"We are what we believe we are."
C.S. Lewis

Monday, December 23, 2013

Mop Philosophy Monday

 Well here we are, two days until Christmas.  The excitement is palpable!
I've been using my Christmas dishes these last few days.  I mean, if not now then when?

 I organized the Breakfast Cupboard.  The Rascals drive me crazy, tell me if you think this is normal: they have one serving of cereal out of a box and then leave the whole thing to languish and stale.  Isn't that wasteful?
No more boxed cereal for Those Rascals.  No way, from now on it's All Granola All The Time.
I made Jamie Oliver's recipe (well, it's a variation) and it's quite delicious.
4 cups rolled oats
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup raw sesame seeds
1 cup walnuts 
(chop the nuts in your food processor for a few seconds)
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1 cup dried sour cherries
1 cup dried sour apricots
 Mix up all of the ingredients...

 ...then fill your jars.
 Yes you've missed the toasting-in-the-oven bit!
 What you want to do is toast a handful in a dry skillet just before you eat it, then drizzle on some honey and add some milk.  Voila delicious warm granola!
 That Jamie Oliver is just too adorable.

I was planning to wear this silk blouse to church today, I think it's very Sunday Best-ish:
 But I was foiled by The Ice Storm 2013.
The tree outside my window.
 Remember that dress I told you about?
 It arrived and I love it.
I decided I had better trade out an item in my wardrobe if I was going to add a new dress, one-in-one-out and all...
Well guess what I edited out 25 ITEMS.  It was an epic cull of my fancy dress storage cupboard!  Very similar to The Coat Purge of 2013 but in fact more extreme.
Where did it all go?  To my young friend Meg who loves clothes and is a medical doctor just starting her residency... everything fit her and I know she'll get great use out of it.  It pleases me no end to think of her wearing those clothes.
I think I'll get to more de-cluttering after Christmas, with the New Year creeping up on us it seems like just the time.
How is your pre-Christmas Monday going?  Any last minute preparations?
xoxDani

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  1. 25 dresses! That's incredible!!! I culled a few recently - but only about 2. I need to do another purge, a few sundresses are looking a bit tired, and I'm thinking I might need to add a few more every day sundresses in the sales. Love the beautiful colours in the brora blouse with your purse, and that Tory dress looks beautiful - I'm sure you look stunning in it.
    I can't believe your ice storm! We had a horrible wind storm on Friday night, there was dust absolutely everywhere (due to the back of the house being a building site), and trees down all over the place. It was the cool change coming through with a fury - we had 3 days of 40C weather in a row - roasting hot and all my roses were fried on the bushes.
    I need to get back into making my own muesli. A few things lapsed with the horrible old kitchen and lack of pantry storage. In unpacking the kitchen over the past few days I've found multiples of the same things from the old pantry. I'm not sure I need anymore wholemeal spelt flour for a while....
    Have a wonderful Christmas Dani xx

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    1. Heidi it was an epic purge, lots of skirts as well that were quite fancy, I don't know why I was keeping them, some didn't even fit me properly.
      The ice storm has been quite bad, a neighbouring township has declared state of emergency, we still have power and if we didn't we would have to leave our house because of the cold. I need to have an emergency cupboard organized, that's something for the new year. Our poor trees are covered in ice and are falling and breaking, it's very hard on them.
      You've had opposite with searing heat and dust, that sounds awful. I'd have such a migraine! I hope you have an excellent Christmas.

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  2. 25 dresses!!! My goodness Dani, you were really with no mercy! I bet you feel good! I love purging...
    What an ice storm it was better not to be on the roads... We have rather mild temperatures and desperate for a white Xmas that will not happen... I have never try making my own granola, even though I said I would many times...
    Today is my last day of work and my son will come with me in the office. It will be a relax day as most of the people will be already on their break. And yes, I definitely cannot believe that tomorrow is already Xmas eve! I wish you and your family a wonderful time.

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    1. Steph the granola is so easy! I've been doing very little baking etc these last days, granola is simple to make and satisfying in the little jars lined up. Yes, 25! A mix of skirts and dresses, one silk top that I never ever wear, and even one pair of pants that still had the tags on, that I clearly should never have bought in the first place. It's good that Meg should have these things, they will get use. Now I feel like I have been a hoarder and I will really tackle things... I'll keep you posted!
      I wish you a wonderful time as well. :)

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  3. I have to add in two dresses next year, my wardrobe is so depleted, I went out in one that's 20 years old last night, talk about bored with my clothes! Amazingly it only cost me about £25.When will see a pic of the new dress, is it for New year's Eve?
    I love your Christmas dishes, they are so lovely and I am in awe of your organising and granola skills.

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    1. Tabs I just left you a long reply and it's gone, internet is a bit fritzy, must be the weather. I amy wear the dress NYE but chances are I'll wear a Brora skirt, blouse and cashmere stole as it will be very cold. The dress is a very nice silk interlock, it's a fabric TB uses to good effect and so comfortable. Have you tried TB frocks? You might like them, they could be contenders for your closet add-ins this year.
      Not organized today, I've accomplished very little due to chest cold and ice storm, must make tracks today!

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    2. I haven't no, but I think they might be too fancy for me.
      I have locked myself out of my email again, this is all the fault of the burglars making me change passwords!

