Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sunday Stealing: The Christmas Meme

This week's Sunday Stealing comes from the Sunday Stealing archives!

1. Do you send Christmas cards? I send Christmas cards via snail mail and via the internet.

2. How soon do you start shopping? I usually shop the week of Christmas.

3. Who do you shop for? I shop for my dog and family.

4. Do you put up a Christmas tree? Some years I do.  I did not put one up this year though.  I am not really in the Christmas spirit.

5. If so, is it fake or real? Fake

6. Do you like tinsel? No.  Tinsel gets everywhere and I am afraid the dog will eat it.

7. Do you use homemade or store bought ornaments? Store bought.  All of my homemade ornaments have been lost or destroyed.

8. Do you put Christmas lights outside your house?  Some years I do.  But not this year or the last few years.

9. Do you put lights on the tree? Yes

10. How about popcorn and cranberries? Yes.

11. Is there a wreath hanging on your door? Yes and here is a photo.
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12. Do you hang up your stocking? No and I have not in many years.

13. Does your family read "Twas the night before Christmas?" We did when the kids were little but not any more.

14. Christmas Movie: A Christmas Story

15. Character from any Christmas Movie?  The Grinch

16. Christmas Song: The Little Drummer Boy

17. Christmas Memory: Going to Grandma and Grandpa's house on Christmas Eve so that "Santa" could visit our house while we were gone.

18. Give or Receive? Give

19. Ham or Turkey? Turkey

20. White Lights or Colored Lights? White lights....they are so peaceful.

21. Blinking Lights or Still Lights? Still lights.  Blinking lights give me e headache.

22. Were you Naughty or Nice this year? Nice of course.  I have no reason to be naughty.

23. What do you want for Christmas this year?  Peace, quiet, happiness and good health for all.

24. When do you open your gifts? Christmas Day

25. What's the best gift you've ever gotten? Stuffed animals (as a kid and as an adult).  I loved stuffed animals, especially moose and teddy bears.

26. What's the worst gift you've ever gotten? A sweater that was way too small.

27. Who gives you the most gifts? My mother-in-law.

28. Have you ever had a secret Santa? Yes

29. Do you like wrapping gifts? No

30. Do you put change in those red buckets? Sometimes.

31. Do you burn a yule log? No

32. Can you name all the reindeer?  Yes.  Dasher, Dancer, Donner, Blitzen, Comet, Cupid, Prancer, Vixen and Rudolph.

33. Do you bake cookies? Sometimes.

34. Have you ever seen your mommy kissing Santa Clause? Yes

35. Have you ever gotten a kiss under the mistletoe? No

36. Do you drive around and look at the Christmas lights?  Yes

37. Have you ever left Santa cookies? Yes

38. Have you ever sat on Santa's lap? Yes

39. Who do you celebrate Christmas with? My family

40. Where do you celebrate Christmas? At my in-laws house.

41. Have you ever had a white Christmas?  Yes, many.

42. What part of Christmas do you look most forward to? I look forward to Christmas being over.  The hustle, bustle and crowds drive me nuts.  Christmas is very hard on me and always has been...negative memories far outweigh the positive.

43. Have you ever had your picture taken with Santa?  Yes
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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Camera Critters: Christmas - BarkBox Style

Camera Critters
Shelby received her December BarkBox this week and it was filled with goodies.
She received two bags of treats, two toys and a Christmas bandanna.

Here is a photo of the goodies.
And the next two photos are of Shelby, showing off her bandanna.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

RotteneCard of the Week #66: Your Brain Is A Wonderful Organ

Your brain is a wonderful organ. 
It starts working the second you get out of bed 
and doesn't stop until you get to work.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Crack (Chocolate Saltine Toffee) Recipe

Cooking spray
35 to 40 saltine crackers
2 sticks (1 cup) butter
1 cup light brown sugar
8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips (about 1 1/3 cups)

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Line 1 large or 2 small jelly-roll pans with aluminum foil, spray with nonstick spray and arrange the saltines salt-side down in a single layer. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar together and boil until it turns a caramel color, a few minutes. Remove from the heat and pour over the crackers, covering them evenly.

Put the jelly-roll pan into the oven and bake for 3 to 5 minutes, or until just bubbly, watching carefully. Remove from the oven and pour the chocolate chips over the crackers. When the chips melt a bit, spread them over the crackers with a knife.

Transfer the pan to the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until completely cold. They will form one big sheet. Break up into pieces. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe adapted from Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood (c) Clarkson Potter 2010

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Candy Cane Fudge

1 teaspoon plus 4 tablespoons butter, divided
39 miniature candy canes, crushed (about 1 cup)
1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk, divided
4 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
1 teaspoon cream of tartar


1. Line an 8-in. square pan with foil and grease the foil with 1 teaspoon butter. Sprinkle with half of the crushed candy; set aside.

2. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons butter. Microwave on high for 1 minute; stir. Microwave at additional 15-second intervals, stirring until smooth. Stir in 2/3 cup milk. Carefully pour over candy layer in prepared pan. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, in a microwave-safe bowl, combine white baking chocolate and remaining butter. Microwave on high for 40-50 seconds; stir until smooth. Stir in the cream of tartar, remaining milk and candy. Spread over chocolate layer.

4. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm. Using foil, remove fudge from pan. Invert onto a cutting board; remove foil. Cut into 1-in. squares. Yield: about 1-3/4 pounds.

Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

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Monday, December 15, 2014