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Title: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
Post by: fire-fly on November 28, 2012, 04:25:19 AM
Three  men died on Christmas Eve and were met by Saint
    Peter at the pearly gates.

   'In honor  of this holy season' Saint Peter said, 'You must
    each possess something that symbolizes Christmas  to get into heaven.'

          The  Englishman fumbled through his pockets and  pulled out
          a lighter. He flicked it on. 'It's a  candle', he said.

           'You may  pass through the pearly gates' Saint Peter  said.

              The  Scotsman reached into his pocket and pulled out  a set
              of keys. He shook them and said, 'They're  bells.'

              Saint  Peter said 'You may pass through the pearly  gates'.

              The  Irishman  started searching desperately  through his
              pockets and finally pulled out a  pair of women's panties.

              St. Peter  looked at the man with a raised eyebrow and
              asked, 'And just what do those  symbolize?'


              The  paddy  replied, 'These are  Carols.'

              And So The  Christmas  Season
              Begins......



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Title: Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
Post by: Dawn on November 28, 2012, 04:45:46 AM
 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
Post by: fire-fly on November 28, 2012, 04:51:15 AM
Got any traditions you have in your family Dawn?

Any good recipes or hints and tips perhaps?  :D
Title: Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
Post by: Dawn on November 28, 2012, 04:59:36 AM
We always have new pj's on Christmas Eve.

Honestly, with my son, we have had to learn to not plan anything and just go with the flow. Christmas is hard for him. We can put a Christmas tree up while he is at school and he won't notice it. Yet, the slightest change to his routine and it's meltdown city. We find if we don't expect anything or too much it usually finds a way of being okay.

How about you FF?
Title: Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
Post by: fire-fly on November 28, 2012, 05:07:38 AM
Ahh a tricky one then Dawn.

None of our plans ever go to plan either mate, thats a given.  :D

We never had much Christmas as kids so I try with mine. I started a tradition when they were little, now theirs do the same.

They would bust to open a present early so on Christmas Eve evening, they were allowed to open a gift each from each other.  ;D

It was a hit the first year and so its now part of tradition.  ;D ;D

Then we sing carols and I sing the loudest of course.  ::)
Title: Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
Post by: Dawn on November 28, 2012, 05:11:23 AM
Awww. We were never allowed to open presents until after breakfast. Hubby's family used to all open presents at the same time - I was like "No!" it's just wrong, I liked to see people's faces when they see what I've bought them.
New years Eve we get the kids up at midnight :-[ :-[

One tradition, my mum and dad insisted on, was that me and brother had to stand outside with a coin. 15 minutes in the freezing cold (((bbrrrrr))) Now as an adult, I can see it was so they could have a sneaky snog.
Title: Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
Post by: fire-fly on November 28, 2012, 05:22:04 AM
 ;D ;D ;D

What reason did they give?

I looooooooooove Xmas. I don't like the commercialisation of it but I love the festivity.

We will put the tree up tomorrow night because the first of December we have a wedding.  ;D
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Post by: ma100 on November 28, 2012, 05:23:22 AM
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Then we sing carols and I sing the loudest of course.

And the most out of tune. >:D

Up till last year, we'd have all the kids around xmas eve. Bed time consisted of me and the two girls in the double bed and my boys in sleeping bags on the floor nagging most of the night. My step- daughter would be downstairs with her two boys and her dad. Even then we were all up by 5am for present opening and me to cook.

Title: Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
Post by: midnight candle on November 28, 2012, 05:25:11 AM
you know what i think of christmas and i'm not in a hurry to change my mind in this life  ;D
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Post by: Dawn on November 28, 2012, 05:26:46 AM
Ma, sounds bliss - I love Chrimbo.

Ff, they said it was to bring in the New Year. We must have been gullible ::)

Who's wedding is it now? How is your sister doing?
Title: Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
Post by: fire-fly on November 28, 2012, 05:28:45 AM
 :D :D :D

LOVE IT!!

You can feel the excitement in them can't you.

you know what i think of christmas and i'm not in a hurry to change my mind in this life  ;D

bah humbug  ;D ;D ;D

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Who's wedding is it now? How is your sister doing?

One of the guys in our brigade mate. Supposed to be 42'C so good drinking weather.  ;)

She is still in Sydney in hospital but well on the mend thanks. Hopes to be flown back to her home hospital this week but we will see I guess.  ???


My now son in law makes a damper dip every year and its amazing. I can't remember the ingredients, he does a seafood on for Xmas but here is an idea.

http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/25509/chilli+smoked+salmon+cob+dip
Title: Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
Post by: ma100 on November 28, 2012, 05:31:51 AM
Fish! At Xmas. Sacrilege. ::) ;D
Title: Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
Post by: fire-fly on November 28, 2012, 05:33:13 AM
 :o :o :o

Not fish Ma, seafood. The difference is soooo obvious.

That is but a sample of how the said dip is constructed, for you heathens from the North.  ::)
Title: Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
Post by: Dawn on November 28, 2012, 05:33:47 AM
Looks yummy though.

Glad your sister is better.

Aw it will be lovely having a wedding at Chrimbo.

Daryl, (((raspberry noise)))
Title: Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
Post by: fire-fly on November 28, 2012, 05:34:55 AM
 :D :D :D

Tell that to the bride with mascara dripping off the end of her nose Dawn. >:D
Title: Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
Post by: Dawn on November 28, 2012, 05:38:55 AM
 ;D hmmm much prefer our Chrimbo weddings.
Title: Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
Post by: fire-fly on November 28, 2012, 05:42:49 AM
Do you get snow?

Sometimes we get rain but usually just heat.

We don't go out till the arvo sun goes over the house and its comfy enough to do so though.  :D
Title: Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
Post by: ma100 on November 28, 2012, 05:53:48 AM
It just seems so wrong to have xmas decks up in the sunshine. :o :o
Title: Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
Post by: Dawn on November 28, 2012, 05:54:38 AM
Well, we do very occasionally. It's always cold and wintry. Log fire season - bliss
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Post by: Laura H on November 28, 2012, 07:17:59 AM
My girls insisted n putting up our tree while they were home from college for Thanksgiving.  It's way early for us, and now I'm stuck trying to keep the dogs from pulling it down for a month.

We still put up the same aluminum tree from my childhood.  Still have the roto-wheel, too.
Title: Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
Post by: Dawn on November 28, 2012, 07:27:39 AM
And a lovely tree it is, Laura ;)
Title: Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
Post by: fire-fly on November 28, 2012, 07:50:58 AM
It just seems so wrong to have xmas decks up in the sunshine. :o :o

 :D :D :D

When its warmer outside then it is inside Ma, you would be confused.

My girls insisted n putting up our tree while they were home from college for Thanksgiving.  It's way early for us, and now I'm stuck trying to keep the dogs from pulling it down for a month.

We still put up the same aluminum tree from my childhood.  Still have the roto-wheel, too.

Laura you are lucky they don't want to lift their leg on it mate >:D

Whats a roto-wheel?

Come on guys, recipes please, what is Xmas lunch? Do you do the same thing each year or is it pot luck like my place?

I do egg nog every year and I drink it.  ::)
Title: Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
Post by: Dawn on November 28, 2012, 08:05:49 AM
I'll see your egg nogg recipe FF and I'll raise you a . . .Christmas dinner :P
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Post by: Gyppo on November 28, 2012, 08:16:35 AM
I'm thinking of reviving Dad's idea of setting the tree alight.  Not our own tree though, someone else's nearby which has been out in the garden flashing all night and pissing me off since mid-November ;-)  It'll probably stay out there until mid January as well, unless something happens to it.  (Mutters darkly to himself.)

