~Doreen Frost~ Teacher & Merry Maker of Needle~Work Designs, Folky Fraktur Woole~Worked Animals & Needle Work Patterns.

In~Home Workshops Given In The Early Autumn.

**At the foot of Round Mountain, tucked in among the graceful Maples, sits a cozy brown house, smoke billows from the chimney 8 months out of the year, a river rambles nearby, sheep & Cows graze in the meadows and turkey's forage nearby. Here you will find me...surrounded by wool & cotton threads, hoops & needles on my lap & sketchpads scattered about.**

** I love my life and enjoy sharing it with all of you.**

~Glad Tidings. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. Do help yourself to a mug of cocoa and visit with me for a while.~

Thursday, December 31, 2015

A Wonderful New Year Is Upon Us

* “And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been” — Rainer Maria Rilke - See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/life-style/happy-new-year-2016-24-inspirational-quotes-and-greetings-to-start-the-year-on-a-happy-note/#sthash.ffKvG6HG.dpuf
* “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language, And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” — TS Eliot (Little Gidding), author - See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/life-style/happy-new-year-2016-24-inspirational-quotes-and-greetings-to-start-the-year-on-a-happy-note/#sthash.fzRLaq64.dpuf
* “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language, And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” — TS Eliot (Little Gidding), author - See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/life-style/happy-new-year-2016-24-inspirational-quotes-and-greetings-to-start-the-year-on-a-happy-note/#sthash.fzRLaq64.dpuf
Snowflakes, goode cheer & friends gathered round...2015 is leaving us in lovely fashion.  :)

It has been a great year full of all the up's and downs a real life has to offer.  I am grateful, in that, the up's far outnumbered the downs and truly feel blessed in all that the year held for us. Personally.... Wedding plans, trips, family dinners, gatherings and holidays..all so very wonderful and treasured.  Professionally...My business continued to grow and was my best year yet.  Traveling and teaching..a gift I never imagined receiving....the list of things I am grateful for is long and I hope 2016's list is even longer. :)

 “And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been” — Rainer Maria Rilke.

I've many plans for the wonderful New Year ahead...Teaching & travel, in home workshops, web shows, patterns, kits and an attempt to learn a new/old craft.  I will create what my heart, mind and muse feel like creating...regardless of the date written at the top of the calendar page....(this is a big one for me)  I've often felt a bit closed in by following the calendar and keeping with the seasons...I've been thinking over the past month or so that I would like to just create what comes to mind and I think I am going to do JUST THAT :).  I'm going to close my eyes and wake up in whatever season my heart desires.

I shall start the New Year off in good order...with a new blog post AND  a date for my first web show of 2016 already set....Monday, January 18th at 7pm :)  There's more goode things to come and I will keep you all posted when I can.

I leave you now with this new years wish & a few photo's from Christmas 2015 at The Frost's Home.

 “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.” —Neil Gaiman.


Monday, November 2, 2015

~Goode News To Share~

Good day to you.  Tis warm here in Vermont, unseasonably so.  I must admit, though I AM officially on snowflake watch, this warm day is quite beautiful and pleasant.  But still..I'm anxious for my beloved snow.
Okay..on to today's Goode News.   I am VERY pleased to tell you that Kris Miller of Spruce Ridge Studios will be offering my punch needle patterns in RUG HOOKING FORM.  Kris does an absolutely beautiful job adapting patterns and I can not wait to see what she does with mine. I have had so many of you ask for this so I am ever so pleased to be able to make this happen.  Kris expects to have the patterns listed, on her website by the first of the year. :) YAY!

In other news...I will be holding my first Yuletide Web Show on Monday, November 9th :).  I am working feverishly to finish up my 2nd booklet ~ From A Little Brown House as well as a few finished pieces for the show.  

Pictured above is In The Winter Woods..the project for my December 5th workshop :~).

Back to work I go.  Wishing you a wonderful day ~ Doreen

Sunday, November 1, 2015

~Merry November~

And so it begins...my FAVORITE time of the year :~). Winter begins...The Holidays arrive, the earth sleeps, snowflakes wake as they dance & swirl themselves through the frosty air waltzing with the smoke billowing from chimney's & tapping on our candle lit windows.  Christmas music plays, cookies bake, we concentrate on the good, see the wonder, delight in the small things and spend our time doing for others.  It truly is a wonderful and joy filled time of year.

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart." ~ Helen Keller

I woke this morning energized, feeling renewed & refreshed. A flurry of activity lies ahead but all of it wonderful, joyous and exciting.  Along with the usual merriment this time of year brings we've the added joy of Jen & Ben's wedding activities. ♥♥.

