Whew... what a week!! We had an absolutely lovely and lazy Thanksgiving. Most of the food was prepped the day before so Thanksgiving was smooth sailing. We had a nice BIG meal at noon and spent the rest of the afternoon taking naps, watching the game, and chatting away.
We didn't do any Black Friday shopping. I was thinking about it, but really I'm not ready to get up at 4 am for some mass produced sales.... I did that one time two years ago and it just brings up nightmares to think about it. I did however manage to peek into our neighborhood thrift store. They just redid the whole place and it was really quite nice. Clean and organized.... but not too clean... just right so you can dig a little, but not get grossed out. I found a set of six mugs that I couldn't turn down. After all they would be just perfect for my tea party. I'm not sure who made these... The only mark I could find was "Japan" on the bottom side, so I can't imagine that they are too special... but they are absolutely darling to sip from.
And... inside you'll find some homemade caramel. mmmmm.... I'd never made caramel or any candy for that matter, but after stumbling upon Martha's recipe for Gingerbread Caramel I decided now is as good of a time as any to get started. It was a bit hard as I don't have a candy thermometer, and they stuck REALLY badly to the paper, and I didn't boil them long enough so they are a bit gooey.... but they are a HUGE hit with the family!! The flavor is spot on and they just melt away in your mouth. I'll definitly be making more of these after I pick up a candy thermometer and some better wax paper. Maybe they'd be good as some yummy Christmas treats to add to gifts too.
I'm sorry to say that I'll be a bit absent around here this week. I'm preparing myself for No-Coast on Friday/Saturday. There is a TON of work to do yet, so I'll see you on the other side with the extras from the show.
PS. A HUGE thanks and hugs to all who bought a pattern!! All the patterns that sold have been shipped and I can't wait to see how they all turn out :D If you haven't picked up one for yourself yet, so worries... there are lots more in the store.