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Dec 30, 2016 16:56:11   #
thewren (a regular here)
 
Knitting Tea Party Friday 30 December ‘16

We had a skiff of snow last night and it is still on the ground. The temperature is about 26° on my dog yard thermometer and it is in direct sunshine. Oh yes – we are having a day of sunshine – filtered sunshine – no sunshine. The sky is full of white fluffy clouds with pieces of blue showing in between. As they move and the sun moves the amount of sunshine we get varies. I’m grateful for any sunshine we can get.

I can’t get over the starkness of winter. As I look out my window here I see mostly the top half of a great many trees – all bare – all black – against the steely white and blue sky. Beautiful in its own way but I will be glad when I see tiny green buds on them. Today is going to be longer than yesterday – isn’t that wonderful.

I love the following recipe. I could snack on them all evening. I would encourage you to use the URL and see how they fold them. I didn’t think the directions were that clear. I’m thinking a dip would be nice – what do you suggest.

Turkey Cuban Pastry Puffs

A traditional Cuban Sandwich has pork, ham, pickles, Swiss and mustard. Since we have a lot of leftover turkey from the holiday, I decided to swap the pork for turkey and wrap it all in puff pastry. Let me tell you, these Turkey Cuban Pastry Puffs were DELICIOUS!

These Turkey Cuban Pastry Puffs can be made ahead of time and frozen. If you freeze them, let them thaw for about an hour or so before brushing them with the egg wash and baking.

18 puffs

Ingredients

1 package puff pastry, thawed
1/4 pound turkey slices (from a boneless turkey breast or thick deli cut)
1/3 pound shaved deli ham
1-1/2 cups shredded swiss cheese
2 Tbsp yellow mustard
1 (24-oz) jar pickle slices (Vlasic Stackers)
1 egg, beaten
1 Tbsp water

Directions

Preheat oven to 400. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

1. Unfold pastry sheets. Cut each sheet into 9 squares.

2. Spread about 1/2 tsp of yellow mustard over the puff pastry.

3, Arrange turkey slices down diagonal center of pastry squares.

4. Top with ham, pickle slice and swiss cheese.

5. Fold two opposite corners of each square over the filling and press edges to seal. Place on prepared baking sheet.

6. Combine egg and water. Brush each pastry with egg wash.

7. Bake 15-18 minutes, until golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.

http://www.plainchicken.com/2016/12/turkey-cuban-pastry-puffs_29.html#MBzIGeqsahXZQVB2.99

The authors of the following recipe state that there is never a time when sticky pudding isn’t good to have. Looking at the recipe I think I agree.

Sticky Date Pudding With Butterscotch Sauce

We’re not sure about you but Sticky Date Pudding is without doubt, one of our absolute favourite desserts. In fact, we would go as far as to say there is never a time that is not right for Sticky Pud. It’s soooo good! That delicious Butterscotch Sauce is something to behold and a big dollop of cream or ice-cream tops it off perfectly. The pudding is steamed in the oven; this makes it extra spongy and moist.

Ingredients-:

1 1/4 cups pitted dates, chopped
1 1/4 cups boiling water
1 teaspoon baking soda
60g butter, chopped
3/4 cup Soft Brown Sugar
2 eggs
1 cup self-rising flour

Butterscotch sauce:

2 cups Brown Sugar
250ml cream
50g butter
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

How To Make Pudding -:

Preheat oven to 180ºC. (350°) Grease deep 20cm round cake tin, line base with baking paper.

1. Combine dates, boiling water & soda in bowl. Stand for 5 minutes.

2. Blend or process date mixture with butter and sugar until almost smooth, add eggs & flour, mixing until just combined.

3. Pour mixture into prepared pan.

4. Bake 45 – 50 minutes or until cooked through. Cover with foil during baking if over browning.

5. Stand pudding 10 minutes before turning out of pan. Serve with Butterscotch Sauce poured over the top.

How To Make Butterscotch Sauce -:

1. Combine all ingredients in medium pan, stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved and butter melted.

http://thewhoot.com.au/whoot-news/recipes/sticky-date-pudding-with-butterscotch-sauce?omhide=true&utm_source=The+WHOot+Daily+Mail&utm_campaign=92e7175895-RSS_Feed_v4_custom&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bb6c322de2-92e7175895-60616885

SLOW COOKER CHICKEN ADOBO

This slow cooker version of the traditional Filipino chicken adobo recipe takes just minutes to prepare and results in perfectly moist, tender and flavorful chicken.

