The Moulin Rouge Christmas Tree



I went downtown to the Eatons Centre yesterday. Looked at a lot of the Christmas decorations for sale. It was pretty disappointing. A lot of that stuff isn’t any better quality than the Dollar Store. The Bay had a really nice display with fireplaces, red carpeting and so on. But there was not one thing I was really tempted to buy for my Xmas tree. Most of their stuff were those really fragile Xmas balls. Not a smart choice to sell in a store where most people are traveling by bus and subway for long distances. How many of those pretty, fancy balls make it home with them, in one piece? I did see a Christmas tree for sale there that was pretty unique. Would you buy a musky pink coloured Xmas tree?

The branches were kind of dry and scratchy like straw. I thought they would be softer. The colour was really nice but I’m not sure I’d want it for a Xmas tree. If you wanted to be really different it would be nice with white or ivory coloured ornaments and decorations. It would look exotic in all red decorations and ornaments.

Hmm… now I’m starting to like it. 🙂

Christmas Charm


It seems early for Christmas but the stores have been doing Christmas since before Halloween. Kind of overly desperate in a commerical way. At least they don’t start playing Christmas music until after Remeberance Day. So, you should be expecting it soon.

I found this charm bracelet on a site called Sweet Romance. I don’t wear jewellry I just like glittery, shiny things.

Christmas trees are my favourite Xmas thing. I should see lots of them in retail displays once I cruise downtown to the Eatons Centre. I guess they still call it that, I plan to stick with it anyway.

Knitted Slippers

Tonight I was looking online for patterns for knitted slippers. There were a lot of free patterns. My Mom is going to knit a few pairs for Christmas and maybe I will get a pair before she goes down to Florida this year. I never got the hang of knitting. But, I can look for crochet slippers and see how far I get with that. I did manage to figure out granny squares.

Refrigerator Cookie Recipe

Honey – Lemon Refrigerator Cookies
10 tbsp. unsalted butter
2/3 cup mild-flavoured honey
2 tsp vanilla
1 large egg
pinch of salt
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp grated lemon zest
1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1 1/2 cups unbleached white flour
1/4 to 1/2 tsp ground cloves, to taste

In a food processor or electric mixer, cream the butter and honey. Beat in the vanilla, egg, salt, lemon juice and zest. Grandually add the flours and cloves. The dough will be very soft and sticky.

Divide the dough in half and, using a spatula, spread it on 2 long pieces of wax paper or plastic wrap. Don’t be intimidated by how wet the dough is; use the spatula to spread the dough on the paper, then carefully shape it into a cylinder about 2 inches in diameter and roll it up in the paper. Don’t worry if your cylinder isn’t perfectly round; these cookies usually have very irregular shapes. Place the dough in the freezer for 2 hours, or refrigerate it overnight. (Can be made days in advance this way).

About 45 minutes before baking time, put the dough, if refrigerated, in the freezer to facilitate cutting. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter 4 baking sheets.

Unwrap the chilled dough, cut off 1/4 of the log, and return the rest of the dough to the freezer so it doesn’t soften. Cut the dough in very thin slices, about 1/4 inch thick or even thinner, if possible. Place the slices on the baking sheets, about 1/2 inch apart. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until golden brown around the edges and crisp. While the first batch is baking, slice more cookies and place them on the remaining baking sheets. When the cookies are done, transfer them to a rack and allow to cool. Store in a tightly sealed tin.

Makes 4 dozen.

I especially like refrigerator cookies. I usually make ones with red and green candied cherries for Xmas. I will be looking for the recipe again this year in a couple of months. Seems odd that Christmas isn’t all that far away. Of course, my birthday is that month too so that’s hanging over my head too. I didn’t used to feel that way about birthdays. I don’t mind getting older it’s just the number that bothers me.

This recipe came from a book “Feasts & Fetes” by Martha Rose Shulman. I haven’t tried the recipe but wanted to keep it where I could find it easily. The book is one my Mom picked up from one of our GoodWill excursions.

The Happy Post

Happiness is…

Small children laughing.

Swimming in fresh, clear water.

Seeing someone you really love from across the room.

Dancing.

A trek through the forest.

Homemade bread with butter and homemade jam.

Getting a letter from a friend.

Winning more than a free ticket in the lottery.

Christmas lights and decorations you didn’t have to put up yourself.

Swatting a really annoying mosquito.

Winning free tickets.

The smell of a new book.

A favourite song comes on the radio.

A boquet of flowers.

Finding something really deluxe and luxurious for a couple of bucks at GoodWill.

A joke that makes you laugh, a real sincere laugh.

Heard from John in Hamilton

I forgot to mention that I heard from John yesterday. He seems to be getting things together. I don’t know if anything will happen as far as meeting him now. It’s gone on for so long and though things got in the way, it just seems that it may not be meant to be. Is that silly? I’m feeling discouraged about dating and all of that related stuff. Maybe I’m just not the right kind of person to be with anyone. I do like being alone. Most of the time. I miss some parts of having a man around and sex isn’t even on the list really. That will confuse the penis’s reading this. Wouldn’t they be surprised that I miss grocery shopping with a man more than I miss sex with a man. Men just don’t get it really. Or maybe I’m just reading all the wrong stuff.

Anyway, things with John are kind of drifting. I’d still like to meet him. But now there is all that build up and no where to go.

A crystal ball would be nice. This Christmas, instead of that usual and ever useful lump of coal, I think everyone should just give me a crystal ball instead. Then I could look ahead and see what I did right. Assuming something does come along that I get right.

Skye is back posting again. I think she escaped from somewhere. But, that’s just a rumour and we shouldn’t go spreading those around. I’m sure that new white jacket is just a co-incedence.