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HO, HO, HO... and here we GO! 
Dec. 13, 2011 7:13 pm 
Updated: Dec. 14, 2011 7:06 pm
Well, the weather has been absolutely horrible the past two days... definately not "shopping friendly," so alas, I avoided the grocery again today.  I was out of bread, and darn near out of kitty crunchies, but managed only to sneak out for some beer... 

Prior to jetting to my local convenience mart, I had taken out a loaf of (store bought) frozen bread dough, to let it rise...  It wasn't till after I returned that I noticed the dog had eaten what cat food was out... and THEN realized that I should have picked up a small bag while buying the beer!  DAMNG!  What to do?

Meanwhile, the pressure canner arrived, so I took some time to skim thru the booklet - I've NEVER used a pressure cooker or canner before!  So, I pulled out the rib  roast to let it thaw for tomorrow... I NEED the bones!  I baked the loaf of bread dough along with some (store bought ) cookie dough, shoved the l/o stuffed peppers in to reheat, and finally decided that the kitties might just eat some fish if I cooked it... so it went into the oven also.  Deni had also shared some "free" brown and serve rolls that needed to be baked, so they too went into the oven!  I'm not used to having 3 timers going at once, but that's about the way it all went!

So, all being well, the sun will at least show it's face tomorrow, as I need to get cat food, lids for canning jars... talk about an afterthought!  Oh, and a loaf of bread!  Come Friday, I do believe I'll be making beef broth, and doing some more baking...  I'm dying to make reindeer poops and peppermint bark, but alas, I feel that I should hold off till late next week... I'd prefer not to freeze or refrigerate chocolate. 

I probably should also think about putting up a second and perhaps third tree...  J's been pretty much the grinch, but may well begin working again (at LONG last) come Monday!  Might help a tad with the "mood" around here! 

Will I be ready by this time next week?  Probably not... but then, I will still have a few days to play with!

So, be well all, and don't let the holiday "crazies" get to you too much!  (Just crazy enough!)
Dec. 13, 2011 7:24 pm
Stevie, despite the weather you sound so great! The holidays definately agree with you or is it your new pressure canner? lol! I made my reindeer cookies today ... reindeer poop on the sched for tomorrow! Be well my friend!
Dec. 13, 2011 7:33 pm
The rain is coming here to my part of Michigan tonight and tomorrow. Today the sun hid most of the day.I need to settle down and get my sewing done and then next week the race is on to make up all the cookies from the dough I've frozen. Busy times ahead! Good luck with the pressure cooking. I use mine quite a bit. You can even put frozen meat or chicken in if you add time to your original recipe. : )
Dec. 13, 2011 8:08 pm
The weather Stevie has been JUST RIGHT oh wait I love the rain :O) Wishing you warmer weather ONLY on your block my side of town prefers RAIN :O)
Dec. 13, 2011 8:32 pm
Terry, I'm trying to think positive that I can do all I want to... I just get overwhelmed! Think I can handle canning beef broth and baking cookies at the same time...? Be well, friend!
Dec. 13, 2011 8:34 pm
Linnie, have Lansing on my "weather channel" page... BRRRRRR!!!!! I wish I were more on the ball...! Be well!!!! and stay warm.
Dec. 13, 2011 8:36 pm
J, I can deal with cooler temps... but one day of no sun is all I can stand. Two days and I don't want to get out of bed all day! Keep cool and wet, as long as my "side" has some sun tomorrow :0)
Dec. 14, 2011 1:54 am
A second and THIRD tree? Wow I must get myself some of that beer Steve . . . . . .
Dec. 14, 2011 10:30 am
I think Bernice has the right track going, Stevie! You sure do have an ambitious plan!
Dec. 14, 2011 1:28 pm
We had such a beautiful say today that I blew off everything and I went walking to the Farmers Market and library then came home and sat on the boardwalk. Tomorrow I must venture out even though it is supposed to rain, because I need catfood. I have gone to buy catfood in snow stoms, rain, and a hurricane. I wouldn't go for myself but the kitties have to have their food!
Dec. 14, 2011 1:29 pm
It was actually a beautiful DAY. Stupid fingers.
Dec. 14, 2011 7:06 pm
Thanks, all... two trees are still in boxes, but ya never know! I like to see one wherever I am in the house... A wreath on the front door, no outside lights (yet!) Who knows, if J "got" this job and starts work Monday, I might just go NUTS!! Be well all!
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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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