I finished knitting the cozy scarf I was working on this past week.
I delivered it this afternoon after the Christmas coffee with my knitting group.
Our group took up the challenge and opened up our wallets to donate to the local newspaper The Times-Colonist Christmas fund.
The scarf is a simple 4 row repeat.
I can visualize this enlarged as a cozy throw or made in to a lap blanket.
This week I made a delicious apple chutney with the apples that were left in the fruit bowl.
Recipe is from The Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten
found on The Food Network website here is the recipe.
It was easy and quick to assemble.
Simmered for about an hour and the whole house smelled wonderful!
As it turns out, I was out of raisins, so I substituted dried cranberries instead
they add a nice sweet tang and pretty seasonal colour.
It keeps in the fridge for 2 weeks...
I am planning to serve it with turkey, pork, ham and a strong cheddar cheese.
I melted some cheese on a whole wheat wrap and topped it with this chutney
and ate it for my lunch.
I could not wait to try it
oh my it is good!
Traditional "Grannies" dish cloths are in production
using up cotton leftover yarn.
They make a useful Hostess gift paired with a luxury soap or fancy dish detergent.
Glazed Lemon Loaf with raspberries
I doubled the ingredients and made two loaves
One off to family and the other shared with Mother and some for our house.
It freezes well so I may end up popping half into the freezer for future use.
It is a time of year where we give tokens of appreciation
to those who work with and for us
give gifts to friends and family.
When considering "Hostess Gifts"
I prefer gifts that are consumables...
we have enough "stuff"
so I give things that do not take up unwanted "space"
gifts that are (hopefully) useful.
~ HOSTESS GIFTS ~
linen tea towels
soaps and a dish cloth
scented votive candles
emollient hand cream
jams and marmalade
~ PLANTS ~
~ PERSONAL GIFTS ~
These are gifts chosen specifically for the individual based on their tastes
are considered much more intimate than a Hostess Gift.
restaurant or event gift certificate
a collectible chosen specifically for the recipient
something specific from their "wish list"
There are so many wonderful things to see in town at this time of year.
We took Mother to the Festival of Trees last week and this week we went to the gingerbread displays at Laurel Point Inn.
Entry #10 Wanderlust
Gingerbread at its finest!
A cookie dough Pentax!
Chris Hadfield our Space Station, guitar playing Canadian astronaut.
I recognize these landmarks...
now it is time to close...
It has been a busy day and with more to do on my list I will say goodnight.
~ Be Well and Be Kind ~