Fab Five for Friday

  1. Tomato Cage Tree, cheeky, handsome & useful… and in the spring it will be used to support some Purple Cherokees . I was inspired by this blog post a couple years ago, and thought it would make a great way to display the Christmas cards we receive.
  2. Greenberg Smoked Turkey from Tyler, Texas. A favorite for our holiday open house, and one of my favorite mail order gifts to give. Order one here.
  3. Barn quilts. I’m always on the lookout for these when I’m driving through Tennessee and Kentucky. I think one would be smashing on our red house… but need to work on convincing Steve.
  4. Raisin Challah French Toast made with eggnog instead of milk… the perfect way to start a slower than usual weekday morning. I relish these bits of serenity and little pleasures during this time of year.
  5. How adorable are these Teacup Fairy Gardens, made by Fairy Girl Photo? You can scoop up one of these sweet little treasures at Elgin Local Goods, but leave one for me, okay? My birthday is a couple weeks after Christmas, and think I may need to treat myself to one for my kitchen window.

There are still pieces of Potluck Tableware available locally at The Owl Wine Bar & Home Goods Store and Elgin Local Goods. One of my customers ordered 9 “This is My Jam” spreaders to tie on jars of homemade jam for teacher gifts. Another gifted a bride and groom that are about to move to Michigan with a “Home Slice” pie server, so they’ll always have a slice of Texas with them. The same customer bought a “This is My Jam” spreader as a gift for her canning buddy. I LOVE hearing why folks chose to give these gifts… a lot of thought and creativity in their giving.

I hope this weekend before Christmas is calm, happy and full of good cheer. Remember to shop local when you can!!

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Fab Five for Friday

I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful, and you were able to spend time with the ones you love… family, friends or new friends. I’d be remiss to not acknowledge that quite a few friends and loved ones are suffering great losses and illness this week…my heart goes out to them. Losing a family member or beloved pet is never easy, but the loss feels extra heavy around the holidays.

ONE
It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without one of my most often requested sides, Poblano Corn Custard. This recipe is from my days cooking with Lily & Co. here in Austin. It was one of our best sellers, and is always a crowd pleaser. I made notes in the recipe where I make a couple modifications. There are not many, as the recipe is close to perfection. You can buy the cookbook Lilly for Company: Austin Casual Menus for Palm & Plate locally at Anderson’s Coffee or on Amazon. I might also mention that Anderson’s is my favorite coffee in Austin. Family owned, wonderful staff, and amazing selection of coffees, teas, cups, teapots, preserves, candies… great place for gifts.

TWO
Yesterday morning I woke up around 8, Steve was already on his bike, in the woods. I was able to enjoy my morning coffee and knit away on a gift while listening to Woolful’s podcast Episode 42: Tif Fussell – Aunties, holistic healing, following fiber, and Dottie Angel. Tif Fussell is my spirit animal. I’ve always been so in love with her aesthetic and writing. I was sad when she decided to quit blogging a couple years ago, but have enjoyed following her work via Instagram. She spoke about living in a home with a soul and how that fueled her creativity. That absolutely resonated with me.

THREE
Hand-dyed yarn. I’m especially loving Fiber Obsession’s “Endear”, a Suri alpaca/merino blend that is like knitting with butter. Fiber Obsessions is a line of hand-dyed yarns by Susan Fricks, owner of Yarnorama in Paige, Texas. I’d show you the WIP, but it’s a gift for someone.

FOUR
Sufjan Stevens | Carrie & Lowell. Love this. Listen here.

FIVE
Small Business Saturday is tomorrow. I do not get excited about shopping Black Friday. But I can get behind this. Of course Small Business Saturday is yet another corporate marketing device… but at least you’re helping out your locally owned business owners.

Some of my favorite local shops:

Austin
Anderson’s Coffee

Elgin
The Owl Wine Bar & Home Goods
G&M Drygoods
Elgin Local Goods Market & Cafe
The Tattered Shutter
Ramona’s Rendezvous
The Lion’s Club Thrift

Paige
Yarnorama!

Taylor
The Nest Box
Cherry Tree Creative

Cheeky, Handsome & Useful

Looking for a great hostess gift for the countless holiday parties between today and the New Year? I have just the right gift for you.

Going to a Holiday potluck gathering? Bring a pie to share and the gift of a pie server for your host.

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Potluck Hand-Stamped Tableware “Texas Proud Home Slice” Pie server. Currently available at The Owl Wine Bar & Home Goods Store in Elgin, Texas

Whether you’re planning to wrap up a jar of your very own, or pick up a jar of Texas  made jams and jelly… this little spreader makes a sweet statement as a gift topper. Buy locally made jellies at Elgin Local Goods and G&M Drygoods. Watch this space for more holiday gift giving ideas

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Potluck Hand-Stamped Tableware “This is My Jam” Spreader. Currently available at The Owl Wine Bar & Home Goods Store in Elgin, Texas