I want to tell you about a tomato juice that I have fallen in love with over the past couple of years. I discovered it in a specialty store when I was served a Bloody Mary over the holidays while browsing the store. It's called "Big Tom" Spiced Tomato Juice. OMG! The best I have tasted. This picture is a big bottle of it (for me). They sell it in small individual bottles also which I have packaged and tied on a small bottle of Smirnoff vodka for a personal little Bloody Mary toddy gift. It looks really cute wrapped up in red together.
You might find it in your local ABC store or a specialty gift shop, or goggle them. http://bigtombeverages.com/
They list all kind of ways to use it in recipes (Gazpacho, Red Snapper a few to mention). It has just the right amount of spices and celery, peppers, Worcestershire sauce, and is very low sodium. Their beverage company is in Bristol, Tennessee (another made in America).
I have a secret room during the holidays. Tables are stacked holding the "secret treasures" and packaging with bows and ribbons and bright colored papers for the holidays. No one is to enter this room until I give the word to begin the transfer to the next room, which will be under the tree. To say it's a little crazy in there, would be wayyyy to nice ... it is "Outrageous" in the secret room this time of year.
I made a trip to the Sunshine Lavender Farm's (http://sunshinelavenderfarm.com/) open house for the holidays yesterday. Annie, the owner, is just adorable and has the cutest cottage home that was decorated Christmas-adorable. The heavenly smell of her lavender gifts filled the rooms. You would not believe the taste of lavender infused hot chocolate. She served that along with some favorite cookies and chocolates. Of couse, she had sold out of the mix by the time I arrived. But ... I did bring home her lavender brownie mix. What a special Christmas treat that will be!!
I didn't win a darn thing in the gift drawings, so I went home sad about that, but the visit to her lavender farm was Christmas-inspiring. Her lavender was sleeping for the winter but when summer comes all of this will be full, full, full of those long stems of purple.