Monday, November 26, 2012

Something for everyone

One of the things for which we often receive compliments regarding the magazine is the how we provide ideas and inspiration that our readers can actually use.
The fact that we're "regular people," most of us with no specific assumptions about "the right way" or “the wrong way" from a professional point of view, means that we're on a level that most people can relate to. Our food, bread and cakes aren't made by professional chefs, the photo shoots aren’t professionally styled, and although Susanne is a professional florist, her decorations are always at a level suitable for most.

Many of our featured items are easy to get a hold of. It's completely natural to us that this should be our focus at all times.

That's not to say that we don't occasionally "stray" in order to show you something fun and different like a home set up in a cave or a castle. Or lots of other fun, old odds and ends that are actually so hard to find that you might call them rare antiques.
We want to include those things as well. But we do aim to ensure that 80% of what we make is done with things and materials that are easy to find.

Thus the content of both this year's Christmas issues AND our Christmas book is a wonderful mix of new and old, DIY projects and easy and delicious recipes. There's something for every taste... And all three are in stores right now!
The December issue is just hitting the shelves these days. You can read about how to make wreaths and decorate with pretty, little lady apples.
Get in your creative mode and make some new Christmas ornaments with plaster. We give you a look back on everyday food from the old days when porridge was an important stable at mealtimes.

You'll also get our "recipe" for how to make your own drums for your Christmas tree – they're easy to make and very elegant. Bake some bread and cakes, not for eating but for decorating your home for Christmas.

Poinsettias can't be avoided around Christmastime. Even if we've always tried! (It's never been our favorite plant.) We accepted the challenge however, and we have to say that the results aren't bad at all. They actually can look decorative, both "as is" and also in decorations, bouquets and wreaths.
Find the magazine and the book at your local JDL retailer and let yourself be inspired.
We wish you all a very merry Christmas! /Tina & Vivian

Thursday, November 22, 2012

A JDL Family Get-Together

By now the ”Jeanne d’Arc family” is getting pretty big, and getting all of us together can prove to be somewhat of a challenge. Especially since this year we’ve gained even more representatives in Finland, Norway and Sweden: Virpi from Finland, Mette-Mari in Norway and Jessica in Sweden. Additionally, there’s Erik and Ineke in Germany and Holland, respectively, and “good old” Vicky in Denmark. All will be staying at Hotel Randers.

But we’ve actually succeeded in bringing everyone together for the next few days. In connection with our annual Christmas party at PAKHUSET in Randers this Saturday, we’ve invited everyone to arrive a little early.

So tomorrow we’re all going to enjoy a traditional Danish Christmas luncheon out here. Gitte and Susanne are already busy cooking and there’s a wonderful smell of cabbage in white sauce, Danish meatballs and pork roast. The house is buzzing with activity. We’re putting up a lit Christmas tree outside in the courtyard, making pretty decorations and setting up for the lunch buffet tomorrow. I just love the atmosphere here!

We’re really looking forward to seeing everyone both tomorrow and at the Christmas party on Saturday. /Vivian

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Don't worry - We're not asleep

We're always incredibly busy here at JDL. We have a new perpetual calendar in the pipeline – can't wait to show you the finished product! In the workshop, Jane and Dorte have started producing all the new Easter items that will be in stores sometime after Christmas. And here at the editorial office, we're putting the finishing touches to our big Easter book, which is definitely something you can all look forward to. In it you can find inspiration for new Easter decorations in the old style or just enjoy all the wonderful photos throughout the book. And of course we have some really good recipes for delicious Easter food and cakes. We're in the process of fixing up the old workshop here at the farmstead, which will be ready to use as a photo studio before long. Such an exciting project! Dorte and Lonnie can't wait for the finished result. There's plenty to do, so we're not bored.

In the middle of all this activity, we also find the time to welcome visitors who find their way to us here at JDL. Yesterday, Kristine came down from Aalborg for a visit. Kristine has a blog with the most amazing recipes for food and cakes. Her page, , is definitely worth a visit. She can conjure up the most delicious treats. She brought five different types of biscuits for us to photograph for an article, which will be featured in an upcoming magazine. We hope you'll like them as much as we did here at JDL. Naturally she brought a few samples for us all to enjoy. Thanks, Kristine! /Tina

Monday, November 5, 2012

Christmas Greetings

I love receiving Christmas cards. Unfortunately it's a tradition that's about to be forgotten. In these modern times when we can just send a text message or an email instead, that's often what we do. It just isn't quite the same, though, is it?

There's something really special and much more personal about a traditional, handwritten Christmas card. The sender took the time to find just the right card and then sit down and think about what he or she wanted to write especially for you. That's a nice thought...

Admitted: I'm not really good about it myself – but this year, I've decided I'm going to do it. SO – I've now bought a stack of Jane's handmade Christmas cards for the purpose. I'll write them all this November and get them in the mail.

The tradition of sending Christmas greetings in the form of a Christmas card goes back to 1843 – around the same time that the first Christmas seal was released. The first Christmas cards to be mailed were made in England, and the idea was well-received because just the next year, 25,000 Christmas cards were mailed, each with a personal Christmas greeting. /Vivian