Friday, December 19, 2014

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RECIPE FOR
HOT HOLIDAY DRINKS

Hot mulled cider 
is a great drink for the holidays,
and our cold winter weather.

Pour some apple cider in a saucepan.

Wrap these spices in cheesecloth:

Cinnamon sticks
Cloves
Allspice
Nutmeg

Tie spice-pack with string, and heat cider
over medium heat for 20-30 minutes.

Garnish with cinnamon stick,
serve steaming hot in mugs.
(Spike with rum or brandy
for a wonderful hot toddy.)

Substitute dry red wine 
instead of cider for a festive drink.

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

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HOME GROWN
CITRUS

I've got oranges growing
in my bedroom.

Granted these are miniature oranges,
but this is truly "home grown citrus."

Problem is . . .
they're all becoming ripe 
at the same time!

I love eating them right off the tree.
(A little tart, but so refreshing.)

So I'm slicing them up,
roasting them with sugar,
and making sweet orange candies
for Christmas.

Good gift idea
for the holidays!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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POINSETTIA
THE CHRISTMAS FLOWER

The beautiful poinsettia has been
the favorite Christmas-time flower
for centuries.

Indigenous to Mexico,
Montezuma would have caravans
of this flower brought in to Mexico City
(because it could not be cultivated
in it's high altitude.)
But at lower levels, throughout Mexico,
it reaches heights of 15-feet!

Despite its reputation,
poinsettias are not poisonous.
Its sap can irritate pets, though.

The brightly colored bracts (top leaves)
are actually not the flower.
The flower is quite small, and
blooms yellow in the center of the plant.

Poinsettias are red, white, even yellow
and can come with split colored leaves.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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SITTING WITH SANTA

Pity the young children
forced to pose with Santa
for the traditional Christmas photo.

Some go screaming,
some survive, 
some give him their list
of toys they dream about.

I thought this brood was
particularly well behaved.

And that is one excellent Santa!

Monday, December 15, 2014

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FINAL FARMERS MARKET
OF THE SEASON

And the best one in the city
is Tower Grove Farmers Market.

Growers bring their fresh seasonal fare
to the final offering of the year,
and just in time for the holidays.

Organic, sustainable, local,
healthy and always delicious.

This is the way to know your food.

(And I decided to give freshly
canned pickles and preserves
as Christmas gifts this year.)

Yum!