Friday, December 31, 2010

Blogaholic's Resolution

It's about that time for the annoying and troublesome new year resolutions.  I usually don't make em because I always break em. 

However... for 2011 I've decided to resolve to count my blessings.  I do already, most of the time, but there are days when I don't. 

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Crafty Ideas

Believe it or not, I'm actually going through some craft patterns to try and figure out what the christmas ornament for 2011 will be! 

These past couple years I've actually been keeping a list of the ornaments I made for family members.  Unfortunately, I accidently left one member off the list and am back peddling to stitch one of each to send along with my humble apology in a letter. 

I can't even begin to say whether or not I've narrowed down my search but I've set aside a few ideas to throw around and perhaps even get started cutting out patterns to get a head start.  I've got the itch to stitch these days and it's driving me nuts that I really don't have the time to do anything.  I can't believe how busy December was this year.  Believe it or not, pretty much 75% of the blogs I posted in December, I actually composed up in November and scheduled them to post one a day for the month of December knowing full well I'd be busy as a bee.  No complaints though, I loved every minute of it.  Now I get to relax and reflect.... but that reflection business will have to be a whole 'nother blog.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

No Egg-aggeration!

I wish I would have had a green egg this morning but not so! 

Today I woke up with a hunger for eggs and hashbrowns, not ham but did settle for smoked turkey leftovers and toast.  I cracked the egg and noticed that it appeared pinkish.  Alrighty then, so I stashed it aside for a minute to finish preparing my breakfast of one fried egg, some fried smoked turkey leftovers and a hashbrown with a piece of almost burnt toast and a cup of coffee that wasn't decaf believe it or not.  Shame on me!

I turned my attention back to the disgarded 'pink' egg and was going to wash it down the kitchen sink so that the bad egg wouldn't smell up my trash can so I cracked it harder and slowly started to let the insides ease out... until I caught sight of a head!  I made Tony take care of it for me because my gag reflexes were about to upchuck the glass of prune juice I'd just consumed.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Love The Left Overs

Let the leftovers begin!  We froze most of our turkey left overs to nothing would go to waste.

Christmas dinner always leaves us with tons and tons of leftovers.  Oh no that is so not a complaint!  I say that with gratitude!  Thank the Lord we have food on our plates, left overs or not, it's still good food. 

I enjoy the turkey sandwich drowned in gravy with fresh home fries on the side.  Tony prefers the turkey with all the trimmings and a nice tall glass of juice and plenty of ice.  

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Boxing Day

December 26th is Boxing day... similar to the "black Friday" in the USA but arriving after christmas.  Folks stay up late partying on christmas day but believe me when boxing day rolls around they are up at the crack of dawn waiting in line outside in the cold with a hot cup of Tim Hortons coffee. 

Saturday, December 25, 2010

The Reason For The Season

7And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
 8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
 9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
 10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
 12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
 14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Luke 2:7-14 KJV

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve

This blog and the ones that will follow in the next days were, I admit, scheduled blogs!  I composed them earlier and scheduled them to post on specific days that I knew I wouldn't get a chance to come online.  I'm a blogaholic but certainly not that bad!

I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe christmas.  We're going to curl up and relax for the night.

Starlight Nativity

A few years back I started this project, The Starlight Nativity, a 3D nativity scene done in plastic canvas and yarn.

So far I've got the angel, Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus stitched.  Now I put a twist on this project by making it multicultural. 

Once this christmas with all it's lovely stresses has passed, I'm going to get started on completing this for 2011 (God willing). 

I'll be sure to keep you posted.

Thursday, December 23, 2010


Every year these tasty little clementines appear out of nowhere and overwhelm the supermarkets and somehow a box always finds it's way to the bottom shelf of our fridge.

Not this year!

Surprisingly enough, I didn't purchase any clementines this year but at this very moment I'm munching on three.  Yes, you heard me, I said THREE because I'm greedy like that.  We've got a box of them at work so I snatched up a few.  Now I remember why I always buy a box... they're tasty little buggers.... I also remember why I didn't buy any this year... after a handful of them, your gag reflexes kick in.

Pretty Paper

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I've got to get cracking on wrapping the gifts.  Sure I've got the boxes and bags, the ribbons and bows, the tape and scizzors, but what I don't have is the energy to do it.