Course: Slow Cooker
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 4
Calories: 317 kcal
Author: Liz DellaCroce

Ingredients

20 ounces chicken thighs bone-in, skin-on
1/3 cup soy sauce low sodium
1/3 cup white vinegar
5 cloves garlic minced
8 black peppercorns whole
3 bay leaves
rice to serve optional

Instructions

1. Place all ingredients in a slow cooker and stir once to make sure chicken is evenly coated in sauce.

2. Heat on Low for 4 hours or High for 2 hours.

3. Remove chicken from the slow cooker and place on a platter. Drizzle with the sauce and serve with rice if you wish.

Nutrition Facts: Amount Per Serving (1g): Calories 317Calories from Fat 192 - % Daily Value* - Total Fat 21.3g; 33% - Saturated Fat 6.3g; 32% - Polyunsaturated Fat 15g - Cholesterol 117mg; 39% - Sodium 107mg; 4% - Total Carbohydrates 2.3g; 1% - Protein 25.1g; 50%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

http://thelemonbowl.com/2016/12/slow-cooker-chicken-adobo.html?utm_source=Receive+Updates+from+The+Lemon+Bowl&utm_campaign=51432f9645-LEMON_BOWL_DAILY_+EMAIL&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_098c0245b8-51432f9645-58688965

I really like the following recipe – however – there was no oven temp given – nor time – so I borrowed from another like recipe. If you make it – the first time you might watch it fairly closely in the oven. Also – it calls for puff pastry crusts – I think a regular pie crust would work also.

Rich Apple Pudding

INGREDIENTS:

6 very large apples, peeled, cored and sliced
6 tablespoons water
1 lemon peel, cut into slices
6 oz (2/3 cup) brown sugar
6 eggs, well-beaten
1 pint heavy whipping cream
1 tsp lemon juice
2 - 9-inch round puff pastry crusts
Candied lemon peels for garnish (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Peel and core six very large apples.

2. Stew them in six table-spoonfuls of water, with the rind of a lemon.

3. When soft, beat them to a pulp.

4. Add six ounces of good brown sugar; six well-beaten eggs, a pint of rich cream, and a tea-spoonful of lemon juice.

5. Line a dish with puff paste.

6. Bake in 375 degree oven until batter covers apples and crust browns, approximately 30 to 40 minutes.

7. When baked, stick all over the top thin chips of candied citron and lemon-peel.

www.gourmetcooking.com

Scottish Shortbread

I know that ‘Scottish shortbread’ sounds like something to serve ladies at high tea — or to quote my favorite British food writer, Nigella Lawson, “the sort of cooking someone else does.” But make it once and you’ll be convinced otherwise. Buttery, crisp, and mildly sweet, shortbread is simple to make with ingredients that are always on hand. Baked in large rounds to resemble the sun and cut into wedges, shortbread is traditionally served in Scotland on winter solstice, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. It’s wonderful with coffee or tea any time of day — and since it’s appealingly plain, kids love it as much as grown-ups.

Adapted from King Arthur Flour
Servings: 24 wedges
Prep Time: 25 Minutes
Cook Time: 35 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off with a knife
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at cool room temperature, plus more for greasing the pans
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 300°F. Lightly grease two round 9-in cake pans with butter. (If you worry about the shortbread sticking in your particular pans, line them with parchment rounds, and then butter the parchment.)

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Set aside.

2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or beaters, combine the butter, sugar, vanilla, and almond extract. Beat until smooth, creamy and well combined.

3. Add the flour mixture and beat on low speed until you have an evenly mixed, stiff dough.

4. Divide the dough in half (if you have a scale, each half will weigh about 10.5 oz), and press each half into an even layer in the prepared pans, dusting your fingers with flour as necessary to prevent the dough from sticking.

NOTE: To smooth the surface, place a piece of plastic wrap over the dough and smooth with your fingers.

5. Use a fork to prick the dough all over in 1-in intervals to allow steam to escape while the shortbread
bakes.

6. Bake the shortbread until it's a light golden brown across the top surface, and a deeper golden brown around the edges, about 35 minutes.

