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post #161 of 618
You know I got that from either somone on Mothering or a IRL friend. It cracked me up when I heard it. It was like... so true! I don't think dh would like me to say anything to his boss about that though.

My sweet potatoes: you bake them then peel them. Slice them into 4th or so (long ways) then make a syrup of apple cider, brown sugar and cinnamon. Add the syrup and granny smith apple slices, bake again at 350 until all gooey. (about 45 minutes or so). AAAAAH! I want some now.

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post #162 of 618
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I know that's not the way they meant it...but still.
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post #164 of 618
DD and I gathered all the fallen pine branches from the yard, and they were bigger than I realized. I have a pile of pine on my porch that's bigger than a "Christmas tree," and now I need some ideas for what to do with it. I'm a trained floral designer, so I'd have no problem making decorations like swags and garlands, but I am paranoid about the sap. Just collecting the branches covered my hands with sap. Does anyone decorate with pine and NOT have issues with the sap dripping on stuff? I've put it in floral arrangements before, and I remember getting sap on my hands, but I don't remember the arrangements dripping sap. Hmmmm.
post #165 of 618
Oh, what if you glued them into a big christmas tree shape on a pot or something for like a porch tree?
post #166 of 618

How rude...

I KNOW I replied to a heap of posts on here yesterday ... and it's GONE! : ARGH lol... I just want a pumpkin pecan muffin thanks..

I'm sitting here listening to the birds celebrate outside... we just had a lovely hour or so of a nice steady rain! We are in the midst of a mega drought, water restrictions and brown gardens to boot... so they have good reason to celebrate Hopefully it will loosen up the hard soil because my project for the day tomorrow is to work in the front garden.

I find myself a bit envious of you northern hemisphere folks *sigh* I MISS my huge christmas feasts and spending a couple of days preparing and then having a delishious turkey with all the trimmings! You'd die here trying to do that.. just doesn't work in the middle of summer. So we'll be doing prawns and nibbles on xmas eve, then a precooked turkey roast (not a whole bird though) with cold salads & bread on the big day. Breakfast will be croissants with ham, cheese and strawberries & cream on the side...and champagne (australian tradition apparently.. and when in rome ya know *gryn*) And we're picking up an enormous inflatable pool next week (water restrictions be d*mned!) and we'll all veg in the pool that afternoon. Christmas is just the most bizarre thing here LOL!
post #167 of 618
That would be a bit weird. LOL And having beltane in the beginning of winter. LOL

Well we hung up lights inside and put a bunch of decorations on the altar. For years my grandpa was giving DH and I santas for our holiday orniment, so we have a lot of them. They are so cool. So we put them up and some of my really old ones from when I was a wee child. I have an ice fairy, and a angle and another fairy looking into a crystal ball thing. My grandparents always got us the coolest orniments. I miss them so much. I was filling out cards for family and realized I don't send one to them anymore. I really miss my grandma. She would have loved my kids, especially dd. My grandma was so wonderful. DD has her middle name.
Ok gotta go and let the kids eat the gingerbread house. LOL and watch some sort of holiday movie (Christmas Vacation is our favorite. But maybe we will watch It's a Wondeful Life)

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post #168 of 618
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That would be a bit weird. LOL And having beltane in the beginning of winter. LOL
Hehe well its only christmas in name I suppose, since it's the wrong solstice for Yule. But I still can't wrap my head or my heart, around celebrating Yule in June I can't just turn my own internal calendar on its ear no matter how hard I try, so even though I attempt to celebrate summer solstice, I end up with a healthy nod to both sabbats. The hardest two to work out are Samhain and Yule... Samhain will *always* be oct 31 to me . My altars are needless to say, a little confused looking
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I sent off the last part of my project for work and *awwww* I feel so much better. I keep toying with the idea of never going back to work. I am busy enough with other professional organizations and my little ones so I don't feel I need work as part of my identity but I also feel sad about. i thought I had let go of the negativity that I had towards work and then I did this project and it all came back. :

of course it always helps to pop onto mdc and see everyone and laugh!

well it iks really starting to snow here...time to make cookies!!!
post #170 of 618
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So we'll be doing prawns and nibbles on xmas eve, then a precooked turkey roast (not a whole bird though) with cold salads & bread on the big day. Breakfast will be croissants with ham, cheese and strawberries & cream on the side...and champagne
Sounds yummy! Might just have to do that for our christmas morning breakfast.
post #171 of 618
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.. I just want a pumpkin pecan muffin thanks..
Well, I made a lot so I have plenty to share. They have brown sugar/pecan crumbles on top and my 2 yr old is just eating the top and putting the rest of the muffin back on the plate.
post #172 of 618
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Sounds yummy! Might just have to do that for our christmas morning breakfast.
Hehe as unusual as the holiday traditions are here, I have found that I really do enjoy them. A couple of years ago we had xmas dinner on a family members veranda in our swimsuits then hopped in the pool LOL. THAT was the weirdest thing! We usually do pancakes & bacon on the bbq with champers, but sil and family are staying over and she *really* wanted to do her traditional breakfast, so hey, any cooking *I* don't have to do is a good thing

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Well, I made a lot so I have plenty to share. They have brown sugar/pecan crumbles on top and my 2 yr old is just eating the top and putting the rest of the muffin back on the plate.
sounds a LOT like my boys! Might we schmooze the recipe for these delicious goodies out of you?
post #173 of 618
Heritage...

