December is the month of rituals, as we work to bring the old year to a close and assure that the sun will return again. There is not much to do in the gardens; they are tucked in for the winter. There are always house projects, but they are the sort that can wait, if a better offer comes along. So, the list is short.
· Make the Christmas cards
· Mail packages East
· Hang the outside lights
· Bake Lucia Buns and hike up Bald Hill at dawn
· Light fires
· Eat Latkes
· Consider the Solstice
· Set goals for the coming year
· Bake bread, stolen, cookies, English muffins…
· Paint the pantry
· Stare into space
· Take long walks on the logging roads
Banana Pudding-- not at all local, but darn tasty!
Make a batch of pastry cream.
Whip a half pint of cream.
Eat a few Nilla Wafers and remember your grandmother.
Layer: Nilla Wafers, the half the pastry cream, then half the bananas, then half the whipped cream. Repeat. Decorate with Nilla Wafers.