I've lots of work ahead, two more workshops, a 2nd booklet to finish & offer, new patterns & web shows ahead along with custom orders and deadlines.  October found me feeling overwhelmed and a nasty head cold and virus last week just added to my stress.  This morning however, I work up  after going to bed at 7:30,  feeling SO much better,  and the stress of getting it all done is gone...left is the excitement of the coming months, the knowledge that everything will be lovely, as it always is and..the anticipation of those first, beautiful snowflakes.

Wishing you a wonderful start to November and the wish that you too will find contentment at this most joyous time of year.  hugs, doreen

PS... **photo above is my latest design *In The Winter Woods*.  Check back tomorrow for the dates for my upcoming web shows, pattern releases and my 2nd booklet...From A Little Brown House :).**

Monday, October 5, 2015

~October News & Goode Things to Come~

Goode, beautiful, October Monday to you & yours. I hope this post finds you happy & healthy.

Goodness, how I love this time of year. It's invigorating!

 I am writing to you this morning to let you know that my Autumn & Winter/Yuletide workshops are upon us :).

 ON....October 24th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. I will be teaching a workshop, for this lovely piece...

Autumn In Olde Massachusetts,

 HERE in our Vermont home. Cost is $130.00 (this is a larger project so the cost is a bit more than my usual classes) Cost includes ALL kit materials (including your hoop & needle) as well as a wonderful seasonal meal, homemade goodies & warm beverages. 

 For this workshop I am serving; 
Leek & Bacon Quiche 
Cranberry Walnut Green Salad 
Brioche Rolls 
Apple Crisp 
 **Available throughout the day...Harvest Pumpkin Scones, Fruit Plate, Mulled Cider, Coffee, Tea & Water** 

 I still have several spots available should you like to join us :~). 

NOVEMBER & DECEMBER FESTIVE Winter themed workshops here, in our home....

November 14th &December 5th.

** Both will be simple wintry projects that we will FINISH during class.
 **I may also add a WOOL APPLIQUE Workshop on December 6th.

 All three classes will follow the same schedule and feature a different, homemade, comforting seasonal meal, snacks and beverages.

 *I've sketched & planned the November & December workshop projects. Pictures will be posted on my website SOON. Cost will be approx $85.00

 NOVEMBER'S CLASS PROJECT IS; A lovely stained & aged (4" x 5") wooden box with a punched snow folk lid & wool applique box wrap. Perfect for gift giving OR, keep it for yourself. 

DECEMBER'S CLASS PROJECT IS; A wonderful stained & aged (8 1/2" x 3 1/2") sliding lid box featuring a beautiful & serene snow~folk on it's lid. 

 **December 6th, Wool applique project is still in the planning stages but I am thinking perhaps two wooly red mittens with a snow~folk head???? :) 

All taking place, in our cozy home, by a warm wood fire.. 

If you have any questions or would like to sign up for one of the classes, email me Doreen@vermontharvestfolkart.com or call the studio at 802-645-9543.

I've a 2nd booklet in the works....release date early November. AND..I am going to get back to a once a week offering for finished pieces.

AND FINALLY.....I've not forgotten about my lovely bear collectors...I will have a few new bears in December. :~)

 Wishing you a joy filled and beautiful day ~ doreen

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

~Wool Applique' Folk Art...Blog Tour Day Two ~ WOOLY STITCHING~


Congratulations DEBBIE :)....Please email  me at Doreen@vermontharvestfolkart with your mailing address so that we may get this wonderful book out to you.  Thank you and happy stitching!! :)

Good morning & welcome to Day Two of The Wool Applique' Folk Art blog Tour.  I was SO very pleased (and honored) when Rebekah Smith invited me to participate in this event.  I am a HUGE fan of Rebekah's work and her wonderful new book. **Follow along for the whole tour (I'll list the schedule below) and....LEAVE a comment on this blog post for a chance to win a copy of Wool Applique' Folk Art.  Winner will be chosen @ 8pm EST, Sunday evening ~ August 30th. 2015
*** Just leave a comment on this post with your email or contact info!

Working with wool is so very relaxing..the textures, the warmth, the gorgeous colors. I am so impressed with Rebekah's book....it is packed full of gorgeous designs, amazing photographs and very detailed instructions.   Anyone from beginners to seasoned stitchers will love it.  Rebekah is such a sweet, personable, down to earth person and that comes through in this lovely book.

