2016 flew by for me and an interesting year it was, to say the least. If nothing else, I don't think I've written in my journal more than in these last few months. Catharsis, anyone? This month we have Holiday in the Village (Suttons Bay), Farmland 5K, National Writers Series Presents: An Evening with Daniel Bergner, Parallel 45 Theatre's A Christmas Carol in Prose, the CherryT Ball Drop, snow, goodwill towards all, and too much sugar. Have a lovely, healthy holiday season!   
Organic/Fair Trade Spiced Cherry Preserves 
Laced with spices found in holiday cakes and cookies, this delectable preserve is not just for the holidays!

BIG NEWS!!      Now you can order directly from our website...and just in time for holiday gift-giving! Stock up with 6 or 12-packs, or mix and match our delicious assortment of certified organic specialty foods. The new website was built by TC company Binary Trail and tells the Food For Thought story, showcases recipes, founder Timothy Young's blog, and connects to Facebook. This is also the place to sign up for our monthly newsletter and get a behinds-the-scenes peek into our farm, production facility and photo gallery. Check it out at www.foodforthought.net

The first 25 customers to use the coupon code "DISCOUNT25" at checkout will receive 25% off their purchase!
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Spiced Cherry Chocolate Bundt Cake 
We have used this one before but it's so good and perfect for the holidays!


Local espresso
Farm fresh local eggs
FFT Spiced Cherry Preserves
Coconut oil
Coconut flour
Brown rice flour
Cacao powder
Cacao chips
FFT Star Thistle Honey
Cherry brandy

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brew one cup espresso and reserve.
Grease a ten inch metal bundt pan with coconut oil.

In a medium glass mixing bowl, stir together three eggs, one cup espresso, one cup spiced cherry preserves and one half cup coconut oil.

In a large glass mixing bowl mix together one cup coconut flour, once cup brown rice flour, one cup cane sugar, one half cup arrowroot, one half cup cacao powder, one tablespoon baking powder and one teaspoon salt. Fold wet ingredients in to dry ingredients, stir well and add one half cup cacao chips. Pour the batter into the bundt pan and bake for sixty minutes. Remove the bundt cake from the oven and let cool for fifteen minutes.

Add one cup spiced cherry preserves to a small metal saucepan. Stir in two tablespoons cherry brandy and one tablespoon wild star thistle honey over medium low heat for three minutes.

Invert the bundt pan onto an oven proof plate. Drizzle glaze over bundt cake and place in oven for glaze to set for three minutes. Remove the bundt cake from the oven and serve warm.

Courtesy The Intentional Minimalist 


FFT A Finalist in 2017 Good Food Awards!

We have gotten the word that two of our FFT preserves - Blueberry Lavender and Michigan Pear - are Finalists in the Good Food Awards!
Here is the statement regarding our status:
"Congratulations to the 2017 Good Food Awards Finalists and their food communities for leading the way towards a tasty, authentic and responsible food system. Chosen from 2,059 entrants, these 291 companies are creating vibrant, delicious, sustainable local food economies."

In its seventh year, Good Food Awards will be given to winners in 14 categories: beer, cider, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, honey, pantry, pickles, preserves, spirits, oil and our newest category, preserved fish. Awards will be given to producers and their food communities from each of five regions of the U.S. The Good Food Awards Seal, found on winning products, assures consumers they have found something exceptionally delicious which also supports sustainability and social good.

Winners will be announced January 20 at the award ceremony   in San Francisco. We will keep you posted!     
On December 4, 1956, this group of musicians, dubbed the "Million Dollar Quartet" entered a studio to record. Who were the four musicians?  Try hard not to Google!    
The first person to answer correctly on our Facebook page will receive a jar of our Organic Spiced Cherry Preserves. 

If you have recently won, please give someone else a chance! 
National Writers Series: Community Reads

 I talked about this a couple of months ago and featured Sing For Your Life on the FFT Bookshelf. On December 5, author Daniel Bergner will be at the City Opera House in Traverse City to talk about unlikely opera star Ryan Speedo Green (who will Skype in for the discussion!) Even if you haven't read this yet, this event promises to be uplifting and inspirational (and couldn't we all use a bit of that?) I hope to see many of you there!

Tickets can be purchased here 
Timothy's Blog - Hugging a Trump Supporter

Mixing it up a bit this month. Founder Timothy Young doesn't have much time to write these days, which is too bad because he's an excellent writer. The presidential election brought out a lot of angry feelings on all sides of the political spectrum; this blog post reflects Timothy's thoughts on the divisiveness and how we can come together.

A snippet:
"Who's up for hugging a Trump supporter? I certainly understood that posing such a metaphor on social media so soon after the election was risky. The reaction was as diverse as our nation is divided. It pointed out how many of us are stuck in a quagmire of anger, intolerance, fear, shock and bewilderment. It also pointed out that the challenges ahead may be in the divisions within our community rather than who occupies the White House."

Read the rest of the post here.  
The Crown   
Netflix's original offerings continue to impress. Before you say that you are not a fan of Britain's royal family, give this miniseries a try. It follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II's reign, and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th Century.

 Currently streaming on Netflix

Turn Off Christmas Lights When Going to Bed 
Only Scrooge would say that you shouldn't put Christmas lights up because they waste energy. But you can do your bit for the environment, and still get into the festive spirit this Christmas. Just make sure that, when you head to bed, you switch off all those twinkly Christmas lights: on the tree, in your windows and outside. (Psst... don't forget your normal lights too!) 
 Courtesy E-On 

BEFORE THE FALL by Noah Hawley

A quick read because you won't be able to put it down. On a foggy summer night, eleven people--ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter--depart Martha's Vineyard headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the passengers disappear into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs--the painter--and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of a wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.

Hawley, a producer and writer for the TV series Fargo (excellent, by the way) puts the fragile relationship between the two survivors at the heart of his novel, raising questions of fate, human nature, and the inextricable ties that bind us together. I LOVED this book.
Horizon Books , Brilliant Books , the Cottage Book Store or your local book seller can get this book for you!

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~ Dante Alighieri 

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