Mmm, gingerbread Pop-Tarts! – what a great way to end November

SuziJane sez,

These are sooo good! The filling is icing, and they're dusted with sugar. Plus, they smell heavenly!

she also sez, This photo is public                                                       photo found at SuziJane's Flickr

and thus ends for me NaBloPoMo 2007




                                       I'll miss  <—————–

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the always awesome RedZilla, as she does on occasion, took an inane QotD about Black Friday shopping and turned it into an essay on mindless gift-giving and charitable options.  go read the post if you haven't.

I started to leave a comment there but it got too long, so I decided it to make a post out of it.

I am always amazed at the frenzy of shoppingshoppingshopping every Christmas; it has been many years and I'm amazed anew each time. and is not only the shopshopshop but the stress and the panic and the "omfg, I forgot to get a gift for my sister-in-law's parents!".  that ain't for me. I got enough to do as it is.

several years ago teh SO and I made an announcement: henceforth we get Christmas gifts to the kids (defined as "have-not-finished-high-school" and each of our mothers.  that's it.    it took a few years for our respective families to accept our stance and there were some awkward moments, with sisters and sisters-in-law handing us "our present" and getting nothing in exchange but a gentle reminder of our stance.  eventually everyone learned to not get us gifts.

in the last few years I've been delighted to hear my mom say "we have too much stuff, don't get us anything. if you want to, make a donation to Code Pink or the International Red Cross"  which I'm more than happy to do.  I am also glad that for the last two years my 11-year-old niece has requested her gift be a donation to Unicef.
we give locally, mostly to God's Pantry  and to Hospice; I think this year we'll add Heifer International and Kiva.

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I wonder, I wonder, I wonder…

…whether the Annapolis conference on Middle-East peace  is Bush's attempt to get a Nobel Peace prize.

like that guy, what'shisnamefromTennessee.

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groaner of the day

A woman opened her refrigerator and saw a rabbit sitting on one of the shelves.

the woman asked, "What are you doing in there?"

The rabbit replied, "This is a Westinghouse, isn't it?",  "Yes", she said.

"Well," the rabbit said,  "I'm westing".

groan and moan at will

seen at rickroot

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the tale of Pepper or “woe, woe is me!”

a few posts ago I wrote about  the uneasy peace (momentarily) achieved by the three feline roommates , erm, combatants. some commenters asked about Pepper,(aka Dr. Pepper, Peperito) the tuxie-cat.

 I now realize I had not formally introduced Pepper to my thous hundr tens of readers.  teh SO wrote about Pepper here.  is a good tale, go read it.

if you don't feel like clicking, here's Pepper's tale, retold.

Pepper lived, along with two other cats, with JoAnne, my mother-in-law. pretty decent life for a cat as JoAnne was a dedicated cat lover.  or as some may say, a CCL.  all three cats were in- and out-doors.  when JoAnne died this Summer, the other two cats were easily scooped up and taken by a family friend.  but not Pepper. no siree.  he decided to go feral. and for over two months, either teh SO or one of his sisters will go by JoAnne's trailer to leave food  and water for Pepper; rarely they'd get a quick glimpse of him and then he'd be gone.

after two months of paying the rent and still unable to catch Pepper we were starting to think we never would; at which time Pepper, having taken his sweet time, decided he was ready to go home and walked right up to my sister-in-law Tammy.   and from her to us.

Pepper walks on velvet little feet.  I cannot hear him.  teh SO calls him "the ninja kitty who skulks sneaks around the house". Pepper doesn't meow, he cries. a lot. a plaintive little cry with a question at the end.  he misses JoAnne. so do we. Pepper purrs. a lot. sometimes while crying.  he also likes to plop himself right on top of the keyboard. while I'm writing. Pepper also walks across the keyboard. he is trying to say something and I'm too obtuse to understand.





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Now that Thanksgiving is over

I don't have much to report, actually.
did a bit of shopping – not too early – mostly looking at the HDTVs.

sat around.  a lot. 

every few hours got up and 'fixed a plate' among the myriad of leftovers.

it was good

I <3 Thanksgiving. it is truly a peaceful holiday. if only because everyone is too stuffed to argue.
I'll take it.

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fudge! fudgefudgefudgefudge

a picture essay:

first, get your ingredients together –

for walnut fudge (note 1)                                                                                         for peppermint fudge (note 2)

empty can of condensed milk into a medium saucepan and set over a low heat

                                                            add chocolate chips and melt together

fold in walnuts or/ crushed mints

mix thoroughly and pour on pan lined with parchment paper

let chill at least 2 hours or overnight

unmold and cut  - 

fudge is gooooooood

note 1: ingredients for walnut fudge
1 can of condensed milk  – 14 oz
18 oz ( 3 cups) chocolate chips – I like to use 12 oz (2 c) chips and the other 6 oz unsweetened or semi-sweet chocolate squares.  the chocolate chips can be dark, semisweet, milk, a mixture…whatever you think will work
2 c chopped walnuts (or almonds. or pecans) can be less or omitted completely, to taste
a splash (1-2 tsps.. vanilla extract)
pinch of salt

note 2: ingredients for peppermint fudge
1 can of condensed milk  – 14 oz
18 oz ( 3 cups) chocolate chips – I like to use 12 oz (2 c) chips and the other 6 oz unsweetened or semi-sweet chocolate squares.  the chocolate chips can be dark, semisweet, milk, a mixture…whatever you think will work
1 c crushed starlight mints or candy canes
a splash (1-2 tsps.. peppermint extract)
pinch of salt

edit 12/02/2007@1540:
added ingredients and quantities (notes 1 and 2)

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hey Oprah, here’s an idea

Winfrey spent most of the hour-long "favorite things" episode giving the audience thousands of dollars worth of merchandise. But the episode also featured a few highlights of Winfrey's tour of Macon last week and a performance from Josh Groban, who sang "Silent Night" and "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear."
as per the article above, you just ran the 2007 edition of your "Oprah's favorite things" episode, where each person in the studio audience gets gifted with the entire set of what your staff has determined to be *your* favorite things.
!yay! and all that for the winners.  w00t.

it is my understanding that you and your staff carefully pick the audience that gets to attend this annual gifting extravaganza.  this year the audience was composed of people from Macon, Georgia (the show was also taped there), to thank them for consistently giving your show its highest ratings in the entire country.   good for them.

here's my thought:  for next year, consider the folks from NARAL Pro-Choice America for the "Oprah's favorite things" show.   these people work hard to keep abortion safe and legal, and they don't get the thanks they deserve.  being in your show would be a start.

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an uneasy peace

in celebration of Thanksgiving, witness something never-seen-before

this momentary scene of peace and harmony brought to you by the following players:

Princess Hank

Pepper aka Dr. Pepper aka Peperito

Steven Elizabeth

they thank you for your attention and wish you a most

joyful holiday – or a most joyful Thursday, if you are
outside the U.S.

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