For 12 days, beginning Friday Nov 26th, I will have at least one new auction starting each evening on eBay. As is my policy, the starting bid price will be lower than the prices on my website. Some may have a Buy-It-Now option, but none will have a reserve!
And in the spirit of the season, I am extending a further discount on purchases through the end of the year to anyone on my mailing list ~ so sign up now to qualify.
I extend my warmest Holiday Wishes to all of you and your families.
Thanks to all of you who stopped by the online Holiday Show this past weekend. I hope you had fun looking at all the wonderful artists' offerings.
The remaining Holiday Mice are now on the Shopping page of my website. Some that had been listed as a set during the show are now available individually ~ and I am offering a discount on purchases of two or more now through the end of the year.
Well, I must admit the pairing of some words just gives me a chuckle ~ and Potbelly Fairy is certainly one of those pairings. But this adorable little mouse is far from the mental image that made me chuckle.
No ~ not a fat pig as in the children's nursery rhyme. But lots of other goodies at the local farmers' market made their way into the basket of my bicycle this morning.
I got what have become staples for me ~ the tiny cucumbers and patty pan squash. And the TOMATOES are here! I grabbed two large red ones and (cue angelic chorus) Sungolds! They are absolutely my favorite.
I was also extremely pleased to see tomatillos. I make a fresh salsa from them ~ uncooked ~ which is very different than most of the recipes you will find. I just grind them up with hot and sweet peppers, pineapple sage and a touch of salt, lemon juice and cumin. Yummmmm ~ get me the tortilla chips and turn on the Packer game!
When the Johannsens first purchased the land to build their home, they delighted in its unique location. To the north they had spectacular views of the lake and lighthouse. To the west, just beyond Abernathy’s Orchard was the refreshing fishing hole and the cool dark woods just beyond that. All this only a short skip from the center of town. They knew it was the perfect spot for them to raise their children.
What they had not anticipated was how this ideal location would become the spot where everyone in Cobblestone Circle would gather for their annual end-of-summer barbeque. There is some debate as to whether it is a celebration of the last lazy days of Summer or the beginning of the upcoming school year, but it has indeed turned into one of the favorite events with everyone bringing their own special contribution to the feast.
Some things never change. Eleanor Thistlewhitte brings her potato salad. Mrs. O’Dooley, with her sweet tooth brings a dessert and this year she brought gooey chocolate brownies. The Cobbs bring fresh picked corn from their garden ~ along with all of Jack’s same old jokes about it being the best Cobb’s cobs ever. And you can always count on Mimsy Shrewsbury’s pickles sitting untouched until someone takes pity on her and manages to make them disappear from the table without her seeing exactly where they have gone. But I’d have to say the one thing everyone looks forward to the most is Rosie’s famous homemade lemonade.
In the course of the afternoon folks tend to spread out into the surrounding areas. Those that enjoy the beach wander off for a quick dip or to build sand castles. A few of the folks bring their lines and poles for a fishing contest, and there are those among the children who make an afternoon of climbing the trees in the orchard talking to each other on tin can telephones.
Of course they all end up around Sam’s grill for dinner. Every year he wears the chef’s hat Timothy Merrimuffin had given him during the first of these parties. On his grill can be found every sort of classic summer fare from freshly caught trout to steaks, chicken and burgers. His favorite though is the lowly hotdog, probably due to the fact that his wife, Rosie, out of concern for his health, has put strict limitations on his consumption of them.
He stands there smiling, eagerly awaiting his treat, hoping with all his might that his buddies, George Taggert and Chester Adams, will not spill the beans to Rosie about how they had lunched on hotdogs at the cafe last Tuesday.
Lately I've been biking to our weekly local Farmers' Market and found so many goodies there today!
The patty pan squash is a new veggie for me so I'll need to research a bit on cooking methods ~ but they were so cute I just had to have some.
I was also fortunate that I had my camera in hand as I noticed the golden finches on our garage wall ~ been trying for a pic for some time now and finally got one!! I've never seen birds just hanging out on a wall before.