This was the year we decided to use a tree from our property for our Christmas tree! We had slim pickings; the suitable ones were small and scraggly pines, but we used one anyway. Looks like a Charlie Brown tree!
Our Christmas shopping is all done and all the packages have been mailed out to the grandkids and others, thank goodness. We live out in the sticks and running to the store is like taking a mini-vacation. So now I can stay home and focus on making some candy and cookies. Made old fashioned sea foam yesterday. I loved it as a kid, and still love it, but it is a bit sweet for my taste now! Can't eat as much of it. I also made chocolate chip cookies. Today I'll make double chocolate coconut oatmeal cookies. I'm canning some up to give to our neighbor guys who are "baching" it over the holidays. We'll have them over for Christmas dinner. They are our only neighbors on our road.
Rabbits cookin' coffee -- that's what the locals call it. But here in this little hollow in East Tennessee, when the hills surrender their misty hostage to reveal the stalwart cedars growing by the stream in our pasture, I know there is no place on earth I would rather be. The welcome mat is out! Come and sit on the porch and chat with me awhile!