The food on our holiday table is usually a celebration of the abundance that we have in our lives. In contrast, New Years Eve foods are a request for the abundance to continue. All over the world people celebrate the coming of the New Year with food that symbolizes money and luck. Greens are eaten because they look like dollars, peas and lentils because they resemble coins. Some cultures eat one grape for every month of the year and the sweetness or sourness of each grape predicts the months to come.
We eat Prime Rib for Christmas, always have. The prime rib is always accompanied by mashed potatoes, gravy, creamed spinach and Yorkshire puddings. As a child I remember my father carving the prime rib with his grandfather’s carving knife, which is a sight to behold. The wood of the handle is polished to perfection with years and generations of use. The blade is hand forged and made to last. My great grandfather was a cook in the Army during WW1 and upon his return opened up a little restaurant up in Murdo, South Dakota, but that’s another story. The knife was handed down to my fathe
The shortest day of the year occurs this Saturday and making lanterns is a fun way to celebrate the transition into the dark of winter. You will need: a balloon, white or colored tissue paper, nature objects like bark or pine needles or seeds, white glue, scissors and bendable wire. Pour glue into a container and add water to get a consistency that is a little thicker than milk. Inflate the balloon and find a vessel to put the tied end into, this will keep it stable while you work. Take your tissue paper and tear it into strips.
This morning as I dropped my daughter off at school, I noticed that the tree in front of the classroom was covered in pine cones that had been transformed with loving little fingers into feeders for the birds. I instantly thought of the pine cone collection that was gathered this summer at one of our favorite camping spots and decided that friends and family would be receiving these little gems from Stella this year. So simple to make you just fill all the crevices of the cone with peanut butter and then roll it in bird seed. Remember to tie a string around the top of cone before you st