Sunday, October 13, 2013

Gingersnap Time

Gingersnap cookies have a long tradition in our family.  This time of year is "gingersnap time" and these cookies taste great with apple cider!  I have shared the recipe and some of the stories about gingersnaps on the blog in prior years - click HERE to read the post.

This photo was taken Friday.  Some of the trees behind our house have changed color but you can see that there is still a lot of green showing.  At least the green leaves aren't falling yet - one of the downsides to the beautiful colors is the need to clean up the gardens once the leaves have fallen.

Unfortunately, Saturday was chilly and a bit rainy.  Some local friends host an Oktoberfest party each year and it would have been nice to have the sunny weather for the party.

The entertainment at the party was this great polka style band and the songs they played really set the mood. 

The food also brought back a lot of memories of our time in Germany (we lived there from 1992-1995 in a small village near Stuttgart).  I skipped the wurst and enjoyed the spatzle and several types of potatoes and salad.


Our gift for our hosts was this bottle of wine and my small crafty project for the day was making a tag and "ribboning up" the bottle.  I love this ribbon with grape vines and clusters - it came from Costco (still one of the best places to buy ribbon - especially if you need a lot of the same color and style.  They have spools that are 50 yards long for less than $10).

Here is a closer view.  I cut a pre-designed journaling mat from some patterned paper and mounted it on dark purple shimmer cardstock.  The shape was a great match for the Poster Tidings Stamp I just received in my CTMH order from last month (it was the Stamp of the Month).  The words were a tiny bit wider than the light center but I liked the way they looked ending along the green inner border.  I wrote a short message on the back of the tag with a gold metallic pen.

I am not sure if you can still get this stamp since it was the Stamp of the Month - I'll check with Joy and edit this post when I have an answer...  You can find Joy's Close to My Heart site HERE.  If you do some shopping be sure to "join" my online gathering, it ends on Friday.

We have a cemetery in Concord called "Sleepy Hollow" Cemetery.  Many famous people such as Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau are buried there.  The cemetery  is a frequent stop for tourists visiting our area.  For the past couple of years I have been on the "Friends of Sleepy Hollow" committee and we just had our 100th meeting on Wednesday night.  I made some gingersnaps for the meeting and another committee member brought these cupcakes in their own little cemetery plot.  It was a very clever presentation - I love the little marshmallow peep ghosts!  The cupcake toppers are photos of some of the famous people buried in Sleepy Hollow.

I am sure that I have made you hungry with all of this talk of food!  For any Canadian readers, good luck with your preparations for Thanksgiving tomorrow - I hope the weather is nice for your festivities.

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