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A friend of mine posted on her FB account with a picture of the small stack of books currently gracing her bedside table with the question, “What books are you reading right now?” People replied with pictures of thrillers, historical fiction, suggestions of romance, and other entertainment. I looked over to my side table to see, the Bible, and two food memoirs.
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Have I told you I am most definitely smitten by the genre of cookery? Not to sound like a broken record, or a skipping compact disc, or a slow buffering MP3 track, but seriously you need to be reading food memoirs. I know I am with kindred spirits on this because you darling readers never fail to let us know your favorite things posted on Fearlessly Creative Mammas are recipes and giveaways. Well, lovelies I am here with both! These are our favorite things as well!
I posted on my friends FB thread with a picture of my two current reads with a giggle and an excitement to shut down the social media and reenter the lovely and finely quilted story “In Winter’s Kitchen” weaved together by my new “author and chef swoon,” Beth Dooley. As I read through this novel I was constantly wanting to taste the things she described, during the “Apple” chapter I found myself munching on apples and seriously considering the finer points of flavor with different breeds of the fruit. Inspiring me to definitively make an apple pie for Thanksgiving. As a master storyteller Dooley brought me along as she spoke to wise aged farmers with earth crusted hands that show the obvious signs of working the fields and bringing in the harvest. The passion of the people she described made me realize farmers are the ultimate foodies, they are the people who know the food so intimately that they care for it like a prized jewel making sure it is passed on.
My excitement over literally being able to smell, taste, and experience this Midwestern farm to table community moved me through emotions, deep thought, and inspiration. Traveling through this book I could not wait to discuss it with others, it is definitely on my topics of discussion as people eat Thanksgiving dinner and exclaim how delicious certain aspects of the meal are. My knowledge of food history expanded and my thoughts on what foods to serve have been inspired. Because Dooley knows when you read this book you will want to eat real wholesome home cooked food from the farmers’ hands to yours, she included recipes that coincide with the foods she dissects for you within her story. These recipes are now on my holiday menu and I wait in anticipation for peoples’ reactions and commentary.
If I wasn’t already feeling the holidays from my festive reading I was now dreaming about them, with every sense heightened by “In Winters Kitchen.” As I am reading this transportive book a new package arrived at my doorstep, packages are my favorite happy mail, it’s literally like Christmas magic all year long for me. When this package opened like a wooshing and a cut to a new scene in a movie I was transported to the forest.
Pine, my friends, the perfect holiday scent that represents the whole dang winter season for me. Nothing feels like Christmas as much to me as the smell and look of pine. I don’t even think you need decorations on the glory of the evergreen. Just the smell represents memories of hiking in snow in the mountains and looking at hundreds of tall, fat, scrawny, Charley Brown-y, bristly, perfect coniferous souls.
Next thing I know I am pulling the MOST STUNNING wreath I have ever seen. And I am tearing up. For reals. Maybe my blood sugar is low from reading and forgetting to eat. But this symbol of the holidays really was the perfect cherry to make me all warm cocoa happy holidays feels. If you want to send this feeling to anyone you can with the Christmas Forest, they made my whole day. I went “Elf” like the movie, nuts with holiday joy over this natural circle of gorgeous real fresh wood from the forest. Gushing I showed my neighbor who was visiting with oooohhh’s and ahhhh’s we cooed over this gift like it was a newborn baby.
The details of pinecones, juniper berries, and pine needles all perfectly arranged. I’m quite in love with the elves at Christmas Forest and their delicate handmade designs, they have live wreaths and garlands to accentuate any and all décor. Mine will be adorning my Thanksgiving table and be utilized on my front door for Christmas.
AND I so want to send these to all you readers and wish you the best holidays ever and give you hugs! Luckily, Santa at Christmas Forest wants to send a beauty of your choice to your doorstep, one of you lucky ducks will get to experience this happy mail for free! Aren’t they so sweet to partner up with us and offer this giveaway? I’m feeling the giving joy ya’ll! Once you get your surprise in the mail you better let us know how much you adored it! Here’s to happy holidays.