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Saturday, December 26, 2009

While Visions Of Profiteroles Danced In Their Heads

From For Ellipsis


"Food is our common ground, a universal experience."


-James Beard


It is the day after Christmas, and I am still stuffed from the holiday! LOL. I was a bad little diabetic yesterday, but it's ok, I am back on the wagon, besides, I am a good girl the rest of the year, and since being diagnosed back in 2007, I have kept my blood sugar well within the limits. In fact, my doctor added a little "KUDOS" to my last blood work statement! So, it's ok once in a while to be a bit naughty.


I decided this Christmas, with funds low in the bank, that since we weren't really in the position to spend a lot on presents, that maybe I would whip up some fun culinary treats. I remembered making Profiteroles when I was in High School, and so I thought it might be a nice way to improve on all the usual holiday treats. I found the recipe at Woman's Day. Alan had never had them, which surprised me because his mother was a professional chef. Neat, I could actually make him something he had never had before! Alan loves to cook, so he helped me whip them up on Christmas Eve! FUN!


The pastry can be stored in an airtight container for a few days, so it is really great if you have some time constraints, but they are really light and airy when they are first made, so I like them better served the day they are made. When we were ready for them, we filled them with Peppermint ice cream and topped them off with some Chocolate syrup. Delicious!


If you want to serve something for New Year's, and you are looking to replace the same old nibbles, here is the recipe...


Profiteroles (Woman's Day)


They are also good stuffed with something savory like Egg Salad or Ham and Cheese!


Happy Eating!


-Carly

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

From For Ellipsis


"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful."

-Norman Vincent Peale

Love, Carly


Thursday, December 24, 2009

Don't Open Until Christmas!

From For Ellipsis


"Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children they are all 30 feet tall."

-Larry Wilde

Merry Christmas From Dylan and Hendrix!

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From For Ellipsis


They are such wonderful boys. They are my gift all year long! They are kind and respectful, and most of all loving. They are my children!

Merry Christmas... or rather... Mewwwy Christmas!

-Carly



Wednesday, December 23, 2009

EMPS #69: Christmas Music

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A Holly Jolly Christmas
(Johnny Marks)



Have a holly jolly Christmas
It's the best time of the year
Well I don't know if there'll be snow
But have a cup of cheer



Have a holly jolly Christmas
And when you walk down the street
Say hello to friends you know
And everyone you meet



Ho ho the mistletoe
Hung where you can see
Somebody waits for you
Kiss her once for me



Have a holly jolly Christmas
And in case you didn't hear
Oh bygolly have jolly Christmas
This year



Have a holly jolly Christmas
And when you walk down the street
Say hello to friends you know
And everyone you meet



Have a holly jolly Christmas
And in case you didn't hear
Oh bygolly have a holly jolly Christmas
This year



If you have known me any length of time, you probably know that I am not a big fan of Christmas music, but I do have one exception. The bear and his penguin friends you see above. I just love this happy little bear and his companions. They can be found at the Christmas Fantasy in Tilden Park and the Carousel. I look forward to seeing them perform every year. It's so adorable when they begin to sing, that you can't help but smile and sing along!



:)


There is still plenty of time to play along with this week's Monday Photo Shoot assignment. You can get all the details right here.




-Carly

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Scenes From Christmastime In The City

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"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful."

-Norman Vincent Peale

Alan and I went over to San Francisco Saturday night. It is so beautiful this time of year, everything is decorated for the holidays and it's just so festive you can't help but be in a good mood! It's wonderful...



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It's so much fun in San Francisco. We got a hot chocolate, and watched all the shoppers just come and go! Then we went by Justin Herman Plaza and watched folks skating, and sometimes dancing, on the ice. Beautiful!

-Carly



Monday, December 21, 2009

Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot #69: Holiday Music










"A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence."

-Leopold Stokowski











EMPS #69: HOLIDAY MUSIC. Now Closed!
Well, we are finally here. Christmas is this coming Friday, and in that this is an extremely busy time for everyone, I wanted to choose an easy, more lighthearted assignment topic, yet I wanted it to be timely for the holiday season. So, here's what I came up with. Lets share some HOLIDAY MUSIC with each other! You are free to run with your imagination on this one, any representation of the subject will do, as will any holiday. I know not everyone celebrates Christmas, so please feel free to share your favorite music from any holiday. Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year's, Halloween... you get the idea.

Extra Credit: Turn your original photograph into a holiday greeting!

**PLEASE READ**
This Monday Photo Shoot assignment closes next Sunday evening at 9:00 PM ET. That means you have almost a full week to take your photo, upload it to your blog, journal or website, and then comeback here to leave your link back to it in the comment thread. Please remember, the link you leave must go back to an entry which is specific to this week's photo shoot assignment. A general link to your blog will not work, and NO HYPERLINKS ARE ACCEPTED! Also, please link to this photo shoot assignment, so others can play along with us.

Linking List for EMPS #68: Holiday Decorations. 12/14/09

NOW CLOSED!

1. Fredamans

2. Jama

3. Suzanne

4. Irene (No link provided, see comments)

5. Carly... Yep, I did the assignment too!

6. Karen

Thanks so much for taking on the assignment everyone, and Merry Christmas to all! See you next week with our last Monday Photo Shoot assignment of 2009! It's something very special, so please try to join us!

-Carly