December 23rd: The stockings are hung, tree lit, goodies baked - mission accomplished. As a look at gifts yet to be distributed I see an amazing thing, most are from our own stores. There are homemade pickles and relish; pepper, elderberry and grape jellies; pickled beets; chow chow; homemade breads; cookies and cinnamon rolls. Dozens of fresh eggs will finish the baskets and boxes going to friends and family. We are to the point where no one needs anything and everyone buys what they want, so this year, we've chosen to give a gift unique to our farm. Oh, I forgot to mention we still have lettuce in the high tunnel and a bit of Brie to share! It's quite an amazing array for a little backyard farm.
We are blessed, as a family, a people and a nation. To have more than enough is a true gift. I wish the same for all of you - more than enough. Find it in the simple things; the moments spent in front of the fire, scratching the dog; covered up with a favorite quilt on a cold winter morning; a cup of hot coffee warm between your hands, a full pantry and a good wood pile. Now that's livin'!
"I come in the little things," saith the Lord.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Where have the months gone? Here we are in mid December, only a couple of more weeks until the new year. Like all of you, I'm in the midst of Christmas preparations. Today is a day for baking bread and making pepper jelly. The house smells heavenly. The pepper jelly will be the perfect compliment for the Brie aging in the cellar. This time of year is perfect for low tech aging. Just keep your cheese in a cool windowsill, away from the kitties, of course. The cool temperatures coming from the outside, are just about perfect for aging brie in a ziplock bag. Remember when people started making cheese, there were no perfectly managed conditions. Cheesemakers worked with the climate, the time of year and the tools available to them. We can still do the same. Hope you are enjoying the season.