I've been busy but in a very good way. I'm taking Christmas a lot easier this year. I don't know what has gotten into me but I've just decided it's not worth the stress and anxiety I usually put into it. Amazingly, I've had plenty of time to do the things that truly matter to me. Whenever I bake I've been making a little bit more to give to someone, anyone, who might want it. Hubby and I don't need the amounts I'm used to preparing anyway!!
I've also been busy trying to prepare for next Spring. I've got all my seeds already, except for non-GMO corn. That's next on my shopping list. Other than that, I pretty sure I'm ready! I can't help but think about gardening. The magazines have started rolling in and I salivate over all the beautiful, colorful pictures of vegetables and fruits. By the time Spring arrives I'll have more seeds stashed than I can ever use in one year. My bad - but I'll stash them away for emergencies.
I love my heirloom seeds and along with planting them comes the pride in knowing those who came before me were planting them as well. That whole concept/idea is kind of cool, ya know? They were a hardworking people and that, in and of itself, is something to be proud. For now, I suppose you could say there are two reasons I plant gardens. One is the health benefits. I know what I've planted and I know how it's been preserved; and secondly, it's good practice to know how to actually do it with your own 2 hands. I'm a firm believer in not only "knowing" how to do something but being able to actually "do it." There's a big difference. Almost everyone has been told how to start a fire the boyscout way but try doing it. I'm not sure I can. It's the same way with planting a garden. If you think you may need to garden in the future you may want to practice now - when you can make mistakes and run to the store to replace your failures. I certainly wouldn't want to start learning all the basics of gardening and cooking at a time when I couldn't afford to make mistakes, would you?
I made Chocolate Espresso Snowballs for the first time. Oh my, yummy, yummy!! They are like a chocolaty, coffee, nutty Mexican Wedding Cake. I loved them!! The confectioner sugar coating is a little messy but that didn't stop me from eating (shame on me) several!!! I'll put the recipe on my Recipes page. Hubby and I made fudge last night. He stirs while I put everything in the pot. He loves telling me, "It looks like it's ready!" As you know, sweets excite him.