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Sweet Treats and New Christmas Ornaments

We had a dinner with family at my parent's farm in Wisconsin.  She ordered a Buche de Noel cake which came with candied cranberries on top. It was delicious!   Decorations on a side table. I also went to a German Christkindlmarket in Chicago. One shaped like a tear drop hand painted in Austria with a wolf, some rabbits and birds.  Another from Germany decorated with pearls.

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Farmer's Market Finds

Today was the last day of our summer Farmer's Market with farmers from Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan.  Also, French nuns residing in Chicago who sell their pastries and breads.   I really can't think of much better than local grown foods, and seeing foods in their more natural states, like these brussel sprouts.  My mother said when she was young, grocers always sold brussels sprouts this way and bananas on the stalk, just like I saw them selling bananas in Costa Rica recently.  Anyway, I really like getting out and talking to the producers and getting fresh high quality foods.  They often inspired some of my paintings.  You may have seen some of my farmer's market finds in a...

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