Tag Archives: Christmas

Holiday cheer

24 Dec

Aka reason #89798 I love my work: this.  Do it.  Now.  Turn the sound up on your computer first.



Music Monday: The House on Christmas Street

19 Dec

To celebrate the holiday season – and to pay homage to the musician, from my hometown (where I will be returning for the holidays!) – I bring you “The House on Christmas Street.”  It makes the house across the street from me look tame by comparison!

Winter Weekend Win

18 Dec

20-degree perfection!

Not pictured: brownies that are cooling in the kitchen, the roommate who will watch very silly Christmas movies with me, and the cute boyfriend who came to cheer on us Jingle Bell Runners.

After finishing the Jingle Bell Run 5k.

Our neighbor's amazing light display. Holiday cheer huzzah!

Delicious risotto for dinner - recipe to come!

Music Monday: Joy to the world

27 Dec

It’s music to my ears (and it’s my blog, so I say it counts!) – so I present to you…

… kids getting puppies for Christmas.

Christmas Wishes

23 Dec

My Christmas wishes:

  1. A cure for cancer
  2. For my loved ones to be happy, healthy, and close to me
  3. More travel, good food, and beautiful scenic views in the coming year
  4. To make a positive difference in the world

Steve Martin, however, has other ideas.

[Hilarious, but not entirely suitable for work.  Don't say I didn't warn you.]

The icing on the cookie

22 Dec

When life called for icing, I pulled out good old Betty Crocker to get some advice.  The only problem: the recipe was waaay too big for the mini-batches I had planned to make.

So, I used the same ingredients and mixed and matched until I got the perfect consistency for spreading, sticking, and eating.

  1. Warm up 1 tsp or less of button until melted.
  2. Add 1 tsp milk
  3. Add a dash vanilla (1/4 tsp or so)
  4. Add 1/2 cup powdered sugar.
  5. Stir until creamy – then add more powdered sugar, stir, and adjust as needed.

The basic idea is to add a small amount of everything, then add powdered sugar until it ends up the consistency you’re looking for – overshoot a little if you’re not sure.  If you want cake frosting, use less powdered sugar overall.  But this mix, which ended up having about 1.5 cups of unpacked powdered sugar in it total, was perfect for frosting cookies.  It was easy to work with, didn’t harden up too soon, and tastes delicious, even days later.

If you get here in the next ten minutes, you can fight me for the last of this batch!  I’ll even throw in a cuppa tea!


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