Michael's Honey From Thistle Meats
Stocking stuffers unite. It doesn't have to be a last minute nightmare scramble to fill those floppy red socks.
There have been Christmases past in which family members here on Rivetti Mountain have completely forgotten about shopping for the one who typically takes care of the proverbial 'stuffing'.
So, if you are reading this and it serves as a timely reminder that someone in your midst might indeed like to find a few well chosen treasures after Santa's midnight visit, now's the nick of time to stock up on the sorts of treats that you, yourself would enjoy over the winter months.
And if you're the one wondering if anyone will remember, take the initiative, leave a little bag or box by the fireplace and act surprised when your stocking is mysteriously not rocking as the solo 'flat' on the 25th!
If you're the stuffer in your world, head out for some eleventh hour shopping at farm stores and neighborhood fine food purveyors. Who doesn't love a jar of local honey? Some decadent and delicious olive oil? Goat milk soaps, spices, olive wood spatulas, tea and coffee? Be creative. It's fun to see how many treasures we can find in the made local market. Petaluma Home & Garden on Petaluma Boulevard South has a great range of Danish kitchen utensils and Italian imported jars of yumminess that anyone who enjoys cooking would enjoy.
Photo:Della Fattoria You can't go wrong with a Christmas Eve pit-stop at your favorite bakery. Coffee and carols are sweeter than ever with festive baked goods. Close by Petaluma? Bovine Bakery's another top pick.
Mandarin oranges remind me of Christmastime in the UK, where we awaited the arrival of these glorious, gorgeous orange wonders on fruit and vegetable stalls and greengroceries each dark, wintery December. Don't forget that old fashioned tradition of tucking an aromatic orange or two into Christmas stockings.
As many of us move away from too many packaged candy treats, specialty (if you can't lay your hand on homemade) jams and marmalades will never go out of favor.