Christmas With Olivia

Olivia Helps With Christmas by Ian Falconer.  Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2007.
Olivia plush by Gund.

Yesterday's post was all about vintage picture book characters and their Christmases.  Today is all about OLIVIA.  Because I love Ian Falconer's Olivia, and Olivia Helps With Christmas is one of my family's favorite Christmas picture books.








One of the later presents in our Advent garland - well, not exactly in it, but wrapped under the tree, with a note in the Advent bag telling the girls where to find it - was a sweet little cookbook and cookie cutter set I bought at the Scholastic Book Fair.


Chef Olivia Cookbook and Cookie Cutters Kit.  Recipes developed by Lara Starr,
photography by Mattew Carden.  Chronicle Books, 2013.

Christmas baking with Olivia?  Why, yes!  Let's do this!  How about "Perry's Jam Cookies," made with raspberry jam?  Pretty similar to linzer cookies, my favorite treat from my high school German class.



Aren't they pretty?

There are a lot more recipes in the book besides cookies.  Energy bars, sandwiches, whoopie pies, smoothies, cakes.  I'm excited.  I need to make something Olivia-shaped soon!  Not surprisingly, the cookbook ties into the Nickelodeon television series.  I'm not sure the Olivia of this book would be so into "Pink Princess Potion."


One last look at last year's Olivia-themed Advent garland gift...  Tonight is Christmas Eve!  I have one more post scheduled for this evening, if you're up for it...


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  1. We definitely need some Olivia in our lives. :)

    Merry Christmas.

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    1. Olivia is the best. My girls will be grown and moved out, and I will still be clinging to my Olivia collection.

      Hope you had a lovely Christmas Day!

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  2. We read this book over and over when J was a wee bit smaller. LOVED it! Your cookies look amazing, so impressed!!! Love jam cookies!

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    1. Oh, so did we! I miss the days when we would read every Olivia (and Fancy Nancy) book before bed. The girls don't want to repeat things as often now. I loved re-reading this one. The cookies are delicious, and this recipe is much less time- and labor-intensive than the last linzer cookie recipe I used. We also made chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chip meringues, and peanut butter blossoms! And I made that ginger cake! I overbaked it a little - I didn't hear the timer go off - but it was still delicious!

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  3. I love how the cookies turned out! And they must have tasted so good! I like Olivia a lot but my boy think it's silly. Maybe because he is a boy LOL

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    1. Awww... My girls were never given a choice. I was already collecting Olivia books and stuff. I fell in love with her when I first started working at the bookstore - the same year the first book came out! - and I started reading whatever books were out at the time when they were babies. :)

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  4. This post is so pretty. It has been in my mind since Christmas. I love how you take pictures - mix the book with toys and cookies. The Grinch mug! I definitely adore it :-) Danzel, guess what. Two books with Olivia was translated into Czech! Isn't it amazing? I was planning to have it in English but now I'll purchase it in a Czech bookstore. Fantastic. Oh, really, must have the Grinch mug, too.

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    1. Thank you so much! My pictures did turn out better than usual for this post! I'm so glad you get Olivia in Czech now! She is my very favorite, and has been for almost 14 years now. :)

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