On my mom's side I have polish, german, and french.

On my dad's side I have hungarian gypsy, german and something else- I can't remember though. It's been a while since I needed to know!
post #174 of 618
I made pumpkin cookies and a yuletide bar, which was oatmeal, butter, corn syrup (yummy, high fructose corn syrup ) and you bake it and when it comes out of the oven you add chocholate morsels.

then I made potato pancakes,fried eggs and brocolli...brocolli didn't fit, but we needed to eat it up
post #175 of 618
Ok I just made the best freakin' corn bread! Why do I ever buy the boxes? I guess I keep thinking it is more work. I need to remember how good this is! LOL

I am also learning (yet again!) : that the only safe place for me in MDC land is here. LOL

Gotta go take a bath with my littlest boys!

H
post #176 of 618
Since we're going through heritage here, I am Irish. And Irish, and Irish. And a little bit of German Dutch. DH is 100% Latvian. We're trying to incorporate both Celtic and Baltic energy into our lives with DD; not too difficult, considering Christianity didn't hit Latvian until 1201, and they still maintain a lot of old pagan traditions.
post #177 of 618
Reading this thread is making me hungry!

Heritage: I'm a big part German and a teensy bit English and Scottish, but that teensy bit of Scottish is more prevalent than the German. It's easy to tie into my Heritage, living in "New Scotland" (Nova Scotia), and near a community called New Germany. My ancestors settled here because it reminded them of thier homeland, especially in the case of the Scots. We even have our own Highlands in Cape Breton!

I want to make a yule log craft with a hole drilled for a candle. Not sure how to do it, but it can't be too hard, I figure. Not sure about our meal yet, but I'm thinking of doing something different, like a fancy type of poulty we never have, like cornish hens or pheasant or something... I wish I could get something organic, but the turkeys around here are too huge for our little family.
post #178 of 618
I love Gaiman, he rocks. My BeanBean can recite most of The Wolves in the Walls, it's his favorite on that disc. BooBah likes 'Crazy Hair.' It's more rhythmic, I guess. Honestly, Gaiman's take on gods and godesses was the closest I'd ever seen to my own. For example, the idea that gods exist if and when people believe in them, that they derive not only their power but their very lives from that belief, the strength and fervor of it; that jived perfectly with my own understanding of what gods must be. Since I discovered a name for my belief system, I've been dying to know if Gaiman is, in fact, a Chaos Mage.

As to my ancestry-- when most people say "I'm a mutt," they mean that they have a few different varieties of European ancestry. Not I-- I am mixed like a bucket of paint. My mother is Russian (about 3/4) and Polish (about 1/4). Her people came from Russia, Poland, and Belarus. My father was half Irish and probably something else (but we'll never know). His mother called herself "black" but was in fact very mixed-- part AA, part NA, part white (who knows what kind) and part Chinese.

So, um, yeah. Mixed. I feel occasionally an affinity with individual deities, but never an entire pantheon, which was my problem with Wicca. How could I celebrate the Summer Solstice, for example, when the deities to whom I felt most attuned were Coyote and Bast? And of course, to make things even more strange, I couldn't believe in them when I didn't feel any need to do so. I guess it's not all that strange, among the Chaotes, but it really felt strange and lonely at the time.
post #179 of 618
Eilonwy- have you read Pratchett's "Small Gods"? It's based on the idea that gods need believers to remain gods and follows one "small god" on his quest to gain believers and return to his former position of power (the god in question is actually the figurehead diety of a huge religion...but the members of this religion don't actually believe in him, they "believe" in the religion...so he has lost his power/influence/size). It's a lot more light hearted than Gaiman of course, but Pratchett and Gaiman do co-author some thigns so you may enjoy it.

Of course, you might already be a discworld junkie so please excuse if you are!
post #180 of 618
All this talk about Gaiman is making me hungry.

Neil is actually very odd. We used to email each other (about 8 yrs ago!) and his mind is really something else. I have a warped sense of humor...but Neil, well...Neil is in a league all his own. He's brilliant though.

As for heritage: I'm English, Irish, and Italian. The English and Irish is on my mom's side. Even though I lived in England for a few years, I never got to do any research on my family there. I'd love to go to Ireland and see the area where my family is from there. My mom has a very irish maiden name. I've been thinking of changing my and ds's last name to it.
Right now, our last name is very italian. Not many people pronounce my last name correctly. That always drove me nuts growing up.
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