Deep breath from me.... Here goes December. THE busiest month of the year!
Well. Let's talk Christmas Day fare. Mum brought her wonderful potato salad, strongly flavoured with garlic and basil, and some prawns. One of my friends gave me some homemade dukkah as a gift and we loved snacking on that! I bought some ham from another friend who raises pigs and cooked a free range chook. The choices went on and on.
We enjoyed snacks, drinks, a meal, each others company and lots of yummy dessert. Mum and Dad always bring Christmas Pud and Dad makes a brandy custard. I made a trifle in an effort to rekindle a family tradition. Nana always served trifle on the big day. Mine was altered somewhat and included beautiful blueberries from a local farm. My eldest daughter, Lou Lou, made her first ever pavlova and it was yumm-my! You can never, ever have too much dessert!!
I was given some beetroot in December so had a go at pickled beetroot. I don't know how it turned out yet because I'm saving it for later in the year.
Not me, but my my daughter Belle made a bag for her friend's birthday. Damn! I forgot to take a photo. Guess what we bought Belle for Christmas? A second hand sewing machine of her very own. No more fighting with an eleven year old over time at the sewing machine. Perhaps this was actually more a gift for me? Hee hee!
Yep. More soap. I also went back to using bi-carb and salt as toothpaste. I've been using an Australian-made herbal toothpaste because the children weren't keen on the bi-carb. However, Buddy really hated the taste of the commercial product so both of us are using the bi-carb mix. Not sure how I'll go yet. Last time I tried it the kids kept getting it wet so I'm trying to be there when he uses it. I'll try and teach him to just wet his toothbrush first and (with clean hands) sprinkle on some powder.
My tomatoes are looking great! I'm just waiting for the first to ripen and it's happening as we speak! I'm out there daily checking for colour. I harvested my first zucchinis in December too. Isn't it funny how yummy they taste at the beginning of each season before we become thoroughly bored of trying to find new ways to eat them by Autumn?
Oh. My. Goodness!!!! December is overly full of CREATE!! I made giant replicas of tea-bags full of goats poo. These were special teabags for the watering can. I made soap. I made beeswax impregnated wraps to cover food. I crocheted covers for some of the soap..... Sorry. No photos. Christmas gifts keep me soooo busy that I completely forgot. I can, however, show you a photo of a special gift from Belle. On Christmas Day she really, really surprised me when she gave me an embroidered lavender bag that I had no inkling about! I felt very special.
I haven't spent much time educating myself lately. I've been borrowing Paullina Simons' books from the library. They are HUGE books! But oh so good.
Goodness! To think I often used to have trouble with this category. My life has been so full with sharing/swapping food, receiving gardening advice, helping or being helped with transporting trailers to collect manure, sharing recipes...
I'm feeling gooey about our connectedness lately. We've had several pre-Christmas get togethers with other friends. While I bemoaned my busyness and lack of time, I love being so involved with others around us.
We also had a special first birthday celebration in December. My lovely little granddaughter had a party which meant a trip to celebrate. She's such a sweet heart!