December 31

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us; we were all going directly to Heaven, we were all going the other way.”

~~Charles Dickens

This quote totally sums up my year.

What sums up  yours?

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December 30

So I don’t have much to say today.

All the partying and eating and lack of sleeping has caught up with me in a big way.

I can say that my furnace is fixed~~hallelujah!

That I still don’t have my house all straightened up.

That I have a ton of laundry to fold.

That I really need to take down the tree so that I can watch TV from my computer chair and play Bejeweled Blitz at the same time.

And that I don’t want to do any of the above.

Signed,

The Queen of Lazy

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December 29

As I type, it is a whole 54º in the house.

I am surmising that either the pilot needs some lighting, or the furnace needs some fixing.

Either way, it is cold!

And difficult to think.

And difficult to type.

Maybe I should bake another Pecan Pie, but not just any old pecan pie.

This is Dories favorite pecan pie.

It has cinnamon, and espresso and chocolate in it, and let me tell you, it is out of this world good.

I took it to our families Christmas party, and everyone loved it.

If you’d like to make it, go check out Beth’s blog Someone’s in the Kitchen with Brina. The recipe is there.

Me? I’m gonna go huddle with the cats until it gets warm in here.

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December 22

My TWD will be posted later on this week.   However, I do have a food offering for you.

Confession time.

I have not wrapped a single Christmas gift.

Not a single one.

I don’t know what I’m waiting for.

Maybe an Elf to do it for me???

Instead I have been making Oreo Truffles and Red Velvet Swirl Pound Cake.

Unfortunately, I made a boo-boo with this one.   My cake plate broke, and I don’t have anything large enough to put a bundt cake on.

Because of the volume I ‘thought’ it would have, I put it into 2 loaf pans instead of one.

Big mistake.

It didn’t raise.   You just can’t serve inch and a half pound cake, so I made petite fours out of it.

Delicious pound cake, and the girl and I had loads of fun decorating them.

Red Velvet Swirl Pound Cake from Southern Living Christmas 2009

  • 3 cups sifted cake flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract~~I used Butter Rum
  • 1/3 cup milk chocolate morsels, melted
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon red liquid food coloring
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 9 tablespoons whipping cream
  • pinch of salt
  • edible white glitter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Sift together flour and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a bowl.

Beat butter in a large mixing bowl at medium speed with an electric mixer 2 minutes or until creamy.  Gradually add granulated sugar;  beat at medium speed 5 minutes or until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until yellow disappears.

Gradually add one half of flour mixture to butter mixture, beating at low speed.  Add 1 cup cream and extracts, beating until just blended.  Add remaining flour mixture, beating until just blended.  Scrape down sides of bowl;  increase speed to medium high and beat 5 minutes.  (Batter will become very creamy and satiny.)

Reserve 1 1/2 cups batter.  Pour remaining batter into a greased and floured 10 inch tube pan.  Add melted chocolate and food coloring to reserved batter;  stir until blended.  Add to batter in pan in 2 batches, using a spoon to swirl the batters.

Bake at 350 degrees for one hour and 5 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool in pan on wire rack 30 minutes.  Run a knife around the edges to loosen cake;  cool completely in pan.

Whisk together powdered sugar, 9 tablespoons cream, and pinch of salt in a bowl until smooth;  spoon thickly over cake.  Let stand 5 minutes;  sprinkle with edible glitter.  Yields 12 servings.

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December 21

If I had to choose just one manufactured cookie to eat for the rest of my life it would be Oreos.

Hands down.

I have been known to eat a third of a package in one sitting.

Did you know if you whizzed a package of Oreos and 8 ounces of cream cheese together,

Roll them into balls,

Plop them in coating chocolate,

Bang off the excess,

Let them harden,

Stick them in wee cups,

They make a wonderful dessert to take to a Christmas party, or a lovely midnight snack, or even something sinful to eat while your watching what you have DVR’d.

Just sayin’.

Oreo Truffles

  • 1 pkg Oreos
  • 1 pkg cream cheese

Whiz Oreos till fine in a food processor, add cream cheese that has been cut into chunks.

Whiz till incorporated.

Roll into balls.

Dip in chocolate.

Eat.

Try not to eat them all.

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December 19

Why is my boy standing on my island?

And what is it with men and duct taping their shoes?   I have a hot glue gun upstairs!

And why is he drilling holes?

Better picture of the duct tape on the boots.

So he could hang my new pot rack from my inlaws.

I have wanted one of these for YEARS, Internet…YEARS!

I was almost jumping for joy.

Isn’t it beautiful?!?!?!

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December 18

It is Friday, Internet, and I am nosy.

I have a few questions about gift wrapping.

How seriously do you take gift-wrapping?

Do you save gift-wrapping to re-use later?

How picky are you when it comes to selecting wrapping paper?

Who do you know is the most talented at wrapping gifts?

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If I’m in the mood, I take wrapping very seriously, and I always save good bows to re-use, bags to re-use and ribbon if it is good, but I don’t save the paper.

My sister is the most talented in wrapping presents…once she even used bandaids as tape because we were out.

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December 16

Last night I was taking to the mother on the phone when it hit me.

Next week is Christmas.

Next WEEK!

Gack!

I haven’t even begun to bake, I don’t even have half of my shopping done, and to top it all off, there is no snow.

Where are you at in your preparations???

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December 15

Hello Internet, and a special hello to my fellow TWD’ers.

I am here to disappoint.

I didn’t make today’s selection of Cafe Volcano Cookies that MacDuff of the Lonely Sidecar picked today.

Sorry, I just really don’t care for nuts in my cookies and since the main ingredient is almonds and walnuts, I passed.

