Well, make that two Christmases. It’s sort of like 12 Days of Christmas — only just two. The first will be Christmas Day when it’ll just be Will, David, and me. In years past I’d make a full, blow-out Christmas dinner on Christmas. Then I’d do it all over again the following weekend when Bill and his family and Javid would come. (It’s too much for Bill and Kelly to have Christmas morning at their house, opening presents, then hurrying the kids away from their presents to come up here for dinner. Plus that way they can spend Christmas with Kelly’s folks, who live nearby.) But doing two big Christmas feasts has just gotten to be a little too much so I’m only having a nice dinner on Christmas, then doing the big feast on the following Saturday for the whole family (those who live close enough to come).
So I’m plotting out the cookies, breads, rolls, pies, and other goodies to bake this year, using mostly old family favorites. The most requested is our Hopi Pale Grey squash “pumpkin” pie. As I have plenty of squash, I’ll be sure to bake two pies to ensure we have enough. (If you’d like this recipe, it’s in my book, Jackie Clay’s Pantry Cookbook, available through BHM.)
The loggers are nearly finished across the creek so we won’t be waking up at 5 AM to lights over the woods and ponds anymore. (It seems kind of like a sci-fi movie, seeing those lights hovering in and over the trees!)
Our weather’s warming up after that -32 cold snap, which we sure didn’t enjoy. By the third week in December, it seems like winter has been winter for an extra long time as our first snow was October 3rd. Then it suddenly got real cold. But we do have lots of snow and that’s good for the perennial gardens, fruit trees, and water lines. Cold with no snow is bad. By Sunday, the temperatures are forecast to be above freezing. (It’s nice to think about, but I’ll believe it when I see it!) Happy homesteading! — Jackie