7. Remove the pans from the oven, and immediately turn each shortbread round out onto a clean work surface.

8. Using a sharp knife, cut each round into 12 wedges. (Do this while the shortbread is still warm; otherwise, it won't cut easily and will crumble.)

9. Transfer the shortbread wedges to a rack to cool. Store in an airtight container for up to a month.

Nutrition Information: Serving size:1 wedge - Calories:126 - Fat:8 g - Saturated fat:5 g - Carbohydrates:13 g - Sugar:5 g - Fiber:0 g - Protein:1 g - Sodium:50 mg -
Cholesterol:20 mg

http://www.onceuponachef.com/2016/12/scottish-shortbread.html

Polar Express Hot Chocolate

Recipe by:Di "Not for the light-hearted. Great for those looking to fatten up on a cold winter night. Serve immediately or pour into a slow cooker to keep warm. Top with whipped cream, crushed candy canes, or sprinkles."

40 m
10 servings@525 cals/serv

Ingredients

6 cups milk
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions

1. Combine milk, sweetened condensed milk, cream, chocolate chips, vanilla extract, and salt together in a large pot over low heat; cook, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted, 30 to 40 minutes.

Footnotes: Add more milk to adjust flavor if desired.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/240422/polar-express-hot-chocolate/?prop26=dailydish&prop25=113074&prop27=2016-12-25&did=113074-20161225

I’m telling you – the following recipe – I would love to have a big bowl of it right now. Hope you think so too.

Tomato Herb Rice with White Beans and Spinach

This dish is a full flavored, filling concoction that can be served as either a vegetarian (or vegan) main dish, or a side to go with just about any type of grilled meat. This would also be a great meal if topped with a fried egg. As with most rice dishes, the success of this recipe depends greatly on having a heavy bottomed skillet or pot. The heat from your burner must be distributed evenly for the rice to cook evenly, so find your thickest, heaviest pot or deep skillet to use for this recipe.

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 45 mins
Total time: 55 mins
Total Cost: $5.14
Cost Per Serving: $0.86 (1.33 cups each)
Serves: 6 (8 cups total)

Ingredients

2 Tbsp olive oil $0.22
2 cloves garlic $0.16
½ tsp oregano $0.05
½ tsp basil $0.05
¼ tsp thyme $0.03
¼ tsp rosemary $0.03
Pinch of crushed red pepper $0.02
Freshly cracked black pepper $0.05
3oz. tomato paste (about ¼ cup) $0.33
½ tsp brown sugar $0.02
¼ tsp salt $0.02
1 small yellow onion $0.25
15oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes $1.50
15oz. can cannellini beans $1.29
¼ lb. frozen chopped spinach $0.43
1 cup uncooked long grain white rice $0.48
1.5 cups vegetable broth* $0.19

Instructions

1. Place the spinach in a bowl and allow it to thaw slightly as you prepare the beginning of the dish. Dice the onion and mince the garlic.

2. Add the olive oil to a heavy bottomed pot or deep skillet along with the minced garlic, oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary, a pinch of crushed red pepper, and a little freshly cracked black pepper (about 10 cranks of a pepper mill). Sauté the spices over medium-low heat for about one minute.

3. Add the tomato paste and brown sugar to the pot and continue to sauté for 2-3 minutes, or until the tomato paste takes on a deep burgundy color.

4. Add the onion and salt and continue to sauté for a few minutes more, or until the onions become soft and transparent.

5. Meanwhile, drain and rinse the cannellini beans in a colander.

6. Add the diced tomatoes (with juices), cannellini beans, spinach, and uncooked rice to the pot. Pour in the vegetable broth and stir briefly to combine the ingredients.

7. Place a lid on the pot and turn the heat up to medium-high.

8. Allow the contents to come up to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, turn the heat down to the lowest setting that allows the liquid to maintain a simmer. Let the pot simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until most of the liquid is absorbed (there may still be some around the edges. Turn the heat off and let the pot rest, undisturbed, for 10 additional minutes.