Come to think of it Dad used to set the Christmas pudding alight every year as well, after sousing it with Brandy or Rum. I loved that little ritual.  Especially when one of the uncles carried it through from the kitchen, already lit, and burning spirit ran down the sleeve of his jacket as he accidentally tilted the plate.  He managed to reach the table and put it down with a stylish flourish and a certain amount of sang froid despite the lovely blue flames surrounding his sleeve.  Then he went mad patting ineffectually at the flames which were by then engulfing his entire forearm before running back into the kitchen to plunge his arm into the sink.  Fortunately the caravan kitchen was only about three steps away.  But he probably set a world record  for human powered acceleration.

In subsequent years the pudding was always placed on the table before lighting.

One year we didn't have any rum or brandy so Dad gave it a quick splash of methylated spirit and set it alight before it had a chance to soak in.  It burned off okay and didn't leave any really noticeable taint.  I liked the smell though.  Even now the smell of burning Meths triggers happy memories ;-)

Trees.  Burning.  Christmas puddings.  Burning.  Uncles.  Burning.

Putting two and two together I suspect my Dad was a closet pyromaniac.  Maybe that was why the Royal Navy made him a stoker.  "If you're going to burn everything in sight, Lad,  we may as well let you burn something useful."

Gyppo
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Post by: DistantSun on November 28, 2012, 08:19:31 AM
Our tree is up too - crazy collection of handmade, bought and gifted decorations!

Ma - we used to have shrimp as part of the Christmas Day meal too. Back when I was young, some years Dad would have ham AND turkey. And we'd have leftovers for ages afterwards  ::) Always a christmas pudding and custard too.

I counted last night, and this will be my fifteenth christmas over here - not all of them have been white though! Some years there has been little to no snow leading up to Christmas Eve. We usually spend that at my in-laws doing the family meal, gifts etc. Then when we leave to go home, everything is covered in white. I still think everything looks rather pretty after the first snowfall :)

I tried instituting the 'open a gift early' tradition here. Because... technically at 8.01am Dec 24th here it is 12.01am Christmas Day in Sydney  ;D Hubby only let me get away with that for one year  :P
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Post by: Laura H on November 28, 2012, 08:45:21 AM
Roto-wheel.  You point it at your tree and plug it in and it slowly (and loudly for ours) turns.  Makes the aluminum turn from red to blue, then green.
Title: Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
Post by: Gyppo on November 28, 2012, 09:24:34 AM
Ah, one of them ;-)

I couldn't get the image of a rotavator out of my head and was picturing you carving furrows in the living room floor.
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on November 28, 2012, 11:16:14 AM
Laura, I use to have a tree such as you describe, complete with the color wheel and the rotating stand for the tree. I had to do something after #3 son's first Christmas and found him to be super allergic to a live tree despite me having washed it down outside three times before bringing it indoors.

I used that tree for many years before it vanished in one of our many moves. First husband was one of those "the grass is always greener" types. I miss that tree. I had blue balls of several sizes that I used on it - looked especially great when the color wheel turned everything blue.

Title: Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
Post by: Mastafrank on November 28, 2012, 11:26:17 AM
In our house we always opened gifts the night before...Since I don't have any kids of my own I tend to spoil the nephews and the half brother with gifts 8)

I don't expect much in the way of presents, Christmas is more for the young uns ;)




I've already picked out my present >:D
Title: Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
Post by: fire-fly on November 28, 2012, 03:52:14 PM
Francis, I am afraid to ask what that gift may be mate.  :D :D

Gyppo what a great story. I could see your uncle all fired up and on the hop.  :D :D Its a pretty cool time of the year for the get together, everyone seems to be nice and mellow. Don't ya just love the neighbors with their over enthusiasm for early decos mate. Doesn't make the day come any quicker. Ours go up Dec 1 (this year its tonight because Dec 1 is busy) and come down on Boxing Day.  8) 8)

Laura we don't have such things here that I have seen. We did get big on the fibre optic type of tree for a while. My daughter has one, I should request it for my front room this year but knowing her, its already up at her place.

Alice we had the same tree all the kids lives till about two years ago and I bought a new one. The old one my pet rosella loved to roost in at Xmas. But it wore out and in came the new. It seemed so big to the kids when they were little.  ;D

Sunny you would certainly see the difference in a white Xmas. I would love to go to one of them before vacating the planet but only for the day, the rest of the cold would be no good for my nipples I am thinking.  :P :P

I think this year I may have a selection of cold meats and do crunchy baked taters and assorted veg after consuming the two kilos of prawns and seafood damper dip.  ::)

We do a caramel banana trifle, now that is stupendous. It may come out again this year too I think. Son in law likes to cook that one too.  ;)
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Post by: Dawn on November 28, 2012, 03:54:21 PM
What! You don't have Christmas pudding? And where's your Turkey?
Title: Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
Post by: fire-fly on November 28, 2012, 03:56:03 PM
I'm the only one who would eat the pud and turkey, never had it mate. Wouldn't know what to do with it.  ;D ;D

Lotsa families here do a baked ham but its too hot to spend too much quality time in the kitchen I'm afraid.  ???

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Post by: WordBird on November 28, 2012, 03:59:22 PM
We always have new pj's on Christmas Eve.

Awesome! I thought we were the only ones that did that! There is just something magical about having fresh, new pj's at Christmas.  :)
Title: Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
Post by: fire-fly on November 28, 2012, 04:02:40 PM
Do you stay in your jammies for part of Xmas day? My kids hated having to take that 1.5 minutes to do the change in case they missed something.  :D

Received this in an email the other day, its rather cute, although it wouldn't work on my address.

http://pushercontent.com/clients/pusher/pusher-christmas-2011/
Title: Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
Post by: Dawn on November 28, 2012, 04:18:12 PM
Do you stay in your jammies for part of Xmas day? My kids hated having to take that 1.5 minutes to do the change in case they missed something.  :D

Received this in an email the other day, its rather cute, although it wouldn't work on my address.

http://pushercontent.com/clients/pusher/pusher-christmas-2011/


Oh no, we all get dollied up :P

Doesn't work me either.



Title: Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
Post by: Dawn on November 28, 2012, 04:18:57 PM
Awesome! I thought we were the only ones that did that! There is just something magical about having fresh, new pj's at Christmas.  :)

He he I'd have new pj's everyday if I could. Have to make do with the smell of fabric softener. It's like clean sheets - lovely.
Title: Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
Post by: fire-fly on November 28, 2012, 04:21:09 PM

Oh no, we all get dollied up :P

Doesn't work me either.





 :D :D

My intention is to dolly up but time beats me. I don't stay in the PJ's but there isn't much glamour.  :D

I tried my old home addy and it worked, just doesn't like this street grrrr.
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Post by: Mastafrank on November 28, 2012, 04:24:04 PM
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Francis, I am afraid to ask what that gift may be mate.   

I want to buy this bottle of scotch but I have to wait till December 22nd
http://www.lcbo.com/lcbo-ear/lcbo/product/inventory/searchResults.do?language=EN&itemNumber=534453 ::) ::) ::)


To liven things up I may/may not get a wee plastic tree
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Post by: Gyppo on November 28, 2012, 04:26:50 PM
Awesome! I thought we were the only ones that did that! There is just something magical about having fresh, new pj's at Christmas.  :)

To join in that tradition I'd need a skin transplant ;-)

I do have a pair of shorts for the summer when I usually end up sleeping on top of my bedding.  But that has nothing to do with Christmas.
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Post by: fire-fly on November 28, 2012, 04:28:39 PM
 :o :o

Blimey mate, you wanna savor every sip of that sucker.  ;D

Any favourite carols?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKu9-cKkA38

To join in that tradition I'd need a skin transplant ;-)

I do have a pair of shorts for the summer when I usually end up sleeping on top of my bedding.  But that has nothing to do with Christmas.

You don't sleep in the bolloky do ya mate.  :o :o
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Post by: Gyppo on November 28, 2012, 04:34:31 PM
I have been accused of wearing a gorilla suit to bed ;-)
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Post by: Dawn on November 28, 2012, 04:37:12 PM
Ff, you nearly made me spit my brew out - Bollocky - priceless. I'm going to have to nick borrow that one
Title: Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
Post by: fire-fly on November 28, 2012, 04:41:49 PM
 :D :D :D

Be my guest Dawn.

