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Links: Marmalade, Labneh, and Sheet Pan Hash Browns

preserves at the farm show

I feel like I’ve been in a fog for the last month. I came down with a cold just before Christmas and have spent the all the weeks since then trying to get back to my normal levels of energy and productivity (if the blog has seemed a bit unloved lately, this is why).

I spent more days that I can count laying on the couch doing nothing beyond drinking tea, coughing, and tumbling down a Netflix-shaped hole. Thankfully, I woke up on Friday morning (exactly four weeks since I first got sick!) feeling like I’d finally turned a corner and spent the snowy weekend tackling long-abandoned projects with forgotten energy and focus. Hooray for health! Here are some links!

 

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Links: Mincemeat, Glögg, and a Winner

bowl of citrus from Autumn

Friends, feast your eyes on all that citrus! An unexpected box arrived on my doorstep late last week and it turned out it was filled with exotic, unsprayed citrus from Autumn (her book, Beyond Canning, will be out in February. Make sure to put it on your wish lists. I’ve seen an advance copy and it’s fab). I have a long list of baking, cooking, and making to do this week, and top on it is doing something worthy with this bounty. Now, links!

Mason Tap Kit - Food in Jars

The winner of last week’s Mason Tap Giveaway is #39/Erin. If you haven’t entered yet, make sure to put your name in the hat for my Lagostina Risotto Pot giveaway.

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Links: Persimmons, Celery Salt, and a Winner

christmas tree

I realized yesterday that I had a choice. I could either let the heaviness of life and current events get to me, or I could embrace the holiday season and fling myself into it wholeheartedly. I decided to open my arms to the light of Hanukkah and the joy of Christmas. Even though I was alone in the apartment (Scott was away visiting his mom, who is still in the hospital in Long Island), I pulled out the menorah and lit the candles for the first night. I also set up our little artificial tree, finally filling the spot I’d cleared for it last week. Welcome to the season of intentional celebration! Now, links!

FarmCurious Kit - Food in Jars

Thanks to everyone who entered the FARMcurious fermenting set giveaway! The winner is #129/Kris.

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Links: Cranberries, Mason Jar Cozies, and a Winner

Fair Food Farmstand Turkey Pick-Up

I hope everyone had a lovely holiday and that you’ve had a surfeit of turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce. I must confess, this was not my most joyous Thanksgiving weekend on record. My mother-in-law has been in the hospital for the last week and so we spent much of the holiday and its weekend with her. Scott and I did slip away for a dinner with my relatives on Saturday, but our hearts remained with Joan and her health struggles.

Now, some links.

yogotherm canister - Food in Jars

The winner of the Hobby Hill Farm Fresh Yogotherm giveaway is #161/Doris. Enjoy, Doris!

The winners of the recent Fillmore Container gift card giveaway are #79/Jules and #303/Anne.

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Links: Cranberries, Marinated Pumpkin, and Winners

tomato jam

I’ve been in Portland for the last few days, visiting my parents, making jam with the last of their tomatoes, and going to a retreat at a gorgeous place called Menucha out in the Columbia River Gorge. It’s been really good to let the beauty of the Pacific Northwest wash over me. Now, links!

The Optimist Rosemary Mint

Now, time for some winners! We’ve got a lot of them this week!

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Links: Pear Jam, Sweet Potato Cakes, and a Winner

apple ginger jam on the stove

It’s been a week now, and I’m still not used to the time change and the early, early darkness. I do love the coziness of dusk at 4 pm, but it sure does put a crimp in my ability to take pictures in the natural light. I’m reacquainting myself with my flash and photography light, but it’s just not the same. How are you all handling the yearly shift back?

pieces in the traveler set

Thanks to everyone who took the time to enter the Wusthof 7-Piece Traveler’s Set! The winner is #313/Jessica HZ.

The All-Clad giveaway is still live, so if you didn’t win this one, make sure to toss your hat in the ring for that!

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