9. Finally, fluff the contents of the pot with a fork, making sure to not stir vigorously. Serve immediately.

Notes: *I use Better Than Bouillon concentrate to make my broth.

http://www.budgetbytes.com/2016/10/tomato-herb-rice-with-white-beans-and-spinach/

You’all – have a safe New Year’s Eve and Happy New Year to you. --- Sam
 
Dec 30, 2016 16:59:00   #
KateB (a regular here)
 
Summary of 23rd December, 2016 by Darowil

The summary and following lists are a summary of last week's Tea Party and are of more value to the regulars here unable to keep up with all the chatter than to newbies - who are very welcome to join us at any time just by speaking up and making yourself known. All the pages etc refer back to last weeks Tea Party http://www.knittingparadise.com/t-439892-1.html

While we have been really chatty their hasn’t been a lot of significance going on - other than the fact that the Tea Party virus is still making its way through us with various members having caught it this week and others still recovering. This nasty little bug hangs around and seems to go but then returns.

Grandmapaula’s DGS got engaged over Christmas much to Paula’s delight. Date still to be fixed - may be a couple of years yet.

Railyn’s DH is still in hospital - ?viral meningitis. She is happy to have him there until she is feeling better.

Last week Poledra asked for prayers for her friends grandson. The issues he was having are related to damage from chemo not the cancer returning which is wonderful news. He needs hip surgery from a staph infection in it.

Sharon who used to visit us as Strawberry has returned, as has Normaderne

Budasha's SIL's BIL was admitted to hospital Christmas Day - they haven’t yet been able to work out the problem.

PHOTOS
1 - Kate - Christmas card
3 - Gagesmom - Karate Christmas ornament
5 - Sorlenna - Kitty hat
6 - Nicho - Christmas card
7 - Swedenme - Christmas card
8 - Darowil - Baby Jesus and his manger
10 - Nursenikki - Ribbing for sweater
11 - Pacer - Hand towel / Mermaid tail
13 - Gagesmom - Christmas baking
14 - Kathleendoris - Shark tail
16 - Fan - Fan & DH all dressed up for Christmas!
20 - Cashmeregma - Completed mermaid tail
27 - Kate - Caitlin and Luke
30 - Rookie - Mum & Dad
33 - Sassafras - DGD thanking mom
40 - Poledra - Sleeping DH & dogs / Hippo!
42 - Sogarsugar - Serena the doctor/chef!
47 - Swedenme - Mishka with her Christmas bone
50 - Cashmeregma - DGD & mermaid tail (link)
55 - Grandmapaula - Grammie jammies!
58 - Bonnie - DN in mermaid tail
58 - Sorlenna - Second kitty hat
59 - EJS - DGD in mermaid tail
59 - Kehinkle - Kitchen set / Premie blanket
60 - Fan - Beautiful holiday apartment
61 - Fan - 1995, Daimler double 6
68 - Gwen - Gracie & Alice
71 - Budasha - Family at Christmas
74 - Cashmeregma - Hooded cowl (link)
83 - Grandmapaula - Lili then and now!
84 - Grandmapaula - Paula with baby Lili
86 - Bonnie - Cowl
88 - Fan - Touch Yarns store
104 - Fan - Yarn & pattern
104 - Darowil - Elizabeth's cardigan
105 - Kehinkle - Lila chasing Oreo
110 - Darowil - Yarn for Spot sweaters

RECIPES
2 - Darowil - Caramelised cream
2 - Angelam - Mango cream dessert
5 - Sorlenna - Brussels sprouts with cranberries & pecans (link)
7 - Sam - Sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce (link)
32 - Rookie - Macaroons (links)
40 - Bonnie - Yorkshire pudding
49 - Nursenikki - Peanut butter cookies
92 - Oneapril - Pork tenderloin sandwich
107 - Lurker - Tiger Candy
118 - Sam - Hassle Back Potatoes

CRAFTS
7 - Sam - Dog hat with ears (link)
24 - Sam - Cabled chicken sweater
61 - Bonnie - Dorm boots (link)
62 - Poledra - Dicky (link)
71 - Sam - Yarn sale (link)
78 - Sam - 5 ball bag of yarn/kitchen towel pattern (links)
78 - Sugarsugar - Kitchen towel pattern (link)
91 - Darowil - Finger puppets (link)
94 - Sam - Silk & merino yarn (link)
95 - Sam - Simple lace mohair scarf (link)
96 - Cashmeregma - Knitting needles (link)
107 - Nursenikki - 7mm needles (link)
119 - Sam - Crochet hippo (link)

