Archive for December 31, 2009

Seasonal Serendipity

   What was it I said here just last week?  Something about wishing everybody a “white – but not frigid – Christmas,” I believe.  And what is that old warning about being careful not to toss wishes about too casually?  I’ll refer you to the photo above to illustrate why I’ve been rethinking those sentiments – a view of my neighbor’s front yard four days after the 38° meltdown on the 25th. 

It’s since gotten very cold again, so we are skating our way through dog walks and unsuccessfully searching for some itty bitty boots for those itty bitty Chihuahua-size  paws.  (Last year we tried cutting the fingers out of rubber dishwashing gloves, but the resulting doggie overshoes were soon found everywhere but on doggie’s feet, and then all over the front lawn after last year’s spring thaw.) 

Of course being captive to the indoors due to the harshness of the outdoors leads to some quality kitchen time, and that can bring about happy discoveries in using up holiday leftovers.  Today, a selection of possibilities for you to try in the warmth of your own kitchen, starting with Mango Punch and Stuffed Celery, and followed by Shrimp Creole Soup, Sweet Potato Bread, and Marinated Cauliflower Salad.  This time of year you’re probably ready to turn down even one more homemade goodie, so how about a Bowl of  Sliced Kiwi Tossed with Dried Cranberries for a light, sweet end note.  (more…)

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