I have been accused of wearing a gorilla suit to bed ;-)

I am such a ladeeee Gyp, I shan't ask the colour.  ::)
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Post by: WordBird on November 28, 2012, 06:07:54 PM
Where do I start?

Uh, yes, we stay in our pj's for as long as possible. But that isn't necessarily a Christmas tradition. >:D

To join in that tradition I'd need a skin transplant ;-)

I do have a pair of shorts for the summer when I usually end up sleeping on top of my bedding.  But that has nothing to do with Christmas.

I thought fish had scales? However, I suppose sleeping on top of your bedding is better than being held hostage by it.  :D
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Post by: DistantSun on November 28, 2012, 07:53:59 PM
Mmmmm... caramel banana trifle :D

Does anyone do gag gifts as part of their festivities? Usually my husband's family does, and I'm not very good at coming up with ideas.
Title: Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
Post by: Gyppo on November 28, 2012, 08:11:30 PM
If the timing's right and someone we know is newly wed we wrap a 'snap' mousestrap into a neat little flat package, and write on the outside, 'Something to help prevent the patter of tiny feet.'

Firefly might want to do this to her mate who is having a Christmas wedding.  Put it in with the greetings telegrams and messages that the best man reads out.. 
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Post by: fire-fly on November 28, 2012, 08:15:00 PM
eeek Gyp, do you load it.  :o :o

We don't do gag gifts that I know of. One of my friends make their own bon-bons and put silly little delights in them. They use to put small bottles of alcohol, as you get in the mini bar at motels, in amongst other things. Was a great idea I thought.
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Post by: Gyppo on November 28, 2012, 08:46:39 PM
eeek Gyp, do you load it.  :o :o

No.  It's in safe mode.
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on November 28, 2012, 08:54:59 PM
When more of my aunts and uncles were still alive and able to get around pretty well, several of us would gather at one house or another for Christmas. We were encouraged to give gag gifts to the adults, I always had trouble coming up with just the right thing(s).

But one year my gifts made a big hit with everyone. A couple of weeks ahead of time I had visited a Christmas Bizarre - kind of an art show deluxe dedicated to the season, some hand made items and some ready made.

Some playing card caught my eye and I had to stop and check them out. There was a line drawing of Texas on the box along with a few things like an oil driller's rig, an armadillo and a few other such things. But the best thing about them was the cards - each one had a brief bit of Texas history printed on them. Everyone was reading their favorite bit aloud off and on the rest of the day.

One aunt was so tickled with them she asked if I could get any more.

When I got home I searched out the receipt, found the man's name and contact info. and asked if he could get me a couple of dozen more packs. He did and I sent them on to my aunt - she worked in a school where they did job training for young adults that were challenged in one way or another. I imagine she handed them out to her students.

  
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Post by: fire-fly on November 28, 2012, 09:57:34 PM
Thats a lovely story Alice, what a sweet aunt.

Bet you didn't think your little gag gift would have that impact mate.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXQViqx6GMY
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Post by: WordBird on November 29, 2012, 04:32:04 PM
Does anyone do gag gifts as part of their festivities? Usually my husband's family does, and I'm not very good at coming up with ideas.

It wasn't really a gag gift, but one year we had a huge family/friend Christmas party. Who knows how many people were here throughout the evening. So my husband had bought one of those remote controlled fart machines and we taped it under a chair. He waited until my mother (real mother) sat down and started hitting the button.

Needless to say she failed to see the humor, but the rest of us were doubled over laughing!
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Post by: fire-fly on November 29, 2012, 05:48:43 PM
 :D :D :D

Oh you two are wicked D.
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on November 29, 2012, 06:07:29 PM
Speaking of snow . . . well someone did.  ;)

I grew up in a part of Texas where snow wasn't all that unusual, but we couldn't be depended on to give us a White Christmas. So all the kids and maybe the adults in the family did a bit of hoping and praying for snow around Christmas time.

Aside from the snow itself, if all that white fluffy stuff fell in time and thick enough, Mother would allow the kids to heap it up in bowls, several bowls, and she would make Snow Ice Cream for us.

But best of all, she would make a Date Nut Loaf. Despite the name, it was really rolled out and looked much like the rolls of cookies in the grocery that you slice and bake . . . this this wasn't cookies . . . it was a soft candy.

She would wrap it up in a clean dish-towel and we would each want to be the one allowed to take it outside, lay it on top of the car and cover it with snow to cool down to an eating temp.

I have wished so often I had thought to get her recipe for the candy. It was delicious, it was also so rich that as much as you wanted more, you knew you couldn't handle it until some time had passed.  ;D 
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Post by: fire-fly on November 29, 2012, 07:02:40 PM
Sometimes I think I should be doing up a recipe book Alice, so many of the good ones don't disappear.

I made something several weeks ago and my daughter wanted to do it for dinner tonight. I can't for the life of me remember what I did to it.  :D
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on November 29, 2012, 08:20:18 PM
Vanishing recipes often happen because they were never written down.

Years ago my youngest sister and I were visiting Mother. One night she was going to a prearranged deal that she had promised to bring a fruit salad to . . . so my sister and I were drafter to make it.

No problem right? Actually it was kind of fun searching through cabinets, fridge and any place else that any kind of fruit might be hiding. Along the way we found some pecans, Cool Whip (I prefer the real kind you whip up yourself, but we were using what was at hand) and there may have been some coconut flakes, not sure.

I know there was some canned fruit cocktail in the mix, plus a variety of fresh fruits - I just don't remember what they all were.

When Mother returned with an empty bowl she asked up to write our recipe down for her because several of the other ladies wanted a copy.  ;)

Sis and I looked at each other and broke down laughing because there wasn't any rhyme or reason to all the things we added to that bowl - it all just seemed like a good idea at the time. 8)

 
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Post by: Mastafrank on November 29, 2012, 08:24:06 PM
Why don't we start a new thread just for recipes then ???
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Post by: fire-fly on November 29, 2012, 08:43:15 PM
Alice I remember a Cool Whip here in Oz many years ago and I loved it. How do you make your own mate?
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Post by: DistantSun on November 29, 2012, 09:46:53 PM
Alice - your fruit salad adventure sounds like the way I cook most of the time :D I often curse myself for not thinking to write things down after I come up with a winning combination.

I helped my mother-in-law put together a family cookbook several years ago, where everyone in the family contributed their favourite recipes. Some from websites, cookbooks, plenty of legendary family delicacies. Each of us have a large 3-ring binder full of all sorts of amazing stuff. That, along with a copy of "The Joy of Cooking" I received as a bridal shower gift, are the only two cookbooks I ever use.
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Post by: Laura H on November 30, 2012, 07:54:11 PM
Alice I remember a Cool Whip here in Oz many years ago and I loved it. How do you make your own mate?

Ack!  When I was around 10 I ate an entire tub of cool whip in one sitting.  Haven't been able to touch the stuff since.

I do love fresh whipped cream.  In moderation, of course.
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on November 30, 2012, 08:24:59 PM
Alice I remember a Cool Whip here in Oz many years ago and I loved it. How do you make your own mate?

Sorry FF, I started to answer this earlier but got called away from the computer.

At the grocer look in the dairy section for either Whipping Cream or Heavy Cream (depends on what various brand call it). It's usually in a pint size container and one pint will make a lot of whipped cream.

Pour the whipping cream in a large glass, ceramic or potter bowl. That's because some claim a metal bowl doesn't work well with the cream - at least that's what some say.

Add about 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla (or a little more depending on taste, and a little sugar, again, depending on taste. I use about a teaspoon and a half because I don't want it over sweet.

Then get your mixer out and whip (start slow and add speed as it begins to thicken.) When it's thick enough to make standing peeks, it's ready.

If you have a stand up mixer, use that. A hand mixer will work, but it takes longer.

