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Get It While It’s Hot!

Sadhvi
Sadhvi

I’m going to sign up for Obamacare soon…I just have to send out my Christmas cards and get my real estate calendars in the mail first.

I’ve been feeling like it’s midnight at five o’clock lately, which has not helped to keep my energy level going strong.

But hey, through the darkest time of the year, I have managed not to gain 20 pounds despite the fact that I’ve baked a half dozen poppy seed and nut rolls, a double batch of my all-time favorite chocolate chip cookies with red and green Holiday M&M’s (see recipe below*), a double batch of my yummy Swiss Butter Cookies with Lemon frosting,  a few batches of “Basler Brunsli”, and to make 9 jars of “Marroni Creme” with the extremely tasty chestnuts that we’ve been blessed with this year.

Tomorrow is the Solstice, the start of Winter, the day with the least amount of light, and we all know what the day after signifies don’t we?

That’s right, daylight hours starts to get longer, and before you know it, ta da!  Spring will be here.

If you want to feel something, and maybe even get up off your booty and move it, click on the clip below.

Oh, and Happy Holidays!

 

* My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies*
(from “The Great Book of Chocolate” by David Lebovitz)

I like to soak the nuts for a few hours.  Then I toast them in the oven.

1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (120 grams) firmly packed light brown sugar
8 tablespoons (1 stick) (115 grams) unsalted butter, cold, cut into 1/2-inch (1cm) pieces
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 cups (175 grams) all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt or 1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt (Deb option)
1 1/2 cups (200 grams) semisweet chocolate chips, or, Holiday M&M’s
1 cup (130 grams) walnuts or pecans, toasted and chopped

Adjust the oven rack to the top third of the oven and preheat to 300F (150C). Line three baking sheets with parchment paper.

Beat the sugars and butters together until smooth. Mix in the egg, vanilla, and baking soda.

Stir together the flour and salt, then mix them into the batter. Mix in the chocolate chips and nuts.

Scoop the cookie dough into 2-tablespoon (5cm) balls and place 8 balls, spaced 4 inches (10cm) apart, on each of the baking sheets.

Bake for 18 minutes, or until pale golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

Pack them quickly and send off to loved ones asap 🙂

 

10 Reasons to Cook at Home

Sadhvi

I wrote a post about Clara Cannucciari a few years ago.  She had these wonderful little videos on how to cook simple, good food that she learned from her mother during the Great Depression (not to be confused with the Great Disaster that we are in now).

As you all know I love to cook and hate to go out to eat, since it’s usually expensive for what you get and I can just about always cook something better.  Like Clara.  I wanted to see what was new so I searched and found that her last clip is the one below.

She turned 98 this past August, so she has the right to stop doing anything she wants to, but just the idea that she won’t be around forever and there is an end to everything is a general concept that’s always been hard for me to “get”  Sakshi just told me that we DO go on forever, and that what I just wrote is false.  Hmmmm….

It’s Indian Summer where I live, with the most amazing sunny and blue sky days, with cool nights and foggy mornings.  We’re eating soup for dinner just about every night though, and that is a sure sign of Fall.  Working out in my garden today, I heard the sound of leaves falling from the old Dogwood trees.  It was like music from a wind instrument…  Winter is coming, but not quite yet!

The fear factor for this coming winter is high.  With people saying things like, “It’s gonna be a bad one!”, or, “It’ll be the toughest and coldest one we’ve seen!”.

After finding three Wooly Worms in the garden, with each one having a different number and thickness of stripes (one had no stripes, one had a few, and another had it’s whole body striped) I am going to go the Zen way and just take it like it comes.

So here’s my top 10 Reasons to Cook at Home:

1. You don’t have to worry about parking.

2. You can get seconds without feeling foolish.

3. You can drink better wine with your meal.

4. You don’t have to dress up, or even wear a bra.

5. You don’t have to worry about slimy lettuce.

6. You don’t have to be tempted to have dessert, since if you are like us, we don’t have dessert made for each evening meal, just special occasions.

7. You don’t have to worry about being heard over the din of the restaurant.

8. If you are hungry, you don’t have to wait to eat.

9. When you are finished, you don’t have to wait for the check, and then drive home because you are already home.

And lastly,

10. You don’t have to worry about having overpaid for a meal that you didn’t like.

Sadhvi Sez: Saying Good-bye to 2012

It’s that time of the year again, where everyone is looking back, and letting everyone in on the best of, the most popular (viral) videos watched on YouTube, the best movies, the best books, the best of this and the best of that. You know what I’m talking about.

I won’t be letting you in on my favorite anything, except, just one; this is my favorite email that came from a friend…take a look:

 

 

It turns out that the friend who sent this to me is not into FaceBook. I know what you’re thinking, “Now who doesn’t like FB?” Well, it turns out that there are a lot of people who don’t. When I ask those folks why, they usually all respond with the same reason:  they just don’t like everyone to know what they are up too, nor do they care what their “friends” are doing. Even the ones that do are in a love-hate relationship with it. Unless you are just in love with it!

You see it seems like everyone is doing their own thing these days, which I like. The world didn’t end, but something feels different. Maybe it is the New Age where mankind does not live in fear of things, and accepts each other just the way they are; what a wonderful world that would be!

I want to wish everyone a Wonderful New Year ahead…I have a feeling it’s going to be a good one.

P.S. If you are on FB, go like our page before the year is up…you don’t want to have that on your list of “Things to Do in 2013”.  Thank You!

SADHVI