4. What was the best Christmas gift you received as a child?
One year it was 2 dolls instead of one, another year it was a little green and yellow record player,and one year it was a real chemistry set. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
5. What items are on your kid’s wish list this year?
That's a good question as I have not received a letter addressed to Santa yet, but I have heard through the grapevine that they mostly want are fun things in their stockings ! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
6. What is your favorite holiday food?
That would be Christmas supper with ALL the trimmings ! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
7. What will you be hand-crafting for the holidays?
Tradition every year demands I make something for my daughter, and I call it Noel Soon,last year it was a snowman holding a sign, this year its still a secret... I will blog about it soon,my daughter reads this and I dont want to spoil it for her .. hehehe... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
8. What is your favorite holiday movie?
A Christmas Carol ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
9. Favorite holiday song? Jingle bells of course !! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
10. Favorite holiday pastime?
Sitting with my family trading old memories ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
We went for a ride today, its very cool and crisp, real fall weather you might say. And as usual I turn the car towards the cemetery for our weekly visit with Mom and Dad before the big snows start and we can no longer go in there safely.
Today as we approached my Grandmother's monument in one of the pine trees nearby I saw this beautiful woodpecker, its a Black Backed Woodpecker,he had a splash of yellow on his head, he didn't care that we were parked there watching him going to town making a hole for what ever it is he wanted. I have never seen a woodpecker up close like that and I thought I would share with you.
A few days ago on Brenda's blog Cosy Little House she asked everyone if they could have one thing in their kitchen what would it be ??? I said I wanted more counter space, but later I gave that statement more thought, and what I really want is a pantry !! My mother use to have a gorgeous walk in pantry with rows and rows of shelves,I was very young but I do remember it well. She kept jars and tins of food, all manners of food to be stored until needed.She also kept some kitchen appliances ,and pots and pans.Baskets that held potatoes and onions and apples. She had a big blue enamel pan with a lid that we knew she kept homemade cookies for us , and if you needed a snack that's where they were kept !! I can smell the date squares or the oatmeal cookies with jam in the center still in my mind today yummmm. That pantry had a foody smell too even tho most of the food was kept in cans or jars. Mom even kept her flour and oatmeal in a special tins. The top shelves were forbidden mysteries to us,simply because we could not reach them we were too small.Who knew what she kept up there ! Mom had made chocolate candies once and they were to die for(of course) ,we all got to sample them then they got put away till Christmas, my younger brother could not wait he snuck in there climbed the shelves like a monkey and eat a huge portion of the chocolate and was very sick (ha) served him right for being greedy! I remember it was a cool room ...almost cold really.
When we were first married when we finally moved into a house , it had oh be still my heart it had a pantry!!! A smaller pantry not like my Mom's but large enough,my daughter remembers that pantry with fondness just like I do my mother's. Just like my Mom I kept canned food and baskets of potatoes and onions.Cereals etc..some small kitchen appliances and pots and pans as well. It was a very cold little room,with some shelves and tiny cupolas, darn handy I must say !
But the pantry of all pantry's belonged to my Grandmother Obeline.She had 17 children,the family lived on a huge working farm. I remember when she would ask me to go get a pot of jam in the pantry she wanted to make Millionaire Cake (OH MY !~~~ another post someday)
I remember it was a very dark room , the shelves were filled to capacity with jars that looked like jewels to me, with all sorts of wonderful colors. You name the vegetable she canned it. In another corner was wooden boxes filled with dirt, I just had to have a closer look, in it were potatoes and carrots and turnips.Some walls had strings of onions and garlic hanging there ready for use. It smelled earthy in there and I loved it !! The big room right next to it was where they would separate the milk and pasturize it.That was interesting ! They made butter in there too. But the pantry held my interest and still does to this day!! I would give anything to have a picture of Grandma's pantry and my Mom's as well, they were special to me ! Tell me now do you have a pantry?? Is yours a tiny one just a few shelves ? Is it a fully stocked one like this ?Is it a one wall affair?
Does it have a lot of canning that look like jewels in the light? Is it a tidy little space just for food?Or is it a well planned and stocked room ?
I dont have a pantry in this house but I do keep many shelves well stocked in the laundry room that look more like this one with its cans and jars ! A more vintage pantry
Oh be still my heart this one is lovely !
So is this one wouldn't you say ?? So my lovely ladies do you have a pantry ?? Or are you dreaming of a pantry???
This is my Father In Law, he was a tail gunner in the Second World War, he did 36 trips over enemy territory. He was an extraordinary man who left his young family behind and did what was expected of him. Through his acts of bravery my family and your family live free in our great country. Thank you very much Steve we will always remember.