Christmas Eve-Eve

When we were kids, my sister and I would call today "christmas eve-eve" because it was the day before christmas eve.  We never tried to get it further back than that because it required too much brain power.

Well, here we are, another christmas eve-eve.  We will certainly have a white christmas and we will be with family who are travelling to visit with us.  I'm looking forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

That Ain't Fruitcake!

I was pretty much right on the money when I blogged earlier how most folks dislike fruitcake because they probably received one that looked like it was baked back in the late fifteenth century.  

On Monday I had the pleasure of watching someone's face as they received a christmas gift (not from me!) 

I watched how her face lit up with delight as she carefully untied the pretty red ribbon and peeled back the expensive looking gold paper wrap to reveal a pretty little silver and blue gift box. 

Oh the excitement!  I wanted to yell at her to hurry up and open it because the suspense was killing me but it wasn't my gift so I had to let her have the perverbial fifteen minutes of fame.

Then she opened the box and looked inside and her facial expression changed from delight to the "WTF" look.  I think I even saw those three letters floating above her head.

Being the nosey person I am, I glanced in the box, frowned my eyebrows and said "what's that?" because I had no clue what it was and didn't want to guess either.  

Her reply was "it's her fruitcake".

It scared me! 

Gift Excitement

I love how kids get so over excited when they open a gift they really REALLY wanted.  I stumbled on this video over at youtube, pretty cute, poor guy can't control himself!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


When I was a kid I always lost my mittens.  Actually, I only lost one!  The other mit always managed to find it's way back to me.  Mom used to tie a string to them and thread it through the sleeves of my coat so I wouldn't have an excuse for losing one.  I'm not sure if that prevented me from losing any more or not, truth be told. 

My grandma used to knit me mittens ever year as a christmas gift.  I got a white pair, a pale yellow pair, a peach pair, a green and silver pair, a dark blue pair, a black and white pair and a red one.  Yup a red ONE because I lost the other red one.  I remember wearing it when I went into the drug store but don't remember having it when I reached home.  I still wear the white ones but the others I put in a box in the closet to keep them safe.  I miss getting mittens for christmas from gran.

12 Days Of Christmas: Holiday Stress

It's down to the wire.  Only 4 more days until christmas.  I'm not stressed believe it or not... well, not really... kinda... sorta... ok I am!!!

I got the idea for this blog when I was asked if I was stressed out yet.

So here you have it, the 12 stresses of christmas:

  1. Were all the christmas cards mailed on time?
  2. Were all packages mailed to arrive in time for christmas?
  3. Is the house completely decorated?
  4. Are all the lights on the tree working?
  5. Is the christmas shopping completed?
  6. Are the presents wrapped?
  7. Will the turkey thaw in time to be cooked?
  8. Did you remember to buy cranberry sauce?
  9. Were the kids' letters to santa mailed?
  10. Do you have something nice to wear christmas eve?
  11. Did you make sleeping arrangements for visitors?
  12. Will your visitors arrive in time or are the airport delays in full effect?
Did I miss anything?

One Gift Left

We're just about done all of our shopping.

Just about done.

Only got one left.

All but one....

My mom!

What do I get my mom for christmas? 

I asked her that this weekend and she looked at me with those lovely green eyes (that she failed to pass on to me at birth) and she smiled that lovely smile and said in her sweet motherly voice... "you don't have to get me anything".

*blank stare*


Monday, December 20, 2010

Ginger Bread House

I've never made a gingerbread house.  Can't say if I ever actually wanted to.  I doubt it.  I'd probably eat everything as I'm putting it together then wonder why I don't have enough goodies left to finish it.

Who knows, one year, far along off into the futurerama I may just get the courage to build one.  I see in stores the pre baked ones that just require frosting and a whole lot of patience to assemble it.  Sounds like something I could do with my nieces but then again they may be as bad as me and start nibbling the candy. 

I admit though, I was curious about how folks decorat these things and surfed the net photos to see some finished product.  Amazing how they range from simple small little cottage like homes to two and three storey delux mansions!   I really need to talk myself into building one of these, perhaps if I tried to build one in the middle of summer, when there's no holiday stress....

Sunday, December 19, 2010

12 Days Of Christmas: Blogspot Cookies

I figured since everyone is baking up a storm for the holidays...

