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!!!!
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!! —-Jan