December Gardens and Other Special Places~

"The gardening season officially begins on January 1st and ends on December 31st."
by Marie Huston.

"The family is one of nature's masterpieces."
by George Santayana.

Things that make my life a series of blissful happenings; My family, my gardens, my friends, my faith, my knowing that all I have and I am is because I have the guidance of a higher power. My gratitude for all these blessings is deep rooted and always there.

Places I love in the Winter Season:

Pisgah Mountain in Western NC - when you can get to it.

Gatlinburg's four-month long citywide winter lights promotion is an endeavor which has grown in popularity every year since its inception in 1989. And, they have revamped all the festivities with well over a million dollars worth of imagination and a dedication to aiding our environment by "going green" and saving energy!

Bellingrath Garden's, just outside of Mobile Alabama is as magical and as real as it can get. I've been touring this place for many years and the beauty just gets better with each visit.

The holiday tradition continues as Bellingrath Gardens and Home celebrates Magic Christmas in Lights. Strolling through 3 million sparkling lights and over 835 displays throughout the 65 acre Garden estate, one can not imagine the breath-taking view of roses, poinsettias, and other blooming gardens that are always worked to perfection of nature.

http://www.bellingrath.org/magic-christmas-in-lights.html

Penguins at the Tennessee Aquarium....so beautiful and wintry!

The Gardens of 'Sage Hill Farms' is my most treasured place to visit. I can stroll and plan for hours, and while the glitter is less than many places I have been and love, the warmth, the connection, the "roots' are alive with a spirit all its own.

Holiday Foods and Drink~

The Season without good food and drink would not be "The Season"...but let us keep in mind the reason for the season and honor that reason by honoring our body with healthy foods and drink.

Biscuits to serve with any breakfast, brunch or dinner:

2 C. all-purpose flour
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1/2 C. butter
1 C. shredded cheddar cheese
2/3 C. milk

Preheat the oven to 425° F. Lightly grease a baking sheet.

In a mixing bowl, combine flour, salt and baking powder. Cut in butter with a pastry cutter until it resembles coarse crumbs.

Stir in the cheese and milk. Mix with a fork until the dough comes together and forms a ball.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured board and knead 5 - 6 times. Roll the dough out to a 1 inch thickness. Cut with a 2 inch biscuit cutter.

Bake for 12 - 15 minutes or until they are a light brown.

Optional: Brush the tops of the biscuits with 2 T. melted butter after removing form the oven.

Don't forget the warm and energizing herbal teas...so good and good for us.
To make your tea cups festive, simply drop in a slice of orange or a cinnamon stick.

Sage Hill Farms will be honored if you visit the website during the holidays...either to purchase our products or to visit the recipe pages.

Visit Sage Hill Farms at http://www.sagehillfarmsandvintagestore.com and while you're there be sure to check out the Holiday Special, (it's enough for you and some to share.)

Enjoy and have a very blessed holiday time~

Bea and Mike Kunz, and the family that makes Sage Hill Farms.