It is winter in the Black Hills of SD and I love to entertain at the lodge, but I don't want to spend a lot nor do I want to have to store a lot of seasonal items.
So, I set my table with burlap I bought at the fabric store for a table cloth. I love the texture and it comes in so many colors. If you feel like it, sew a straight line across each end and make a couple of inches of fringe. When I am done with it, I just roll it back up and store on shelf in the closet.
It’s a white Christmas Eve in the Black Hills of SD and the winds are howling, and it is soooo, cold!!!!!
God bless my husband, Dave, he is all bundled up to brave the outdoors. Dave needs to bring hay and corn to the cows and mules.
Our three labs are very happy and warm by the fire waiting for Santa to bring them a treat!
This year will be a quite Christmas as all our daughters and their families will be celebrating the holidays with their spouse’s families. They are all missed but Dave and I are so thankful they are with people that love them, they’re safe, and warm and we will have fun all chatting on the phone tomorrow morning.
Whether we are all together or not our traditions are the same each year. Christmas Eve is seafood up at our cabin in the hills, the cabin has propane lights and a wood stove, it is one room and we cover the table with newspaper as we spread out the lobsters, crab stuffing, and clams, with hot dishes of butter and lemons. The pickers and crackers are at each seat! Between the noise, laughter, stories and enjoyment of a yearly treat, everyone is happy!
Between family, friends and guests I normally have so many people at the Lodge that I like to keep a healthy snack out for people to munch on. I buy the no dye, unsalted pistachios, which I can also use for baking. I have also tried the ones with salt and pepper and they are delicious too! Everyone likes to keep me company in the kitchen as they crack the pistachios open. I keep a dump bowl for the shells and everyone still has room for dinner.
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Left over baskets had been in the attic and were repurposed on the banister for Christmas! How have you decorated your home this holiday season?
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Fruit Kuchen - apple, Italian plum, peach, or plum
I never knew there were so many ways to make a kuchen. I grew up eating it the way the recipe is made below, with the almond flavoring making all the difference! Plus I love that there is very little cake and mostly fruit. This has been passed down from my great-grandmother, Omi.