Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’


Meghan supervised while I decorated the Christmas tree, so now she’s settling down for a long winter’s nap.


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Driving up to my house just now, I came to a brutal realization: I’m the neighborhood scrooge!

(Warning: very bad quality photos. Sorry…)

Let me explain. Here’s my neighbor B’s house:


B loves to decorate for every holiday. (Well, maybe not St. Patrick’s Day.) This photo doesn’t capture the lights she’s hung in her back yard and by her garage. And you should see the inside of her house! Red and green galore.

B’s been decorating for as long as I’ve lived here. But, lo and behold, my other next-door neighbors have added some lights:


Even the neighbor who just moved in across the street is in the spirit of the season:


Now, here’s my house:


Ack! I’m bringing down the neighborhood!

My house wasn’t always so dark, though. My first Christmas here, 11 years ago, someone gave me a miniature live Christmas tree, complete with snowman lights and festive ornaments. That tree lived for eight or nine years, and each holiday season it would sit on my front porch, its snowman lights shining cheerfully.

But after the tree died, I didn’t replace it. And I just haven’t attempted to hang lights on my house, even though I bought a set last year. Though in my defense, I do have a healthy fear of tall ladders!

But maybe I could pull out that box of lights and, at the very least, string lights along the hydrangea and roses near the front door. With Christmas only days away, I better get a move on! Last thing I want is to be the neighborhood scrooge!

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My niece B. posted a query on Facebook last week: was it too early to start putting up her Christmas decorations?

I’m thinking she should at least wait until after Halloween, but whatever makes her happy…

Her post did get me thinking that the holidays are just around the corner. Time to start thinking about gifts from the garden. Yes, I’ve got quite a lot of canned goods, but I’m hoping to actually keep a few for my own consumption this year!

So today I put together something different: pepper vinegar in antique cruets. I was inspired by Granny B, who used to make her own hot pepper vinegar to add a little punch of flavor to greens.

Plus, those red and green jalepenos look so festive, don’t they?

After de-seeding the peppers, I cut them into strips and put them in the cruets. Then I filled the jars with vinegar and added the stoppers.

It’ll take a few weeks to infuse the vinegar with pepper flavoring, so there will be time for me to taste test.

I hope the vinegar tastes good! There’s definitely plenty of greens to use it on.

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