On my list

I'm sorry I wasn't here Monday. I was in New York City, with Alex, celebrating our one year anniversary. I can't quite wrap my head around it just yet, but when I can, I'll let you know. I want to tell you about Esca, and the oven-roasted radishes, and the Romesco sauce I had at Back Forty before we went to my favorite fabric store.

In the meantime, I want to do some housekeeping. I want to remind you that the farmers' markets are closing soon, terribly soon—Orleans on the 27th and Provincetown on December 4th—and also to remind you, in case you could possibly have forgotten, that Thanksgiving is coming up. There will be a special market in Falmouth on Tuesday, November 23rd to help you stock up, and another one for holiday goodies on Saturday, December 4th. Also, Susan Knieriem of Miss Scarlett's Blue Ribbon Farm in Yarmouthport is raising Heritage American Turkeys, 10 to 18 pounds each, at $4 a pound. Birds for Thanksgiving are sold out, and if you want one for Christmas, the time to speak up is now.

Finally, I have been thinking a lot recently about homemade gifts. I love the act of creating something, and I think giving someone something handmade is one of the greatest acts of love you can show. So I wanted to tell you what I'm thinking of making this year, and find out what's on your list.

Here's what I've got written down:

these knit sachets, with lavender from our plants

homemade vanilla extract

—bold, bright quilted potholders in colors like these

—a whole bundle of these sloppy josephine tees

the Cary eggnog

these soft baskets from More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts

tins of my grandmother's sugar cookies

pear liqueur and cranberry-clementine cordial

Happy crafting, and I'll see you soon.


A Plum By Any Other Name said...

Your list makes me SO excited for the holidays. I have quite an obsession for eggnog, myself. Your gifts all sound so special.

Laurie said...

Mmmm, made copies of the pear liquer and the cordial recipes. Got my first batch of pear cider brewing. Your gift list has inspired me. Thanks!

Elspeth said...

A plum—

I'm so glad! I love, love, love holiday crafting and always have a good time working up these lists.

And Laurie, the cranberry-clementine cordial will be a first for me, but the pear liqueur is tried and true. We made it for our wedding last year, to mix with champagne, and I ended up giving away a lot of the extra as Christmas gifts. If you package it nicely (we used pear shaped glass bottles with cork stoppers bought at case price from a local gourmet store) it looks very elegant.

And pear cider—Yum! I had that for the first time at the Union Square greenmarket in NYC last winter and was instantly hooked.

Between that and the eggnog, it sounds like you both are headed for very happy holidays indeed.

All the best,

andrea said...

No way! I've had my vanilla extract brewing for a few weeks now. A new one for me, but it sounds pretty tried and true from all the sources I checked. I love making homemade gifts - the key is actually thinking about starting in time to get everything done in time! Also trying some lip-balms this year. Thanks for the links.

Elspeth said...

andrea, that's too funny. we seem to be on the same page.

how does the lip balm work? i've heard of people doing that but never learned. i'm curious!

all the best,

Anonymous said...

Hi Elspeth,

I love this list of gift suggestions, especially in contrast to the usual lists of things to buy for the holidays. Very inspiring.


Elspeth said...

Thank you Ali!

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