Holy crap people, Christmas is NEXT weekend! I personally am making a valiant attempt to not panic: over presents I haven’t yet purchased, holiday travel, holiday family plans… and/or things I haven’t done or said yet this year.. oh god. My strategy thus far has included eggnog… lots of eggnog… holiday shopping for myself, and keeping up with the usual farmers market-pickling routine. Year after year, especially this year, I’ve heard a few friends and family members mention, “Erin, I don’t know what to get you from Christmas this year.” My first thought is, “duh, shoes!?” followed by my second thought, “duh, have you tried typing pickle in to an Etsy search!?” I assume that because you’re reading a pickle blog that you’re the one in your group of friends that always receives silly, novelty pickle items during the holidays. I admittedly have three.. cough four… Christmas pickles currently hanging from my table-top tree (thank you ex.’s mom).
It is pretty amazing the things you can find if you Etsy search pickle gifts. A simple search returned: pickle pen (cute?), pickle pipe (yes, please), pickle necklace (kinda odd), pickle bottle opener (scored one of these this year!), pickle hand towels, pickle flavored chap stick (eww). Anyways, you get my drift.
As I mentioned, I’ve been distracting my Christmas panic by keeping up with my weekly farmers’ market. The Durham Farmers’ Winter Market is in full swing with greens, root veggies, and ALOT of holiday cheer. Last Saturday, I scored a three-bunch bounty of colorful carrots from Red Hawk Farm, a small bio-farm located on the outskirts of Pittsboro, NC. Every year my mom asks me to bring a smorgasbord of canned things home for Christmas. For a very simplem not too funky, pickled carrot recipe I combined coined carrots, habanero peppers, and some dark brown sugar. Great as a quick fridge-pickle or water-bath canned pickle that everyone at your holiday party will enjoy.