Tag: Holidays

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Surviving Thanksgiving and Black Friday

 

I love watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade while I prepare food. Loved Snoopy’s NASA outfit this year, and the cheerleaders, but not performing to a RuPaul song. Santa coming down past Macy’s is to me, the official kick-off.

I don’t know why, but my husband loves Black Friday. He says it gets him into the Christmas spirit to get out early, mingle with all the shoppers and find great deals – so we did that – again.

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I bought a rotisserie chicken at the local grocer. You can get a lot of mileage out of it. First night was chicken enchiladas. On night two, I asked my husband what he wanted, a chicken salad or chicken with sides? “What kind of sides? How about beans”??, he asked. I frowned and said, “What […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. I Created a New Cookie. Don’t Try It.

 

My baking skills aren’t what they used to be. I have no excuse. With food allergies, my baking has curtailed. It doesn’t help that I’m married to the third biggest cookie monster, Cookie the Original being first, @kentforrester being second….

I started trying to make Polish/Ukrainian Rugalah. I didn’t remember this much work. This delicious holiday pastry from Eastern Europe was a given at our Christmas celebrations. It can be filled with apricots, raspberry preserves, cinnamon and nuts, or chocolate chips. I dumped the cream cheese, tons of fattening butter and flour together, but lacked a mixing bowl. The whirling beaters didn’t make it far enough into my deep Tupperware tub – stay with me here….

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That’s right, it’s Pi Day. March 14, or 3/14. Pi is an important mathematical constant. It’s an irrational number that begins with 3.14 and goes on forever. In celebration, I’ll be having pizza for dinner—pizza pie, get it? Now, can anyone tell me what odd “holiday” September 13th is? More

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Holidays mean holy days. So it is only normal to focus on the sacred and the divine during certain days.  More

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Who are the “Singing Contractors? The salt of the earth, middle class America, the South at its best, every average guy, maybe America’s basket of deplorables suggests Hillary, who need to check their religious convictions? https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/04/28/hillary-cling-religion-god-policy-column/26462609/ More

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Do you celebrate Halloween? Do you avoid it? Do you, as we did last year, leave the state? Our church, like many, has a Family Fall Fun Festival. I think that name was chosen mainly for it’s tongue twisting qualities. Many of our members seem to have what I view as an inordinate fear of […]

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It’s nearing Halloween. Historically, this is supposed to be the time when the edges are fuzzy, weak, thinning – when the year is waning into winter, when the leaves change and the flowers die, when the air gets crisp and cool and the sun starts hibernating for more of the day. For a very long […]

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Today is the feast of St. Michael the Archangel, or Michaelmas for short. Now largely forgotten, it once marked the beginning of autumn in Merry Old England: More

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. An Old Christmas Card

 

On December 19, 1945, my father was with the Sixth Division in Korea and wrote a short note to my mother back in Indiana, full of longing to be home, and hoping she received the Christmas package he had sent earlier. I found this when re-organizing some family history stuff.

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As usual this Friday, the WordPress Daily Post site has put up a new Photo Challenge. Bloggers post a photo on the week’s topic, and a link back to the original post so the responses can be listed there. Herewith, a link to my post over at RushBabe49.com. A Trip to the Leavenworth Tree-lighting More

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Last year I had the best, most relaxing Christmas in my entire life. I got up early in the morning, fed the kids breakfast and proceeded to throw up. My husband took the kids and they spent the whole day at his family’s house while I stayed at home and slept, watched YouTube, and played […]

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Three days ago, my wife and I were on a driving tour of the Black Hills. We spent the night of Sept. 2 in Rapid City. Once at the motel, I opened my travel humidor and pulled out a very special cigar. In Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged, cigarettes of a unique brand were used […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Labor Day Is the Worst Holiday

 

It’s become something of an annual tradition here at Ricochet: every December 31st @jon (presumably enjoying the holiday season too much to do any actual work, and I don’t blame him) dusts off and re-posts the question Is New Year’s Eve the Worst Holiday?

Well I’m here to settle the question once and for all. That distinction belongs to the first Monday in September, also known as Labor Day.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Christmas Frivolity

 

christmas-food-ideas23Hello, friends. Warning: This post is about food; most of my posts are about food. I am finally on my “use it or lose it” two weeks of vacation left over from 2014. I’ve spent the weekend decompressing and tamping down stray, manic “time to have fun now, must have fun now” impulses. I hit the Walmart first thing this morning to lay in enough provisions to keep three growing and ravenous young men from starving while they enjoy their school break.

Here are a few things Walmart was completely out of: Libby’s canned pumpkin (for pumpkin muffins); dried cherries (for cherry chocolate-chunk oatmeal cookies); mild Italian sausage links (for the Christmas lasagna; of course); um, Christmas candy (for the stockings) — a little bit of picked-over stuff was left, but the Valentine’s Day candy has already horned in on the Christmas candy display area.

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Dear Uncle Max, Christmas is coming, which means a visit from our crazy, tone-deaf uncle (also named, coincidentally, Max). Now, my lapsed Lutheran family may no longer believe in the reason for the season, but they do believe in singing Christmas carols, and coming from sturdy Lutheran stock, most are pretty good at it. More

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Looking Down on Black Friday

 

On a recent Black Friday, the New York Times asked its readership “What Does Black Friday Mean for You?” A few choice comments revealed the tone of the other 396:

To me it means getting in the car with my spouse and adult daughters and heading to Cape May…Birding! None of us buy into this nonsensical consumer binge day.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. 15 Fresh Holiday Story Ideas for TV News

 

As we enter the holiday season, news organizations deal with a distracted audience, staff vacations and expectations of a slow news cycle. But the show must go on!

Eager to assist my broadcast brethren, I have compiled a list of innovative story ideas to help local and cable news networks get through the Thanksgiving-to-New Year’s gauntlet.

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Up until recently, the holidays were very stressful for me. As a child it pained me to choose, every year, between my mom and my dad each Thanksgiving and Christmas. It felt very unfair, and there was a definite inequality between me and my half sister, who was raised in an intact home. I always […]

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