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Friday, December 04, 2009

Day Four

So one of My Favourite Things for the Holiday Season is making and giving quilts for gifts. I always try to make one for my Secret Santa recipient. And usually a couple of other smallish gifts. In the past, I've given away throw quilts (perfect for the couch), twin quilts, wallhangings, and tablerunners. This year is no different. Here are a few examples of some of the quilts I've made in the past and a current one!

This was Kayin's Christmas gift last year. He was in to the whole marine biology thing ... I found the the shark fleece at Joann's in Portsmouth and couldn't resist.

This is actually a quilt I was paid to make as a Christmas gift. It's a jeans quilt with corduroy borders and a flannel back.

This was my Grammy's gift ... a lap quilt because she is always cold. The border is a cardinal print (she loves birds).

And this is a gift for someone this year! For my Emma-bug, actually. It's not too big .... basically enough for her to curl up in. She already has a cute comforter, so I didn't want to make a quilt for her bed ... so this is good enough.
So, if you have a quilted gift from me, send me a pic and I will post it here!

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Day Three

Ok, so this isn't one of my favourite things, but if I can save someone the pain of watching any of these holiday movies, then my job is done. Today's MFT is a list - The Top Five Crappiest Christmas Movies. Now, some of them you may disagree with ... remember, this is MY list. I genuinely dislike all these movies and wouldn't EVER recommend them.


5. "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (2000) - You know, the one with Jim Carrey. Major disappointment. Just because Jim Carrey thinks he can "do" the Grinch doesn't mean he should. Stick with the original folks!

4. ANY "Home Alone" Movie! If I ever see Kevin trying to outsmart a bunch of half-wit thugs again, it will be way too soon.

3. This slot is a tie! I don't know which is more painful "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993) or "Elf" (2003). But if I was forced to watch one of these movies ... I would have to lean towards "Elf".

2. "A Christmas Story" (1983) - let's just say that I wanted Ralphie to get his coveted BB gun so he could shoot me between the eyes and put me out of my misery! One word - BORING!

And the number one crappiest Christmas movie goes to ......

1. "It's A Wonderful Life" (1946) - I am in complete agreement with Phoebe Buffet on this one - it should be called "It's A Sucky Life" and when you think it can't suck anymore, it does! Sorry folks, but I can't stand this movie - it's one depressing thing after another ... for what? A few happy minutes at the end? No way! And it's unfortunate because acting-wise, Jimmy Stewart was great in it.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Day Two

So Day Two is another recipe! It's super simple and way yummy!

Honeyed Chocolate Pastries

1 pkg frozen puff pastry, thawed
3 Hersheys Milk Chocolate bars, broken in pieces
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Honey, to drizzle
Milk, to brush
Confectioner's sugar

Preheat oven to 425F. Unroll both rolls of puff pastry. Cut each sheet into 12 squares. Divide the Hersheys Milk Chocolate bar pieces and semi-sweet chocolate chips evenly between the pastry squares. Drizzle honey generously over each square. Fold each square in half and press edges to seal. Don't worry if it isn't perfect, that's ok. Place pastries on parchment or silpat lined baking sheets. Brush each pastry top with a bit of milk. Bake 20-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes. Dust pastry tops lightly with confectioner's sugar and serve warm.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Day One of MFT

So my first post of My Favourite Things of the Season is a recipe. And not just any recipe, but my absolute fave appetizer recipe. I only make these babies at Christmas because I love them soooo much. I literally can eat all of them by myself. For that reason, I only make them once a year .... or I'd end being an even bigger blimp.

Lazy Sausage Rolls

2 cups Bisquick
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 cup water
1 lb sausage meat, casings removed
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, optional

Stir Bisquick and onion powder together. Add water and mix together. Form into a ball, turn out onto a floured surface and knead it 8-10 times. Roll the dough into a 15x18" rectangle.

In a medium mixing bowl, mix sausage and pepper. It's easiest to do this with your hands. Yucky, I know, but easiest. Spread the meat across the rolled out dough, leaving a 1/2" border on all sides. Starting at a long end, roll the dough up like a jelly roll. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the freezer until firm. This will make slicing easier.

Preheat oven to 425F. Grease baking sheets with aerosol spray. Remove sausage rolls from freezer and unwrap. Slice sausage rolls into 1/4" thick slices. Place on baking sheets. Bake about 15 minutes.

A Couple of Notes:
I like to use the Superstore Atlantic Choice sausages - both the Hot Italian and the Sun-dried Tomato. In fact, most of the time, I will use a half pound of each and mix them together. I don't usually use the cayenne pepper because most of the people I make these for aren't good with hot, spicy foods. When I do make these, I bake them till they're just barely cooked or slightly undercooked. Then I cool them completely, layer them between waxed paper in a freezer container and freeze them till I need them. When I reheat them, I simply bake them at 400F for 15-20 minutes or until they are heated through.

Monday, November 30, 2009

One More Day

Just one more day and the countdown is on! 25 days of My Favourite Things - Christmas-style!

Since Princess has requested recipes, I will start the first couple of days with them ... then hit a few other faves of the season.

So check it out tomorrow! You won't be disappointed!