This year I received my "Secret Santa" gift from Lisa of Cow Spots and Tales. She is from Minnesota and blogs about life on her family's century old dairy farm, running, and family. (Which by the way, her family will be growing in the New Year, as her and her husband will be welcoming their first born in April!)
|My box of goodies from Lisa of Cow Spots and Tales as part of the|
Christmas in the Country 2015 Gift Exchange
I had so much fun opening up my box of goodies from Lisa at the beginning of December. She included a cute dairy cow Christmas card, snowman photo holder, homemade sauerkraut, a jar of Minnesota cranberry jelly, caramels and chapstick.
I have to admit, my favorite thing from the box was the jar of her homemade sauerkraut! This fall Lisa and one of her friends made almost 90 pounds of sauerkraut! This was the first time they used real fermenting crocks to make the sauerkraut in. I don't know if it was their fermenting crocks, or the homegrown cabbage from Lisa's garden, or the Minnesota sauerkraut magic - but it was delicious! As soon as I saw the sauerkraut I automatically started craving some of our pork brats. So lucky for me, I just pulled some brats out of the freezer and we had brats and kraut later that week!
Besides receiving a gift, I also had a lot of fun making and sending a gift. This year I was the "Secret Santa" for Leann from The Purple Martin. Leann is from Missouri. Her and her husband love the rodeo and just welcomed their first little cowboy to their family earlier this year. They are also first time farmers and have dreams of making farming their livelihood. I had a lot of fun making a wreath for them to hang up on the door of their new farmhouse. I used some craft supplies that I had on hand and some I bought from the craft store, as well as some neat "accents" from one of my local gift shops to complete the wreath. You'll have to check out Leann's blog to see the big reveal.
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