December in Bloom

Happy holiday weekend, friends! We had a full moon for the lighted boat parade in Tampa. It was spectacular. That’s it for my photos, but I collected lots of stories to share this month:

David Sedaris as his best elf. This is a longer version than the one on the radio; more irreverent, delightfully so.

My cinnamon orange pecans were featured on The Zest once again. They’ve surpassed cookies around here. 

In Brazil, kids climb trees to harvest açaí

This Haitian soup is a token of peace, and it sounds delicious.

The case for venison.

We’ve had our share of bees in our walls, but this was an exceptional colony with a big queen and a happy ending

And more bees and honey in my favorite story this month: how the real tupelo honey is harvested in the Florida Panhandle, on barges along the Chipola River. Hurricanes and bears are among many threats to this rare delicacy. 

Like Michael Scott, I’m not superstitious, but I am a little stitious. Case in point: I always make black-eyed peas and collards on New Years. Here’s a story on the origin of that tradition

No one asked for it, but here’s Dave Barry’s 2021 Year in Review

Thank you so much for following along. Wishing you all a happy and healthy new year. ?

6 Comments December in Bloom

  1. Dorothy Malizia December 26, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    I sure hope some of those collards and black-eyed peas make it to the east coast!

    1. suwanneerose December 26, 2021 at 6:51 pm

      They might, if you’re lucky!

  2. Jennifer Leaf December 27, 2021 at 9:31 am

    Are you going to make that Haitian soup and share your recipe because we know you will find the most delicious version?

    1. suwanneerose December 29, 2021 at 2:22 pm

      I will definitely test it out for you. 🙂

  3. Coley December 29, 2021 at 2:05 pm

    Happy New Year Danielle! Hope you had a great holiday season. I always love reading your monthly posts and seeing what you’ve been up to. The boat parade looks so fun. I’m hoping to start posting again in the new year. Cheers!

    1. suwanneerose December 29, 2021 at 2:23 pm

      That’s great to hear, Coley! Can’t wait to see some recipes from the new kitchen. Hope all is well! Happy New Year!

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