This year was all about crafting! You saw the quilts Mom made for us in the posts below. None of the rest of us went quite so elaborate. I made the Quick Change trousers above from Anna Maria's book. They are so soft and thick. Corduroy, flannel, and cotton. Fully reversible and so easy to whip together. Can't wait to see them on the nephews and niece!! I made Jer a matching hat, but had to throw a hot pink liner in it as a tribute to his papa.
Of course, M knitted up a storm of hats and wraps for the long, cold days ahead. She is so fast too!
My little gnome I felted will hopefully soon be the new mascot of the Adventure Explorers of Hotels, Beaches & Campsites club (so named by Con-man). He'll be a bright, happy edition to the nature table if he doesn't go adventuring though.
and lastly, chalkboards! They must be all the rage right now because it took me 6 stores to find chalkboard paint in stock! I hung mine a bit differently than the one above.
Hope everyone enjoys their goodies. I had big dreams and visions of doing so much more than this, but when you begin 2 weeks before Christmas, there is a bit of a crunch... ahem... yes, well, live and learn. None-the-less, they were all made with love, + some blood and sweat and tears too, for those we adore.
I should also show you what the girls created for each other. ...
M made a mixed media journal for C and C made a mixed media canvas for M!
They never fail to make me smile when I see them together.
She sent me 2 six foot long garlands.
I can't wait to hang them up! I just need to decide where...
It's been rough for me to get motivated this year to put up decorations ~ which, for those of you who know me, you will be dumbfounded by, I'm sure. It's true though. Not a single piece of decor decking the halls as of yet.
Maybe today I'll go for a walk and find some lovely twigs and berries and begin there.
2 ½ c. chopped Turkey meat
½ c. chopped celery stalks and young leaves
½ c. diced onion
3 tsp. capers
1 clove crushed garlic
½ c. toasted almond slices
1 c. Grapeseed oil Veganaise
1 tsp. fresh ground pepper
¼ tsp pink salt
½ tsp curry powder
juice of half a lemon
Mix it all together, thoroughly. Refrigerate in airtight container for 2 hours, until chilled through. Serve on a bed of Kale or cold Quinoa and a tear of Focasia bread as a pusher! Delish!
A couple variation I do occasionally -
* Substitute ¼c. Pine nuts for the almond slices
* Add in ½ a diced green apple (for light tartness)
* Add in 1 diced Jalepeno (for kick!)
* Substitute chicken or baked tofu for turkey
The baked tofu is actually my favorite way to make this. I baked cubes of it for 30 min. in a tiny bit of Sesame Oil after marinating it in Braggs Amino Acids for 15 minutes. Then I leave the pink salt out of the recipe. It's divine.