Family and friends gathered around having tea, coffee, hot chocolate...

Everyone posting such yummy and delicious recipes for others to try...

Let's spread some christmas cheer!!!

Here are 12 delicious cookie recipes that I found right here on blogspot!

I know!!!  Shocking eh!!

note: these are in no particular order... just delicious recipes that should be shared and who knows, you just may find more on their blogs and follow them, grab their button or just post a comment saying "HELLO"!

I gave a couple of these a whirl, let me tell you... THEY ARE WORTH SHARING.  The ones I haven't baked yet, are on the list of things to do!

  1. Holiday Hazelnut Cookies posted by Suzie The Foodie
  2. Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies posted by Lovin' From The Oven
  3. Mexican Wedding Cookies posted by Let Her Bake Cake
  4. Maple Pecan Shortbread posted by Closet Cooking
  5. Sugar Cookie Bars posted by Baked Perfection
  6. Salted Butter Cookie posted by Cookie Baker Lynn
  7. Cinnamon Cranberry Shortbread Cookies posted by Jane's Sweets & Baking Journal
  8. Double Chocolate Mint Cookies posted by Cookies & Cups
  9. Double Ginger Crackles posted by One Perfect Bite
  10. Sugar Cookies posted by The Hungry Housewife
  11. Double Chocolate Cookies posted by Milk And Cookies
  12. Walnut Maple Drops posted by This Day

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Blue Christmas

Scared Of Santa Saturday

First of all let me say this santa is pretty pitiful.  The beard even looks like doll hair but two points for trying nonetheless.  Bravo to Mrs. Claus (or little guys's Mom) for reaching out to comfort him during his photo session. 

Bonus points to the little guy for sporting a snowman sweater!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Figure Skating

I couldn't resist this one.  We laughed ourselves silly watching this. 

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Ice Skating

We use to love ice skating outdoors in the winter.  Nowadays most folks go to an indoor arena. 

Not the same! 

See me there in my watermellon winter hat and matching scarf ... ya that was a christmas gift from uncle L.  That photo goes back to somewhere in the early 1980s.  My cheeks look like a chipmunk!

Ice skating outdoors in the winter with the cold brisk air on your face.  Bundled up in an ugly hat and warm mittens.  The winter scenery as a backdrop.  Can't get more beautiful than that. 

Mom used to take us when we were wee snot nose brats to the outdoor rink in the local park.  She used to skate with us too until it became too dangerous for her, you know, the falling part, heaven's forbid she put her back out or break a hip.  I skated on my ankles so falling was not an issue!  My brother was like those hockey players!  He wizzed by far enough not to touch you but close enough to make you nervous so you fell down!

Mount royal freezes it's lake in the winter to become a pretty large skating rink.  Not as large as the Ottawa Rideau Canal though.  That there is a photo of Mount Royal in Montreal that I found online.  Pretty backdrop don't you think, with the snow covered trees!  There's a chalet nearby to get warmed up and have some coffee or hot chocolate. 

Once when we were kids, my sister and I went skating, we were making like we were the Rockettes you know, kicking our leg out as we skated along arm in arm.  We ended up on our backs on the ice staring up at the night sky with our arms still linked in one another.  We had no clue when we fell backwards, just lay there confused then cracked up laughing.  That would have made for an awsome funny home video!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Home Made Ornaments

I'm just about finished all the stitching of personalized ornaments for the kids at church.  I've got to take them with me this week to hand them out. 

Next week I'll work on finishing the ones for our family. 

The ones I made for the members at church are counted cross stitch.  Some were kits, some were from numerous pattern books I have in my craft stash.  For our kids, I made felt ornaments this year using alphabet beads to spell out their names! 

Problem this year is I didn't start early enough so I'm pretty much very overwhelmed.  At least I got the ornaments to my Aunties completed and mailed out!  

Check out my album of completed works.

Commercial Break

Here's another one of my favorite holiday commercials.  I thought this was cute!

Christmas Cookies

I almost can't believe I've been baking up a storm these last couple of days.  I've got about a dozen tins to fill with cookies by next week and I'm doing pretty good. 

Today I tried a new chocolate cookie recipe that I found over at Lovin' From the OvenNow if you love to bake and are looking for lots of delicious recipes, I strongly suggest you give this young lady's blog a hit. 

