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Get it??? It’s Day 7 of the “12 Days of Christmas” ~ Actually the song was meant to start on Boxing Day

…but this is not why I am writing this post LOL


Working on my Cmas day menu. I have a few things planned and one new vegan product I am trying and will give the overall review after Cmas Day.

Gifts are mostly done. Waiting for something from international airmail and it may not arrive. My kids are good about this sort of thing. Always have been. I am grateful ūüôā

In the meantime I was introduced to this blog by Jaime Karpovich (Save the Kales) and specifically their newest project Betty Goes Vegan” aka “The Betty Crocker Project I loved it so much, I pre-ordered the book!¬† Can’t wat to see it. I have a very old BC cookbook that’s falling apart. It was the first cookbook I bought for myself over 30 years ago.

Can’t believe I haven’t posted since Thanksgiving!! What’s up with that? LOL

Happy perusing and I’ll be back soon.




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…I see you!

Remember that little game? I loved doing that with children, still do. However it is not why I’ve entitled this post as such.

My beautiful girl received this kit for Cmas from Santa. Yes, I still do Santa, but only one gift each. *shrug* It’s a mom thing plus it’s fun…having that extra present under the tree that wasn’t there before but now when you wake up, ta-da!

Back to the fungi ~ She started this kit about a month or so ago. And finally they’re starting to peek out but from up inside where it’s dark. Now almost everyone knows that ‘shrooms like the dark, humid atmosphere combined with just the right soil. However the instructions stated they should be placed in indirect sunlight. I would have done the opposite if it were my kit, but she followed the directions like a good little do-bee.

We are looking forward to a nice crop or two of these lovely delicacies. She and I are mushroom freaks, the boys not so much. Who cares about them anyway ūüėČ

I can’t wait until¬†this year’s Mushroom Festival in Kennett Square with Maya!

Happy Sunday!


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…of a white Christmas because it sure ain’t happenin’ here!

Bummer … but that’s not what it’s all about, is it? It’s not about snow or gifts. It’s about Mary having a baby ~ on hay! with animals and animal poop around! with no drugs! AND she didn’t even have sex and here she was pregnant. All I know is I wanted drugs and lots of them. And then, after all that, I couldn’t even get the bugger out by pushing for four hours. I can’t imagine going through 44 hours of labour in a barn…on hay…on the ground…with animal poop. They ended up having to¬†perform an¬†emergency-c¬†for my¬†kid¬† but if I were Mary, I’d have no choice … and well, I would have ended up losing my beautiful baby boy. In any event, I am thankful for Mary, being pregnant, never having had sex, humiliated … and Joseph who hurried to marry her, embarrassed and humiliated… getting her away so she can have her baby…the Son of God. Amazing, no?

Anyway, food for thought. No pun intended.

My daughter is making her now famous chocolate chip cookies, vegan style. I have yet to make her/the cheesecake for tomorrow’s dessert. I will start that after I put out the antipast tray. The brie is slowly coming to temperature…I can’t wait…I LOVE brie.

My husband brought me flowers today after visiting his parents with the kids. I don’t go there. Long story. Not worth my time to write nor yours¬†to have to read. The people who I care about know and that’s all that matters. Also his sister who is visiting and moving North, stopped by unannounced today. Something I really do not like. I do not do this to anyone else and as a matter of fact, I feel terrible if I call before I stop by without scheduling a time, even if the person is perfectly fine with me stopping by unscheduled.

That was the reason for the flowers. The anxiety of the sibling visit and the anxiety of the parental visit (even tho I wasn’t going). He was kind of saying things for being civil lol.

Okay, that whole rant (of sorts) was totally random. Back to “normal.”

We have had artificial trees displayed here the past couple years. I am not a fan. I would rather have a Charlie Brown Christmas tree than a fake one (actually we have two we display). But since my husband is the one who tends to setting them up and decorating them (I adjust the ornaments later), I will deal with the ersatz trees by lighting an evergreen scented candle.

That brings me to another subject…candles. How can there be so many awfully disgusting smelling evergreen candles out there? I just want one that’s subtle and doesn’t give me a headache. This is, apparently, something that is not very easily achieved but I think I found one this year. And I believe this is so because I¬†haven’t gotten¬†a headache … yet. YAY!

Anyway, these “problems” ~ amongst any others I¬† may have ~ are a mere pittance compared to what Mary had to endure.

Have a blessed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!

See you Monday, December 26, 2011.

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…is just a Charcuterie.

Ha! Tricked ya, didn’t I?

In years past I would make the kids dinner and send their little butts to bed at the agreed upon time on Christmas Eve. As they got older, it became more difficult lol. After they were in bed, not sleeping, my husband and I would enjoy a nice meal served on nice china, candles glowing and a nice glass of wine. We would have this wonderful herbed quiche I would purchase from the caterer who was literally down the street and serve with it a nice mixed green salad w/a home-made balsamic dressing. We’d have music on and chat. Waiting patiently for those noisy children to finally drift off before the rush began.

The rush…hurrying to put together a million little pieces of a Micro Machines city set all packaged up in this container shaped like a van. You’d open it up and inside was a mini city that you could play with. I declare it had more than a thousand stickers… or putting together a Little Tykes toy w/o making too much noise.

Then we’d fill the stockings and put them by their doorways. They were allowed to open those when they woke up and go in each other’s rooms but they had to leave us alone until (we’d say a certain time) and only then can they come get us. THEN (we were so evil lol) we would go downstairs, making them wait at the top of the steps and have coffee and get ready, making sure the camera and video cam was ready and then we’d stand at the bottom of the stairs. We’d look up and they’d protest while giggling and we’d just sip coffee and tease them.

Finally we’d let them loose. Those were such fun times and times I hope they’ll never forget and remember with such fondness as we do.

So what does this have to do with meat … particularly on a blog about vegans?

Well with those days gone and my children in their teens and don’t just go to bed at 8:00. SO… every year we’d have a nice dinner with some seafood and a nice salad. This is not a possibility this year. One of us decided she was vegan. As I was wandering around Fresh Market tonight looking to spend money (apparently since I couldn’t just leave) and thought, I know, I’ll make a platter of assorted cheeses and meat. I was happily perusing all the lovely choices and then it hit me…DOH! We have a vegan amongst us.

I then¬†went about and picked up¬†grapes,¬† fresh made bruschetta and garlic toasted¬†french bread rounds. Also¬†I picked up¬†lavash crackers and I have fresh humus already in the fridge. So we’re all set YAY!

Tomorrow I will make a vegan cheesecake for the girl child. I think everyone will eat it, shouldn’t be a problem. I do need to figure out what to serve her for her main dish. Maybe I’ll make that mushroom pie or even some “buttered” pasta and she can add veggies that I’m serving to the pasta to make a custom dish.

I should be wrapping gifts but I am happy to sit here typing and watching NCIS… gotta love the Gibbs…but that’s for another time.

PS: Isn’t that the coolest Christmas tree you ever saw? I miss the beach and the water and some day I’ll be going back there permanently…to where all our memories of Christmas as a family began…

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