 I recently broke my tailbone..Oh, my word, what a terrible experience...and I swear to you, this stitching is the only thing that kept me sane during those first few weeks of horrible pain.  It truly was the only thing that took my mind off my struggle.  I am currently working on the Wooly Window project.  Three beautiful floral panels in soft colors with lovely detail stitching. 

This book has also inspired me to start a Facebook group called "Wooly Stitchers"..A small group of busy stitchers slowly working their way through the WONDERFUL book; Wool Applique' Folk Art by Rebekah L. Smith...one tiny stitch at a time.   We currently have 63 members and are growing every day. If you own The Book and, are on Facebook, we would LOVE to have you join us!

 I also have a small group of ladies, who meet once a week, here at our home.  We gather with our books, work on our individual projects and enjoy coffee, wine and snacks.  Tis perfect.


8/24 Day 1... CT Publishing.http://www.ctpub.com/blog/
8/25 Day 2... Doreen Frost http://www.vermontharvestfolkartblog.com/
8/26 Day 3....Patti Gagliardi http://windingvine.blogspot.com/
8/27 Day 4... Lori Ann Corelis http://lorianncorelis.blogspot.com/
8/28 Day 5...Cheri Payne http://quiltsbycheri.blogspot.com/
8/29 Day 6...Rebekah L. Smith http://rebekahlsmith.blogspot.com/

I'm off now as a storm is moving in and our lights are flickering....LOVE this time of year and it's unpredictable weather :).  Wishing you a wonderful day, HAPPY STITCHING! Doreen

Friday, July 17, 2015

~Now Available On My Website~

Good beautiful Friday afternoon to you.  I am so pleased to have Nine~SIGNED, copies of Rebekah's amazing new book....Wool Applique Folk Art.  They are now listed on My Website under the Shoppe Keepers Cupboard tab.  You'll also see it on the home page in the *Featured* column.

I can not say enough wonderful things about this fantastic book.  It's gorgeous and so beautifully done. Packed full of projects (14 to be exact) each one beautifully photographed.   It's simply perfect.

I am going to be working my way through my copy and will be back to  post & share more on this wonderful book.    I plan to start with the project in the photo to your left.   It will be perfect for our Autumn table!

Do be sure and grab yourself a copy ~ Rebekah is a sweet and highly talented lady that I am honored to know and call a friend. 
 Wishing you a lovely day ~ doreen

Thursday, July 9, 2015

~Olde Salem Pumpkin Folke~

When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,
‘tis near Halloween.
~Author Unknown
I am in full Harvest Thyme Creating & loving it.  Today's weather, cloudy, cool and windy, is perfect for my mood.  As will be the molasses cookies I'm about to make.   
 "AS..the days grow shorter and the sun begins to lose her strength. The aging woods alight with flecks of Crimson and Gold. The glorious honking of Geese and the clucking of Turkeys fills the air and the scent of woodsmoke mingles with the cold morning dew. THIS.. is where you'll find my heart. Autumn is in my soul. ~ Me :)
Wishing you a beautiful day, Doreen
ps..The Olde Salem Pumpkin Folke will be available as finished pieces and as a pattern via one of my workshops.  :~)

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

~A Lesson In Cross stitch~

I have finally found it...A cross stitch tutorial with written instructions and photo's that I can finally figure out!!!

Cross stitch...OH GOODNESS, has it been a struggle for me.  I have had some sort of mental block with it.  I have done cross stitch before..quite well I might add.  A few years ago, I stitched two lovely designs by Pineberry Lane and I do not remember having a single issue.  I'm not sure what happened over the last two years to cause me to completely forget everything I knew but each time I picked up a project to stitch I drew a complete blank.  At first I thought perhaps the Universe was trying to tell me that it wasn't the right time and I needed to concentrate on other things.  But, after a while.....it started to tick me off and I became determined to master it no matter how long it took!!!  I've been a tiny bit obsessed with trying to figure it out...I've read/watched/studied so much about it in the past 6 months I almost drove myself crazy.  No matter how many things I read, how many patterns I looked at, etc..I just couldn't get a good steady rhythm and have what I was stitching look right.  I would do fine for a bit but then my design would become distorted and you could not tell what the shape was I was  creating!!

 And then on Sunday, a miracle (yes..I said miracle..as that is how I see it) happened.  I stumbled upon the wonderful Posie Get's Cozy's Counted Cross Stitch ~ Part I Tutorial!!! 

