How are you all doing? It is a warm and windy evening here in New Brunswick.. Tomorrow they are calling for lots of rain and wind but for tonight it is lovely..
Terry and I were to Bangor, Maine for the last few days and got back late last night... We just wanted to get away for a little change and to do some shopping..
Christmas is coming.. smile..
I would really like to get my shopping done and wrapped early this year.. I have made up my mind to enjoy this Christmas..The plan is to NOT get stressed over it and get things done.. I am the worlds worst procrastinator as my family knows but I am turning over a new leaf... grin.. I have a game plan and hope to stick to it so that by Christmas I am ready with the good Lord's help and able to enjoy it all instead of frantically trying to catch up before they all arrive.. smile..
With that in mind I am planning on making things as often as I can for gifts to give away ...
Remember the other day when I posted HERE about being at our old farm and seeing these growing there..
I told you that I wanted to make some pine or balsam potpourri with them..
Well, I have a funny little story to tell you.. Hope you have time..smile... Anyway.. Terry and I went out to the farm and I took a bag all ready to pick them.. Terry had to take some stuff into the house so I headed down to the old spring where the fir tree was...
OK...Can you picture it?...
I have my bag ready and look into the branches and guess what? Not a cone was to be had.. Every last one of them was gone.. Honest... So.. I am looking all around the base of the tree ... No way.. They are all gone..
Well, some of you know me pretty well and you know that I am not an emotional person...I am very calm and passive.. LOL.. oh yes...
Stop laughing, my friends...
Anyway.. I go around to the back of the tree.. Surely, there is one left on there somewheres.. No.. they are GONE..
While I am behind the tree looking in vain Terry comes out on the step and can't see me..( He probably thought I fell in the spring..) He hollers.. Faye!!...
He said that all of a sudden he hears someone bellowing (his word..grin..) ...
"Someone took them!!! They took all of my cones!! All of them!!
He yells at me to calm down because he was sure that they could hear me up at the windmill farm... grin..
Anyway, he comes down and sure enough they are gone..
Isn't that odd? Where on earth would they go to?
Does anyone know ?? smile..
There is a reward... A bag of potpourri... grin..
Anyway, Terry went out a little further and found some on another tree ... I did get some after all..
Let's just say that this was a typical day in the life of Faye Henry.. smile..
Here is the recipe..
8 cups of cones... fir or pine.. or a mixture..
2 cups of dried rose hips
2 cups of bay leaves
several cinnamon sticks broken into small pieces..
2 cups or so of dried apple slices..
You can buy these or slice some up and put in the oven on low heat for several hours or use your dehydrator..
I also added some small pieces of pine boughs..
If you have some orris root or some kind of carrier then you add several drops of pine or balsam oil.. I use a quite a lot...
You can add it to the potpourri itself..
Cover all this with some plastic wrap for several days and then toss.. I usually keep it covered for a couple of weeks..
Then toss it all together...
Put it in a plastic bag and then put it in a paper lunch bag and tie some rusty bells or apple slices and raffia to it..
Perhaps you could add a couple of bottles of HOMEMADE CROCKPOT APPLE BUTTER ....