Why don’t you check out MacDuff’s blog for this easy recipe.

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December 14

Have y’all ever heard of Etsy?

You haven’t?

You are missing out!  Etsy is a place to buy and sell all things home made, and I heart looking at all the stuff there.

A friend of mine, Suzanne from at home with the farmers wife has a wee shop there, she makes aprons…some are retro aprons made from new cloth, and some are made from men’s dress shirts, and are paired with designer fabrics and trims.

She sent me a special something from her shop.

Presents!   I love presents!!!

I got it in the mail Saturday, and I wanted to photograph it, but I needed a model.

Superman to the rescue.

Please forgive the quality of these photos,  laughing and photography don’t always live in perfect harmony.

First we need to do ‘make up’.

Uh…Superman…honey…models pose.

No, sorry, ‘I’m a little tea pot’ does not count as posing.

Thanks sweetie.   Uhhh…I need a new model.



This is how it is done.

This apron is beautifully stitched with wonderful quality fabrics.

Mine Some even have appliques.

And they are all lovingly hand made by The Farmer’s Wife.

Want to order one just like mine?  Go here.

If you’d like to see what other designs she has, take a look here.

Thanks Suzanne, you did a fabulous job, and I love it!!!!

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December 11

It is Friday, Internet and I’m nosy.

Last week I went to start addressing Christmas cards, but I couldn’t find them in their usual spot.  You know, under some dusty books on the top shelf of my book shelf.

Isn’t that where everyone keeps their Christmas cards?

There are times when I really like that Superman works at Stuffmart, because I can just say “Superman, will you please bring home some …. and last night it was Christmas cards.

My question to you is do you still send Christmas cards?  and if so, have you mailed them out yet or am I the only one slacking?

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December 10

You know I have a desperate aversion to snow.

I don’t like it.

I don’t want it around.

I think it should be banned.

Except in the month of December.

December should have snow.

Period.

And right now even Arizona has massive amounts of snow on the ground.

But this is all we got.

I’ve been jipped!

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December 9

My favorite Christmas carol is Silent Night.

I was laying in bed the other morning singing it to myself and I began thinking.

Silent night, holy night

All is calm, all is bright…

But you know what.

It was everything but silent, or calm.

You see the governor had made a law that every male had to go to the city of his birth to be counted for a census.  He, his wife and all his children.

And you have to think…there was no birth control back then, so a family of 10 wasn’t unusual.

So you have this wee little town that the population suddenly explodes to at least 10 times it’s original size.

That would be like taking the population of my town, 10,000, and suddenly it is 100,000.

Food, lodging, traffic….nightmare!

All the hotels were full, but not just full…they were overflowing.   People sleeping on the floors, in the hallways, in the lobby.   I’m sure that almost every residential house had guests too.

Then where do you put all the donkeys, sheep, camels, chickens, goats, etc.

The barns were overflowing too.

Children running everywhere, throwing fits because they were out of their element, mothers trying to gain some semblance of order, fathers trying to figure out where to go, and how much this trip was costing them, and then the parents are bickering too.

That equals utter chaos.

This is what Mary and Joseph walked into.

And they had to stay in the barn.

A barn that was chock full of animals.

Animals are not quiet.

And what hotel/inn/B&B keeper has time to clean out the barn when his establishment is totally overrun with people?

So, it is safe to say that Christ wasn’t born into a sweet little barn where every animal was in a fresh clean stall, all calm and happy.

It was filthy, smelly and noisy.

It was here that Christ met Mary and Joseph, it was here that He met the shepherds, and it is here where he meets you and I.

In the utter chaos of our lives, laundry piling up, bills piling up, children running amuck, bickering spouses, medical issues,  in the calm and peaceful times…meet Him where you are.

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December 8

I’m a simple kind of gal.

I have simple tastes.

Simple wants.

Simple needs.

Truly.

Mother, do not laugh.

I love a simple thin wedding band with a simple 1+ carat diamond mounted on.

Chocolate is very simple.

And so are Sables.

Sables are a French cookie that is made simply with butter, sugar, flour and egg yolk….plus the wee bit of vanilla bean paste I slipped in.

I doubled the batch because, Internet, these cookies are by far the best cookie you could ever eat.

They are buttery, and melty, slightly sweet, and a wee bit crunchy.

I only baked one forth of the batch, because I simply would have eaten them all.

Barbara of Bungalow Barbara picked today’s TWD, and she has the recipe on her blog.

If you too, have simple tastes, go check out the recipe.   It is a perfect cookie for Christmas…or for simply eating them all yourself.

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December 7, and a giveaway announced

First, the winner of my give away from Oh Nuts!

I contacted my dear friend ‘Random Number Generator’, plugged in the numbers and RNG said “Number 1”, so congratulations to Army Mom.   Please email me (see the link on my side bar) and give me your address, etc. so I can get that off to you right away.

Now, I have been rather busy this week.

Wednesday, the Dad had surgery on his right shoulder to repair his rotator cuff surgery that he had over 2 years ago.   Mom, Aunt Sandy, the girl and I sat in a waiting room for hours and hours and hours.

I knitted, and the rest of them spent most of their time in the gift shop.

Because we girls totally know how to rock a party.

Then on Saturday the girl and I again spent time with the family traveling over to the Aunt Lucy’s house to have a Christmas party.

We had all manor of lovely food.

All manor of lovely conversation~~because that is all that Dad is allowed to do anymore~~converse.

But this girl…

Before we went inside, I had to tell her that she has to be good.    That she doesn’t need to dance on the table or make a spectacle of herself.

I just can’t take her anywhere!

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