Merry, merry Christmas – Best wishes for 2018

The rush is on—Christmas is just around the corner. I’m making shortbread for the family. Just finished two batches of chocolate oatmeal cookies. Some are asking for the Cranberry Coffee Cake, which is a favourite. I’ve also had requests for lemon angel food cake with raspberries. That is a traditional birthday cake for our family, and we have a new grandson born Dec 18th, so his siblings think the birthday cake can be justified. 😊

What do you cook or bake for Christmas?

I want to wish each and every one of you a wonderful holiday season, and many blessings in the New Year. Happy 2018! Wow!

A Merry Christmas and blessings for the New Year

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Winter has arrived, even here on the west coast. Snow came in a flurry of about 5 inches, followed a few days later of another 3 or 4 inches. Now, I know that in most places, that isn’t a lot! But here on the Wet Coast, it’s darned near a blizzard.

The Merry Christmas season has arrived right on the heels of that snow, a very exciting time of year. I love Christmas, the joy and blessings of the season. I want to wish each and every one of you a wonderful holiday and many good wishes for the new year, 2017. And may you get lots of books in your stocking!

Merry Christmas, wreaths, garlands, swags

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Do you make your own Christmas wreaths and garlands? I went out to cut branches for my Christmas swags for either side of the door, and came back with the following –

  • red cedar (you can tell by the colour of the stems and bark)
  • balsam fir, with the delightful light green tips to the branches
  • fir, with fuzzier needle formation
  • salal, which gives great berries but stays green all year
  • hawthorne, for the beautiful red berries
  • broom, which is a weed, but adds a lovely straight sweeping component

This is what I came up with for my front door. What do you do for your Christmas greenery? Merry Christmas everyone!