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Christmas Magic!

Time to wrap the pressies…

but first – where’s the TAPE?????

Wrapping paper, tags., working pen to write the names on the tags…..

Add TAPE to the list

Time to run the errands

I could get the cheap and easy disposable roll….

But here’s a dispenser….

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The label says,”Dispenser with MAGIC’. I think I want THIS one!

So I’ll be wrapping all the presents with magic….Christmas magic.

And now for some real magic…

My cousin Jeanne sent me a Christmas card  – nice, but that’s not the magic part.

As I pulled the mail out of my mailbox (this may be more properly a letterbox..)

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One envelope had a giant blue question mark on it.

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It was only AFTER I had opened it and read it and double checked that I had her most up to date address, that I noticed.

It had been sent to my old address

I moved last year, so not so bad.

But not to the last address….the one before that.

The ten years ago address

And yet here it was at the right place, right on time.

Awesome work, Postal Carrier!

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a

Good Night!

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Rabbit, Xmas rabbit

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Titian.Mary and Infant Jesus with a rabbit, Paris, Louvre

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Ferdinand du Puigaudeau, Chinese Shadows, the Rabbit

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Expiration Dates

Expiration dates

… Christmas rather peters out at Twelfth Night or Epiphany,   even for those of us who have managed  to keep it going THIS long.

Although, technically, you might continue the Christmas Season until February 2nd – Candlemas – The Presentation of Jesus to the Temple –

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Candlemas  is  also 40 days after Christmas.and the official official end of the Christmas season. So, my  door wreath is staying up as long as it doesn’t look shabby or it’s February, whichever comes first.

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I bought new toothpaste and there was an expiration date on the box… toothpaste has an expiration date?????? Best by Au 17….I’ll be sure to use it up by then. It’s marked on the the end of the tube, so  I’ve been missing this for quite some time.

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See how subtle it is – and once you turn that end under…

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barcode – hidden from view

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Shrimp was on sale and it was too cheap to leave behind – the post-holiday good news!

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I ate  ½ as shrimp cocktail (is it true that fruit and shrimp cocktails are Prohibition stories????) as a starter for my supper. I then has some spaghettini  with olive oil and the rest of the cocktail sauce as the dressing for the pasta, and then a salad  of arugula dressed with  blood orange olive oil  and honey ginger balsamic vinegar. The rest of the shrimp (and the leftover spaghettini) will be my fritteta supper for tonight.

Hot chocolate with marshmallows as my dessert.

The shrimp Penaeus vannamie was farmed  in Viet Nam.

Shrimp also has an expiration date, which seems right…Shrimp(frozen) best by 03-11-2018. Beat it.

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Mac & cheese – the store brand natural style (that means I bought it in the Natural Foods aisle, implying as it does that most of what they offer is neither natural nor food)  was on sale, so another semi impulse purchase.   I checked those boxes every which way, and could not find an expiration date.

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I wanted to use up the last of the plain yoghurt, which was close to the end AND had been open several days, as well as the beginning to be a little too limpish to want to eat salad-wise salad greens, spinach and kale. This time of year probably  as many greens get tossed into soup and other hot foods as actual salads, maybe more.

Cooked the pasta, added the yoghurt, cheese powder and the greens – popped it into a baking pan (no-stick, saving the trouble of having to grease it up), and sprinkled the top with same grated cheese (I also had had the very dregs of a bag of sweet potato chip to use as a crunchy topping. I even remembered them – and noshed them down as I was waiting for the water to boil…..so close…..then I put the pan in a 350° oven for a little while just to finish cooking the greens and to brown the top.

I made a double batch, so not only did I have both supper and lunch, I also have freezer treasure.

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Life hacks – sounds like something you’d wish the cat didn’t do….but there’s been  a workplace wave of microwave egg in a coffee cup. I haven’t tried this at home because most of my coffee cups are not the standard up and down, but hand crafter pottery and narrower at the top the bottom which leads to….. extraction issues

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Many of my mugs are more like this, and no 2 alike.

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This is how to make an omelet in a coffee mug

BUT – I was looking for something new for my morning oatmeal.So I added the egg to my oatmeal, instead of in a coffee cup. Like putting a poached egg on top of your hash….

I microwave it …so – I microwave ½ c regular rolled oats w/ 1 cup water for 4 minutes (instead of 5) on 50per cent power. Take it out and  make a little basin in the middle of the bowl – there’s often one there naturally – crack the egg and drop it on top of a pat of butter and then back in the microwave for another minute on high (sometimes a minute 30) and then sprinkle liberally with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

A nice warm way to start a cold day.

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You’ve been hacked – but the good hack, not the evil hack,

 

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Christmastide

Now that we are at the Third Day of Christmas  – the Three French Hens Day

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Bresse Gauloise – notice the blue feet – “the queen of poultry, the poultry of kings”. They really ARE better then your average yard bird.

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Crevecoeur

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Poule Houdan from Geflugel-Album of Jean Bungartz, 1885

Actually, I’m still so stuffed from Christmas Day, that although I was thinking of Sunday Chicken dinner, I might opt for a fruit salad of some sort. The part where it is 60º out and that is not what December usually feels like outside round about here might be throwing me off a little, too.

I do want some winter pears. The Boston Globe ran an article by Gordon Hamersley last week and he poached pears with a recipe from a cookbook that I also have – somewhere….

His was a gift from his mother-in-law; mine was a gift from my Uncle Bob.

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This book is not on the ‘time to move on’ booklist. It has a permanent place on my shelves.

I just realized that the partridge in a pear tree part of the song might be where my pear craving is coming from……

 

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Pear Tree Van Gogh

 

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

And sometimes, especially with 4 brothers, you just need quick and easy cheap eats from what you have on hand. Hence, the traditional inclusion of Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.  I’m pretty sure that this recipe came from the box…if not the oatmeal box, then the raisin box.

By the way, why are oatmeal boxes ROUND???Quaker oats boxalthough the round box is good for crafts….

an organizer....if I used this for my loose recipes...first, eat lots of oatmeal

an organizer….if I used this for my loose recipes…first, eat lots of oatmeal

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The ever popular drum – for a little drummer boy, no doubt

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

3 C flour

1 C gran sugar

2 C brown sugar

2 C butter

2 tsp vanilla

6 C old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick, not instant, not steel cut or Irish)

2 tsp baking soda

2 C raisins

4 eggs

Have been using this since sometime in the ‘80’s – that’s the whole thing. I’m pretty sure that this is a double batch, at least. It make a TON of cookies. You know what to do from here. 350 or 375 for 7-12 minutes. Less time for a softer cookies, a little longer for a crisper cookie.

Did they put recipes on the back of the oatmeal box? We didn’t search for it, was out there.

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