Merriment Chain 10—sniff, sniff, sniff…..

Hi everyone!!   Ahhh….today was MUCH better than yesterday…..we got a lot accomplished.  We left early today to hunt down some good lumber after yesterday’s disappointing run.  Luckily we found some very nice wood an hour away, but not all we needed…off we went to ANOTHER lumberyard.  There we found a motherlode of very pretty wood in the size we were lacking…enough to finish up the year, and also a start on next year. Then it was off to a favorite Italian market with a fabulous deli. We are not Italian  (Al is Slovak and I am English ) but who doesn’t like authentic Italian food?  They also sell cannoli that are filled on the spot, great Italian pan bread, and every unusual ingredient you would need for any Italian Christmas dish you want to make.  We always buy their hot pepper cheese….yum….it is SO HOT  it makes your nose run and your eyes burn!  But oh…it is so good and creamy!!  Then we hit Sam’s Club before heading home.  As we entered the house, the most delicious aroma met us…ginger, cloves, cinnamon….from the ornamental gingerbread I baked last night.  I used the recipe Sheila shared with me…now, hers are much prettier than mine, but these will look fine on my pencil tree.  What do you think?  No, they don’t have three eyes—that is for the hanging string!!   SILLY!!!!   Smile


The plate is a Holly Hobbie plate from the year we were married (1972 )….yes, I know…we are older than dirt….the rolling pin is one I found at an antique market 30 years ago…it is solid walnut…many many cookies have been rolled out with it!

Sniffing holiday spices is such a Merriment!!  Smile  —-Jan


8 comments on “Merriment Chain 10—sniff, sniff, sniff…..

  1. bettycrowe says:

    Happy you found your wood! Those gingerbread men are perfect!

  2. Karen says:

    Hi jan,
    Now who wouldn’t love a merriment chain post about FOOD…all sounds wonderful.
    Oh isn’t it frustrating when you have to travel so far for THE GOOD STUFF.

  3. Robyn says:

    I need to make me some gingerbreads…I bet they smell awesome!! Glad the wood run went better! what a cool Holly Hobbie plate and roling pin!

  4. The Cranky Crow says:

    OOOOO…..LOVE the gingers! How sweet is that?! But…oh, the rolling pin steals my heart….Something about rolling pins that just tickle my fancy….. Glad you found some wood! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

    • Hi Robyn…thanks for stopping by! I have a weakness too for rolling pins–I have them all over the place, but this is the only one I use–it has the marks from turning it on a lathe!—Hugs GF!—Jan

  5. marly says:

    Oh tell me tell me!! Where is the Italian shop? We go to Jimmy’s on Belmont and didn’t know if there was another. I think I may have to try those cookie ornaments. So you’re the reason I can’t locate a decent piece of pine??? LOL!!!!

  6. Cindi Loretz says:

    Hi Jan, glad you got your wood! The gingers looks great and I can just about smell them from here!
    Be blessed,

  7. steph says:

    Nah, dirt’s just a little older I think;) I am glad you got all your wood. What a load off!!! No pun intended. Ha ha. Italian is my favorite. I would love to go to an authentic deli and have it real. Not these chain restaruants they have around here. Hot pepper cheese sounds soooo yummy. Your gingers are cute and they look really real. “Baby” tried to eat ours last year. It was precious as I took pictures of her trying to eat ornaments. Sad thing is…….she was three. Oh well, your last will always be a baby forever. Have a great day. -Steph-

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