I hope you all had a safe, healthy and joyous Christmas. And I pray that at least once during all the busy-ness, meal preparation (and/or meal consumption thank-you-very-much), family and friends, you found some quiet moments to reflect. If you didn't, it's not too late. Steal a moment first chance you get.
my mother's Christmas cookie plate
December was a wonderful whirlwind. First of all, thanks to all who ordered and gifted cookbooks this year!! I had so much fun giving every 5th one away (13 were mailed off for free)! That deal is over for now, but I will re-introduce it in time for Mother's Day gifting (and receiving).
A semi-distant relative through marriage was given a white elephant gift of a vintage-looking bee hat/veil. Since she doesn't have bees (or mosquitoes, evidently), she thought of us and I was thrilled to be the recipient of it! Thank you, April!! I will wear it with pride this summer and won't fear a bee getting caught in my hair any longer!
The seed catalogs are pouring in and our minds are busy with ideas and plans for this spring and summer. New gardens? New animals? I must admit, it wasn't long ago that I was SO happy for that garden and all its weeds to wither up in the cold and die. But now, I'm longing to be out in the sun again- hanging up laundry in the warm breezes and digging in the flower beds while popping blueberries in my mouth.
Just before Christmas, I received a promotional email from Tattler Reusable Lids announcing a one-day 50% off sale on all their lids. I announced it on this site's facebook page but for those who missed it, I'll make sure to announce the next one, too. We went ahead and bought another lot of them since we'd like to make the switch all the way over this year.
In other canning news, after years of waffling, I'm in the process of saving my swagbucks to purchase a pressure canner. Please say a little prayer for me. For some reason, they make me nervous. Oh, maybe it's because a family member had a pressure canner lid fly off and hot food splattered all over their kitchen. But I'm putting on my brave face (and maybe my bee veil and Jamey's new chainsaw chaps) and diving in. You'll hear all about it when I get it and start using it and I'm counting on those of you who are pros to give me pointers when the time comes.
On another note (how many topics can I cover in one post?), I recently received a very nice email from a male reader asking if any other men read my blog (since they rarely comment). If there are any readers out there (of the male variety) who would like to show Bob he's not the only one, let us know in the comments below and thanks for reading!
So, here we go! 2014 is here. I'm so glad to have you along.
Blessings for the whole year through,
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