Leisurely September Saturday. Now that all the sheets are billowing out on the line... and my recipe for fall macaroni and cheese* is finally perfected... I'm settling in to make Pine cone Wreaths for the library.
What's that, you say? Not yet time to make pine cone wreaths? Of course it is. When I had to dash to the grocery store for extra pumpkin this morning, I was nearly flattened by men hauling off bundles of firewood and sacks of deer corn. Well, that and the throng of people lined up to meet the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders. The Cowboy's Pro Gear truck made an appearance in our little town today, complete with their mobile Hall of Fame display and their girls in lots of makeup and hairspray and very thick pantyhose. I don't think I'd ever seen a Cowboy cheerleader up close before. It was disturbing, to be honest.
But that's not the point. The point is that once we're talking deer corn and firewood and football it is time to make pine cone wreaths. Besides, make them now and they're good through the New Year. Just use neutral ribbon or change it out before Christmas.
Of course, I had to explain this to my sister on Monday as I dragged her away from the television and cell phone to help me collect the pine cones. This is the piney woods of East Texas, after all. Pine cones are everywhere. "What do you want with these dumb things?" my sister kept asking, followed by, "OUCH! Why do mine POKE?!"
Better get busy. I'm thinking these wreaths need to be spectacular after all the yelling and pricked fingers that went into making them possible.
*My recipe for fall macaroni and cheese began with this Country Living inspiration, but since has taken on a taste and method of its own. Omgosh. It's good. The recipe will be in my forthcoming cookbook.