The book that demanded my immediate attention was this one, The Farm Chicks Christmas by Serena Thompson. With the Christmas television specials still a couple of weeks away, I needed to find a way to get into the Christmas spirit. This book did it for me. The Farm Chicks Christmas features many crafts and holiday decorating ideas with some recipes thrown in along the way. The book definitely has a festive spirit running throughout the pages. I enjoyed looking into Serena's life and seeing how she and her family and friends celebrated the holidays.
The recipes center around food that can be used as gifts - cookies, cakes, nuts. Also, there are several recipes for punches and warm beverages that would be perfect for winter gatherings. I think I was most inspired by Serena's suggestions for packaging the food gifts. This is one of my personal weaknesses. Every year, I make plate after plate of cookies and candies but then can't figure out how to package them so they're attractive. But, this year, I'm prepared after reading this book.
Seeing Serena's and her friends' homes decorated with items that they've found in their antiquing adventures reminded me of things that are hidden away in my own closets and could be brought out to decorate my home this year. The main feeling that I got from The Farm Chicks Christmas is love what you have and love who you have. A wonderful memory is the best gift you can give someone.
I'm pleased with both of these books. I know that I'll refer to the Farm Chicks Christmas throughout the holidays and I'm excited to see where Molly's story leads. I'm always looking for inspiration in the kitchen. What are some of your favorite cookbooks?