Monday, December 01, 2008

Happy December!

We actually have snow flurries (or flow snurries, as we like to call it) today...yikes, it really is December! We're happy to say good-bye to November, though; it was crazy busy. We finished processing our chickens...yay! And dh packaged up his sauerkraut for the season. Dh's family has made 'kraut for probably a century. It's a grand tradition. This year's batch was especially tasty as the cabbages turned out nice and sweet.

We got our tree and decorations up yesterday. It may seem early, but given how much work goes into it, I want to have it up for the entire month. And, of course, the beginning of December means National Novel Writing Month is over. I'm still working on the novel itself, but I broke 50K words (as I mentioned earlier), and here's proof: I'm currently at 53,531 words and counting.

This month, I plan to blog about holiday related themes, e.g. giving, both charitable and for family and friends, spending, and continuing to showcase craft ideas from other bloggers.

As well, I'll be posting about making bread - no, I haven't forgotten my promise to you, Sangeeth (Let Us All Cook)! :) Dh wanted me to hold off making naan until he cooks an Indian meal, so I'm going to, instead, blog about making a very easy bread starter from the book, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg.

"The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet." ~ James Oppenheim

19 comments:

egassner said...

Ohh..I've been wanting to t that book! It's on my wishlist for Santa. Hehe

Sangeeth said...

Thats cool! You have flurries...we already have snow here :)yday it snowed heavily and now all looks white! yey!

Carrie @ Under the Willow said...

Is there anything your family can't do? OMGoooodness homemade 'kruat~ yum! My husband's fav is pork and kruat with potatoes~ works wonderful in a crockpot.

Snow looks so pretty as does your tree~ the holidays are upon us...

Teresa R said...

E, I'll let you know how it turns out. I saw a review on Amazon that said they had the yeast amt and the time for rest wrong, but we'll see.

Sangeeth, glad you like your snow; I'm not ready yet. ;) I took photo of my artisan bread making...will post soon!

Carrie-Gigi, we LOVE pork & 'kraut with mashed potatoes too! Pork chops, esp. :) We've never done it in a crockpot before, but that's a good idea! When the 'kraut is this good, we like to eat it raw, like kimchee, too.

Carrie said...

Oooooh, your tree looks beautimous! I'm into making up my own words today okely-dokely??

I've always wanted to do sauerkraut, as I have a pickle crock, but I've been too lazy. Maybe one of these days!

The Artisan Bread in 5 min people have a blog and I love it! Maybe I'll ask for it for Christmas! Santa would surely think that was a good idea, don't you think?

Wendy Hawksley said...

Ah, December at last. Mmm. Time to hibernate, shop online, and avoid people! lol

We had a lovely dusting of snow in November, which was a surprise. The one thing I dislike about the mid-Atlantic is the lack of snow. Every winter, I want to go home to New England. That's where it TRULY feels like winter to me!

Michelle said...

OMG, I'm totally not sharing my tree pic's now. LOL! Yours puts ours to shame. I love love love your tree. Very beautiful! Can I move to your house and have you take care of me cuz you have lots of goodies over there :)

Teresa R said...

Carrie, I need to go check out the cookbook blog/site (I hear there's an erata there with corrected recipes). I've never watched dh do the whole 'kraut thing, but I'm guessing it's a reasonable amt of work. I'm too lazy too. ;)

Wendy, I hear ya! I'm all for hibernating and shopping online to avoid the crowds!

Michelle, my dear, you are more than welcomed to move in provided you look after the boys. ;D My tree doesn't look better than yours. In fact, I have to physically stop myself from re-arranging the decorations that the boys put on (they tend to clump things and don't space them out evenly...agh!!).

Meg_L said...

What a pretty tree!

We need to go get ours on Wednesday so I can get it up and decorated for this weekend.

You are coming, right?

Beth Coming Up said...

Your tree is so pretty!!!

sherrieg said...

Oooh, the tree is lovely, the 'kraut looks delicious, and happy December to you, too!

Teresa R said...

Meg, you keep trying there, ok? ;D I already gave you cookies!

Beth, thanks! I never know when to stop with the decorations, but it'll have to do.

Sherrie, thank you! If you took a photo of our tree, it'd look a million times better. :)

Emily ~ Little Window Shoppe said...

Beautiful house and tree!! We've been wanting to put ours up - I love being able to enjoy it for the entire month too. And 50k words!!! Wow. Very inspiring. When do you usually write? And believe it or not, I don't think I've acutally ever tried sauerkraut...but it looks tasty.

Theresa/GardenFreshLiving said...

Your tree looks lovely! I am so jealous that you already have your tree done. Way to go! We just got the decorations out of the attic yesterday...so we are one step in the right direction!

Epicure68 said...

Wow, you're amazing. Ron brought up the tree on Saturday and now has about 1.5 dozen ornaments hung on it. At this rate, the tree will be decorated by Christmas.

gracefruit said...

Oh! I love sauerkraut! It's nearly impossible to find here, though. Is it easy enough to make?

Heidi said...

I love your tree! I've made the rule that we have to wait until December, but now that ours is up I wish I'd put it up earlier ;0)

Michelle said...

You are one busy girl! That sauerkraut looks yummy and your tree is fabulous! Congrats on your writing goal! So what kind of novel are you writing? I may have gotten into the middle of all this. :)

Teresa R said...

Emily, if you like ferment-y sour things, then you'd like 'kraut. Otherwise, you might want to steer clear because it is stinky!

Epi, while I don't like to push the holidays up, I do like the tree, and it's so much work that I like to enjoy it for a whole month (before I want my space back). ;)

Gracefruit, I can send you the recipe, if you like. :)

Heidi, yeah, I try to wait until Dec. 1st, but since Nov 30th was a Sunday, I let the kids have at it. ;>

Michelle, thanks! I was trying to write a comedy, but it's turned into more of a chick lit, which is funny because I'm not in the habit of reading chick lit...not enough action or science, usually, in chick lit. 2 of my characters are a little like Patsy and Edina (Ab Fab), so they're supposed to be my comic relief, I guess.