Oh my goodness...everything just made sense.  I printed them out, studied them and I am ready to go!!  I think it was a combination of her photo's (the one above is hers) and her very detailed explanations...it is perfect.  I was actually able to figure out what I was doing wrong!!!   

AND....I also found THIS;
Lori Brechlin's (Notforgotten Farm) THOMAS pattern!!!  Isn't he wonderful!  I've always loved him..his colors are perfect.  However, I never realized he is stitched on Aida cloth...which, I found out from the tutorial, has a larger, more pronounced grid, "that helps you see the holes into which your stitches go"....IT WAS MEANT TO BE!!! :~)  So, I quickly ordered the pattern, floss and Aida and will be happily stitching once everything arrives. I can't wait to get started on him..isn't he GREAT!

A VERY big thank you to Alicia of Posie Gets Cozy for her amazing tutorial and to Lori of Notforgotten Farm for her wonderful pattern!!!  Tiny Stitches..here I come :)

Wishing you a great day ~ Doreen

Monday, July 6, 2015

~Life Is A One Time Thing~

Do you forget to breathe sometimes?   I actually thought I was pretty good at relaxing..I take time for walks, sit on the front porch, go to dinner with my husband, hang out with family and friends.   I think however, sometimes we need more than that even though we do not think we do.  I am a homebody and do not really care for traveling.  I prefer not to actually.   A couple of weeks ago however, Mark & I  traveled to Skaneateles, NY for our nieces high school graduation and  a short, three day getaway.  On the way home, when we were about 45 minutes away... I started thinking of what I had to do the next day and it hit me...my goodness,  I had not thought about "work" (I put it in quotes because I absolutely love what I do and truly do not think of it as work) once the entire weekend!  I've never done that before.  It's always on my mind.  Not in a stressful way, though sometimes it is when I've deadliness to meet or orders piling up, but just ON my mind.  But this trip...I just relaxed..we went to dinner, got together with family we do not see often, enjoyed a graduation party and a trip to the most wonderful Orchard called Beak & Skiff for a "tasting" of their wonderful hard Cider, Gin & Vodka...did you know that Gin and Vodka can be made from apples??? I certainly did not!   The photo above was taken during our tasting :)..so fun and we came home with a little of everything.
The following Monday I dove back into my work with a fresh spirit and renewed energy.  It was a short trip, but oh so wonderful, and DEFINITELY just what I needed (and I didn't even know it) :)
Wishing you a great day ~ doreen

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

~Workshops, Classes & Events~

Good afternoon.  I have FINALLY finalized my workshop & class schedule for August through December.    You will find it listed below as well as on My Website & in the sidebar to your right.  Feel free to contact me should you have any questions.

*Details Regarding My "In~Home" Workshops..I am now offering smaller classes for a more intimate setting and individual attention.  Please sign up early as classes fill up quickly**

~Come spend the day, in our cozy home, learning the beautiful art of punch needle embroidery and u create a gorgeous finished piece of heirloom quality, you will cherish for many, many years.

**Beginners to advanced...all are welcome**

~$125.00 ~ FEE INCLUDES....All kit materials for the class, seasonal luncheon, refreshments & beautiful thank you gift.~ A $75.00 deposit must be made to hold your spot in class. Balance is due on class day.  No refunds given 30 days prior to workshop date.   *Be sure & let me know if you already have a Morgan 14" hoop and/or a Cameo Needle and the cost will be deducted from your class fee.

Email me at Doreen@vermontharvestfolkart.com to register. I am keeping the class sizes to 4 people, so please register early.

There are many lovely places to stay nearby should you wish to make it a weekend getaway.

**Held in our Vermont Home ~ If you would like to check the distance, our address is; 131, VT Rte 153, West Pawlet, VT 05775**  **All right's reserved**

JUNE 26th ~ 28th Essex Junction, VT
Vermont Quilt Festival
**A display of my work, finished pieces & patterns, will be featured in the Snowflake Memories booth.

**SEPTEMBER 9th, 2015
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Punch Needle Workshop~ Pittsfield, MA
Berkshire County Massachusetts Chapter Embroidery Guild Of America
**OCTOBER 10th, 2015
9:30 AM ~ 5:00 PM ~ Walker Homestead
Punch Needle Workshop
**A wonderful all day workshop & seasonal meal at the gorgeous Walker Homestead at Harvest Time..what could be more wonderful! Visit www.walkerhomestead.com for details and to register

10:00am to 4:00 pm
Punch Needle Workshop

**NOVEMBER 14th, 2015
10:00am to 4:00 pm
Punch Needle Workshop

**DECEMBER 5th, 2015
10:00am to 4:00 pm
Punch Needle Workshop

*Class schedule subject to change

Thank you.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

~From Our Hands Photos~

Good afternoon everyone.  I am home and settled in after a wonderful trip to Ohio for the From Our Hands Creative Event.  All I can say is ...WOW.   The workshops, needle-in & show were just perfect, the Boston Township Hall was gorgeous...my students..fantastic.

