December 11th, 2008

wile e.

Happiness is a Meme, Day 2

After years of being told that you simply cannot buy replacement parts for Swiss Army knives, I looked up the Victorinox website and -- BEHOLD! -- you can buy all the little tweezers, toothpicks, scissor springs, and whatnot you need to keep your gadgety goodness going. Which I did.

Me is a happy camper, now.
xmas cats

I wish I could find the music for this carol

1. Outlanders, whence come ye last?
The snow in the street and the wind on the door.
Through what green sea and great have ye passed?
Minstrels and maids, stand forth on the door.

2. From far away, O masters mine,
The snow in the street and the wind on the door.
We come to bear you goodly wine,
Minstrels and maids, stand forth on the door.

3. From far away we come to you,
The snow in the street and the wind on the door.
To tell of great tidings strange and true.
Minstrels and maids, stand forth on the door.

4. News, news of the Trinity,
The snow in the street and the wind on the door.
And Mary and Joseph from over the sea!
Minstrels and maids, stand forth on the door.

5. For as we wandered far and wide,
The snow in the street and the wind on the door.
What hap do ye deem thee should us betide!
Minstrels and maids, stand forth on the door.

6. Under a bent when the night was deep,
The snow in the street and the wind on the door.
There lay three shepherds tending their sheep.
Minstrels and maids, stand forth on the door.

7. "O ye shepherds, what have ye seen,
The snow in the street and the wind on the door.
To slay your sorrow and heal your teen?"
Minstrels and maids, stand forth on the door.

8. "In an ox-stall this night we saw,
The snow in the street and the wind on the door.
A babe and a maid without a flaw.
Minstrels and maids, stand forth on the door.

9. "There was an old man there beside,
The snow in the street and the wind on the door.
His hair was white and his hood was wide.
Minstrels and maids, stand forth on the door.

10. "And as we gazed this thing upon,
The snow in the street and the wind on the door.
Those twain knelt down to the Little One.
Minstrels and maids, stand forth on the door.

11. "And a marvellous song we straight did hear,
The snow in the street and the wind on the door.
That slew our sorrow and healed our care."
Minstrels and maids, stand forth on the door.

12. News of a fair and a marvellous thing,
The snow in the street and the wind on the door.
Nowell, nowell, nowell, we sing!
Minstrels and maids, stand forth on the door.

-- William Morris
cook with fire

Holiday Recipe Corner

These little goodies are a personal invention of mine, first created with my then-eight-year-old daughter, Anna (stryck). They are very loose and gooey when baking, prone to burn if not watched, and very, very soft after they've cooled. A troublesome kind of cookie, but worth the trouble. They have a chewy consistency and a thick, malty taste.

CURRANT DROPS
(Anna’s Plop Cookies)
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup honey
1 egg
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp coriander
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ginger
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 cup dried currants

OVEN 375

Cream together shortening and honey. Add egg and beat. Add flour and spices. Stir in almonds and currants.

Drop from teaspoon at least 2” apart on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Cookies will be very soft when taken out; wait until cooled to remove from sheet.

Makes up to 40 cookies