If refrigerated in a covered container it will stay good several days. I can't say exactly how long because around here it is generally all gone by the third day if not the second day.  

When I still worked at the PM, I mentioned making my own whipped cream one day. A woman close to my age and one in her early 20's both asked me what Heavy Cream was. I was almost struck speechless. Wasn't all that surprised the young women didn't know, but I had trouble understanding how the older woman had lived that long without knowing.
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Post by: Gyppo on November 30, 2012, 09:22:36 PM
Pour the whipping cream in a large glass, ceramic or potter bowl. That's because some claim a metal bowl doesn't work well with the cream - at least that's what some say.

We used to whip up the stuff five gallons at a time in the bakery in a metal bowl, with no problems.  I dare say that some who say they have problems probably just don't whip it long enough.  Or perhaps don't clean the bowl first quite as thoroughly as we used to ;-)

It's a bit like making meringues, the cleaner the better.

Gyppo
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on November 30, 2012, 09:45:44 PM
Glad to hear that from someone whose been there and done that Gyppo.
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Post by: fire-fly on November 30, 2012, 09:46:10 PM
Alice that is the way my mum made her cream but she called it chantilly cream back then. I love it, thanks.  :D

Gyp you are right about the clean bowl etc, makes the world of difference on those things doesn't it.
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Post by: Gyppo on December 01, 2012, 07:17:21 AM
Straight out of the cupboard where it may have been sat for a week or two since it was put away clean isn't always good enough.  A 'scald around' with boiling water doesn't take long and can make all the difference.

In the bakery there was always the problem of invisible yeast and mould  spores floating around in the air, so anything which wasn't freshly washed can always be a bit suspect.

If the metal bowl gets really hot in cleaning - and it should - you can just leave it upside down for a few minutes to dry under its own heat.  No chance of picking up anything dodgy from a 'clean enough, drying cloth.

It sounds paranoid when I see it typed up like this, but it really was a habit and I don't doubt it saved us a lot of trouble over the years.  After all, we had no control over storage or anything once it left the shop, so the better the goods were when they left us the longer they could keep before anything 'started to go furry'.

Gyppo
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Post by: Spell Chick on December 07, 2012, 03:39:26 PM
Buckeye Bark

2-1/2 lbs chocolate candy coating
1 (16.3 oz) jar creamy peanut butter
2 c Confectioners’ sugar
8 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Melt half of the chocolate candy coating according to the package directions, then spread over parchment paper or a silpat-lined cookie sheet. Spread to a large rectangle, but not too thin – approximately 1/8″ to 1/4″ thickness. Place in freezer to firm up.
 
In a large bowl, beat together the peanut butter, Confectioners’ sugar, melted butter and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy. Remove first chocolate layer from the freezer and spread the peanut butter mixture over the top. Return to the freezer and melt the remaining chocolate candy coating. Once that is melted, spread it over the top of the peanut butter layer and freeze until set.
 
Break up the bark into small pieces using a butcher knife. Store in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to serve.
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This makes a huge amount and if I were to do it again, I would cut the recipe in half. The thinner you spread the chocolate, the easier it will cut when finished. The picture below shows what happens when it isn't quite thin enough and it squishes while cutting. Fortunately, it doesn't change the taste.
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Post by: fire-fly on December 07, 2012, 03:41:25 PM
Ooooh Chicky, you look spendifferous in that new outfit.  :D :D

Mate, whats choc candy coating to us colonials?  ???
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Post by: Spell Chick on December 07, 2012, 03:52:53 PM
I just used Hershey's chocolate chips and melted them in the microwave in 30 second bursts. Stirring after each. Only took like 1.5 minutes. It was supposed to be milk chocolate, but I prefer semi-sweet.

It is calling for any meltable milk chocolate.

I have no idea what "silpat" is and lined my pan with parchment paper. You really need to line it with something so you can move it around and peel the bottom off to cut it up.
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on December 07, 2012, 03:58:45 PM
Patti, maybe you should dip the knife in boiling water between each cut. I don't know, but it stands to reason that a hot knife blade would make for an easier cut even with frozen chocolate.
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Post by: Spell Chick on December 07, 2012, 04:02:44 PM
It's all broke apart now and delicious. Dick can't eat the other two kinds of bark I made (pistachio/cranberry and almond/cherry) because they have nuts. He loves this and doesn't care what it looks like.

I think the thickness of the chocolate was my main problem because it cut nicer along the edges where it was thinner.
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Post by: fire-fly on December 07, 2012, 05:49:50 PM
Alice I went to a wedding last weekend and at the end of the night they asked me to cut up the wedding cake  :o :o

The only way through the soft icing, real thick, was to do as you suggested. Like a hot knife through butter.  ;)

Chick, the pistachio/cranberry one sounds delicious but I am not a pistachio fan I am afraid.
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Post by: bri h on December 07, 2012, 06:48:04 PM
Theres a shop opened in our village sells all kinds of vintage sweets and theyre doing Hersheys and even Wonka bars. I dont know what they taste like, cos theyre both over £5.00! I bet theyre scrumdidliumptious! I jus wont pay that for a bar the size of an average galaxy or cadbury bar! Its extortionate! b
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Post by: fire-fly on December 07, 2012, 06:53:00 PM
 :o :o :o

Holy Moley, that is up there Brian.
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Post by: fire-fly on December 07, 2012, 06:58:04 PM



http://youtu.be/r1aYkutjXfQ
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Post by: bri h on December 07, 2012, 07:11:45 PM
I know FF, but they do a great line in sugar-free sherbet sweets, I'm usually frothin at the mouth most nights! ha ha.
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Post by: fire-fly on December 07, 2012, 07:25:59 PM
Not into lollies but dip them in chocolate and its a whole new world.  ;D
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Post by: bri h on December 07, 2012, 07:41:39 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojSDMHkAaUU
These girls went global with their first vid of Carly Rae Jepsons song "call me baby", but they do it the way I speak, Mackum/Geordie, Hope yous like it. b
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Post by: fire-fly on December 07, 2012, 09:59:20 PM
 :D :D
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Post by: bri h on December 07, 2012, 10:13:01 PM
good?
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Post by: fire-fly on December 07, 2012, 10:56:00 PM
It was and oh so cute. Those accents are to die for.  ;)
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Post by: bri h on December 08, 2012, 04:05:01 AM
I speak like that all the time! Reverse the charges on a phone call, and I'll talk dirty to you! ha ha.
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Post by: fire-fly on December 08, 2012, 04:10:43 AM
 :D :D :D

I wouldn't understand a word you said mate.
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Post by: bri h on December 08, 2012, 04:25:09 AM
its not what you say, its how you say it! ha ha.
I got up kinda early cos the groomer was supposed to come clip the dawg! No sign yet, not even a txt. Givin it nother half hour then goin back up. b
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Post by: fire-fly on December 08, 2012, 04:26:33 AM
Up where?  :o
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Post by: bri h on December 08, 2012, 04:28:18 AM
up stairs, bed! ha ha
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Post by: fire-fly on December 08, 2012, 04:29:11 AM
 :D :D :D

Ah, we don't have many upstairs houses here in my neck of the woods.

Sounds funny  ;D
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Post by: bri h on December 08, 2012, 04:40:55 AM
she jus sent me a txt, I made a mistake, she said we arranged for 11.30, stead of 8, I got the time n the date mixed I thunk! ha ha. gnight chuck. x
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Post by: Vienna on December 08, 2012, 04:41:05 AM
Q. What do you say to a makem in a suit?

A. 'Will the defendant please rise.'
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Post by: Vienna on December 08, 2012, 04:48:14 AM
meanwhile down on the farm
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Post by: bri h on December 08, 2012, 04:50:39 AM
hmmm? bit offensive from you at this time in the morning? but I'll allow it because it gives me the chance to say, Is it true your knuckles trail the ground when you walk? Does your mouth leak spit when you walk on un-even ground? !! ha ha. Yer up early aren't you west yorky? What you been doin? Burgling? ha ha. b
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Post by: Vienna on December 08, 2012, 04:53:02 AM
nearly 11 am here lad!

