Happy New Year!
Here’s hoping all of you have been spending some glorious time with family and friends, likely getting a day or two off to rejuvenate and are looking forward to the blessings and challenges that are sure to face us all in the New Year.
My immediate tasks in 2013? Learn to make my own cheese and churn out some butter. I mean, isn’t that what everyone will be up to?
We started a new tradition in my family last year. We now draw names and buy for only one person. We focus on gifts for one other and lots of fun activities with everyone. Although not buying dozens of gifts helped us keep our sanity, the frustration of this puzzle was another story. I actually don’t know if it was ever completed.
This year, my youngest sister Jenny and I were buying for each other.
And she delivered to me what Santa would have never thought of: a Home to Homestead themed Christmas. What could be better than that?! Here are some of the treats that were packed under the tree:
This little kit will help me shake some cream into butter, complete with a couple of mini butter bells to store the fruits of my labor.
Until we venture into full-out bee hives, the Beesnees gift includes little houses to set into the garden to attract non-honey producing but super pollinating bees. And since my favorite cheese of all comes from goats, a way to make it myself.
Once the cheese is set, I can wrap it up and store it in style.
If you come to a dinner party at my house in the New Year, you’ll get your own individual Maldon salt for sprinkling on your soup.
I’ll light up the house with these chicken and rooster themed matches.
And this mortar and pestle can be used to grind spices or just store nuts.
Jenny had my entire collection of gifts sitting atop this massively wonderful lazy susan. My dad built and stained it for me!
It’s a beautiful collection of gifts that I will undoubtedly be using nonstop in the New Year as I continue turning my Home into a Homestead in 2013. I hope you’ll follow along!