Christmas is practically here! You wouldn’t know it if you walked outside, everything is still green and growing. The animals are panting from the heat and humidity. Yes, 85 doesn’t sound like a very white Christmas….we will have to be satisfied with a sweaty and swampy one instead.

Our winter garden items (poor little pie pumpkins, snif snif) are not a huge fan of the weather, but several other items are doing great thanks to this unseasonably warm winter. Take the tomatoes for example, these babies planted themselves behind the chicken coop and have taken to their garden transplant very well! Fresh tomato sandwiches in December…who would have thunk?

 

Fall-tomatoes Tomato-plants

 

Also the broccoli, celery, kale, and peas are quite content!

Broccoli
broccoli

 

celery
celery

 

KALE
kale

 

more-beans
baby peas

 

peas
peas

 

Remember the carrots we thought were a lost cause? They’re growing (insert tears of joy)!!!!!

beautiful, glorious carrots!!!
beautiful, glorious carrots!!!

 

Like many of you, we hung our Christmas lights (and by “we” I mean the Handsome Hubby got on the roof, and I supervised…ready to catch him if he fell off 😉 ), decked the halls, and hung our wreath! We have a tradition, beginning with the first Christmas we got married, each year we buy or make one new special ornament for the tree…lately we have had a new tradition of adding an entire tree to the decor! The kids each have their own little tree, and are allowed to decorate it however they so desire. I had hoped that would help the little Swamp Boy leave the main tree alone, but those poinsettias and garland are just too hard to resist! Oh well, Christmas is mesmerizing to us all!

Handsome Hubby working hard on the lights
Handsome Hubby working hard on the lights

 

Joy to the World!
Joy to the World!

 

Family gatherings, Christmas parties, cozy evenings by the fire….all perfectly good excuses reasons to have some pie! I love making pies, I’m not really sure why, but it’s so enjoyable to see a perfectly golden pie cooling on the counter. It’s also great to have to fight off the hunger pains from not eating that pie until the appointed time, because everyone KNOWS if you try to snitch a slice of pie–that’s why you make extra, right? (Wait, what? Just pretend you didn’t read that…)

Here’s a few of the delicious pies I made this year to share with friends and family…

Pumpkin Pie- simply because you have to have a good pumpkin pie!
Pumpkin Pie- simply because you have to have a good pumpkin pie!

 

A little sprinkle of powdered sugar on top, and this is the most decadent German Chocolate Pie EVER!!!
A little sprinkle of powdered sugar on top, and this is the most decadent German Chocolate Pie EVER!!!

 

Apple Pie, quite possibly the most iconic of foods in these parts...and absolutely PERFECT for Christmas!
Apple Pie, quite possibly the most iconic of foods in these parts…and absolutely PERFECT for Christmas!

 

 

SwampFarm-Christmas

We hope you spend some time with family and friends, enjoying the true meaning of this wonderful Christmas season!
Merry Christmas from all of us at the Swamp Farm, and have a very blessed New Year!

For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

-Luke 2:11