The most popular car sticker in Sunderland:
 
A dog is for life, not just for the honeymoon"
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Post by: Gyppo on December 08, 2012, 05:01:24 AM
Brian.  Try this one for size.

http://mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=42415.msg718296#msg718296
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Post by: bri h on December 08, 2012, 06:32:36 AM
ha ha
Edited out an off-color joke.

youll have to be more specific on where ya from rob, I cant keep spellin out W Y its knackin me fingers! ha ha
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Post by: fire-fly on December 08, 2012, 07:08:38 AM
Enough smutty jokes theres another area for them this is Santa land
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Post by: Vienna on December 08, 2012, 07:13:36 AM
my name isnt Rob and that joke was a bit uncalled for on a forum like this one mate.................
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Post by: bri h on December 08, 2012, 08:17:13 AM
Apologises and hopes to find out who rob is?
Forgot for a mo that kids come on this site, sincerely apologises to the site
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Post by: Spell Chick on December 08, 2012, 08:50:45 AM
French kiss

1 part vodka
1 part Chambord
1 part dark cream de cacao
1 1/2 parts half and half


Chambord is a raspberry liqueur and quite tasty in many things but also expensive. Any raspberry liqueur would do (in my opinion).
I had only light cream de cacao

I hope you enjoy the pretty drink (it turned out pink and in the picture has a chocolate hershey's kiss floating on it, but I believe that would make it hard to drink).

Also in the picture, it was served in a martini glass and so looked very pretty (and I did do that for myself)
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Post by: fire-fly on December 08, 2012, 03:40:29 PM
Apologises and hopes to find out who rob is?
Forgot for a mo that kids come on this site, sincerely apologises to the site

All good hon.  :-*

Patti that does sound delicious. Is half and half some sort of cream? I do think I have asked that question before but you know my brain, its mush.  ;D
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Post by: Spell Chick on December 08, 2012, 03:59:42 PM
Half and half is coffee cream, not heavy or whipping cream. Just coffee stuff.
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Post by: Spell Chick on December 08, 2012, 04:01:08 PM
Pudding shots
1 cup milk
½ cup Irish cream liqueur
½ cup vodka
1 (4 serving size) package of instant chocolate pudding mix.

Directions
Whisk together all ingredients until combined. Continue whisking for 2 minutes.
Spoon the pudding mixture into shot glasses or disposable party shot cups. Chill until set, about 30 minutes. The shots have the consistency of mousse.

Each recipe makes about 10-12 depending on how much you pour into each glass.
I made three batches and didn't wait for them to set up, but I did lick the bowl. I thought it was rather tasty.
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Post by: fire-fly on December 08, 2012, 04:12:18 PM
Aussies don't have coffee cream Patti. Isn't it amazing the differences in other lands. I always thought, when in the movies you would hear the Yanks ask if someone wanted cream in their coffee, they really meant milk.

Ooooh those pudding shots sound like they could be a new trend in my neighbourhood mate.  ::) ::)
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Post by: Spell Chick on December 08, 2012, 05:10:36 PM
I made the French kiss with milk because it was all I had on hand. It didn't matter. Tasted great.
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Post by: fire-fly on December 08, 2012, 05:14:10 PM
Ahhh ok, I may have to do that then  :D
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Post by: Vienna on December 09, 2012, 05:00:45 AM
a bit late but will make a christmas cake today, got a bottle of whisky to "feed it" and me every day..........

what do you all have for Christmad Dinner then? This year down at the in-laws and ma in law will do a goose and all the trimmings. Will be funny little Kilian will try the goose and he thought they were so cute running round the field opposite the in laws in summer.........we watched them grow..........
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Post by: fire-fly on December 09, 2012, 05:08:30 AM
Aww thats sad, I couldn't look them in the eye on the table V.  :o

We have seafood, cold meats such as ham and pork and lots of salads.

One of the standards at our house is the sweet potato and marshmallow dish I started doing about five years ago. Its really yum, I will put the recipe up if you are interested.

We will have roast potato's and gravy as well. Its too hot here to spend a lot of time in the kitchen but many do the traditional bit.

I was given the below link by a friend today. You can enter little Kilian's details plus a photo and he will get an email from Santa, its a top site.

http://www.portablenorthpole.com/home
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Post by: Vienna on December 09, 2012, 05:12:58 AM
cheers FF ..........the recipe would be great to add to my collection. My sis and family lived in down under for 6 years or so and I have contact with a couple of the "lads" I hung around with in the 70's one in Adelaide and another in Melbourne
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Post by: fire-fly on December 09, 2012, 05:19:23 AM
Ah ok, I am in the Hunter Valley in NSW about an hour and a half from Sydney. I lived in Adelaide many years ago and my bro lives in Melbourne, both beautiful cities in their own right. Where abouts did sis live mate?

I will go hunt that recipe.
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Post by: Vienna on December 09, 2012, 05:23:34 AM
sis was in Geelong..............and then Melbourne
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Post by: fire-fly on December 09, 2012, 06:35:13 AM

Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallow

Imperial                                               

                                                     




    6.61 lb (pound) sweet potatoes
    5 tablespoon(s) Vegetable oil
    4 tablespoon(s) Lime juice
    2 teaspoon(s) Ground cinnamon
    3 oz (ounce) butter
    1 tablespoon(s) Maldon salt
    10 oz (ounce) Mini marshmallows (1 packet)


Method

    Preheat the oven to gas mark 7/220°C. Prick or puncture the sweet potatoes with a fork and put them each on to a piece of foil large enough to wrap them in. I find these cook best in individual parcels, so just be prepared to make a lot of them: I find the weight above means you’re dealing with 8 or 9 potatoes in one go.
    Divide the oil between the foil sheets and then rub or turn the sweet potatoes in it and wrap into baggy but well sealed parcels. Put them on to a baking sheet or two and roast until the potatoes are soft and cooked through, approximately 1–1½ hours. This way of cooking the potatoes, apart from being very easy, means that you get maximum, un-watered-down flavour.
    When the sweet potatoes are cool enough to handle, strip away the skin and fork or squeeze and pick the flesh into a large bowl. Pour in any syrupy juices from each of the foil parcels.
    Add all the other ingredients except for the marshmallows, and mix together to make the mash.
    Spoon the sweet potato mash into an ovenproof dish: I use an old rectangular one of 34 x 20cm and about 6cm deep, but any you have around that size would be fine.
    Smooth the top of the mash and cover with the mini marshmallows.
    Bake in the hot oven for 10–15 minutes by which time the marshmallows will have coloured on top and melted together, like a rippled, bronzed duvet.



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Post by: Spell Chick on December 09, 2012, 06:51:29 AM
So, I tested the pudding shots on many drinking friends. I, as you might know, don't drink much. I was a little afraid because when I tried one, I liked it. It didn't taste like booze.

The drinkers liked it because it was actually half booze.

I think it would be good to make with vanilla pudding, too. That way you could have some variety on the tray. Might be good with vanilla vodka if you were using vanilla pudding.

The recipe said it was "mousse consistency" but you could actually drink the things and I wouldn't call it mousse-ish.

Very tasty and a way to treat your friends to something a bit different.
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Post by: ma100 on December 09, 2012, 06:55:49 AM
You best give me that rocky road recipe FF, or my son will never let me hear the end of it. >:(

FF, in her great wisdom, sent me some one xmas and he loved the bloody stuff.
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Post by: Spell Chick on December 09, 2012, 07:02:47 AM
Ma, isn't that the way? Your friends get you into trouble when you least expect it.
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Post by: ma100 on December 09, 2012, 07:05:21 AM
Yeah, apart from the fact I didn't know what it was, it was apparently a 100 times better than my xmas fudge. ::) ::)
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Post by: fire-fly on December 09, 2012, 02:37:42 PM
Yeah, apart from the fact I didn't know what it was, it was apparently a 100 times better than my xmas fudge. ::) ::)

Of course it was Ma, my rocky road is world famous.  ::) I gave you the recipe woman, do you have no filing system?  :P

Patti the pudding shots do sound nice indeed, I will set some up. We do a thing here called jelly shots. One year I did pineapple jelly with Malibu, they were a hit too. I do like to add grog to my recipes, gives them an extra pep at times.