A HUGE thank you to Rebekah and Lori for putting on this amazing event, to Donna & Stacy, for being so sweet and wonderful fello teachers, to Stephanie, my co-pilot and teaching assistant for a weekend filled with laughs and... TO my workshop students... for being so appreciative, eager & quick to learn and to all the new friendships made...:~) I'm in awe.  I have to say..one of the biggest highlights was meeting so many facebook friends in person..after years of chatting via the internet it was fantastic to spend time with all of you!!!  I wish you all lived closer!  Twas perfect.  NOW..on to some photos...

 ~My table...set up and ready for....The Mercantile :)

 just a FEW of the goodies I purchased :~)

 And now..I am off to relax, on the front porch, with a glass of iced tea and my hoop & needle.

Wishing you a lovely day ~ doreen

Sunday, March 1, 2015


Does the look on this young one's face say it all? It's been a LONG Winter for us all, to say the least.  Even I, snow lover that I am, feel the stirring and a bit of longing for green grass and temperatures somewhere near normal!  Take heart..it's sure to be here soon.  Here in Vermont, on this first morning of March, we woke to a deep RED sky, bitter cold and snow in the forecast.  That being said, I've  heard a Phoebe Bird calling for three days now,  a flock of geese returned earlier in the week and the air, regardless of it's cold and scary temperature, carries the scent of Spring.  We will blink and it will be upon us :).

Until then..stay warm and cozy my friends and enjoy this lovely day ~ doreen

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

~Foraging For Acorns~

Good Tuesday Morning To You.  Tis bitter cold here in Vermont this morning.  A mere -20* below zero to be exact.  It is so very cold, in fact, that it is causing the wood stove to huff & puff calling to mind the wolf in the Three Little Pigs!  In actuality..it is drawing so heavily that, every now and again, a puff of smoke sneaks out through the damper.  OH, the trials and tribulations of a New England Winter. 

Now...you would think with this Winter being in full swing, I would not be rushing ahead to next Fall.  All I can say is that I must go wherever this creative mind of mine decides to take me.....And lately..that is to Autumn & TURKEYS.  Birds have always been one of  my favorite things to create, Turkeys in particular.  I love them, they hold a very special place in my heart and are, without a doubt, my favorite things to bring to life with my humble needle and thread.

I have two, of this particular design, in the works.  I will vary their colors a bit and place them both atop fabric covered paper mache boxes.  Once finished they will travel to Ohio with me for the From Our Hands & Hearts~Mercantile in May :)

I'm off now to tidy the house, brave the bitter cold to fill the bird feeders and take Mr. Oliver for his morning walk & then it's into the studio I go to pack a few orders.  THEN...I shall settle myself in my comfy chair, close to the toasty wood fire, with my hoop & needle.

Wishing you a joy filled day ~ stay warm out there~ Doreen

Thursday, February 12, 2015

....Where To Begin?

Goode day to you!  Tis dark, snowy and cold here in Vermont this morning as the fire snaps and pops, a fresh pot of coffee brews & the weather folks tell of an even deeper cold on the way.  Goodness, it has been a cold Winter, thus far, here in Vermont. 

Where to begin....that is a good question...  It has been so very long since I've last written a blog post I'm not quite sure where to start!  Well, perhaps..Happy New Year to all of you! I hope you are all healthy & happy!!  We are doing wonderfully and things have been quite busy, here at Vermont Harvest Folk Art.  So much of it has been behind the scenes that it's been hard to find something to share with all of you.   But alas, several of my deadlines have been met and I am moving on to finally being able to share AND have a couple of new designs/patterns to offer.


I have a new Valdani Floss ~ Designer Collection!!!   "Olde New England" will be available on my website on Sunday, February 15th.  You can also purchase the collection from www.valdani.com.

On Sunday, February 15th..I will also have TWO NEW PUNCH NEEDLE PATTERNS available... :)



**Spring Thyme At Walker Homestead Punch Needle Workshop. March 21st will find me at Walker Homestead in Brookfield, MA teaching a lovely group of folks.  A delicious lunch will be served as well.  Visit www.walkerhomestead.com to register for the workshop.

