by Pamela Capriotti Martin Simple pleasures. Family, friends, graciousness; sharing and caring for others. The Danish word “hygge” has become part of our vocabulary recently, and this year, it was pretty much the guide I used as I bought my Christmas gifts. It isn’t about the expense. It isn’t about technology or hype. It’s about … Continue reading Have Yourself a Hygge Little Christmas
by Sally Kerr-Dineen Panforte is cross between nougat and fruitcake, a bread and a candy. I think this is one of the Christmassiest desserts ever. For me it's the aroma that wafts around the kitchen when it's baking. There's nothing to be intimidated by, it's not tricky to make just a bit sticky to make. The … Continue reading All I Want for Christmas is a Panforte
by Pamela Capriotti Martin I grew up in a neighborhood with lots of young families in 25 houses with 68 kids. While my mother was the only one who had a full-time out of home job, the others served as afternoon surrogates with cookies, brownies, and treats galore. Every Christmas we would bake 24 dozen … Continue reading Sugar and Spice
by MK Martin Have you been good? Hide all your birch switches, and say something kind to everyone you see today. In many parts of Europe, St. Nicholas Day is celebrated December 6th. On the night before, the horned devil Krampus roams the streets, seeking out the homes of naughty children. Mostly, he just swats … Continue reading Krampus is a Comin’
by MK Martin The only STEM subject I enjoyed in school was Chemistry. It's pretty easy to make the jump from chemistry to 'alchemy' in the mind, and making fantasy a part of my reality was a form of anxiety quelling mechanism that, whether for better or worse has been my constant companion. The Food … Continue reading Sugar Cookies for Every Day
by MK Martin December: the sleepiest of months. When the sun goes down before tea time, and the garden is full of hungry little mouths, looking for what's leftover. blackest night, coldest dawn, sharpest wind, time moves on. Often, this month arrives with anxiety for me. I have never been very good at celebrations, often … Continue reading Creative’s Calling. Will you Answer?
I have no idea how my passion for Christmas began but I can venture a guess...
By Pamela Capriotti Martin In my husband’s Italian/Irish household there were very specific dinners for every night of the week with some variations. Sunday was always a roast and his mother would make a sauce for the week ahead, which may have been used on a carne pizzaiola, or just pasta. Other nights there would be … Continue reading Our Pasta Fazoo
My hope is green, eternally, like my tomatoes. The first year I grew tomatoes, it was a year of perfect weather. The last of its kind. A unicorn summer of bursting, fleshy sweetness and easy breezes. For the seven years hence, it's been one Farmer's Worst Case Scenario after another. Aphids. Surprise frosts. Early blight, … Continue reading Close Enough
Stand next to a plant that looks bright, and green, produces something (in theory) that you might eat. Say hello. Do it in your head, if it makes you feel less silly. Feel less silly, anyway, when the person standing next to you is also talking to seedlings.