Jessica Dickinson of the beautiful children’s lifestyle blog Blake Acres shares her love of classic children’s wear labels on the Junior Style blog. Jessica and her Boston-based family share their adventures both near and far. Be sure to follow her on Instagram @blakeacres
The magic of the season is everywhere these days. As city dwellers, we’ve been serenaded by brass instruments while shopping and delighted by the grace of figure skaters in pop-up ice rinks. An abundance of little white lights keeps us cheerful through progressively shorter days. And when it gets too chilly outside for mitten-clad fingers, we gather in the kitchen to bake.
With hats and aprons on, we’re dressed for the part and ready to roll (dough that is!). This year I’ve chosen a baked good that is more pleasant for the eyes than the taste buds and carries with it a piece of tradition from my Eastern European heritage, the Licitar heart of Croatia.
If you’ve ever visited this Mediterranean country, Licitar hearts are not hard to find. They make for perfect holiday adornments and are traditionally given as expressions of love. We channelled our Croatian roots and found ourselves with doughy hands in a sea of red food dye and white icing.
Our festive red cookies (which have close ties to gingerbread) were a delight to make and decorate. Although there are few recipes available, I prefer the one found on the official Licitar home page. These pretty little hearts can be stored or made again as the perfect decoration for Valentine’s Day.
We wish you a sweet holiday season!
Elise’s knit dress: Misha & Puff
Mila’s blouse: Soor Ploom
Elise’s apron: Fog Linen
Oven gloves: Thornback & Peel
Mila’s hair bow: Pitchoun Designs
Elise’s floral dress: Vintage
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