There are great benefits to having a younger brother who is always tardy to the [birthday] party...had I received such a bounty of delights in early August, when I actually celebrate my birthday, it would've been too warm to enjoy such deliciousness. Instead, I received this box of delights a few weeks ago just as the air became brisk.
Hot tea and Moravian spice cookies, cream cheese and jelly muffins with sweet North Carolina huckleberry jelly, and hearty buckwheat pancakes embellished with some cinnamon and nutmeg while the snow slowly melts off the trees. This Southern Birthday package was just on time, that's for sure. And if I ever get lost, I can take my Cracker Barrel complimentary roadway map and find new deliciousness on the open road. Thanks Baby Bruva.
ETA: Like all good sisters do (insert: pathetic whimper), I forgot my favorite part of this present. Yes, the delectable treats from the South land were amazing and scrumptious, but there was something bigger and better in the batch. Nestled on my bookshelves, it completely slipped my mind. For those who make and craft, I cannot recommend this book enough. For me, it serves as a reminder that true craft started as an art of necessity and in narrative form, this tome provides instructions on how to make many of the things one can now acquire in mass-produced form. From stone fences to jelly to cheese, Lost Crafts: Rediscovering Traditional Skills is a wonderful and inspiring book.
P.S. - I should also note that my brother included a fork/knife/spoon setting that originally belonged to our Great Grandma Courtade from the 1935 World's Fair. You should've heard the hissy fit I threw when I found out that he received three place settings of these memory-laden pieces. Fortunately, he was generous enough to share with his tantrum-throwing older sister.