Blueberry maple oatmeal muffins- yum!

Christmas Craft Day, an annual holiday ritual, is this Sunday and I’m so excited! My closest friends and I will gather ‘round the Wassail bowl and eschew consumerism in favor of some old school homemade gifts. The process starts during the sultry days of Summer when we head to a local farm to pick the produce that will be put in jars and preserved for the coming months. This year our NH farm foraging will appear in the form of homemade peach salsa, red pepper relish and Habanero/mango hot sauce. We’ll be baking and canning yummy handmade treats like Mexican chocolate brownies and fresh organic margarita mix on Sunday to round out our “Party in a Basket” themed gifts. Every year is the same, we raise our glasses to each other, our friendship, our good fortune and joy that shoe sizes remain consistent even when our hips don’t. We drive away with 6 baskets each, a fresh appreciation for the holidays and so much more.

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