My heart goes out to the folks on the east coast. I've been watching the weather forecast and it looks like a fierce storm is a coming. Stay safe.
In the middle part of the USA it's calm and mild. I'm pondering thoughts of fresh cedar , pine cones and rose hips. It will be another natural christmas at Bittersweet. I do recall getting this anxious feeling about this time of year and the anticipation of Christmas puts a big smile on my face. Those feelings are accompanied by how Christmas is my favorite time of year. I'm requesting an early arrival!
I un-listed the holiday soaps on our web site. Meaning, they are listed but not available until November 10.
Since we celebrate a handmade Christmas it always feels comforting to get a jump on things.
The making of the cranberry chutney. The trip to the market to gather fresh ginger, cranberries, oranges and spices to make the relish is a joy in its self. Choosing the perfect size jars. The cooking and canning process is even more enjoyable. I'm particularly fond of the sweet spicy aroma that fills the kitchen and the house.
If you've been thinking about dipping into some old fashioned canning chutney is cool way to ease into the process. The cranberry chutney is my favorite holiday condiment. It is yummy served with poultry. I always have a half jar left over. Not for long though. That's another favorite part of making it. Eating it!
This Christmas I'm adding a new confection to the cookie and candy menu. Like the toffee, it's easy to make. I'm quite fond of its appearance. The white almond bark mounds and the chunky fruit and roasted nuts are attractive. Wrap the bark in a clear bag and tie with festive twine and you have a lovely gift.
In the weeks to come I'll be posting some of my favorite hand made gift idees. Most of them simple to make and a lot more enjoyable if you allow plenty of time to create them.
Enjoy caring and sharing holidays.