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Cooking Corner by Bernice Volkens

December 4, 2009
Northern-Sun Print
I can hardly believe December is here and it will be a month long celebration.  Christmas is coming and now is the time to deck the halls indoor and out.  I’m one of those who refuse to rush Christmas decorating until the fall colors of Thanksgiving are past.  I heard the other day, “That the Thanksgiving Turkey got run over by Santa’s sleigh this year.”  I did take time to write my Christmas letter or at least I started to.  Also I went to my store room and took some of the Christmas decorations out. I wanted to sort out some of the ornaments and maybe get rid of some.  But most of my ornaments are brimming with memories, of a special person, a far away place, a Christmas long ago.  My mother-in-law many years ago made beautiful beaded ornaments and they are quite special.  Also I have ornaments made by little hands many years ago and those always have a special place on my tree.  I love to see those beautiful decorated theme trees where everything is coordinated, but they’re not for me. Decorations don’t have to cost a bundle if you use your imagination.  Don’t forget such favorites as popcorn garlands and colored paper chains.  Kids love to do this.  I remember as a kid cutting snowflakes out of paper.  Sit down and do this with your kids or grandkids.  They’ll have a good time and you’ll have quite an assortment to hang on your tree or in your window.  Ideas are everywhere recently on a TV craft show I saw a wreath that was easy and pretty.  It was a heart -shaped Eucalyptus wreath made by bending a wire hanger into a heart shape or you could bend it into a circle.  Then with floral wire, fasten sprays of eucalyptus to the heart, tucking in sprays of baby breath.  Make a large Christmas bow and wire it to one side of the wreath.  The wreath is very attractive hung in a window and the smell is great. Not only it is time to make decorations but it’s never too early to think about holiday foods and special gifts. This is great to use yourself or give as a gift. CHRISTMAS SCENT 1 box of whole cloves 1 bay leaf 1 sliced orange 1 box cinnamon sticks 1 sliced lemon 8 cups water Cook together in a tea kettle or pan.  It will fill the house with a great aroma.  It can be reheated many times. “It’s beginning to look and smell a lot like Christmas”


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