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Post by: ma100 on December 09, 2012, 02:39:45 PM
Yes, it's just on a computer I can't turn on anymore. >:(
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Post by: fire-fly on December 09, 2012, 02:41:09 PM
 :D :D :D

Hey did you see that link one page back for the Santa emails mate?
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Post by: ma100 on December 09, 2012, 02:43:15 PM
Yes I did mate. :)
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Post by: fire-fly on December 09, 2012, 02:45:07 PM
Can't wait till my babies come over today to show them theirs.  ;D
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Post by: ma100 on December 09, 2012, 02:49:13 PM
It will be a picture for sure. ;D
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Post by: fire-fly on December 09, 2012, 02:52:49 PM
I did one for my neighbour, you can do adult and naughty as well.  He was naughty. Loved it. I didn't find the naughty one to be as good but it does say the recipient has a chance to redeem themselves before Xmas though.  :D :D
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Post by: fire-fly on December 13, 2012, 08:21:09 PM
Here it is Laura  :D
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Post by: Laura H on December 13, 2012, 08:25:40 PM
Yay!
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Post by: fire-fly on December 13, 2012, 08:29:33 PM
Have fun with it. Make sure the hubby gets the naughty one.  ;)
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Post by: thatollie on December 13, 2012, 08:36:06 PM
Like the Sweet Potato recipe, may try it without the marshmallows.
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Post by: fire-fly on December 13, 2012, 08:38:34 PM
Ollie no one thought they would like the marshmallows at my house but now its a must every year. They sorta blitz crunchy on the outside and nice and gooey on the inside but it is an individual taste for sure.  ;)
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Post by: Laura H on December 13, 2012, 08:38:51 PM
And to add to the Christmas recipes, here's the breakfast plan from TN -

Cinnamon puff french toast

1 stick butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon dark corn syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
1 loaf cinnamon-swirl bread
cream chees cut into cubes
nutmeg
5 eggs
1 1/2 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla

Melt butter, sugar, syrup & cinnamon - cook til sugar is dissolved.

Pour into 9 x 13 inch pan.  cut bread into 1 inch slices & place on top of sugar mixture.  Top with cubes of cream chees.

Whisk eggs, milk, vanilla and nutmeg and pour over bread

bake at 350 dgrees for 45 minutes and serve with maple syrup and fruit.


will also be making cheese grits, of course  ;)

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Post by: fire-fly on December 13, 2012, 08:40:59 PM
French toast is my favourite food ever....

Now spill with these grit things, sounds like dirt to me but heck, I'm open to explanations.  ::)
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Post by: bri h on December 13, 2012, 08:43:49 PM
Could you post the link thingy again please, I musta missed it! Thanking you. xbx
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Post by: Laura H on December 13, 2012, 08:46:58 PM
Watch yore language, FF.  Grits are sacred.

Slow-cooker cheesy grits

2 cups stone ground grits (cornmeal for the uninitiated)
1/2 cup heavy cream (aka whipping cream)
1 cup extra, extra, extra sharp cheddar
1/2 cup grated Parmesean
1 tablespoons butter
1 tsp salt
pepper to tast

Stir the grits & 6 cups of water together in a slow cooker.  Let soak overnight while you work on your novel.

Cover and cook grits on high in a slow cooker for 2 1/ hours, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat and Stir in other ingredients.  Have a bite and try, just try to remember what your life was like before you discovered cheese grits.

 ;D
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Post by: fire-fly on December 13, 2012, 08:55:06 PM
Mmmm ok, I might make some of those for our bbq next Thursday night at the station. Its presentation night, should go down a treat, they eat anything so the perfect victims Laura >:D
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Post by: wanderer on December 13, 2012, 08:58:35 PM
Quote
2 cups stone ground grits (cornmeal for the uninitiated)

Grits are different from cornmeal?
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Post by: fire-fly on December 13, 2012, 08:59:30 PM
Wanderer don't confuse me here man  :D
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on December 13, 2012, 09:04:08 PM
For more information (not a recipe) on grits, take a look at our old friend Wikipedia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grits
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Post by: wanderer on December 13, 2012, 09:27:07 PM
Yep, good article. I was introduced to grits years ago when I went south. . . Texas actually :) Lots of butter and they are great. Also was introduced to biscuits and gravy in Alabama. Can't beat southern cooking.  ;)
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Post by: Mastafrank on December 14, 2012, 02:31:53 PM
Christmas Pudding

Serves 4 (1 pudding)
Ingredients
 
125g sultanas
125g currants
125g raisins
20g glacé cherries, chopped
20g mixed peel
½ bramley apple, grated
20g carrot, grated
2 tsp finely grated orange zest
40g prunes, stoned and chopped
50g plain flour
20g ground almonds
60g bread crumbs
1tbsp milk
50g soft dark brown sugar
75g proper beef suet
1 tbsp golden syrup
1 egg
Pinch each of salt, mixed spice and cinnamon
Glug each of brandy, sherry and rum
4 tbsp stout
 
 
Method
Place the sultanas, currants and raisins in a large bowl.  Add the alcohol and leave to soak overnight.
Line a 2 pint pudding basin with muslin, leaving enough spare to tie at the top.
Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl of soaked fruit and mix well.
Fill the lined pudding basin with the mix and tie up the muslin with a piece of string.
Gently steam the pudding for 2 hours in a lidded pot (water covering half the pudding basin).  Don’t allow to boil dry.
Before serving, check that the centre of the pudding is piping hot.
Serve with brandy sauce or pouring cream.
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Post by: fire-fly on December 14, 2012, 04:18:17 PM
Frank thats a good looking recipe mate, where did you score that, an old family one?
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Post by: Mastafrank on December 14, 2012, 04:38:54 PM
Frank thats a good looking recipe mate, where did you score that, an old family one?

Nope Highland park shared it on their Facebook page :) ;)
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Post by: fire-fly on December 14, 2012, 06:47:31 PM
Thanks for that Frank.  :-*
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Post by: Mastafrank on December 14, 2012, 06:48:46 PM
I'd rather drink that HP 18 yr old but for that price I can buy 2 Laphroaigs
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Post by: fire-fly on December 14, 2012, 06:59:03 PM
Is that a scotch mate?
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Post by: Mastafrank on December 14, 2012, 07:04:15 PM
yep....and only the best 8)

FYI that HP 18 yr old is $140 :o :P

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Post by: fire-fly on December 14, 2012, 07:07:39 PM
Wow I can get a lot of rot gut bourbon for that much mate.  ::)
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Post by: Mastafrank on December 14, 2012, 07:14:21 PM
I once spent $155 on a 21 yr old Glenfiddich :o

they've now increased the price to $230  >:( >:( >:(

$100 is the most I'll spend ::) ::)
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Post by: WordBird on December 14, 2012, 07:22:35 PM
I once spent $250 on a pen.  :o
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Post by: Mastafrank on December 14, 2012, 07:25:40 PM
wow :o
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Post by: WordBird on December 14, 2012, 07:25:40 PM
LOL. Actually I do have a pen that vibrates.  ;D But it was free.  :o
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Post by: fire-fly on December 14, 2012, 07:39:42 PM
 :o :o :o

A vibrating pen, the fun I could have with that.  ::)
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Post by: WordBird on December 14, 2012, 07:52:56 PM
 ;D :D ;D

The pen works perfectly normal, ballpoint, no pun intended. 

