Does anyone else find it exceptionally difficult to get yourself going after a long holiday weekend? I sure do.
I hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving weekend (well, those of you who are American. I hope the rest of you had a great regular weekend.) We had a lovely Thanksgiving, spent with my grandparents, aunts and sister.
Anyway, I’ve been in a Christmas tizzy the last few days, trying to get as much shopping done as possible before things get really busy. So forgive me if the posts get a little light around here.
I know I’m a little late in getting this post up. I’ve been meaning to do it for ages. In case you didn’t see them, you can check out the previous posts: Busy Book overview and Pages 1 & 2.
The pages I’m going to show you in detail today are the bird and the tree.
Over the weekend, we went up to my in-laws for our annual lefse-making day. We all brought our giant batches of potato dough and set up 3 griddle stations for rolling & cooking them.
My sister came again this year, and my husband’s cousin Julie came for the first time. There were 8 of us total working on rolling, cooking and bagging them. There were so many of us that my in-laws traded out their dining room table for a ping-pong table.
It’s fun to have everyone together working around a big table. It’s become quite the annual tradition.
I did a post last year about how to make lefse. If you’d like to check it out, here it is:
I know some of you really don’t want to talk about this right now.
I don’t blame you. I, too, dislike it when holidays jump the gun, usurping the holidays that come before them, hogging space on store shelves way before their time. But sometimes gifts take planning and more time than you’d have if you waited until after Thanksgiving.
So you might need to think about (I’m about to say it) Christmas gifts now. Especially if you want to make these super cute vanilla gifts. These are gifts I gave out last year, and I thought they came together pretty well with a fairly minimal time commitment.
These gifts were made up of vanilla extract, vanilla sugar, and vanilla bean scones. (more…)