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Monday, December 24, 2018
Happy Holidays & Frugal Accomplishments
Hello, friends. Though our plan was to decorate our tree Sunday evening, the limbs had not relaxed downward by then, so we had to wait. It hadn't changed much by Tuesday, but we decided to hang the lights, to see if the weight would help the limbs come down. It did, and we decorated it on Thursday. I've really been enjoying watching the This Is Us series. I made colcannon using our potatoes. The hens have been laying again, and I've been collecting from 3 to 6 eggs a day, which is wonderful. My gray hair continues to grow out, saving me about $100 a month in hair coloring. I'm embracing my inner grandmother :o). It's a bit odd looking right now, but a nice compliment last week encouraged me. Though not frugal for us, a neighbor had me buy he and a friend tickets for a concert we were attending, and he ended up not being able to go. It was very last minute, not to mention the holidays, and we contacted a number of people before we found someone who could use the tickets, which he said to just pass on to someone. The concert was wonderful, and we found a place right across the street to have a good and inexpensive dinner beforehand. It was a lovely date night.
Our kale was used in a gnocchi dish, which we enjoyed. Vegi reubens were made for lunch from tempeh and sauerkraut that was given to me, and homemade Thousand Island. I ground whole wheat, in anticipation of holiday baking. I've been trying to figure out how to abide by the no sugar suggestion, and still have cookies, as I'm a firm believer that life should have some sweetness. My usual sucanat didn't make the cut, but raw honey and stevia are acceptable. I didn't, however, have any recipes that use them. I remembered a molasses cookie recipe given to me years ago. I'm not sure if molasses is acceptable, and the office is closed through the holidays, so I just went with it. They will be OK with a cup of tea, but they seemed better in the 80's :o). Thankfully, J is a big molasses fan, and will help eat them.
During the week, I made yogurt, and hung laundry on the line. A few presents were wrapped on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday, it was my main focus. It was a very rainy day, which made it easy. I finished all the ribbons on Friday, and joined a friend for lunch to celebrate the solstice. That night, I enjoyed free streaming of Paul Winter's Winter Solstice Celebration. It's on my bucket list to someday attend a live event of his at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC. I donated several books to a little free library. I gathered chickweed and lettuce from the garden, and we enjoyed a salad with vegetable soup, which used our okra, corn and squash, along with pantry items. The weekend was full of celebrations, first my family, then J's. We picked up our GD early Sunday, so she could attend the family gathering, and brought her home with us for the night. There wasn't much time, but she made a friendship bracelet while here, besides our usual walk and egg collecting. Wishing you holidays filled with peace and joy, friends.