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Post by: bri h on December 14, 2012, 08:05:01 PM
It was so intended! ha ha. I paid £3.00 for a single, its worth £350. now! yippee, not sellin it yet though. xbx
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Post by: WordBird on December 14, 2012, 08:09:18 PM
Well, maybe it was.........But I could've said worse. This is Christmas, though! No need to intend puns or such.  8) :D
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Post by: bri h on December 14, 2012, 08:12:21 PM
tha's right, never a need to pun intentionally! ha ha.
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Post by: Spell Chick on December 15, 2012, 01:44:07 PM
If this is too much, please feel free to delete

but don't yell at me

if I wanted to be yelled at, I would still be a Mod myself

I don't think it is too racy .... but yall might remember I have a high tolerance for racy
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Post by: Gyppo on December 15, 2012, 01:59:01 PM
Ah, the season of the double entendre is upon us.

A woman came into the bar and asked me for a double entendre.  So I gave her one.
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Post by: bri h on December 15, 2012, 02:01:56 PM
laffin an lollin@gyp
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Post by: Gyppo on December 15, 2012, 02:06:20 PM
As a MOG I really appreciate the Mayans setting their end of the world for the 21st of December.

If they're right, I've saved a lot of money and being shoved around in the shops.

If they're wrong I've still got got time to go out and buy for the special people in my life.
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Post by: wanderer on December 15, 2012, 02:11:07 PM
Well, I like the picture.  ;)
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Post by: wanderer on December 15, 2012, 02:12:07 PM
Sooo, here's another:

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Post by: bri h on December 15, 2012, 02:14:50 PM
 ;D ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: Vienna on December 15, 2012, 02:33:09 PM
here is one for Bri ;D
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Post by: Mastafrank on December 15, 2012, 03:14:48 PM
Another Christmas recipe

(http://sphotos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/60081_398647536887003_1626951222_n.jpg)
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Post by: Vienna on December 15, 2012, 03:48:03 PM
sounds good Frank but a waste of Glenlivet if you ask me mate
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Post by: Mastafrank on December 15, 2012, 03:53:28 PM
I know :o I think I'd put some cheap blended Dewars instead
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Post by: fire-fly on December 15, 2012, 04:06:32 PM
Cute Santas you lot.  :D

Frank, in those measurements, how much is a cl, what does that stand for mate?
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Post by: Gyppo on December 15, 2012, 04:18:53 PM
For those of you who thought it came from a bowl . . .

"Christmas Punch, Anyone?"

I'll wrap some tinsel around it if it makes you feel better ;-)

Left click to enlarge.
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Post by: fire-fly on December 15, 2012, 04:20:31 PM
Noice Gyp, I could use that some nights on the truck mate.  :D :D 

Another cute Santa, I like this one.

(http://i470.photobucket.com/albums/rr61/firefly254/Animated%20Giffs/Christmas/Xmassantatat.gif)
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Post by: Gyppo on December 15, 2012, 04:22:40 PM
He'll be back ;-)

You'd like the gladiator gloves, FF.  They leave your fingers and palms free to grab whatever needs grabbing.  Custom made.
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Post by: fire-fly on December 15, 2012, 04:34:46 PM
 :D :D

There are times I could grab a couple of things and keep squeezing Gyp. More often than not of late I fear.

Frank will want my Santa for his avatar now.  ::) ::)
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Post by: bri h on December 15, 2012, 04:46:52 PM
Careful what you post FF! I just observed you squeezin gyp! laf. Thanks for the pic gyp, and the others you lot, very chrissmassy, (groans, wake me up when its all over!) laf
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Post by: fire-fly on December 15, 2012, 05:00:21 PM
I love Xmas, makes me all warm and tingly.  :D
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Post by: bri h on December 15, 2012, 05:02:55 PM
2,000 volts will do that for ya! laf.
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Post by: Gyppo on December 15, 2012, 05:04:09 PM
Not so good for the pretty little lights though.
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Post by: bri h on December 15, 2012, 05:07:42 PM
They'll glow bright and then prettily explode and melt ya tree, lights anyone?
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Post by: Mastafrank on December 15, 2012, 06:49:11 PM
I have no idea how much a cl is ???
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Post by: Spell Chick on December 15, 2012, 06:59:33 PM
Google has this thing you can do. I think it is called "search" or something like that.
cl. = 1 centilitre = 10 ml 100 cl = 1 litre = 1 quart 1 oz = 3 cl. To convert cl

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20060711211346AAyOMww
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Post by: Mastafrank on December 15, 2012, 07:03:16 PM
damned Scots have a weird measurement system ::) ??? ???

btw is my link below not working??
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on December 15, 2012, 08:31:29 PM
It worked for me Frank . . . is this your Christmas wish list?  ;)
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Post by: Mastafrank on December 15, 2012, 09:06:25 PM
It worked for me Frank . . . is this your Christmas wish list?  ;)

 ;D ;D ;D ;D I wish.. I made the list of scotch that I want to try
(and available in my area) but like minded people get updated automatically whenever one distillery posts
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Post by: Mastafrank on December 15, 2012, 09:16:11 PM
Holiday beer bread :o :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-v3DJVZKlM

Warning drunk baker ahead :o ;D
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Post by: bri h on December 15, 2012, 09:17:27 PM
I've got a bit of a sore throat lately so I'm on the best tonic there is a little bit of Jaegermeister, Loverly. (medicinal you understand!) ha ha.
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Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on December 15, 2012, 10:10:31 PM
I wouldn't eat anything that gal cooked . . . I would be afraid to.
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Post by: fire-fly on December 17, 2012, 01:08:33 AM
 :o :o

Cwap, what a gal. I'm with you Alice.  :D
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Post by: Mastafrank on December 17, 2012, 02:59:27 AM
Hey be nice  ;D
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Post by: Laura H on December 17, 2012, 05:22:32 PM
Alright, office party tomorrow and here's my offering-

Pimento cheese fingers
cranberry-feta pinwheels
turtles
potato chip cookies

I'll let you know how it turns out and if any recipes are worth sharing.  
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Post by: trev on December 19, 2012, 06:19:34 AM

I used to love Christmas, but time and incidents leaves its mark. Grump, grump.

When my children were young, i hid one of their presents and left a piece of paper beside their beds with a poem on it, telling them where their next clue to finding the present would be. They would have as many as five poem clues, some with a small gift.

Clues were stuck under tables on ceilings in cupboards, inside shoes, cups and lampshades in fact all over the house.

Believe it or not the fun and laughter this created as they passed each other on the stairs or in the hall shouting about their next clue, or they have accidentally found somebody Else's clue and pass it to their sibling. Then everybody would pile onto our bed including the dog.

Have a good one.
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Post by: fire-fly on December 19, 2012, 07:08:51 AM
 :D :D

I like that tradition Trev, thanks mate.

Good luck Laura, I will look forward to your tale mate  :D
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Post by: Laura H on December 19, 2012, 07:10:32 AM
Sounds like you had some wonderful Christmases past, Trev  :)

I goofed on the name above - it was potato chip cookies, not sweet potato, and they were the hit of the buffet.

Potato Chip cookies.  Who knew?
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Post by: fire-fly on December 19, 2012, 07:13:02 AM
Spill  ::)

I need a replacement for the grits grrrrr
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Post by: trev on December 19, 2012, 07:20:10 AM
Grits, they taste like the dogs bollocks, and not a very healthy dog at that. I don't like them, nor grits.

Sweet potato chip cookies, probably quite nice Laura. have fun at the party.
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Post by: fire-fly on December 19, 2012, 07:22:53 AM
Laura says grits are amazing trev, was she yanking my chain?  :o
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Post by: Vienna on December 19, 2012, 07:24:23 AM
well when I was a young lad all I got one Christmas was 4 batteries with a label on them...............Toys not included............
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Post by: Laura H on December 19, 2012, 07:26:03 AM
Potato Chip Cookies

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups crushed potato chips
1 cup chopped pecans

Beat the butter & sugar till fluffy, add eggs & vanilla & beat till smooth.  Stir in remaining ingredients - gently stir in the potato chips last.

