I did NOT say it was like herding cats.
I would never say that….
There were no strikes this year and no blizzards (that I know of) so I'm hoping there won't be any packages that have gone missing for several months.
Last season the last person to receive her gift had a Valentine's present, rather than Christmas. Makes one wonder just where it was all that time, doesn't it?
Simona, of Bricole was the happy recipient of Peruvian Chocolate and Bacon Marmalade from Jerry, of Jerry's Thoughts, Musings and Rants. The first thing Simona did was slather some chocolate over roasted pistachios. Dark chocolate covered pistachios… M & M's for adults. I'm waiting to see what she does with the Bacon Marmalade…..
Simona sent a gift to Kate, of Kate in the Kitchen….
Update: Kate received some buckwheat flour and fresh-milled local cornmeal from Simona. She tells me she's looking forward to pancakes this weekend. We're looking forward to them too……
Kate sent a gift to Jayne, of Jaynerly. Jayne, an American living in London, was delighted to find a bit of Minnesota in her package: Wild Rice and Cranberries. She made this gorgeous Wild Rice and Cranberry Salad as a treat and respite from heavy holiday foods.
Jayne sent a gift to Chris, of Mele Cotte. Despite having gremlins attacking her kitchen equipment, Chris managed to bake some beautiful Lavender Shortbread with the lavender buds Jayne sourced from a farm she discovered recently.
Chris sent a gift to Linda, of Ice Tea for Me. Poor Linda had to run off to Italy for Christmas at the last minute (I know, such a shame) but she's looking forward to some warming soups and stews with the supply of Bay Leaves she received.
Linda sent a gift to Erin, of Daydreaming Japan. Erin, in France, received a postcard tour of Arizona, along with some green chilies and home-made pepper jam. She used some of the chilies in a Green Chile Egg Puff that even the youngest family member appears to love.
Erin sent a gift to Dan of Dan Dishes. Living in Texas what could be more appropriate than a gift of Basque peppered salt – Fleur de Sel Guérande au piment d‘Espelette? Finding the fish to go in the dish was more of a challenge…. Something about 40 days and 40 nights???
Dan sent a gift to Kate, of Manningroad.
Update: Kate got all the fixin's for some hot enchiladas from Dan…. She's planning on enjoying a Tex-Mex dinner soon. We look forward to hearing all about it.
Kate sent a gift to Nancy, of A Winelover's Wanderings. Nancy found an array of Aussie Herbs and Spices (Wattleseed?). Now if she could only find her camera cord so we can see what she's making with all that fun stuff!
Nancy sent a gift to Kerry, of The Dry Garden. Kerry opened a package filled with apples, apple goodies and recipes for more. I love apples….. and warm sunshine…..
Kerry sent a gift to Stacy, of Stacy and Brian's Adventures in Life. Artisan olive oil and herbs and spices to mix into it…. Add 'a loaf of bread beneath the bough, a flask of wine, a book of verse and thou beside me…' Another lovely holiday respite.
That closes the circle of presents for this year.
The missing bits will be added as I receive them….
And if I should have them, and don't…. remember my computer went toes-up and died 2 weeks ago 😉
Happy New Year Everyone!