beach Cottage, A Stroll Thru Life, My Romantic Home, French Country Cottage, Type A Decorating.