 FROM OUR HANDS & HEARTS ~ Creative...April 30th thru May 2nd in Peninsula, OH.   I am so very honored to be participating in this amazing event.  Visit www.fromourhands.com for all the details & to register.

And there you have it....busy and lovely days indeed.  And now, I am off to sip a bit of cocoa, tidy the house, take young Oliver for his morning romp in the snow and then head into the studio for the day.

Wishing you a merry day.  Stay safe & warm out there ~ Doreen

Monday, December 22, 2014

~Merry Christmas To You & Yours~

Christmas week has ARRIVED and with it comes a big olde storm..no, not a snow storm...rain..on Christmas eve..and lots of it. Rather rude of Mother Nature..wouldn't you say! I felt so sorry for our weatherman this morning, having to give such nasty news, you could tell he hated to do it. But...it is what it is....Christmas, after all, is not about weather.  

"I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys." ~Charles Dickens

Don't get me wrong...I would positively love to wake, on Christmas morning, to the sound of coffee brewing, the fire crackling and the lovely sight of snow falling gently outside my window leaving a soft blanket of beauty surrounding our home.  But alas, it is not to be and I shall embrace the joy of waking to the sound of coffee brewing, a crackling fire and the beauty of loved ones filling our home.

Thank you all so very much for being a part of my life this past year.  Wishing each and every one of you a JOYFUL & MERRY Christmas.  May you be in the company of those you love  & your hearts filled with peace and joy.  xox Doreen

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Joyous Thanksgiving

**May the beauty and blessings of Thanksgiving bring warmth and peace to your home this year.**

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours ~ doreen

Saturday, November 1, 2014

~Tis November~

“November comes and November goes, with the last red berries and the first white snows. With night coming early, and dawn coming late, ice in the bucket and frost by the gate. The fires burn and the kettles sing, earth sinks to rest until next spring.”  ~ Clyde Watson

NOVEMBER 1st... Goode morning & welcome lovely November. Tis COLD here in Vermont with snow in the forecast!! A perfect way to kick off November in my humble opinion.  I LOVE SNOW!! Don't forget to stop by my website this evening at 7:00 pm for ~ *Here We Come A Wassailing* ~ my first, yuletide web show, of the season. Wishing you a wonderful Saturday ~ Doreen

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

~Here We Come A Wassailing~

"A foot of snow presses against the front door, the presents glimmer under the Christmas tree, Aunt Lillie’s sugar cookies lie temptingly in the old painted tin box and the Wassail punch simmers slowly on the stove, the fragrance of cinnamon wafting through the house."  :~)

In actuality...Tis half past October and All Hallow's Eve draws near.  A cold rain falls, a chilly north wind blows and the tempting aroma of fresh brewed coffee is the only fragrance currently wafting through the house.  Be that as it may...It is nearly time for all things Yuletide.  A joyous time of year that, regardless of the grumblings I hear from folks far & near, I personally feel it comes and goes far too quickly.  I am not ashamed to say my holiday joyfulness has arrived and I am anxiously awaiting this most wonderful time of year.  I am knee deep in merry thoughts & ideas for gifts for my loved ones, have begun making list and handmade gifts AND... where my work is concerned..well..Yuletide surrounds me.
SO..embrace your holiday spirit & join me as I dive in, full force, to a snowbank full of holiday joyfulness.

Traditional Wassail Recipe With Mead
On a dark, cold winter night, when something visceral stirs like a tiny claw scratching at the wall, a cup of this bright and warm and soothing drink is in order. To banish the darkness away.

2 cups fresh apple cider
2 large oranges, cut in half
2 whole cloves
2 large apples, unpeeled, cored and cut into wedges
4 cinnamon sticks
Pinch of nutmeg
1 small slice of peeled ginger root
**¾ liter bottle of mead (750 ml.)
Orange and apple slices

Pour the cider into a large pot and add one of the orange halves with the two cloves stuck in it and squeeze the juice from the other halves into the cider. Add the apple wedges, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, and ginger slice. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and let steep for about an hour. Add the mead, bring to a simmer. Remove the cooked fruit, cinnamon sticks, and ginger slice. Serve hot, garnished with slices of orange and apple.
**Mead is an alcoholic drink of fermented honey and water.  Our sweet daughter Jenna is engaged to a wonderful guy named Ben who is quite accomplished in the art of Mead making...He shall be supplying us with our Mead for our Wassail throughout this festive season**