18 December 2008

One More Week!

Yep, in only seven days, it will be Christmas Day! I feel like I'm really, really close to being ready. In spite of the fact that there were times over the past year when I was working on Christmas knitting, and wondering if I'd ever be knitting something that wasn't a gift again, the fact that it was finished by the end of November really made a big difference. I've been later than I'd like sending packages (tomorrow the last ones will go out), but everything else is pretty much on track.

Today's decorations picture features Jetsam at one of the windows looking out to our garden. The windows have security bars on them, which serve that purpose but also provide a nice place for some of the smaller decorations.

There is a dwarf magnolia tree right outside this window, where birds and squirrels can often be found. Quite an exciting spot for the cats, with a chair right there ...

I thought that I would share one of my favorite recipes with you today. This is not only yummy, but it's a great thing to fix when you have invited guests for breakfast/brunch, and you don't want to have to be doing a lot right at the last minute - one option is to prepare it the night before, and then cover and refrigerate it until the next morning. I've never had this one go wrong. It's called Mainstay French Toast, and the recipe is from the Mainstay Inn, at Cape May, New Jersey. You can find the recipe here. Enjoy!

I've also started a stealth project. "Stealth" because it may just be a Christmas gift, so I don't want to provide details here at the moment. I can't show you anything directly related to the item itself, but here is the bag that's holding the yarn and needles:

(Notice the paw in the lower left corner ...) This is a project bag I bought around this time last year from Stuck in Illinois. She has so many great bags, but of course, since the Rankin-Bass "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" is my most favorite Christmas show, I just had to have this one! It's really well-made, and her service was wonderful. I would say if you are looking for a little gift for a fellow knitter (or for yourself!), you should take a look.

That's it for now - say goodnight, Gracie.

5 comments:

Carol said...

Mmm, french toast...

Hey, is that Herbie I see? Word on the street is that he (lowers voice and looks around) doesn't like to make toys!

Jenn said...

I'm in that place where I'm really close to finishing the knitting, but it still feels so far away. I'm dying to knit something for ME. I haven't knit anything for me since August!

KSD said...

How perfect is that Rudolph bag for you?

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

One thing I really miss about SB is being so close to Lake Michigan and the resort towns. Over the years I collected a lot of recipes from the B&Bs. Thanks for reminding me to dig some of them out again!

Only 7 days left? I spoke with a neighbor yesterday and I asked if he was feeling in the holiday spirit yet - he said it's hard when your house has been decorated and holiday music playing since November. I gave him a gingerbread man and said ho ho ho.

Carrie K said...

Good night, Gracie. badaboom.

I see a helpful paw! Cute bag. That recipe sounds delicious. I love the decorated security bars.