My sister Cheryl gave me the most appropriate present for Mohawk Valley Girl: a basket of local stuff.
I was delighted to see a card from local artist Maria Vallese of Retro Sorrento, whose works were recently added to the So Sweet inventory. However, the item that made me do back flips (figuratively speaking, of course), were the turkey joints.
Turkey joints, for non-local readers, are a marvelous confection made in Rome, NY, where I grew up. Steven had never had one, but now he is a true believer.
Other goodies included a big jar of garlic pickles and smaller jars with jellies and honey. The whole thing was wrapped in a beautiful Christmas dish towel.
I immediately made up my mind to take pictures for a blog post but got distracted (hey, it was Christmas morning!). I luckily remembered to snap before Steven had eaten all the turkey joints.
Cheryl told me the pickles and jellies came from a place in Booneville called Awesome Country. Sounds like a good place for Mohawk Valley Girl to visit! The towel and ornament came from Newport Marketplace, another of my favorite places.
Ah yes, the ornament! I forgot the ornament when I took my pictures, because I had right away placed it among our Christmas display on the mantle. It is a very adorable cowbell. I actually remembered it before I wrote this post, but I thought “I Forgot the Cow Bell!” would be an excellent title. Now I am wondering if “Cow Bell to Follow” would be more appropriate. You may notice I am late in making my Monday post. I dare not delay further for more photography. Let’s just say I owe you a cow bell!