Having worked late last night, I managed to sneak home while it was still light out today so I could tramp through the snow to the west side of the house where the Japanese Barberry and American Bittersweet grow rampant, along with a mystery vine that threatens to take over the entire southwest portion of the yard. I shot the photo above and some others that may appear in a later post.
It was mighty cold, but the sun was setting and it was lovely anyway. This morning while dressing for work, I heard and then saw a large male cardinal in the cedar tree, just a yard or so from where I stood. Magnificent.
Since red is my signature color, I consider this a sign of good luck. Unfortunately, I have no photograph.
Speaking of red, if you need a great recipe for a non-alcoholic punch this year, try the one below. I did not get a photo of the punch, either, but I will tell you that it drew rave reviews and second and third helpings.
Ruby Red Christmas Punch
1 two-liter bottle ginger ale
1 48-ounce bottle cranberry juice cocktail
1 12-ounce pre-made canned lemonade
1/2 cup orange juice
thin slices of orange, lemon and lime to float on top
Chill the ingredients and blend in punch bowl. I make ice in a round gelatin mold, studding it with maraschino cherries.
I don't have all the ingredients just now, but I am contemplating cobbling together some sort of pink drink tonight with what I do have. 'Tis the season.
Two things that are becoming holiday rituals for food bloggers:
The Menu For Hope project, which raises money to feed the hungry, and the Food Blog Awards, which recognize excellence in food blogging.
Of the former, I will say this: There are so many cool items to be raffled off, I am having a hard time figuring out how to spend my money.
Of the latter, I was surprised but pleased to see that at least one of the blogs that made the short list was eclectic (not strictly food) and that several of my favorites are getting the attention they deserve. Feeding the soul is as important as feeding the body, by my way of thinking, and I like to see deserving people get recognition.
Thanks to Abby for her faith in me.