Coming down out of the freezing sky with its depths of light, like an angel, or a Buddha with wings, it was beautiful, and accurate, striking the snow and whatever was there with a force that left the imprint of the tips of its wings — five feet apart — and the grabbing thrust of its feet, and the indentation of what had been running through the white valleys of the snow — and then it rose, gracefully, and flew back to the frozen marshes to lurk there, like a little lighthouse, in the blue shadows — so I thought: maybe death isn’t darkness, after all, but so much light wrapping itself around us — as soft as feathers — that we are instantly weary of looking, and looking, and shut our eyes, not without amazement, and let ourselves be carried, as through the translucence of mica, to the river that is without the least dapple or shadow, that is nothing but light — scalding, aortal light — in which we are washed and washed out of our bones. Author

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Country Lane

Todays card is from a Joanna Sheen cdrom. I have an order for a group of cottage christmas cards and have been working on them for a while. These are the cards which the cats decided to play with and some had to be redone. Never in my life have I worked so hard with a relatively simple card. The image is the main feature and I have taken the time to detail glitter the whole thing. I have just added an embellishment at the bottom and added a greeting.
This weekend promises to be a long working one. Today I have a number of inserts to do and a few cards to finish ready to post on Monday. My head is buzzing with all the things that I have to do and I have a pile of cards half done by the side of me. I seem to be surrounded by work and am at a point where I don't know where to I can tell that the coffee is going to be needed today. The shopping arrived early this morning..with all the cats looking and milling around to seems to have been a very long day already.
I have been thinking alot lately about the cooking for over the festive period. There are certain things that I like to make and hopefully I can get them done early. I like to make the christmas cake, mince pies, sausage rolls and christmas loaves. Mince pies by the dozen seem to disappear in this house and I end up making them almost daily. I'm hoping to get ahead this year. At this time of year I go through my recipe books and make sure that I have all my baking goods usually involves me sitting with lists, trying to remember what I cooked last year. One of the things which has now become a family favourite is creamed american recipe..which we have with roast beef. Now please don't buy a tin of creamed corn. It bears no resemblance to the american recipe. The recipe that I use is a mixture of fresh corn, onions, butter and cream and goodness can cause quite a fight. I have a collection of american christmas cookbooks and love looking through them and trying new recipes. In fact I have to admit to a collection of cookbooks that cover the globe. I especially love older cookbooks...there are some great recipes using cheaper ingredients that are always worth a go. The one american thing that I do want to try to make is scrapple. I have a number of different recipes for this and am trying to combine the best bits, so I can give it a go. I have heard that it uses many cuts of pig using everything but the shall have to see. If you happen to have a good recipe please pass it on and then I can let you know the results.
Well the coffee is calling..I hope that you have a fantastic until tomorrow..take care and happy crafting.

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