Roll into 2 inch balls & bake at 350 degrees for 14 minutes.  These spread out so leave plenty of space.   
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Post by: Laura H on December 19, 2012, 07:26:44 AM
Laura says grits are amazing trev, was she yanking my chain?  :o

Grits are delicious.  Trev must have had some porridge or something by mistake.
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Post by: Vienna on December 19, 2012, 07:30:38 AM
my Christmas Cake is made and I have been "feeding" it with a couple of teaspoons of whiskey every other day...........although the missus says the bottle is going down at an amazing rate. ;D
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Post by: Spell Chick on December 19, 2012, 07:34:46 AM
I despise grits and my husband loves them.

They seem to be either a love or hate thing. I'm on the hate side.

Cookies sound good. I saw some bacon cookies on Pinterest. Those looked a bit scary to me.
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Post by: Mastafrank on December 19, 2012, 04:55:12 PM
We pour grit on icy roads ::)
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Post by: Spell Chick on December 19, 2012, 05:02:19 PM
That's about what it tastes like
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Post by: fire-fly on December 19, 2012, 05:08:15 PM
Well I am going with Laura on the grits and I will be giving them a go because she does make them sound delicious.  :D

I like the sound of the chip cookies too.

Oh V, I can imagine you, one for the cake, two for the V....>:D
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Post by: Laura H on December 19, 2012, 09:12:45 PM
We pour grit on icy roads ::)

Well those're Canadian grits. 

Go for it FF!  Ooh, I'm in big trouble if this doesn't work out  :o :o :o
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Post by: fire-fly on December 19, 2012, 09:14:59 PM
I'm going up to get the chippies for those cookies right now.

Just did the choc pav and the ice cream slice last night.  :D
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Post by: Mastafrank on December 19, 2012, 09:28:08 PM
yum :D
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Post by: fire-fly on December 20, 2012, 12:33:24 AM
Potato Chip Cookies

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups crushed potato chips
1 cup chopped pecans

Beat the butter & sugar till fluffy, add eggs & vanilla & beat till smooth.  Stir in remaining ingredients - gently stir in the potato chips last.

Roll into 2 inch balls & bake at 350 degrees for 14 minutes.  These spread out so leave plenty of space.   

Ok these cookies are seriously amazing. I didn't have pecans so I used some other nut, I think hazel. Mmmmmm deliciouseocious. Thanks Laura, I don't wanna take em to work for those ingrates.  :D
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Post by: trev on December 20, 2012, 05:28:05 AM
Ok Laura lets try these grits, I shall be cooking them this weekend. The other shit grits I ate were on US air basses, I have no idea how they cooked them but should have been used on the road, they were shocking.

If you don't hear from me Laura, expect the worst.
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Post by: fire-fly on December 20, 2012, 05:33:10 AM
 :D :D :D

I don't want to try the recipe until I have the proper grits so I am ordering some through amazon.
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Post by: Laura H on December 20, 2012, 03:28:06 PM
Ok Laura lets try these grits, I shall be cooking them this weekend. The other shit grits I ate were on US air basses, I have no idea how they cooked them but should have been used on the road, they were shocking.

If you don't hear from me Laura, expect the worst.

Lol, Trev - unless those bases were in the Southern USA and employed local ladies to cook then you ain't had grits  ;D

Glad you like the cookies, FF.  They were devoured at my office shin-dig.

Say, I'm in charge of bringing a "wonderful" salad for Christmas dinner.  Not kidding - the hostess said  bring a wonderful salad. Now that's a lot of pressure.  Any ideas?  I'm thinking something pretty with dark greens and cranberries to look Christmasy.
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Post by: fire-fly on December 20, 2012, 04:09:14 PM
North American Salad

500g Wild Rice
75g dried sliced cranberries
500g cold cooked turkey, diced
2 tablespoons cranberry sauce or jelly
2tablespoons lime juice
60ml Olive Oil
75g halved pecans
Handful flat leaf (Italian) parsley leaves chopped

Cook the rice according to the packet instructions, rinse and leave to cool.
Add the dried cranberries and turkey to the rice
make a dressing with the cranberry jelly, line juice and oil by whisking everything together in a bowl.
Toss the dressing through the rice, cranberries and turkey. Snap the pecans in half and add to the salad with most of the parsley. Turn onto a plate and sprinkle with remaining parsley
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Post by: Vienna on December 20, 2012, 04:35:49 PM
wasn't there a recipe thread at one time? I think it needs to be brought back to life.....................
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Post by: fire-fly on December 20, 2012, 04:44:51 PM
I'm not sure V. I know we do this every Xmas and it does eventually get lost I guess.

See if we can find it ay.  ;)
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Post by: Vienna on December 21, 2012, 11:10:20 AM
so it is 5.10 pm,  we have guests coming at 6.00pm..............missus should have been home at 2pm but they had "some kind of bad incident at school" and she is at the police station with a couple of boys.............kilian is screaming as his eye teeth are coming through and he is knackered.......turkey is in, veggies are ready to be turned on, starter will be ready in minutes, apple pie is ready, drinks are in, christmas cake is decorated, table is set, place is tidy............so what am I worried about eh...ah a glass of wine , cheers 
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Post by: WordBird on December 21, 2012, 11:14:13 AM
Cheers, Vienna. I hope the missus is all OK. I wish I knew something about teething babies, but it sounds like you got it all under control.
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Post by: Spell Chick on December 21, 2012, 11:16:53 AM
I hope your party goes well and the little lady gets home to enjoy it.
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Post by: fire-fly on December 21, 2012, 02:10:05 PM
I wish we could enjoy it, sounds grand  :D
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Post by: Vienna on December 22, 2012, 03:49:50 AM
so everything went well, the food, even if I say so myself, was excellent as was wine, beer and we all got on fine. What happened at school was that the father of an iranian girl stormed into school and threatened a boy that is in the missus' class...........said if he didn't leave his daughter alone the boy  wouldn't see Christmas nevermind his 15th birthday..........shouting etc and apparently posted death threats on FB............all this because the "unbeliever of a boy" had had the audacity to go to the cinema with his daughter.All this had to be taken seriously by the police who as the missus said were incredibly slow..........anyway now it is the Christmas hols and we can get on with some relaxing.........I hope, I am going down to the in-laws afer all. ;D
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Post by: fire-fly on December 22, 2012, 04:09:27 AM
Eeeek, bit scary for the school V, glad the Mrs handled it all in her stride.

Glad too the dinner went off hitchless.  :D
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Post by: trev on December 29, 2012, 12:52:11 PM
Just about to curry the remains of our turkey. It is the first time we had turkey in years, butter pushed between the flesh and skin with herbs and garlic was a great success.

Vienna--- Oh to be 15 again and have all those older brother/dad problems, with young ladies who wish dad & bro would keep out of their love life.
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Post by: thatollie on January 05, 2013, 06:15:42 PM
Today is the twelfth day of Christmas, so let's have the twelve days of christmas.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPekxA8bScs
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Post by: Gyppo on January 05, 2013, 06:27:07 PM
The tree is down as are the few decorations, so they don't turn into hobgoblins and bring us bad luck all year.

Bizarre superstition ;-)
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Post by: fire-fly on January 05, 2013, 11:07:17 PM
My tree is usually down on Boxing Day, it still sits but I took the fairy off the top.  :o
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Post by: fire-fly on January 05, 2013, 11:10:35 PM
Have never heard that one Ollie  :D
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Post by: trev on January 08, 2013, 10:51:20 AM
We take all the decorations down just after Christmas, It was my sons birthday on the 31 December so we never had Xmas cards and his birthday cards together. As for the tree we dig it out of the garden and put it back after we have finished with it. Around June we usually find a silver bell hanging from it
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Post by: fire-fly on January 08, 2013, 06:10:13 PM
 :D :D :D

I love that idea Trev.