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Sappy Cat Blogging — 12/28/2012

Christmas Nyan Cat

 

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Tuesday musings – Merry Christmas!

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” — Bob Hope

“And when we give each other Christmas gifts in His name, let us remember that He has given us the sun and the moon and the stars, and the earth with its forests and mountains and oceans–and all that lives and move upon them. He has given us all green things and everything that blossoms and bears fruit and all that we quarrel about and all that we have misused–and to save us from our foolishness, from all our sins, He came down to earth and gave us Himself.” — Sigrid Unset

“Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves.” — Eric Sevareid

“Are you willing to stoop down and consider the needs and desires of little children; to remember the weaknesses and loneliness of people who are growing old; to stop asking how much your friends love you, and to ask yourself if you love them enough; to bear in mind the things that other people have to bear on their hearts; to trim your lamp so that it will give more light and less smoke, and to carry it in front so that your shadow will fall behind you; to make a grave for your ugly thougts and a garden for your kindly feelings, with the gate open? Are you willing to do these things for a day? Then you are ready to keep Christmas!” — Henry Van Dyke

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The Oxen — Thomas Hardy

Christmas Eve, and twelve of the clock.
“Now they are all on their knees,”
An elder said as we sat in a flock
By the embers in hearthside ease.

We pictured the meek mild creatures where
They dwelt in their strawy pen,
Nor did it occur to one of us there
To doubt they were kneeling then.

So fair a fancy few would weave
In these years! Yet, I feel,
If someone said on Christmas Eve,
“Come; see the oxen kneel

“In the lonely barton by yonder coomb
Our childhood used to know,”
I should go with him in the gloom,
Hoping it might be so.

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Sappy Cat Blogging – 12/21/2012

Wrapping Presents with a Cat

A Kitten’s 12 Days of Christmas

 

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Tuesday musings — 12/18/2012

“I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store, and he asked for my autograph.” — Shirley Temple Black

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Sappy Cat (and Dog, and Rabbit, and Budgie . . .) Blogging

Animals of YouTube sing “Deck the Halls”:

“Jingle Bells”

“The Twelve Days of Christmas”

 

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Renaissance Girl’s Recipe Corner

I’m making these cookies for our church’s cookie walk this weekend.

Flourless PB&J Cookies (original recipe from a 1970s church cookbook; the spices and jam are my additions)

Makes 2 dozen; easily doubled or tripled

1 cup peanut butter (This is *not* the time to use the natural variety; can use either chunky or creamy. I prefer chunky.)

1 cup sugar (Can use either white or brown; I actually like them better with brown sugar.)

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon nutmeg

½ teaspoon ginger

(The spices are optional but delicious.)

Mix all ingredients. Drop with teaspoon on *greased* cookie sheet. (I had to fix that. Sorry for any inconvenience.) Bake at 325 degrees no longer than 15 minutes. Immediately after removing from oven, make small depression with a teaspoon or the end of a wooden spoon. Fill with your favorite jam or jelly or with Nutella. Let cool.

The next two recipes I’ll be making for my family.

My Mom’s Favorite Cookies (original recipe from a Diane Mott Davidson mystery)

Makes 3 dozen (give or take, depends on how big you make them)

2 ¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour

2/3 cup baking cocoa

1 teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

Optional: 1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened (can substitute Blue Bonnet or Imperial margarine)

¾ cup granulated sugar

2/3 cup packed brown sugar (light or dark)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large eggs

1 12-ounce package semisweet chocolate chunks or chips

1 8-ounce package dried cranberries (craisins) or dried cherries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt (and cinnamon, if you’re using it) in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large bowl until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each. Gradually beat in flour mixture. (You may have to switch from a mixer to a wooden spoon.) Stir in chocolate chips or chunks and cranberries/cherries. Drop by well-rounded teaspoon onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 9-11 minutes or until centers are set. Cool on baking sheets.

Mocha-Chip Cookies

Makes about 3 dozen

2 ¼ cups unbleached, all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking soda

¼ tsp. salt

2 T. instant coffee (the only appropriate use for instant coffee, IMHO)

½ cup + 1 T. unsweetened cocoa

Optional: cinnamon to taste, up to 1 tsp.

2 sticks butter, softened (can substitute Blue Bonnet or Imperial margarine)

¾ cup granulated sugar

2/3 cup light brown sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 eggs

1 package white chocolate/semisweet chocolate swirled chips (You can use all white or all semisweet, or even milk chocolate chips if you prefer)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla, then add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. In a small bowl, mix flour, baking soda, salt, cocoa, instant coffee, and cinnamon. Gradually add dry ingredients to butter/sugar mixture. (At some point you’ll want to switch from the mixer to a wooden spoon or spatula. This is a really heavy dough.) Add chips. Drop by tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes. They’re not going to look “done” when they come out; don’t worry about that. Let cool on cookie sheet. If you make the cookies smaller, decrease your baking time by 1-2 minutes.

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Tuesday musings — 12/11/2012

Only two X chromosomes could account for the creation of pomander balls by thousands of women who otherwise seem not to suffer from any grievous psychological ailment . . . .If you told a boy he had to make a gift for someone he loved out of rotting fruit, hairpins, and cheesecloth, he might find the concept intriguing—think of the possibilities in terms of making a mess, after all—but when he discovered that the process involved the systematic implantation of hundreds of cloves, he would plead his case to Child Protective Services.” – Gina Barreca

 

I will be baking cookies and making assorted goodies for my parents’ Christmas present (I’ll post recipes later), and I painted Christmas ornaments to sell at our church’s cookie walk/craft sale, but that is where my creativity ends. No Santa outfits or jingle bell collars for the cats. No stringing popcorn and cranberries for the tree (if I put the tree up; Little Trouble gets airborne sometimes, and I have ornaments that are 50+ years old and came on the boat from Europe with my maternal grandmother). No handmade cards for my entire Christmas list, including people I haven’t seen in years.

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