OTHERS
12 - Gwen - Twas The Knitter's Night Before Christmas
24 - Sam - The Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe
27 - Sorlenna - Calf in the pink (link)
39 - Sam - Cortina sleigh bed (link)
72 - Lurker - An obituary of Carrie Fisher (link)
80 - Cashmeregma - Dame Harriet Walter (link)
Dec 30, 2016 17:06:16   #
Normaedern
 
I have follow you!! I will catch up in the morning as it is my bedtime.
Dec 30, 2016 17:07:31   #
vsigsheba (a regular here)
 
Wow Sam ...with all that cooking ...how do you fins time to stitch?? Thanks for the yummy looking recipes!
Dec 30, 2016 17:10:33   #
thewren (a regular here)
 
indeed - i think it is eleven o'clock there. so good to have you visit - will look for you tomorrow. --- sam

Normaedern wrote:
I have follow you!! I will catch up in the morning as it is my bedtime.
Dec 30, 2016 17:13:23   #
thewren (a regular here)
 
i would love to say i have cooked all the recipes - but i don't do a lot of them - it's just me to cook for. and welcome to the knitting tea party vsigsheba - we hope you had a good time and will make us a regular stop when you are online. there is always fresh hot tea and an empty chair with your name on it. we'll be looking for you. --- sam

vsigsheba wrote:
Wow Sam ...with all that cooking ...how do you fins time to stitch?? Thanks for the yummy looking recipes!
 
Dec 30, 2016 17:21:37   #
nittergma
 
Hi everyone, Well our snow is back I guess I have to expect it. It is pretty though I think. I've been working on two projects knitted in the round and one will be a sock the other one I'm not sure of because as it gets longer it gets wider! I think it's the yarn,
it's so pretty but acts strange.
Thanks Sam for the opening the recipes sound good and thanks Kate for the review. It's a good idea putting up the link for last week's tea party
Hoping all who have gotten that virus are getting over it. Praying for health for the new year.
Dec 30, 2016 17:31:38   #
Gweniepooh (a regular here)
 
Sam I love the Turkey Cuban Cups recipe....pinned it. Was tempted to call DH while he is out and about and tell him the ingredients to bring home so I could make them tonight but since I already promised a homemade pizza I'll just do that. Will give that recipe a try though!

Just got a call from the vet's office before they closed to let us have an update on Alice. She had her spay surgery today and all went well. They do require that she stay overnight just in case of any issues so we will pick her up in the morning. Sydney and Gracie sure do seem to be missing her today and begging for more attention then usual. Oh yea, they weighed little Alice when we took her in this morning and the little puppy of 6 lbs is long gone from when I first found her..she now weighs at 8 months old 46.2 lbs! And baby Gracie who will be 4 months on Jan. 4th weighs 28.2 lbs! Our big furbabies!

Thanks to Darowil and Kate for the summaries. They are always helpful even if I've followed along throughout the week.

Off to get the pizza dough going. TTYL
Dec 30, 2016 17:39:57   #
Swedenme (a regular here)
 
Nice to see you back at the top of the page Sam I hope you are feeling a 100% better than you were
You might have snow but here apart from the odd frost and a bit of gale force winds we are having very mild weather had all the windows open today it felt lovely and fresh I obviously did not look down at the mess it will still be there tomorrow . Went out in the back garden to try and clear my head and noticed I have leaf buds coming through on some bushes plus snowdrops and grape hyacinth starting to peak through so the circle starts again . Apparently some birds than usually fly further south have not done so yet as the mild weather is confusing them

Don't think I will be trying the drinking chocolate recipe as just the thought of all that condensed milk makes me think no thank you . I saw Jamie Oliver making some that I thought looked delicious and just right for my cooking skills so I'm going to try that sometime although I'm not a big fan of drinking chocolate which is strange considering how much I like chocolate not keen on chocolate cake either , maybe I'm not a chocoholic after all , ok now I'm just delusional 😄
Dec 30, 2016 17:43:22   #
Swedenme (a regular here)
 
Gweniepooh wrote:
Sam I love the Turkey Cuban Cups recipe....pinned it. Was tempted to call DH while he is out and about and tell him the ingredients to bring home so I could make them tonight but since I already promised a homemade pizza I'll just do that. Will give that recipe a try though!

