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"If you would live a beautiful life have a beautiful farm," though not a precise quote from the Shakers, is certainly a concept they would have empathized with. It is just as certainly a description of the world Carol Cordiale shares with her husband in their country acreage in historic upstate New York--as Carol describes it, situated "on a rise nestled between two hills with a brook flowing from East to West." Together they have long cultivated an herb and cottage flower garden, raised sheep and goats, and even opened a little wool shop where, for a few years, Carol could sell the yarns she spun from the wool she gathered from her Nubian and Angora goats, and her llama, "Tommy-Hawk."
Painting Copyright by Elspeth Young
Shortly after receiving her copy of Heidi's Christmas (featuring Nancy's recipe for Anisbrötli made in some of our traditional Swiss cookie molds pictured above), Carol--an ardent cook, herself--sent us these wonderful images, below, of gingerbreads created from her family's spectacular speculaas-board collection.
Though we didn't get to share them at Christmastime, we thought we'd show off Carol's beautiful handiwork as Easter approaches, since a captivating chicken like the one below would make as charming a centerpiece for an Easter buffet as it would have at a Christmas Day dinner or a New Year's Day brunch.