I was a lucky enough monkey growing up to be surrounded by a crafty and loving family who made EVERYTHING from scratch and I am talking some serious scratch here. Carding and spinning your own wool, hunting and growing your own food, making your own wine kind of scratch. My favorite home spun tradition is hands down home brewed birch beer, so I am always on the lookout for new and easier recipes. I have found the ultimate birch beer resource here in a handy little guide that FERIC (Forestry Canada) recommends.
Another beloved family tradition is the hand made ornament. Pomanders, popcorn, ethereal feathery bits and baubles. Check mine out at Birch Beer Boutique Two pair of these reindeer cork ornaments are up for grabs in this month's giveaway. You can enter by following my blog and enter again by Tweeting about this giveaway.