Just got a call from the vet's office before they closed to let us have an update on Alice. She had her spay surgery today and all went well. They do require that she stay overnight just in case of any issues so we will pick her up in the morning. Sydney and Gracie sure do seem to be missing her today and begging for more attention then usual. Oh yea, they weighed little Alice when we took her in this morning and the little puppy of 6 lbs is long gone from when I first found her..she now weighs at 8 months old 46.2 lbs! And baby Gracie who will be 4 months on Jan. 4th weighs 28.2 lbs! Our big furbabies!

Thanks to Darowil and Kate for the summaries. They are always helpful even if I've followed along throughout the week.

Off to get the pizza dough going. TTYL
Sam I love the Turkey Cuban Cups recipe....pinned ... (show quote)


Wow they have grown just seems like last week that you brought Alice home , they both definitley fit right into the family
Dec 30, 2016 17:48:40   #
gagesmom (a regular here)
 
Marking my spot👍
 
Dec 30, 2016 17:52:13   #
thewren (a regular here)
 
homemade pizza sounds so good. lucky Brantley. i'll be anxious to see what you think of the turkey cuban cups. --- sam

Gweniepooh wrote:
Sam I love the Turkey Cuban Cups recipe....pinned it. Was tempted to call DH while he is out and about and tell him the ingredients to bring home so I could make them tonight but since I already promised a homemade pizza I'll just do that. Will give that recipe a try though!

Just got a call from the vet's office before they closed to let us have an update on Alice. She had her spay surgery today and all went well. They do require that she stay overnight just in case of any issues so we will pick her up in the morning. Sydney and Gracie sure do seem to be missing her today and begging for more attention then usual. Oh yea, they weighed little Alice when we took her in this morning and the little puppy of 6 lbs is long gone from when I first found her..she now weighs at 8 months old 46.2 lbs! And baby Gracie who will be 4 months on Jan. 4th weighs 28.2 lbs! Our big furbabies!

Thanks to Darowil and Kate for the summaries. They are always helpful even if I've followed along throughout the week.

Off to get the pizza dough going. TTYL
Sam I love the Turkey Cuban Cups recipe....pinned ... (show quote)
Dec 30, 2016 17:56:33   #
thewren (a regular here)
 
it was cold and windy here today - and the little bit of snow we got over night is just about all gone - it was a light skiff but it was cold enough and the sun hadn't burned through yet that it was still on the ground when i got up. i love wind - as long as it doesn't blow me down i love it. wonder if gale force winds would knock me down?

hope you are feeling tons better - that bug seems to really hang on. what plans do you have for tomorrow night? --- sam

Swedenme wrote:
Nice to see you back at the top of the page Sam I hope you are feeling a 100% better than you were
You might have snow but here apart from the odd frost and a bit of gale force winds we are having very mild weather had all the windows open today it felt lovely and fresh I obviously did not look down at the mess it will still be there tomorrow . Went out in the back garden to try and clear my head and noticed I have leaf buds coming through on some bushes plus snowdrops and grape hyacinth starting to peak through so the circle starts again . Apparently some birds than usually fly further south have not done so yet as the mild weather is confusing them

Don't think I will be trying the drinking chocolate recipe as just the thought of all that condensed milk makes me think no thank you . I saw Jamie Oliver making some that I thought looked delicious and just right for my cooking skills so I'm going to try that sometime although I'm not a big fan of drinking chocolate which is strange considering how much I like chocolate not keen on chocolate cake either , maybe I'm not a chocoholic after all , ok now I'm just delusional 😄
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Dec 30, 2016 17:58:32   #
pacer (a regular here)
 
Thanks for the new beginning Sam and helpers. I taught a needle felting class to a wonderful group today. Matthew was my awesome helper. None of the ladies had ever done it before which you would never have known by their final piece. It was a lot of fun. So glad for the workshops at KAP. No pictures but they were great.
Dec 30, 2016 17:58:41   #
thewren (a regular here)
 
i always mean to get this in sooner but a big thank you to kate and magaret for all the work they put into their summary's and lists of photo's, etc. it is greatly appreciated by everyone including me. --- sam
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