My Mother and I enjoyed the Christmas Carols at the Advent Concert this week. It brought back sweet memories of our family gatherings when Grandmother would play the piano, or her Mandolin, as we sang our favorite Christmas Carols, “Joy The World and Hark The Herald Angels Sing” ! Hearing these songs again inspires a spirit of caring, love, and sharing with family & friends, and there’s nothing more wonderful than that!
With the chilly temperatures and snow falling outside I get inspired to bake some of our favorite cookies and breads, with a cup of hot chocolate in hand! Awe…the traditions and memories of baking with my dear daughter when she was younger, these are such fond memories! I still love to bake gingerbread cookies, only now I make it with a twist…”Lavender Gingersnaps”, or “Molasses Lavender Cutout Cookies”. Culinary Lavender is a great compliment with ginger and molasses. Another favorite recipe of mine is Christmas “Stollen” German Bread, and Christmas “Panettone” Italian Bread. I fill these breads with dried Pluots, raisins and nuts, “soaked overnight in Brandy or Rum”…that’s my secret to this wonderful holiday bread.
After a day of baking, I have the urge to get out doors and play!! I invited a couple young girls from next door, and their Mother to join me. We had a wonderful Snow day, making Snow Gals!! Do you ever feel “Upside Down” like our snowman from the stress of life?…Inhale the calming aroma of lavender essential oil, then get outside and play in the Snow…if you’re luck to have some! Our dog Sadie loves to help out too, and pose for photos afterward
A beautiful white blanket covers the lavender, transforming the garden into our Winter Wonderland! We are thankful for the beauty that surrounds us, and fills our lives. <3
Merry Christmas, and may you enjoy wonderful moments with your family and friends this holiday season! Have a peaceful, joyous, and safe holiday! Best to you always,