The cookies I baked today were from Lovin' From the Oven's twelve days of cookies posted back in December 2008!  The Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookie was easy to prepare, baked nicely and tasted devine!  Oh my I could have sat there and eaten them all without sharing!!!  I'm going to make more this weekend because they're just too tasty.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Office Party

This is usually the time of the office christmas party.  I've never really been one to attend these functions probably because I feel like I'm still at work and under the watchful eye which is how it should be naturally.  I'm not saying I'm a party animal or nothing like that.  Heck no!  I'm pretty laid back and chilled out.  I'm like the hard christmas candy: I'm there but nobody notices. 

I've heard of office parties where, much like this photo, there was drunken stupidity just shy of photocopying of the naked butt. 

Office parties are a fun way to wish everyone a great holiday season no matter what holiday you celebrate, it's still a nice time to let go for a bit but not too much!   Think of it as an extended gossip session around the water cooler only you're not due back in your cube in the next three minutes and fifteen seconds.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Goodie Table

When christmas rolled around we always had a table filled with goodies in the livingroom.  We'd transform the ordinary coffee table into a fab holiday buffet of sorts. 

As you can see from the photo over there, that's an oldie shot taken in the mid 1990s.  Mom would put out the dish of oranges, chips, cheese puffs, peanuts, jube jubes, a variety of chocolates and of course the old fashioned hard candy. 

The alcohol was placed on the table by us kids who were, by then, adults and of legal drinking age much to mom's dismay.  I mean seriously you think mom would allow that if we were under age?!  HECK TO THE NO!  HELLO!!! 


You know how much fun I get doing this to my husband!  He's such a good sport...

Monday, December 13, 2010

Mom Was Santa

In our family, Mom was always "santa".  And by that, I mean she was the one who handed out the gifts from under the tree.  We'd get up on Christmas morning, shower, have a big ole country style breakfast of eggs, bacon, beans, fried potatoes, toast and tea or coffee.  Not a belly grumbled when mom handed out the gifts.  She's sit on the floor beneath the tree and start selecting them from whichever was closer to her then call out the name and then pass it along to whom it belonged to.  She'd wait a few seconds before calling the next so you got your 15 seconds of fame with everyone watching you open your gift. And 15 seconds was probably all you got before the next name was called.

Once again I take you to Christmas 1999.  Mom is seated beneath the tree, you can see her hands there as I pass her a gift from the back of the tree to read the name and distribute it to whom it rightfully belongs.  The little curly haired dude at the bottom of the photo is my nephew (my brothers son), they were visiting from out of town that year so it was a wonderful christmas with everyone gathered around the tree in comfy clothes, drinking the morning coffee and getting excited when the next gift is handed to you!!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Boxes and Bags

Gift boxes are easy to wrap.  Usually if I have a gift that consists of clothing I'd wrap it in a gift box, just put the item inside with some decorative tissue paper, tape it closed and stick a bow ontop beside the name tag.   

If I have a small item like a gift card, music cd or dvd movie, or even a book, I also use a gift box but not necessarily in the accomodating size!  A couple of years ago we gave our niece and nephew each an ipod shuffle.  Back then they were the tiny clip on ones that held about 500 songs and cost under $50.  We wrapped the box it came in, then place it inside a bigger box and filled it with tissue paper so it looked like it would probably be an article of clothing.  Their mom told us they really were surprised!

When I have items like coffee baskets or bath baskets that you really can't wrap up or conceal in a box either, I use gift bags.  Just set the item in, tape a card to it.  Done!.  Easy peasy!  I like gift bags for everything really because its even less work than a box and even less work than paper wrap.  Problem is when christmas rolls around you have to buy your bags and boxes well in advance or you'll be stuck with paper and tape!  Good luck with that eh!

Stockings Were Hung

We always hung christmas stocking growing up.  My paternal grandma made us one when we were kids.  As you can see the tiny one there in my hand (photo circa 1984) is the one she made for me!  I believe I was only three years old when she made it. 



Hey sure it's small but it's big enough for keys to a yacht, blank cheques and decorations bought at Tiffanys or even a ring!  Ok so I swiped those from the Santa Baby song... still, they are small enough to fit in that sock... then again so is a lump of coal! 

