December 2011 Desktop Calendar

December 2011 Desktop Calendar

At the beginning of every month, I am offering C&Z readers a new wallpaper to apply on the desktop of your computer, with a food-related picture and a calendar of the current month.

Our calendar for December is a picture of the Christmas sablés I baked and wrote about last year, following a recipe by one of my oldest friends’ mother. (Check the post for more about the cookies, a recipe, and edible gift ideas.)

What about you: what cookies do you plan to bake for the holidays this year?

Instructions to get your calendar are below.

Here’s how it works:

1- This link will open a new window (or tab) displaying the right wallpaper image for your screen.

2- Right-click (or ctrl-click for some Mac users) on the image, and chose the option that says, “Set as Desktop Background”, “Use as Desktop Picture,” or something to that effect — the exact wording will depend on the browser you use.

3- If the image does not fit your desktop background neatly, you may have to go to your preference screen (on a Mac: System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver > Desktop; on Windows: Control Panel > Display > Desktop) and choose “Fit to screen” as the display mode of your background image.

4- Enjoy!

[Note: Readers of this blog live all around the globe, and I am unable to provide localized versions of the desktop calendar at this point. This is why I’ve opted for the international standard, by which a large majority of countries abide, and which states that Monday is the first day of the week.]

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  • Rachel

    I’m about to move continents so all baking these days is focused on using up my baking supplies, which at the moment means cornmeal and lots of spices. So probably gingerbread and either zaletti or crumiri… mmmmm!

    • Of course, you’ll have to tell us more about the move to another continent…

  • Liz Thomas

    Another lovely one! Thank you very much.


  • Thanks for sharing. I am looking forward to a June 2012 visit to Paris. Poilane is on my ‘must see’ list.

  • Dec. 2012! Wow! 2011 me suffira pour l’heure, le temps passe vite, mais tout de même ;)
    Merci pour l’éclat de rire de ce matin, et les si jolis cookies!
    Bonne journée… 2011, chère Clotilde!

    • Effectivement, j’ai été un peu vite en besogne. Merci de me l’avoir signalé, c’est corrigé ! :)

  • I hope to be able to make a few cookie boxes as a gift. My favourites are chocolate and ginger cookies, rolled in sugar, some all butter, flaky pastry ones called principesse and my family recipe for zaleti. And probably some of Kim Boyce’s whole wheat chocolate cookies, although I’ll need to test if they keep a bit.

  • Madonna

    My favorite time of year for baking. I’ll be making the usual – chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, sugar cookies to decorate, gingerbread. I’ll also bake a batch of my favorite cookie. The dough is flavored with unsweetened cocoa powder and a bit of instant espresso powder, with chunks of bittersweet and white chocolate and dried cherries added. They’re addictively good. I’m going to try macarons for the first time and Clotilde’s Christmas sables.

  • Thanks again for doing this every month

  • Christmas cookies aren’t part of the UK tradition, although everybody enjoys the delicious ginger Lebkuchen that Lidl sells at this time of year. We go in for mince pies, but as my husband almost prefers the shop version and I simply don’t find them worth the calories, I don’t make my own any more.

    • Isn’t it sort of disheartening how some things, however much love you put into the homemade version, just taste better if you buy the industrially produced one? And you’re making me crave mince meat pies! I haven’t had one in years and years.

  • EB

    So sweet and cute!

  • Thanks for sharing.I have used the picture as my desktop background and it’s so beautiful to me.

  • Cynthia N

    Is there going to be a January 2012 desktop calendar? I really enjoy these every month. Thanks!

    • Thanks a lot for your message and your interest.
      I am taking a break from the monthly calendars this year — I realize the feature will be missed and I am sincerely sorry, but I needed to lighten my workload a bit to make room for other projects (including writing a new book!). I hope you understand.
      With my best wishes for 2012!

  • gilbert

    shame I miss me monthly calendars, hopefully next year again, succes with the book and other workload things,
    greeting from the Netherlands

  • Halina Stoklosinski

    I so miss the monthly calendar. My colleagues here in NZ always comment at my desktop. You couldn’t possibly post a generic shot to satisfy us for the year and beyond – maybe without the calendar or with a C&Z theme – is that asking too much, I do realise you posted your comments above and apologise for one more hassle! Yes we use your recipes down under in NZ!

    • Thanks for the kind words, Halina. When my schedule gets a little easier in a few weeks, I plan to prepare a few non-calendar desktop backgrounds for readers to use, using favorites from the calendar days. I hope this will fill the void!

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