December 31

bacon
The eve of the new year.

meat
When I reflect back over the last 12 months I conclude that I am so very, very, very, very, very glad that this year is over.

Seriously.

This has been one very awful year.

wine

To celebrate I’m getting all liquored up cooking Beef Daube with FFwD.

Beef daube means beef cooked in wine.
carrots
And you throw in some onion, garlic, carrots, and parsnips.

Pothole doesn’t know what a parsnip is either…well, I could be wrong because I didn’t look to hard.

Because parsnips??? ewwwwwwwwwwwwww.

I bet my Grandma Teal loved parsnips.

You cook this wonderfulness covered for hours, and the wine tenderizes your tough cut of beef.

final product
Because it is baked for so very long the alcohol is all cooked out and you are left with a very flavorful stew like dish that you can serve with rice, or mashed potatoes, or noodles, or you can do what I did and just scoop it into a bowl and eat.

This is a poor mans dish, but it tastes like it should be served in a 4 star restaurant.

 

Happy New Year everyone.

May next year be better for us all.

Amen and amen!

 

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December 29

Christmas this year was just a little different.

It is the first year that I didn’t have all my family under one roof.

It was strange.
sleeping

After breakfast, everyone usually settles in and looks over their booty.

Superman
This year, Superman looked at the back of his eyes.

reading
At least someone stayed awake with me.

Around 11ish the Boy and his Wife came over for lunch and to do Christmas with us.

It was great!!!

more sleeping

After they left, more looking at booty.

 

finally succumbed

Or not.

 

I guess I’m the only one that got booty.

 

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December 28

Hello Tuesday’s with Dorie.

Guess what?

I have a post.

I got up at 4am to make my TWD, but I pinky swore and my word is my bond.

 

Today we were allowed to choose a rewind recipe.   That means we can do a recipe that has already been chosen.   It might be one that we want to eat again and again or one that we might have missed.

Mine is one that I missed.

Snickery Squares.

They are so delicious.   Only they taste like a Twix with nuts…so we could call them a Snix or a Twickers.  Irregardless they are fabulous!

 

Whoever coined the phrase “Sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what girls are made of” hit the nail on the head.
crust

See, women sugar is sweet and tastes great…but…

sugar
If you are not observant, attentive or patient, sugar will turn. on. you. in a heart beat.

 

caramelized peanuts

It can go from deliciously smooth and rich to burnt and bitter in a matter of seconds, and I have heard that a woman can too.

Not that I know anything about that at. all.

Dad, stop shaking your head.

finished

So the moral of the story is don’t let your women sugar go unattended for any amount of time.

 

Not even to go to the bathroom.

 

Just sayin’.

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December 26

I am thankful.

 

Very thankful.

 

I’m thankful for

 

♥  Family to enjoy Christmas with.   I got a card in the mail from a woman that I have know for years, and she told me that her husband had passed away on Thanksgiving.  Tango, I am so very sorry for your loss.  So many losses this year…it is heartbreaking.

 

♥  Gifties.   I heart my gifties.

 

♥  New cereal bowls to eat my rice crispies in.

 

 

How about you?