My friend Katie’s husband spotted some pinecone cheeseballs at the grocery shop, and that was all I needed to hear! How cool would a Thanksgiving tray with crackers, pinecone cheeseballs, and some acorn cookies be! If you could find leaf shaped crackers that would just be over the top amazing.
I made these cheeseballs very simply by shaping brie into a cone shape and pushing almond slices into it. You could use your favorite cheeseball recipe and use slivered almonds and whole ones too. The whole almonds would look like a brown pinecone. You could even make a great vegan version with tofu instead of cheese. So many options here! You could also make extra small pinecones to pack in lunches for a little surprise. Maybe tuck some springs of plastic pine tree branches…really so many options!
Today has been a really pleasant day. Tom and both kids were off so we drove out to New Oxford in the morning. Coffee and then the German Christmas shop. We found some amazing things that I will have to photograph tomorrow because it is already dark out. Then we headed to one of the antique shops that is inside an old factory building. We found an amazing (and big) cuckoo clock that has a bird and a group of dancers who twirl and it was only $25. We got lunch out at the Lincoln Diner and plan to stay in tonight and relax. :)