perusing the shelves which were heavily laden with food and wares for the upcoming festive season...
and I paused for a moment and realized that it's only a few weeks away.
I used to make homemade marmalade
from a Martha Stewart recipe which calls for a cup of scotch in the ingredients!
I would make a batch every season...
until we just happened upon this one in the deli
now the Bungalow Gold standard.
I spied some pretty serving dishes...
and I have only platters in white so I was thinking that these would come in handy
for antipasto, dips, tapenaude, olives...you name it!
The wee spoon came with them.
a wee depression in each side
to accommodate the spoon when at rest
I bought two.
I have started some Christmas shopping.
I purchased the Christmas cards
and several small gifts.
I like to patronize the small specialty shops as we are a small town.
Keeping the money local helps our economy and benefits our community.
I'd love to go to a Williams Sonoma or a Pottery Barn
but that requires travel and at this time of year I prefer to stay close to home.
We do not have many on our gift list
so stress is kept to a minimum
and I prefer it that way.
Soon I'll be baking a few fruit cakes
a batch or two of scottish shortbread
and my Mother's rum ball recipe.
But like the shops I am getting too far ahead...
I am a big kid at heart!
Have you started thinking about your plans for the festive season?