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~ gifts of the season. . . . .

*   ~*    h e l l o o o o o o u ~ *     *         *


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so... .   .

as we all scribble in the last few entries into
 this year's notebook of our life~

the family photos have been taken

 and our quiet inner visions are pasted on the back cover  and kissed goodnight for another year.. .   .


after the gifts have been exchanged, now  come the gifts that i give myself this year. the gifts only i can give ~
the gifts only i know that i want.. .  and truly need.
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so my holiday tree was furnished this year  with my love of old pink ornaments~



some cool vintage silverware



and topped with my favorite, comfortable, folding

'  t a b l e    &   c h a i r s  '



(( .  . ..it even got to go for a car ride for a brief gallery appearance~*  ))

it really seemed to have adorned itself using whatever was within reach. the flavor... .  . or   ' taste '  this year  being a symbol of gathering of eating of sharing.



then as the epiphanies have come  been hopefully noted for future use  and gone…

~yes... . 'tis the season *

the window is in.. . .& here we go ~*

~next in the Oven... . .

So... .   .

moving on from our time of  ' Giving Thanks '... .


to the chance for just plain  ' Giving '

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all the pies were made blending tradition & inspiration... .   .



& the last bites slowly eaten.



so... .   .

next on the menu and then in the oven
is clay based ~

main ingredient:
*    p o r c e l a i n    *

a focus change to the visually edible. right up there with the preliminary senses of sound and smell. before it passes our lips.
these vessels that contain our so carefully chosen foods.

(  i think this would be a beautiful tart... . i'm working on that ~ )

i guess these are a kind of ' twice baked ' food ~
to then be adorned with a colorful glaze of powdered glass and water. then back in the oven for a relatively quick finish... .   .
at @  2000 degrees ~

~ wish them luck !


~ food for a rainy saturday afternoon... . . .

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.   . ...what's on my table today ?

.  . ...what surrounds me ?


~ .  . ...room for two, or more ?
.  . ...or one ?
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it's raining on the outside of the window.  another sunny day inside.


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this time, i choose ... .  .    .

  a table for one, please~  




.  . ...maybe something with an   O r c h a r d   view ?







then when i'm done,


i'll just fold this day up.. .   .   & into a drawer for another use.



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or i could pass it on.





such delicious   c h o i c e s .


i'll let you know.  ~

~a food blog~? ... . . .

so... .    . you know, this is actually supposed to be a "food blog". i don't know if you can tell, really. but of course, that is the point.  well, my point anyway.
that everything we do~ is our Food. Our pure nourishment. ~or not.  ~it's our choice.
so when i approached the window display this time... . (( it being maybe one of the only windows i know of that is still traditionally based on the 'Current' season or holiday~ ))

 we are now talking... .  thee  ' giving thanks '  holiday. (( Thanksgiving~ )) so... .   .      .
what am i cookin' up here? what am i serving people? for family? for friends? and friends i don't even know yet. or in other words, the passers-by~
what do i taste and feel and nourish myself with while creating this... .  . ...and what will others taste in turn~?
first of all, i must mention, the owner of this clothing shop is quite the stylist, and quite the cook. yeah, needless to say... .  these things are dear to my heart. so, i get to ex…

. ...what we Think we need~

" The best ideas are born when you don't have what you  t h i n k  you need ! "
                                                         ~ me... i think

~ so i remember... .  back when i had the most marvelous, fantasyland opportunity with the Macy's Visual Merchandising  team. They actually called it 'a real job', complete with almost  total freedom, deserved respect, benefits...
and actually Payed me quite a bit to do it~!
  Anyway, there was a little blackboard in our Creation workshop next to the phone, the coffee grinder, ( fresh beans from the Housewares department, thank you, musssss.. . ) coffee maker, useful stuff...  mostly for messages, etc.,
that also held the permanent chalk message of :
" Repetition is the last Refuge of the Unimaginative~ " ~ These wise words seem to be ingrained in my being, like the decadent alternative food i actually crave and can choose  when finding myself 'without' whatever i think i need, which is of course …

Yellow & Pink inspiration ~

As they say... . 
' one person's stuff to let go of, is magically transformed into truly a chance for  new inspiration for another person ~ ! '

~otherwise known as.. .
the "  Yard Sale  "
As was the case this last weekend when walking over to  my local Library for their fall " Patio Sale ".
Now, quite consciously aware of the fact that I had just held what I advertised as  the " Beautiful Yard Sale "  just a few months earlier... .

 letting go of ~  and passing on  my once cherished possessions to hopefully become  fuel and inspiration for someone else's Life. 

The still quite lovely remains of my sale was then regrouped, embellished, boxed up and delivered to this same Library to be part of their ongoing little Sunroom Shop, and now this Patio Sale that helps raise money for the library~
So, needless to say...  I was just dropping by to say Hi... as I didn't need or really want to now take anything back home with me, right~? 
~ Enter... .  the most charming…