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Scared Of Santa Saturday

Look at the fear on her face!  Oh my goodness the poor little child will need therapy after her visit with Jolly Saint Nick.  Then again, she could be afraid of only his beard, it's creeping me out too.

Unwrap The Wrap

I'm not one to carefully unwrap anything.  Seriously, I think the only time I unwrap something carefully is if it's a candy and I happen to be walking outside with it and don't want it to fall on the ground!  As for christmas presents, I tear into them.  I do not under any circumstances ease back the strips of tape, then fold back the paper gently and carefully remove said package from gift wrap.  HECK NO!  I'm sorry if you spent hours wrapping that gift so it looks nice and pretty.  Yes I looked at the package and examined the festive wrapping and loved the pretty bow but you know I'm going to tear into it like a five year old kid so deal with it. 

Once I did try to slowly and carefully unwrap my gifts but it lasted ten seconds if even.   That's me somewhere in the early 1990s unwrapping a box. 

Friday, December 10, 2010

Under The Tree

I alway used to sneek under the tree to shake the presents.  We never really had many gifts under the tree prior to christmas morning because mom was well aware of what we were doing.  I tell you, the woman had extra sensory preception it's scary!!

When any of us received a gift from a friend it would go directly under the tree but that made it eligible for shaking!  We were like the CSI team investingating the package!  We'd pick it up, weigh it in our hands shake it gently then turn it upside down and shake it again.  We'd examine the size and try to guess what's inside.  That's me busted under the tree in 1984!

12 Days Of Christmas: Holiday Movies

I'm a sucker for christmas themed movies!! 

I've got a list of my favorite movies (non-cartoons, I guess I should point that out).  Believe it or not, every year I watch each and every one of them!  I have a pretty descent VHS collection of them and have begun buying them on DVD.  If I don't have the movie, I either catch it on tv or rent it!  

Put on the tree lights, turn off the phone and curl up on the sofa with a cup of hot chocolate and a bowl of popcorn.

  1. White Christmas (1954) starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye & Rosemary Clooney
  2. Miracle On 34th Street (1947 original B&W version) starring Natalie Wood, Edmund Gwenn & Maureen O'Hara
  3. It's A Wonderful Life (1946) starring James Stewart & Donna Reed
  4. A Christmas Story (1983) starring Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon & Darren McGavin
  5. Noel (2004) starring Susan Sarandon, Paul Walker, Penélope Cruz & Robin Williams
  6. Scrooge (1951 original B&W version) starring Alastair Sim, Jack Warner & Kathleen Harrison
  7. Scrooged (1988) starring Bill Murray, Alfre Woodard, Karen Allen & Bobcat Goldthwait
  8. The Santa Clause (1994) starring Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold & Eric Lloyd
  9. I'll Be Home For Christmas (1998) starring Johnathan Taylor Thomas, Jessica Biel & Adam Lavorgna
  10. The Perfect Holiday (2007) starring Gabriel Union, Morris Chestnut, Queen Latifah & Terrence Howard
  11. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) starring Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen & Jeffrey Tambor
  12. The Preacher's Wife (1996) starring Whitney Houston, Denzel Washington & Courtney B. Vance
These are in no particular order but they are on the list of movies I watch every year.  There are a couple more that I like but don't watch yearly but do love just as much. 

Thursday, December 9, 2010

On The Nice List

See... I posed with Santa! 

When we were kids, a family friend came over on christmas day and took photos with us and our gifts.  That's me with my new collection of barbies!  Ya I really don't think I combed my hair that day because I was too overwhelmed with my new toys.  Hey!  That was back in the mid 1970s like we're talking retro... big time retro eh!  That photo was TAKEN in black and white, not fixed that way in photoshop.  Seriously.  I was a good girl that year. 

Right Gift, Wrong Person

Ever get gifts that were just not useful to you?  I'm not saying they were "bad" gifts, but just something you truly had no use for whatsoever.  Something that someone else may get tons of use from but you would likely just chuck it in the closet or under the bed until you could regift it next year. 

I once received a Sunbeam Foot Bath.  Oh sure it sounds like a great gift... and it was... just not for me!  When my feet hurt the last thing I want to do is tug out a foot bath, fill it up spilling water and them plug it in at my own risk.  Nope.  I run a bath, sit my sexy self in and let my feet soak along with the rest of my aching body.  I didn't regift that foot bath, just gave it to my mom.  She loved it.  

