Tag: Holidays

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Yes, it’s that time again. Bing is back on the radio, Big Bird is looking for a place to lie low and the supply chain is bringing WWE and MMA to a strip mall near you 7-nights per week. Hannukkah (or Chanukah if you prefer), the celebration of the rededication of the Holy Temple in […]

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The flag shall be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day, unless that day is also Armed Forces Day.” — 4 U.S. Code § 7 (m) We should be “wise as serpents, and harmless as doves” in all our dealings. May 15, by federal law, is Peace Officers Memorial Day. AND. May 15, 2021 […]

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Oh, to Be a Low-Knowledge Voter!

 

For the first time that I can remember, I wish that I were ignorant of politics. To want to be ignorant about anything is so contrary to my nature. Although I know that I can’t undo what I know, I can’t help contemplating what life would be like if I didn’t know the disruption that was happening in the election process . . .

I could focus on getting my ingredients together for Thanksgiving. I make my own cranberry sauce with cranberries, sugar, dried cherries, and a bit of fresh orange juice; I love to watch the mixture bubbling and rollicking in the pan. And savoring it with the juicy turkey.

Or I could imagine the smells of my mother’s stuffing recipe made of matzah and other goodies, scents that fill the house with memories and joy.

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Fox News’ most-watched program host, Tucker Carlson, took after two US Senators for advocating the abolition of Columbus Day in favor of Juneteenth – or more accurate, June 19th, 1865, when the last slaves in Texas were informed that they were free – the end of slavery, as it were, at least confederate slavery (it […]

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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.

But let’s address “Thanks”-giving. Our gathering was really nice. My brother-in-law smoked a turkey breast on his smoker dashed with some Cajun seasoning. We had cornbread stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes, cobbler, and apple and pumpkin pies – a respectable Southern gathering, minus our last remaining parent. My mother-in-law passed in April, the week of Easter. This is the first year my husband, me and his family will have holidays without her or any parent.

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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 […]

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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….

I had to get another plastic tub. I whipped it up, and read further. Divide dough into 4 sections, layer between plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours. Then roll out and cut into squares. If the dough softens, refrigerate again, and keep going. I work for a living. Being self-employed, I get no paid holidays – this is taking too damn long. My old Betty Crocker cookbook was open to Russian Tea Cookies page – yea! All I need to do was add powdered sugar!

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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? Preview Open

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Holidays mean holy days. So it is only normal to focus on the sacred and the divine during certain days.  But kids often think more about more worldly things. Mainly presents and food. If we are honest with ourselves, many a Ricochetti, and even a many devout Christian Ricochetti, had similar feelings when they woke […]

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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/ Maybe they are part of the mid-West “fly-over” – an unimportant area of the country, or white males who […]

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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: As it falls near the equinox, the day is associated with the beginning of autumn and the shortening of days; in England, it is one of the “quarter days”. Preview […]

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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 Preview […]

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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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