Merry Christmas

MERRY CHRISTMAS guys!!!

Yes I know. It’s late. But whatever, better late than never.

I love this time of the year. No. Not because of the gifts and such, but because at this time of the year, everyone is so festive, friendly, warm and loving towards each other. But Christmas is more than that though. It’s the one time of the year when people are given the opportunity to help others.

People tend to be so busy 364 days out of the year with work and other pressing matters. So on this one day, people tend to make up altruistically for the 364 days of the year. Some people give their time to a soup factory. Some read to some foster children. Others donate clothes and books. The possibilities are endless. And the beauty about it, is that people enjoy doing it!!

So the next time you complain about having too many TV channels and how difficult it is to decide on what to watch, think about those who are living without electricity. Or the next time you throw out an article of clothing or a pair of shoes because it’s out of fashion, imagine how elated a child that has ONE pair of shoe or ragged clothes would be to have it. Or instead of complaining about having soup or pasta again, think about what some impoverished children in Africa and other parts of the world are having — a piece of bread or nothing at all. Giving thanks is the true spirit of Christmas.

So, as the new year approaches, let’s change our attitude and perspective. Let’s be more grateful for the things we have. Let’s try to give more, no matter how little. I wish you all health, strength and prosperity for the new year.

P.S. For a good chuckle, check out my older Christmas post: Oh, Its Christmas

 

Oh, It Is Christmas!

Yes Yes. It’s that time of the year again.

The time when people are overly merry … even the ones that you always thought were mean bitches.

The time when people binge spend, and end up broke in January.

Poor

The time when you visit the relatives you haven’t visited in decades and you get them a gift so that you seem less of a delinquent.

The time when you gain 10 lbs then curse the food for being there.

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The time when you are forced to buy a gift for someone that you didn’t have in mind all because they got you a gift.

The time when everyone in the family is suddenly a baker.

The time when your electricity bill goes sky-high.

The time when it’s OK to lie in the road and make snow angels without people thinking you’re crazy.

snow angel

The time when it’s OK to say HO repeatedly.

Yes, it’s Christmas. That joyous time of the year.

To all my subscribers, have a Merry Christmas, and to those who don’t celebrate Christmas, Happy Holidays!

Early Christmas Baking

The wife and I decided to do something different this weekend. We tried our hand at baking (cue ominous music). We both love bread pudding so we tried that. We downloaded the recipe and and went shopping for the ingredients on Saturday.

Bread Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole milk (or 2 cups half & half)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar (light or dark, depending on taste preference)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups bread, torn into small pieces (french bread works best)
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
  • 3 teaspoon rum

Everything seemed to be going well. I took a peek into the oven and my oh my it smelt good. Parfait! (Perfect!)

Bread Pudding in Oven

Bread Pudding

 

We felt confident and proud. Our confidence boosted us to try sauce. This should be even easier than the pudding. Right?

Bread Pudding Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated white sugar (light brown sugar can be substituted)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • dash of salt
  • 3 teaspoon rum
  • 1 egg (don’t quite remember where we saw that but we added it :))

I was assigned the task of slow stirring the sauce mixture over medium heat. I paused for a sec to admire the bread pudding again, then the wife yelled “babes shouldn’t you be stirring?”. I started again and it looked fine. Or so I thought!

 

Bread Pudding Sauce - FAILED!

When I removed it from the pot, that’s what we saw. I said “babes it might still be OK. Try it”. She said….

LOL. At least one thing turned out good. We’ll get that sauce next time 🙂

NEXT – DINNER

We decided to prepare Steamed Fish with a vegetable side dish and Stew Chicken with plain rice and mashed potatoes mixed with sweet corn. We didn’t have any problems with those dishes, so without further ado …

String Beans, Carrots, Broccoli and Sweet Corn

Mashed Potato with Sweet Corn

The Queens Dish

The Kings Dish

Which Dish looks better? If you say The Queens, then we are no longer friends. No pressure or bias 🙂