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Merry Christmas to You!

Every year I enjoy the Jacquie Lawson advent calendar. A neighbor always sends it to me as a gift, and I get hours of enjoyment out of playing the games.

Mr. TroutBend decided to come here from Las Vegas for about a week, arrived Monday night. It's nice to see him, and he brought some gifts that he received from the casino - battery-powered candles, some nice mugs, and a sort of blanket wrap that's pink, teal, and ivory plaid. We had a nice conversation about money, which is hard to do via email or cell phone.

I've been married to this man for 42 years, and still learning things about him, but some of it is because he's changed his mind about things. Today I found out that he doesn't hate whole berry cranberry sauce. For years he insisted we had to have the plain jellied kind, served just as dumped from the can - as opposed to cutting out stars or hearts. Now, the sky's the limit because we can have any form of cranberries I want to dump in a dish and stick a spoon in.

Around Thanksgiving time, I bought a 20 pound turkey because that was the cheapest, and thawed it out for this holiday because he's here to cook for. It's so huge I broke it in half, and am cooking the meat in various ways, trying out new recipes. Tomorrow we'll have a classic turkey dinner. And I'm baking lots of pies to hand out as gifts.

I'm going to make this pecan pie recipe that doesn't call for any kind of syrup.

If I was Santa, this is how I'd look - crazy and fat. It looks like he's either enjoying the ride or too drunk to be scared.

posted on Dec 24, 2020 4:38 AM ()


Have a Merry Christmas!
I loved "I've been married to this man for 42 years, and still learning things about him, but some of it is because he's changed his mind about things." That sounds like us!
We made 95 tamales last night and a chocolate cake from scratch!
comment by jerms on Dec 25, 2020 9:59 AM ()
I remember when you lived in Mexico and would write about meals you'd cooked and your life down there.
reply by traveltales on Dec 27, 2020 7:38 PM ()
Sounds like you're having fun. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Santa should be wearing a snuggie blanket.
comment by drmaus on Dec 24, 2020 8:59 AM ()
This was Christmas day: Hot Buttered Rum = 1/2 cup butter melted with 1/2 cup brown sugar. Stir in some half and half, maybe 1/2 cup and 1 tsp cinnamon and some ground cloves if you have them, or allspice. Ground nutmeg. Get it hot but not boiling. Put some in a cup with some rum. Fill with hot water. I drank two big mugs of it before breakfast.
reply by traveltales on Dec 27, 2020 7:44 PM ()
Have a wonderful holiday.
comment by elderjane on Dec 24, 2020 7:37 AM ()
I'm glad the holidays are winding down, but they were something to look forward to. I'll have to do something fun for the Super Bowl to cheer me up.
reply by traveltales on Dec 27, 2020 7:45 PM ()
Happy Christmas Best Wishes, Laura, to you and dear Mr. Troutbend! My thoughts are floating away to what must be the wonderful yummy smells filling your kitchen. God Bless The Pies!!
comment by marta on Dec 24, 2020 7:08 AM ()
You too, Marta. I am working my way through 'new pie recipes.' New to me. My neighbors are happily helping to eat them.
reply by traveltales on Dec 27, 2020 7:48 PM ()

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