a larger mapWest Allis Farmers' Market, Fondy Farmers' Market, and possibly a handful of others) the winter markets have begun. Today marks the first day for both the Milwaukee County Winter Farmers' Market and the St. Ann Center Indoor Winter Farmers' Market). Please patronize these venues now and throughout the winter and early spring where you can stock up on vegetables, meats, eggs, apples, honey, mushrooms, and much more.
|Spiced Pickled Cauliflower|
|Chippewa Wild Rice|
In other news, the holiday gift crafting has been underway for a good month already. Last year I got a little too excited purchasing gifts and felt it in the pocket months later, not to mention these store-bought or online-purchased items--though some were solidly made--didn't have nearly the meaning that I'm hoping my handmade presents will this go-round. Every year--save 2010 and the aforementioned "crazy"--I try to set some guidelines for my husband. This time the (loose) rules are that NEW gifts have to be handmade (by oneself or another individual). One could also purchase a secondhand present or a "service" instead of something material. Let's hope this pans out. Of course, I'm dropping most unsubtle hints to Ben already for the one thing I would like (I love that I can create and share a "Favorites" list on Etsy.) More stories later about what I'm actually crafting, but let's say the sewing machine's been abuzz and the knitting needles have been clicking away. I'm sure I'll burn some midnight oil before it's all said and done. I have fond memories of my mother doing this for us around the holidays. Hopefully it will be worth it when I see the smiles on the kiddos faces when they receive these lovingly made gifts. On that note, I finally convinced Vera to wear a sweater vest I'd finished for her recently. I told her I put a lot of love into it just for her. When she put it on she said sweetly in her 2 1/2-year old voice, "Ooh, it's fuzzy! Must be all that love!" My heart melted.