|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...