Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Today's Update - 9 Dec 2014

Did you all know that this year marks the 50th anniversary of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Claymation movie?  I'm surprised they aren't marketing it more.  My brother loves that old movie and I'm always sending him pics of it to give him a pick me up here at the holidays.  I always have fun with him with his gifts as well.  LOL

Reindeer Recipes from Taste of Home

Rudolph Cake (made from one wedge of chocolate cake)

Rice Krispey Rudolph

Reece's Cup Rudolph

Ritz Snowman

And here's a website that has all sorts of cool ideas for Christmas including snowman soup

Aside from normal business activities and housework I have to finish decorating the house today and continue my Christmas baking.  My refrigerator freezer is starting to fill up with cookies but we still have a long way to go until we are finished.  I hope to have all the baking accomplished before Sunday and after that I will be canning up some jams and jellies to add to gift baskets.  One of the new ones that I am making this year is Gingerbread Spice Jelly.  I will put the recipe up at Mother Hen's Recipes. 

I also need to get out and run the extension cords for the Christmas lights.  I've never been so late getting things accomplished.  Don't like being rushed.  December is a busy enough month for us as it is between the youngest's birthday, the oldest's wedding anniversary, various and sundry Christmas productions at church, end of the fiscal year filings and business stuff, yada, yada, yada.  Crazy times but then again, this is what makes those sustaining memories for the hard times that come along.

Story updates ... yeah, I got some accomplished but blogger and I are going to go ten rounds if it doesn't get less uppity.

Zombies Aren't Real ... Are They?!

A Bunch of Wild Thyme

Up On Hartford Ridge

Mother Hen's Recipes
(got the recipe for Gingerbread Spice Jelly up)

If I can update anymore tonight I'll simply include them in tomorrow's update.  I might not have the time to try as I am working on my grocery list and budget.  Local grocery store is having a pretty good BOGO sale and it starts in the morning so I want to get what we need before stock gets low.  I'm going to ask the butcher if they have any ham bones or other soup bones as my mother took the carcass from the turkey I cooked at Thanksgiving and I need to make more broth to replace all that I've used recently.  The manager that I knew has retired so I'm making the effort to cultivate some of the younger ones that now run the grocery store.  They are only a little older than my oldest son and I'm not sure what they make of me yet.  LOL.

And in keeping with the Holiday theme I've had going first I'll post a couple of clips of Celtic Woman's Christmas music.  After that I'll have some homemade cordial and candies youtubes you might like.

Cherry Cordial Candies
Blackberry Cordial
Lime Cordial
Lemon Cordial


  1. Thanks Kathy! Of course, I was disappointed not seeing the type of reindeer recipes I expected - sausage, hot dogs, etc...LOL! Love the cordials too. AND yay more stories!! ;-). Thanks again!

    1. Oh I have those too. LOL. I don't have access to as much venison as I once did but ever so often a local butcher shop gets some in and I'm thankful if I can get a portion of it. Same place I got the ground buffalo for my father.

  2. I'm showing my ignorance here, but what makes something a cordial? And do you use them as a beverage or in recipes?

    1. Not ignorant at all. Cordials can be a beverage AND used in cooking. The cordials I am most familiar with are basically concentrated fruit drinks that are used both for pleasure and medicinal purposes. I have blackberry cordial that I keep on hand for when someone in the family has a fever. In the summer cordials make good slushies. A friend of mine makes a ginger root cordial that she keeps on hand when someone has a digestive upset ... little bit of cordial, little bit of honey in either warm or cold water and you wind up with a nifty stomach aid. You can make alcoholic cordials as well ... some of those pass for a light dessert after a fancy meal or even as an aperitif to start a meal off.