Do you receive Lowes Creative Ideas for Home and Garden magazine? If not, I recommend signing up for a subscription. It's a free magazine published every quarter where they share numerous do-it-yourself ideas.
Their latest issue features tablescapes for the holidays, including one called Tuscan Christmas. I am fascinated with the make-it-yourself cheese board. And in the tablescape they set a cheese board at each place setting, serving individual selections of cheese & fruit. I love this idea.
And to make the cheese boards, they cut a 1x6x6 oak board into six 12" long pieces and sand it smooth. Then apply butcher-block oil (or mineral oil) to all sides of each board (it is recommended to wear gloves during this step). Wipe the excess oil using a cloth and allow it to dry. Apply two to four coats for best results.
Cheese is a favorite of mine, and lately Gouda cheese is what I crave. A good Cabernet paired with a cheddar cheese is what I like too. If I really want to pack-on the calories, triple cream cheeses are delicious.
I can't discuss cheese without mentioning wine. They are quite a pair. Where there is wine, there is cheese. There are wine & cheese parties. And in some wine shops, they sell cheese as well as wine. They are inseparable.
While I was at our local wine store today, I discovered a book called Wine for Women, A Guide to Buying, Pairing and Sharing Wine that is going on my wish list. I typically do not pair wines with my meals but I am learning how food paired with the right wine makes the experience all the more enjoyable.
And this new journey deserves a wine journal. With patterned paper from Karen Foster, including wine-themed stickers and Bo Bunny, a wine journal could make for a fun project. That's a true scrapbooker for you.
May your week be filled with fun, good food (& if applicable, good wine) and the company of family & friends.