I also got one of those instyler hair styler things.  It was a great idea, problem was I received it just after I cut off all my long hair "Hale Berry short".  See the thing is I had cut my hair towards the end of November, so I suspect this gift was given on purpose knowing I'd have no use for it.  I can't even remember what happened to it in all honestly, I either gave it to my niece, or the Salvation Army in hopes that someone could get use of it. 

Vintage Toy Gifts

Christmas was always a time we'd get new toys.  Oh sure mom gave us new pyjamas, socks and school clothes, but we liked the toys more, obviously!  I must point out that mom still gives us pyjamas & socks for christmas... she has great taste too if I must say so.

Anyway, I remember the old toys and games we all had.  One year I asked for a ragetty ann but got ragetty andy instead.  I was still happy with it.  I believe I was 6 years old when I got it.  I still have it in a box in the closet!  I refuse to give it away or thow it out.  He just means too much to me.

I remember way back when the Sonny & Cher variety show was on tv. 

I loved that show!!! 

I used to pretend I was Cher, put my pyjamas on my head pretending it was long hair and flip it over my shoulder like Cher used to do, then I'd attempt to sing "I've Got You Babe" even though I barely knew the words. 

When that show was popular, we got the Cher doll for christmas.  Like a barbie version of Cher, is what it was, she had long hair and big feet unlike barbie's tiny feet.  That was the only ugly thing about that doll.  That, and her hair always seemed to attract lint.

I loved barbie dolls, like most little girls I guess.  I think it was somewhere back in the mid 1970s when the Dorothy Hamill doll came on the market.  It was a doll version of the figure skater.  I got it for christmas.  She had big feet like Cher but I ended up losing her skates just like I lost Cher's & barbie's shoes.  She even came with an olympic medal!  I really don't remember what ever became of that doll.

Mrs. Beasley was a popular doll back then.  I called mine Mumz.  I wasn't too fancy on the name Mrs. Beasley I suppose.  I loved that doll.  She was my favorite.  Don't remember when she disappeared though... mom's so sneaky like that.

My brother had the old G.I. Joe doll.  He wasn't nearly as fancy smancy as the ones on the market today.  He had bendable limbs that were really annoying.  Hey, we are going back to the 1970s so it's to be expected right.  My sisters and I used to borrow G.I. Joe to be barbie's boyfriend but my brother would get mad and say G.I. Joe wasn't to be played like that, he was an army doll, a tough guy.  Needless to say, shortly thereafter, barbie was single again.

We didn't have leggo, though it wouldn't surprise me if they didn't exist then, though I somehow suspect they did even though it was apparently the dinasour age.  We had tinker toy instead.  They were wooden pegs and whatnot that we'd use to build barbie's new fandangled condo with when we played dolls.  Mom gave those away too.  I guess I out grew them. *shruggs shoulders* 

We often played games as a family.  Not a specific night set aside as game night, but just more along the lines of get the games out and lets get going!

Remember pick-up-sticks?  We played that.  Tried to cheat often too but mom's eagle eye wouldn't allow it.  We always had to play fair even though that was difficult amungst siblings.

We played monopoly too but that game was long and boring to me when I was little.  I find it more entertaining now as an adult.  I wave my monopoly money in my opponents face and collect every time they land on my hotel spot but I grumble when I get sent to jail without passing GO.  That is so not fair.

Mom's favorite game was Trouble, you know that game with the pop-o-matic bubble!  I loved the commercials for that game!  Mom always was able to pop a six to get her game started while we were popping and popping and popping but she'd be half way around the board before we popped a six to start.  If memory serves me right she always won too.  I suspect she may have tampered with the game but unfortunately I have no way of proving it.

Nowadays kids are so into their electronic gadgets.  They've got the Xbox, Wii, Nintendo, Gameboy, ipod....  The only electronic gadget I had growing up was an AM Frequency Radio in the shape of a panda bear.  That lasted a whole week before my brother wanted to know how it worked and nicely took it apart without asking my permission. 

