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1. Are you cooking Christmas dinner? How many will be 'round your table this year? What are we having? Well, ya....I'm cooking...but only for two this year. And who knows what I'll cook. Maybe our belated Thanksgiving dinner...tho much less...and really nothing a 'big deal'. While typing this response, I'm thinking maybe a hot turkey, open-faced, sandwich with gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberries and cole slaw. What I'd really like to do this year is see the opening movie on Christmas Day..."War Horse". Only time will tell.

2. What is one must-have Christmas cookie in your house? Not really much on Christmas Cookies as a necessity for the season, tho I've baked 'em a lot over the years when the kids were home....my favorite would be gingerbread cookies...as in gingerbread boys [with raisins for buttons, eyes and nose].

3. Santa likes a glass of milk with his cookies. Do you? What kind of milk is on tap at your house-skim? almond? soy? full fat (Gasp!) I am one that LOVES and drinks a LOT of milk. Icy cold...in fact I've been known to pour me a glass and put it in the freezer so it's slushy; I like it that cold. And it's FAT FREE milk. And, COW's milk...none of that 'fakey' stuff that some consider milk.

4. Time magazine recently named their 'Person of the Year' for 2011. This is the person the editors believe had the greatest impact, for better or worse, in the past year. This year they chose 'The Protester'. Your thoughts? Who would you name Person of the Year for 2011? I like the concept of protesting something you strongly believe in changing because of your dissatisfaction...but, my thoughts are plain and simple, if you so strongly believe in protesting then you MUST stand your ground and go all the way if necessary. Do not become violent and deadly...just stand your ground and go to jail if arrested...Do not pass GO and do not collect your $200 [oops...monopoly got here somehow]. I lived in the 1960s during a high level of protests and they seemed to have made their statement in history and the protesters DID make a difference. As for whom I would choose as person of the year...it'd be someone that made a high impact for humanity. Probably someone from the future if I'd have to choose...one that hasn't come around yet --someone who would come up with a cure for a deadly disease ---someone like that. I have no name tho.

5. December 21st is National Flashlight Day... when was the last time you needed a flashlight and did you know right where to find one? First, where in the world do you get your info? National Flashlight Day? Oh my goodness. Okay...the last time I needed a flashlight was just recently...I dropped a Chocolate Covered Raisin on the carpet....dark candy, dark corner of the room, dark carpeting....couldn't find it. Had to get the flashlight...found it...[the flashlight] and found the candy. The flashlight is always in the same hidey-hole...HALL CLOSET.

6. candy canes...yum or yuck? They're okay, but nothing I crave.

7. What Christmas carol lyric means the most to you? "I'll be home for Christmas...if only in my dreams"

8. Insert your own random thought here...A double take usually refers to a second (delayed) reaction to something, or repeating an action for a 2nd time. When you do a double take, usually you have already reacted to (seen, heard, done) something without fully noticing or comprehending all the details. Often it's in connection with something normal but with some sort of unexpected aspect. Then there is a second reaction or action (the double take) when the detail of what you've just seen or heard or done, finally becomes clear in your mind and you may find yourself having to look again just to make sure that what you think you saw is what is really there......

above 'photo' is courtesy of FUNNY DB dot Net
open face hot turkey sandwich image courtesy of Recipes dot Com

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  1. Growing up we always drank whole cows milk. For some reason as I became an adult, I also became lactose intolerant. I miss drinking cold milk with my dinner.
    Merry Christmas Annie!

  2. Anonymous12/21/2011

    I'll Be Home For Christmas is my all time favorite song....my Mom used to wake us up on Saturday and Sunday mornings will Al Martino's version. It was the first cut on his album....and she'd blare it loud!!! Merry Chritmas!!!

  3. I want to see War Horse too...even the previews make me shed a few tears.
    Have a merry Christmas...your meal sounds pretty good to me!

  4. Good morning! Enjoyed your post. The Pecan Balls I am referring to sound very similar to what you are describing. You roll them in powdered sugar at the end. Small and very crunchy....soo good. Only make them at Christmastime. I use to drink my milk with ice cubes in it, haha...I too LOVE REALLY cold milk. Have a good day and a wonderful Christmas! Debbie

  5. I am lucky I don't have to worry about Christmas cooking, we are going to my son's in Amsterdam and he cooks !

  6. Anonymous12/21/2011

    An Wehnachten gibt es immer ganz verschieden Dinge zu essen. Den Truthan gibt es bei uns fast gar nicht, mag ich auch nicht, dafür aber Gänsebraten....sooo lecker.
    Ansonsten ganz einfache Gerichte und nicht zuviel Süßkram, das ruiniert die Figur *gg*

    Grüßlis ♥ Marianne

  7. OH, my goodness, that photo made my head start swimming. :o)

    Loved the post on N.O. Lived in Louisiana for almost 41 years and didn't know some of that stuff. But, we live in the NE part of the state and rarely ever get to N.O.

    Blessings for a wonderful Christmas!

  8. I love milk too. We do skim or 2%. Never thought of putting it in the freezer to make it slushy. I really must try that.

  9. Love the weird picture. I did have to double take. Before I got my glasses...I saw the moon eclipse...when it wasn't. I was afraid my glasses were failing me.

  10. Your dinner sounds yummy too! Hot open face turkey sandwich!! I just started wearing readers so that picture threw me! lol! Hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas!

  11. Oh, Anni
    I want to see War Horse, too but it want be on Christmas Day...
    Mama Bear

  12. Annie I thought my eyes were messin up badly!! LOL

  13. I much prefer ham over turkey, but that open faced sandwich looks absolutely delicious!

    Merry Christmas :)

  14. Thank you for stopping over today and it is very nice to meet you. We are originally from Chicago and we are die hard pizza fans. You dinner sounds tasty. I made a huge Thanksgiving dinner this year and it was awesome. My adult children will be decorating gingerbread houses on Christmas day. I do love gingerbread. Years ago my MIL's boys told her that the milk isn't cold enough. She put ice in it. They had a friend for dinner who thought they always iced their milk! That is a great song choice. Yes Joyce sure can stump us each week! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  15. I also want to see War Horse as soon as it comes out. But I think I'll wait a day or two and let some of the crowds clear out.


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