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Holiday Cheer? 
Dec. 9, 2011 10:25 pm 
Updated: Dec. 10, 2011 7:26 pm
While searching the internet a short bit ago, I found a couple of wonderful sites...  My original "google" was for Reindeer Poop- I wondered if there were other rec's out there besides the one I found here.  Indeed I did find another one that sounds right up my alley, as I'm almost out of choc. chips and this one calls for cocoa which I have two containers of!

With this alternate recipe, there was also a poem posted that I got a kick out of...  Now I enjoyed the lines left on my blog re: reindeer poop, I kinda re-wrote this other poem:
Santa checked his list, he checked it twice. 
He found out that you've not been nice. 
Since coal is expensive, here's the scoop; 
He filled your stocking with Reindeer Poop. 
I'm sure there are many a version of this, and any which way, I'm sure it suits the "gift" of poops! 

Friendship Poem;  author unknown
This is a very special gift
that you can never see.
The reason it's so special is
it comes to you from me.
Whenever you are lonely
or even feeling blue,
you only have to hold this gift
and know I think of you.
You never can unwrap it,
please keep the ribbon tied,
just hold the box up to your heart:
It's filled with love inside.

Dear me, I didn't realize just how SAPPY I'd become while wandering all over!  I can't wait to make Reindeer poops for friends, but as they are mostly chocolate (and this IS Arizona) I think it best to postpone the choc. goodies till closer to the afternoon we  deliver to the neighbors. 

I chopped veg's this afternoon before it was time to put dinner on.... I'm wanting to make another batch of Piccalilly, and they need to "sweat" overnight - at least for the recipe I've chosen to use this time.  I've also got a pressure canner coming  - I've got a ribeye roast in the freezer with I believe 5 bones, and have decided to make broth rather than let Rose feed the darn things to her dogs.  My intent, to can broth and perhaps some French Onion soup for Rose as part of her gift this year.  I wouldn't have spent the $$ just for that, but there are other things I've wanted to can, that call for the pressure canner...  AND Amazon was not charging shipping or sales tax, so roll the "best price" into the mix and I feel that I got a pretty good deal on it! 

Next question.... what about EGGNOG?  Mom always made the "real" thing with the raw eggs and all, but I was much younger and in MUCH better health back in those days.  While I'm tempted to make a small batch - hopefully with really fresh eggs - I was pleased to find a number of recipes here at AR for things like Eggnog Cheesecake, or French Toast... even a quick bread!  Still, I wouldn't mind settling down with a large glass of nog containing probably brandy.  Could it be presumed that "organic" eggs might be a better choice than the run of the mill "standard?"  Normally I wouldn't even consider buying organic, but then, normally I wouldn't be wanting to eat raw egg!  I also wondered if the carton type egg substitute might not be a bad choice...  Seems I did find a recipe here for "fake" eggnog using instant vanilla pudding.... but being from the era I am, I REALLY would like a true eggnog.  Mom's was simple, milk, eggs, sugar and nutmeg.  Quite the dilemma, I guess!

So, for now, I'm cookin' & livin' crazy...  Hope that come January I'll still have a marble or two left in my head!  Be well all!  I best get to my baking....
Dec. 10, 2011 6:19 am
Reindeer poop! Love it... I'm going to make that along with the reindeer cookies that I just posted for all the great nieces and nephews I think I'm up to 26 of them to date! Anyhoo, I'm stealing that friendship poem and wrapping some small empty boxes for my friends, nieces and nephews and sisters! Great ideas now I must be off to bake... Be well my Crazy friend!
Dec. 10, 2011 9:32 am
Terry, I had the same idea re: the friendship poem... just a little something extra to put in goodie bags for friends! Will look for your recipe, also! Good luck with the baking... guess I'd best get off my arse and the Brit's say, lol!
Dec. 10, 2011 2:11 pm
I love that friendship poem and am also copying it. It is just perfect for someone I know. Eggnog - oh how I love it. Can you find pasturized eggs? If so they are perfectly safe to use raw. Cost a bit more, but it's only once a year.
Dec. 10, 2011 7:26 pm
BigShotsMom... was just thinking that after a busy day, I should wrap a few boxes for the poem... Glad you liked it! I'll look into your egg suggestion... if I can wait long enough - might have to make some 'nog' tonight! Maybe just a glass worth! Be well, and happy!
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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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