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In the spirit of Christmas 
 
Nov. 27, 2010 10:05 pm 
Updated: Nov. 29, 2010 3:07 pm
I dare say, that if you follow me with any frequency, you're aware that I began Holiday Baking last September!  With the approach of Thanksgiving, all came to a halt, but then, I was also running out of freezer space for the many quick breads, cookies, and the like... I also made two Christmas puddings early on, as well as a batch of "mincemeat" for mince pies, both stored in a dark cupboard... the "mince" looks so yummie in 1qt canning jars, along with other canned goods from some time back!  I even made an attempt at fruitcake... made muffin sized, so nobody will have to choke down (or toss?) much at all!  I will, however, try one before packing them in any gift bags come the week of Christmas!

While I am a tried and true tv fanatic, to the point of HAVING to put a tv in the kitchen (to avoid burning meal after meal!) that of late, the shows are either total re-runs, uninteresting, or "wash outs" on other plateau's...  After dinner this eve, once retreated to my sanctuary, I began surfing the onscreen progam guide, and stumbled across the Hallmark channel...  Now normally I wouldn't be much into their programming, but lets face it... not only am I a hopeless romantic, but despite being somewhat early for me personally, they've begun their Holiday movie marathon, which I believe will continue to Christmas Day!  Tonight, I've had the pleasure of watching a movie called "Debbie Macomber's Call Me Mrs Miracle."  Doris Roberts does a smashing job at the role of Mrs Miracle, who appears in the toy dept of a NY store... her "job" is to save the toy dept.  Bear in mind, that she's been a fav actor of mine for many years!  (I hate calling a female "actor," but I guess that's the politically correct term in this day and time?)  Holly Hunter also plays a wonderful role as a self centered dress designer.  The main characters life paths all seem to cross at some point or another... is it fate... or has Mrs Miracle worked some holiday magic?  Should the possibility arise, and the spirit move you, settle down to a wonderful movie... with a bag of freshly roasted chestnuts!  I believe you'll understand long before the movie comes to an end! 

While going about your business, you should probably also keep a lookout, for that eccentric stranger who stops you in the aisle of the grocery, or while walking down a busy street, or local mall... you know, the one with that twinkle in the eye, as if he or she knows something you don't -- YET!

So, per my norm, I dislike attempting to plan my day before the morning coffee is done, as without fail, when I plan on shopping or gardening all day... the mood invariably will hit me to CookCrazy!  Would have liked nothing better today, but besides the pie and dinner of Shrimp Creole, I truly could not think of one other thing to make, and since the pastry and pie filling were already made, it sure went together quickly!  The point is, that I have no idea just "which way the wind will blow" tomorrow... I might just have to take off for a day, just to have some quiet time, without tantrums, outbursts, so on... I do believe one nervous breakdown per weekend is more than enough!

So, all, I invite you to enjoy the holiday season, and to be just as crazy as you can, at whatever you feel like doing!
 
Comments
Carrie 
Nov. 28, 2010 4:13 am
You are really ahead of the game with your baking. I think it sounds like you deserve a day to take off and do your thing. Maybe there are some Christmas craft fairs in your area that just need some browsing!
 
maggie 
Nov. 28, 2010 7:39 am
I wish I had a big start on my baking! I did get my house decorated this weekend and have done about 2/3 of my shopping. I love the Hallmark channel. There is a Hallmark Christmas movie on CBS tonight. Enjoy the season.
 
Maggi 
Nov. 28, 2010 4:11 pm
Always enjoy your blogs, Stevie - make sure to keep 'em coming!!!
 
Nov. 28, 2010 5:33 pm
Thanks, ladies! I couldn't resist... I watched "Mrs Miracle" twice last night, soon as dinner was over, I noticed it on AGAIN! Did I not admit to being "hopeless?" I do so hope that the spirit of the season will be by your side throughout!
 
judy 
Nov. 29, 2010 2:42 am
great blog Stevie, oh my you always write so well, i love that movie,watch it most every year, you are truly ahead of the game on your Christmas baking, wish i was, haven't started yet but am going to very soon,...thanks for the great blog...judy
 
BBmom 
Nov. 29, 2010 9:44 am
great blog,Im going to use my neighbors freezer, cant keep anything in freezer to long at my house.
 
Nov. 29, 2010 3:07 pm
Hearing about your mincemeat and fruitcake put me in the Christmas spirit. We're also sick of reruns and have started watching the Hallmark channel; saw "Christmas in November" last night. Getting in the mood for rolling dough and cutting out cookies.
 
 
 
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
 
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