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While I have never been fond of the cold weather, I do love the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season.  Growing up we always had plenty of Christmas cookies and our own special "spice tea" (see recipe below).  I have wonderful memories of the family being together. 

In years past I spent Thanksgiving weekend decorating my house inside and out.  I loved to get as many weeks of Christmas in without violating the "after Thanksgiving" rule.  The past couple of years I have been in flux as I sold my home, moved states twice and am now back in Seattle.  I am currently renting until I find another place to call home.  Unfortunately, my boxes and boxes of Christmas decorations are hidden in the corner of the garage behind more boxes so I will not have the complete Christmas house that I often have.  But little things are going up and there is always the cooking and baking that makes the season.

It's also the second year that I have spent so much time translating and working on the Japanese books that I am putting out.  I have six books out now and am working on two more that will be out in the first half of 2014. 

Whether you live in America or Canada where there are official Thanksgiving holidays, it is always good to stop and reflect on all we are thankful for.  I am thankful to God for so many blessings...my family, friends, health, being able to buy fabric and fiber for all my many hobbies.  I am so thrilled that Stitch Publications is doing so well and thankful to those of you who are buying our books. Thank you for your encouraging mail and notes.  I hope that you are able to snuggle up wherever you are in the world and work on favorite projects.

Spice Tea

6 cups cold water

5-6 black tea bags

1 cinnamon stick

1 tsp. whole cloves

1/2 c. sugar

3/4 c. orange juice

2 Tb. lemon juice

Bring the water to a boil with the cinnamon stick and whole cloves.  When boiling, turn off the heat and add the tea bags.  Let them steep, then strain. (I often keep the cinnamon stick and whole cloves for another batch or two).  Add in the rest of the ingredients.  Enjoy!


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