Thank you again for your overwhelming response of kindness. I may have had one miserable Saturday (and since Christopher was gone all day, he didn't notice) but you have certainly blessed my Sunday and Monday. I will never write again without thinking of each one of you.
I still shake my head at what gets into people that they leave comments when they obviously have not read my blog for long. The pictures of my pantry I gave you in late summer and very early autumn are completely different now, having had to use almost everything. I have even stated that my pantry now looks like the legendary Mother Hubbard's.
I get strange and snarky comments every once in awhile, which are easy to overlook. These two were harsh, accusing, and malicious. I hope what they learn is to not judge others. Their original comments and my response have been deleted now but not before I did a cut and paste to Word of all the comments left by you lovely people.
Now I can concentrate on the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. A comment was left about the expense of making the Christmas Jam. Well, five pounds of sugar is really cheap right now and the other ingredients are not that expensive. Probably the most expense would be in purchasing half pint jars. I plan to use pint jars because I have a box of them already. Considering how many jars of jam they make, it still would be a very reasonable Christmas gift for friends and family.
I know I've told you this before but one of my favorite Christmas memories from childhood was how excited my parents and I would get when we received Nina's gift each year. Nina was Bonnie's mother-in-law (many, many years gone to her reward). She was a great cook and her Christmas gift for friends was a tin of her various homemade candies and cookies.
So few people bake or make candy these days that I get the same response from my homemade gifts. Each year I try something new but there are also those favorites that must be included. The onset of Juvenile diabetes kept me from becoming a pastry chef but not from using my spiritual gift of "butter, sugar, flour, and eggs... and chocolate". To me, these kinds of gifts show a lot of love.
I have two or three easy candy recipes on my recipe blog and, of course, cookie recipes. (Not to mention my favorite easy Thanksgiving dressing recipe!)
I look forward to many occasions of Heavenly tea parties when we get to that Place which He has already prepared for us. :)