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  1. My family all likes the spices in Wellness Mama’s kima recipe, and you could easily make a pan with beans. This lentil stew is very unattractive but hearty and delicious: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/lentil-stew-sausage-potatoes%3famp=true
  2. This is good for me. My family hates vegetables, so even though I serve them, it’s mostly me eating them all. This week so far there has been red cabbage, carrots, yellow peppers, red peppers, cucumbers, arugula, romaine, some curly green leaf lettuce I don’t know the name of, onions, garlic, tomatoes, celery, zucchini, mushrooms, broccoli, green beans. Most of these will feature in more recipes this week, but I also have spinach, kale, 3 more kinds of lettuce, white and orange cauliflower, and bok choy in the fridge that haven’t been featured in a meal yet. That’s 24 different vegetables for
  3. Our go to is a Lord of the Rings marathon. We get as far as we can on NYE and finish up on NYD. Big ole cheese tray and a dessert tray.
  4. In both my parents’ houses (growing up and now) gifts to and from family are under the tree as they arrive or are wrapped. Santa stuffs stockings and brings wrapped presents on Christmas Eve. Stockings are real gifts, and some of the contents are wrapped, some not. In our house, Santa got smart and delivers the presents (wrapped) straight to the playroom on Christmas Eve. He also delivers stockings for everyone - adults included - to the toy room. Santa coming to the playroom gives great motivation to get the toys culled and organized ahed of time (because Santa won’t leave toys in a m
  5. That’s the recipe I follow for birdseed ornaments, minus the flour. They don’t get moldy because the birds in our backyard eat them in about two days. We made some for neighbors this year.
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    We’re doing stocking exchanges for Christmas this year. The men in my life (husband, brother, dads) are getting Beard oil (for preshaving, not facial hair) Flashlights New bands for fitness watches straps for sunglasses water bottles for hiking (thanks increased outdoor time) matches jars of specialty pickles A variety of popcorns for popping
  7. Yes, fennel seed. Not the veggie! I find 12-15 minutes in the oven, but I try to get chops that are at least an inch thick. The crust sticks without any binder, but I do coat the pan with oil before I sear them so the spices don’t stick to the pan.
  8. It's easy! The crust is a ratio of 2:1:1:1/2 of whole black peppercorns, whole fennel, dried rosemary, and kosher salt. Grind in a spice grinder or with a mortar and pestle. I find that starting with 2 tbsp of black pepercorns is enough rub for two thick cut chops. Crust the pork chops, pan sear for 3-4 minutes per side, and then finish in the oven @ 425 until desired doneness. It is a bit spicy, but unbelievably delicious.
  9. I do every year, including this year. I send out about 150. We usually get quite a few in return, but this year has been slower. I imagine more will trickle in, because there are definitely postal delays. Participating in the Hive exchange this year has been so fun and a welcome addition to our card mantel in a lean year.
  10. We always have spaghetti and meatballs on Christmas Day. I make the sauce and meatballs earlier in the month, freeze, and there’s nothing to do on Christmas except defrost, boil the pasta, heat up some garlic bread, and toss a salad.
  11. I make spaghetti and meatballs for Christmas every year. It’s not a day I want to cook. I pre make homemade marinara sauce and meatballs, and that’s Christmas dinner. A big salad and some garlic bread, and everyone is happy. If I wanted to do a meat and sides kind of dinner, I would probably either do thick cut porkchops (crusted with fennel, rosemary, black pepper and salt) or roast a chicken.
  12. Eating/drinking tons does sound like a possible thyroid problem. My kitty was skin and bones, eating tons, until a vet finally diagnosed him. He also was a frequent floor pee-er. We did the transdermal medicine and rubbed it in his ears. He tolerated it fine, although I wouldn't say he was thrilled with me. He lived to the ripe old age of 27, and the floor peeing improved. I could tell when he needed a med adjustment because he would stop using the litter box.
  13. I'm already baked out. My homeschool pod has been traveling the world through Christmas cookies this December, so I've been baking with six kids under 8 in the kitchen. We've made Anzac cookies from Australia, Puto Seko cookies from the Philippines, coconut macaroons, Herzog cookies from South Africa, ma'moul from Lebanon, Pryaniki from Russia, kolaczkis from Poland, and gingerbread cookies. I've foisted a bunch off on my neighbors. Next week we're supposed to travel to South America, and then at this point I'm pretty much deciding Santa's going to get slice and bakes at our house.
  14. Beef Wellington is our usual Christmas Eve dinner (for the adults). I make individual Wellingtons, not one large one. They freeze beautifully, so I always make two extra for Valentine's Day.
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