12 Days Of Christmas: Original Holiday Songs

I've been sitting here listening to the radio play christmas music non stop and I must admit there are a few songs that just stand out... aside from the classics and traditional carols of course.  I've composed what I consider the top twelve original christmas holiday songs that stand out and need to be noticed... according to little ole me!

  1. Santa Bring My Baby Back by Elvis Presley
  2. All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey
  3. Happy Christmas (War Is Over) by John Lennon
  4. My Only Wish This Year by Britney Spears
  5. Every Year, Every Christmas by Luther Vandross
  6. Last Christmas by Wham
  7. Blame It On The Mistletoe by Toby Keith
  8. Calling To Say by Serena Ryder
  9. I Believe In Father Christmas by Honeymon Suite
  10. Merry Christmas Happy Holidays by N'Sync
  11. Happy Holidays by Alabama
  12. Pretty Paper by Roy Orbison

Now I should mention that these are in no particular order, just twelve unique songs that wouldn't be sung better by anyone else.  I've got more Twelve Days Of Christmas lists like this coming...  

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Morning Snow

I was out in the aftermath of our snowstorm the morning of December 8th.  Took this bit of video to show how beautiful it looked and how tired and annoyed I was!  We were supposed to get only 10-15cm (4-6 inches) but ended up getting 30cm (almost a foot).  Street cleaning is pretty much non existant right now though signs are up.  Walking on these sidewalks are, if nothing else, working my hips and thighs into shape!

Cookie Recipe Exchange

I must say I am really delighted to take part in this blogging cookie recipe exchange.  The last christmas exchange I was involved in was way back in the late 1990's when Yahoo Groups were the "in-thing" and I joined a christmas crafting group and exchanged a home made christmas ornament with another member of the group.  That was so much fun.  

Imagine how I bubbled over when I stumbled into this cookie exchange!!!   Oh the joy!

I've already begun baking and made a note to photograph the first one.  The favorite one amunst all my nieces & nephews.  The one they always say was the first to be eaten thus I should "make more next year".

White Chocolate Chip Chocolate Cookies. 

This recipe is very easy, and quick to prepare.  You probably already have all the ingredients in your fridge and pantry!

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven to 350*F (175*C). 
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. 
  3. Stir in eggs one at a time.
  4. Add vanilla and mix well.
  5. In separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.  Mix well.
  6. Stir dry mixture into creamed butter mixture a little at a time and mix well.
  7. Fold in white chocolate chips.
  8. Drop by teaspoonful onto cookie sheet.
  9. Bake for 8 - 10 minutes in preheated oven until set. (longer for crispy cookie)
  10. Cool on wire racks.
Note: The white chocolate chips can be substituted for peanut butter chips or butterscotch chips.

I made the recipe with the substitutions each only once for a friend and naturally I sampled a couple fresh out the oven but since I have a niece who has a nut allergy I stear clear of anything she is unable to have. 

I found this recipe on the internet years ago so unfortunately I cannot say where exactly it came from as I just copied it into MS Word and then printed it for my recipe book thus it does not have the URL printed on the bottom as per usual. 

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Cookie Time

I've been quite busy baking cookies lately for all the kids.  I've got a bunch of nieces & nephews I bake for.  Sure it's a lot of work but I enjoy every minute of it.  I've got the kitchen a mess and christmas music playing and I'm happy as a clam.  That photo was taken in December 2007 of me wearing Tony's shirt as an apron!  

I usually make the same cookies each year, a pretty good variety too though nothing to truly brag about.  Most of the recipes I got online from just basic surfing and some I got from cookbooks or magazines. 

As you can see from that photo over there, that's my kitchen table in December 2007.  I had 12 cookie tins to fill.  I had one tin of cookies for my mom, one for my mother-in-law, one for my brother's family and one for each of my two sisters.  Then I had one for each of my two sister-in-law's families and one for my brother-in-law's family.  There was also a tin for dad, and one for a coworker of mine, and one for a family friend and one for me! 
Apparently these average size cookie tins were "too small" and didn't hold "enough" cookies (according to one of my nephews) so I had to resort to new measures last year... I used a 4 Litre (aka 1.06 gallon) plastic tub.  Throughout the year Tony and I purchased a lot of icecream and saved the tubs for christmas cookies!  Yup, all summer long I walked 45 minutes to work and 45 minutes home from work because I had to keep my icecream filled hips in shape.