Saturday, March 26, 2011

March 2011 ~ Rudolph Day

Yesterday, the 25th, was "Rudolph Day" for March. At the Christmas craft forum I frequent, we are encouraged to plan ahead and craft for Christmas on Rudy Day, along with maybe enjoying Christmas music, holiday coffee or tea, trying a new Christmas recipe, etc.

It was a busy day for me, but I had planned ahead and bought cotton yarn in the "Mistletoe" and "Dark Pine" colors. I hoped to get a bright red too, but our local Wal*mart only had the country red, which looks pinkish to me.

I bought the yarn because I wanted to try out a pattern for square crocheted coasters a friend had told me about. I thought they would be pretty in Christmas colors. This is the result. I like it, but think I would prefer solid colors for the richer look they give. And I think maybe a picot edging might look nice, too.

I also sipped some Twining's Christmas Tea (bought on clearance after Christmas!)

and browsed through some Christmas cookbooks for inspiration:

Gooseberry Patch Farmhouse Christmas (which I was "published" in!)

and The Christmas Kitchen, by Tammy Maltby.

I couldn't resist buying this while we were off on our getaway in January. I'm enjoying it for the prose as well as for the recipes.

And, to top it off, my Christmas cactus actually celebrated by blooming on Rudy Day!

What fun!


  1. That Christmas cactus bloom was a fabulous coincidence! Sounds like a fun Rudolph day. My co-workers think I'm crazy because on the 25th of every month I announce the countdown to Christmas - I just can't help looking forward to it!

  2. Yes, wasn't that so neat that my cactus bloomed!? It's been so cold up here, though, and the cactus is right by a window. It doesn't look as if the bloom is really going to open up... more as if it will fall off anytime. But hey, it bloomed when it counted, right?

    I think that's so neat that you announce the countdown to Christmas on the 25th of each month! Can you believe how fast the first 3 months of 2011 have flown by?

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  4. I just found your blog and really love it...and the Betsy McCall paper doll link..oh wow, such fun memories! I have my Christmas recipe notebook here and plan to work on organizing some recipes. come visit my blog. MaryE

  5. Hi Mary!

    Welcome to my Christmas kitchen! I am so happy that you found your way here!! Yes, the Betsy McCall link --- so, so much fun and so many memories! I checked out your blogs and enjoyed them and will visit again. Meanwhile, please come and browse around the archives here in the Christmas kitchen anytime. You may find some new ideas or recipes (or even be reminded of some old ones) to help you in your Christmas planning.


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