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Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
« Reply #45 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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Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
« Reply #46 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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Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
« Reply #47 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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Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
« Reply #48 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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Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
« Reply #49 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.

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Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
« Reply #50 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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Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
« Reply #51 on: November 29, 2012, 05:48:43 PM »
 :D :D :D

Oh you two are wicked D.
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Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
« Reply #52 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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Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
« Reply #53 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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Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
« Reply #54 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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Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
« Reply #55 on: November 29, 2012, 08:24:06 PM »
Why don't we start a new thread just for recipes then ???

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Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
« Reply #56 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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Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
« Reply #57 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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Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
« Reply #58 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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Re: And So The Christmas Season Begins....
« Reply #59 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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