Guest post- Christmas with Cupcake Caramel

OK our second guest blogger is from the lovely Rebekah at Cupcake Caramel.

Rebekah writes a fab blog all about her efforts to live a chic and french-inspired life; channelling her inner-Bridget Bardot as she goes along. Her posts are very witty, sometimes quite serious, but always gives me food-for-thought (talking of food her recipes are great also) She really is Texas' answer to the Domestic Goddess ;-)

Here's a peep through Rebekah's Texas window this Christmas.

What are you most hoping to find under the Christmas tree this year
I assume we’re discussing reality, yes? If so, then I would love a box of Fran’s sea salt caramels, a bottle of Krug or Tattinger, Jo Malone bath gel, and an antique letter opener.

Nat King Cole,Michael Bublé, Handel's Messiah or Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite?

Nat King Cole AND Handel’s Messiah. My husband and I have one tradition during the Christmas season: tickets to the symphony to see The Messiah. One of these years I’m going to locate a sing-along and participate. There are some beautiful second soprano parts. I get my singing-fix satisfied by participating in the church choir for their annual Christmas concert.

Turkey or not?

Not; I’d rather indulge in roast beef or prime rib, pan drippings and Yorkshire pudding.

Best Christmas film?

Love Actually

What French details/ dishes will you ensure your Christmas includes this year?

We usually attend church on Christmas Eve at 11 PM, but we’re not Catholic – so I guess I would celebrate in a more Huguenot tradition. We also give gifts to the needy at this time of the year, such as Operation Christmas Box, which packages gifts to send to orphanages, and Project Angel Tree, which sponsors a child of an incarcerated parent. I like to use natural ornaments in my decorations, so I’m really into the idea of hanging homemade orange pomanders and strings of cranberries. As far as French food traditions, a buche de Noel is calling to me right now!

If you could spend Christmas in any other place other than the US, where would you choose?

England! I have a fantasy of attending church services in an idyllic, old church and attending a concert at St. Martin in the Fields. Then we’d do the cracker thing, drink hot rum, and eat pudding all day.

What one book are you hoping to receive this Christmas?

I’d like the entire collection of the Mitford sisters’ letters.

What beauty product is your 'Christmas fail-safe'?

Jo Malone’s Pomegranate Noir (I still have samples I’m using); it is dark and heavy – perfect for the holiday events you are attending, as well as for a special night at home. It drives my husband wild.

Flats or heels on Christmas Day?

Flats; we tend to wear nice jeans, great sweaters (NO Reindeer ones), and our indoor shoes, which are usually old driving moccasins. Christmas remains fairly casual, unless we are off to church services.

How do you hope to make Christmas different this year from other years (either by something you do or simply because of a change of perspective)?

We do not live around family, and we do not have children, so it is both liberating and challenging that we fully dictate how our Christmas is spent. We’ve had a rather full year and need some relaxation time for the holidays. I would like to open our home for friends to drop by for afternoon tea and share in the dessert celebration. I won’t be making treize desserts as they do in Provence, but I wouldn’t mind having an excuse to make the buche de Noel and some other goodies to share with friends.

Thank you so much Rebekah. Wishing you a wonderful Texan Christmas, and all you wish for yourself in 2012.

p.s love the fact Rebekah wants to spend Christmas in England (feeling a little smug now ;-)


  1. Love the way this blog looks!

  2. Catching up on blog visits and post reading! ... It is so fabulous to be introduced to new blog friends and learn a little more about existing ones... xo HHL

    P.S. ~ Hoping to get email back to you later today!! xo

  3. I like your new series. Love the photos you chose today. Hope you are well.

  4. This is a sweet interview. You definitely can have more diamonds even if you already have a wedding ring. There's anniversaries, birthdays, valentines day... :)
    You own a jewellery boutique? Thats so exciting! have you done a post I may have not seen on your boutique?

  5. Lots of delicious, delightful things in this post, thanks Rebekah.

  6. I really enjoyed reading this....your Christmas Day sounds blissful :)

    I wear Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir too, gorgeous isn't it?


  7. Hi Vanessa! I enjoyed your guest post. Rebekah is so sweet.

    Dee xx

  8. Ahh this makes me excited for Christmas already!

    Vanessa, I just wanted to let you know that I have awarded you the Liebster Blog Award :) Basically it just means that I love your blog and I want other people to discover it as well... and you can pass it along to your favourite little blogs too! Details are on my blog :)

  9. Thank you friends for your lovely comments on Rebekahs post.

    @Lillian-TYSM Sweets. I will pop over and see my award now xx

  10. Hi dear, thanks for letting me know, going to have a look now :)

  11. Christmas in England is a dream of mine. :-) I would absolutely love that!!

  12. @RamblingTart-make sure you call me when you get there xx

  13. Hi Vanessa, how's you? Rebekah's Christmas sounds pretty idyllic - very relaxing!I'd happily have any of her choices under my tree as well (when I get my lazy paws to work and actually put it up!)x

  14. What an amazing guest post! Such a great way to discover new bloggers!

    xx Ivana

    Stop by sometimes :)
    Macarons and Pearls

  15. What a fun post with Rebekah! I'm with her on the England thing ~ it speaks to my heart! :D

  16. Beautiful and attractive blog post!! I’m surely coming again to read these articles and blogs!!

  17. THese christmas cupcakes are really elegant, and i really loved this post, keep it up .


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