Happy August! Seems weird to say "August" but time marches on, even if I am confused about it.
There were so many good answers to my question for Week 4 of Christmas in July - I loved reading them, and they also made me very hungry! There were a few things that were completely new to me, and others that I've never tried, even though I know people who enjoy them, and then of course the tried and true favorites. I also found a few things that I completely forgot could be special holiday goodies, so thanks for the reminders!
When I asked the random number generator to choose a winner, it rolled around for a bit (OK, maybe the Internet connection lapsed briefly) but finally landed on:
Here is what she said in response to the question of about a favorite food that you make for a holiday and *could* make other times of year, but just do not:
"I'll be right behind you scooping up the dressing/stuffing/filling ... only made at Thanksgiving. I think that way it tastes extra good because it is rare.
I make it just the way my mom did. Nothing else would do. Funny thing is, it is the exact way Steve's mom made it too. So no huffin' and fussin' at Thanksgiving over whos dressing to make."
This made me laugh, because the first time we made stuffing for Thanksgiving after we were married, The Tim and I also realized that our moms made stuffing 99% the same too! My mother-in-law added one different ingredient, and it is not something that makes the overall recipe vastly different. If nothing else, it adds a bit of extra, complementary flavor, so it's all good.
Dee, I know I have your address with my Christmas card stuff, but just so that I don't have to dig it out, please send me your mailing address when you have the chance, so I can get things going. I'm hoping to send all of the packages out by the end of this week. I'll let everyone know when they are on their way.
And remember, there is still one prize available, so if you have added a comment on ANY of the posts for the giveaways, you are eligible - no further action is necessary! I'll announce that winner in the next couple of days.
I really want to say another huge thank you to everyone who has participated this year! I can say that I really and truly enjoy doing this, and I have made some new blog friends and acquaintances every year, which makes me very happy. I do wish I had enough prizes for everyone, but I hope you know that the drawings really are random, and I am never involved directly other than telling the random number generator the number ranges to use.
The weekend was freakin' lovely here! I mean pretty, comfortable days and nights with the windows open, and a sheet pulled over you by morning. Just the best. We did nothing special, but enjoyed some nice walks, and cleaning up a bit outside since we could do that without being ready to pass out from the heat and humidity. It was a nice, calm, enjoyable two days, and for once the weekend felt longer than just those days, which at least for me, I can't say happens that often.
I got some knitting done, some reading done, and organized some other things to plan ahead. I also actuallly cleaned the house, which wasn't too bad - because since I've kept up with it more than usual, there wasn't a whole lot to do. I wish I could keep that up, but like most other things, it goes in spurts. So I'll enjoy it while I can.
I hope this week will be kind to all of us. Take care.