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  4. I have given away about 15 bin liners worth of clothes n the past five years. Goes straight to charity bc I haven't gotten hang of eBay which I will try this year. But I have regretted a few giveaways but it feels good to edit. Glad they are going to a good home!

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    1. Naomi is a bin liner a garbage bag? Ebay is a big pain. I either take mine to consignment or donate. Giving things to Meg is the ultimate best solution as she is such a lovely young lady and we take the same size. In fact she borrowed my wedding dress when she was married a couple of years ago!
      Fear of regret is the number one thing that keeps people from de-cluttering their closet: let's face down the fear!

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    2. I've read something about a site called"tradesy" ( I think that's the name) that is supposed to be easier. This is on my list, too, CSW.

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    3. Ha, I went out in a bin liner when I was a punk.

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  5. Dani - I found 5 of your Christmas dishes at winners last month and added them to mt collection, they look lovely with the night before Christmas fishes I have and you know I love to mix and match! 25 dresses is astonishing, but not as astonishing as that pictures of your trees and the other pics we are seeing out of ontario! It is bad here, but worst slightly south of here and we still have more coming today - am saying a prayer!

    I need to reorganize after the holidays as well - I moved out all of my blazers last week - I don't wear them. Can't give them away as I'm not sure what the future will hold and they are great. Some are lovely but need me to lose the 10 pounds! Can't wait to see dress! Did giverny get culled?

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    1. Wendy Giverny stays! That dress has a silk lining so I can still wear it without chewing my arm off. I also have too many blazers, I can get rid of a couple. Looks like Meg might get another box!
      I bought all of my dishes (10 place settings!) at Homesense last Christmas. I really like them now that I have a red tablecloth, it sets them off.
      Well I'm saying a prayer for you, the storm was brutal. We only lost power for a little while but many in our neighbourhood still don't have any, I don't know what we'd do we'd have to leave for a hotel. We'd freeze!

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    2. What about that lovely gold ish skirt ….tight waist…quite poofy?

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    3. Yes, loved that one too!!!!

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  6. Dani, with rascals in holiday residence a breakfast cereal triumph is rather thin gruel. We hermit bachelors need a splash of color and Christmas cheer to sooth our souls. Have you any rascaly yuletide merriment to share? Would most appreciate.

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    1. GSL I'll try to capture some shenanigans over the next couple of days, where do we even begin? For The Rascals have earned their moniker. Today I need to wrestle them all to The Beauty Shop for some dolling up before Christmas, of course we have to get there through the ice- wish me luck.

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  7. Containers of any type are never fully closed except by me. I have the super human ability to be the only one in my family that can tell when food needs to be put away, the dishwasher needs to be emptied, the dog water bowl is empty, the trash can is full…I am surprised they know when to flush the toilet! I usually do my mega purge/clean immediately after taking down all Christmas decorations. I will be in high nest mode by the first.

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    1. Your family must have attended the same finishing school as mine. Sigh.

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    2. BB this is so weird because I also have these same super-human abilities! The full trash can might irritate me the most. I am the only one who can see it, I have special vision. I'm going to set those Rascals to some tasks today otherwise they might get coal in their stockings.
      I can feel myself going into high nest mode as well... our powers might become even stronger!

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    3. "Selective incompetence" is what I call it; sometimes they even compliment you--"darling, you do that so much better than I do". It is a plot.

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    4. Amazing... I have a *magic* laundry hamper at my house. They can't figure out how everything gets cleaned, pressed and put away.

      Bonnie

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    5. Oh yeah count me in here, what is it with menfolk? Our bin would overflow for days before hubs would think ' must take that out'

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    6. Tabs, it just doesn't occur (must take laundry to the basement for washing) to my adorable menfolk. Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas.

      Bonnie

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  8. So which is more irritating - the almost-full but ignored cereL box, or the neatly closed and put away cereal box with about a teaspoon of cereal in it?

    February is my time for becoming leaner, trimmer, the girl with neat closets and a few choice items hanging on matching hangers. Fortunately it's a short month.

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    1. Fred as usual you make a good point. My Rascals seem to think putting a potato chip bag back in the snack cupboard, with nothing in it, is the way to go.

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    2. Ugh and the empty milk bottle put back in the fridge - whit?!

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    3. Empty milk bottles in the fridge! And we have glass bottles no excuse as it is easily seen that they are empty!

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  9. Oh wow, what a purge! I bet you feel fabulous. I am very ready for another major purge myself. I think that might be my next project after Christmas. Looking forward to pics of that lovely TB dress!

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    1. M it does feel good. I am leaving my hoarding tendencies behind! After all I don't want to have to go on that tv show. I'm not through, I'm going to do more next week.
      The TB dress is very nice, her silk jersey is excellent, not very many labels use that fabric and I find it so comfortable. I'll try to get some pictures though it will likely be after Christmas...

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    2. oh silk jersey is lovely, so so comfy,
      Ok I am bombarding your comments now.

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    3. Tabs you are very welcome to comment as much as you like!

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  10. what a great idea re the granola. i bet it is so good freshly toasted like that. must try!

    love hearing about your closet organizing, keeps me motivated. :)

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    1. Janet no one keeps me more motivated than you do! I'm going to keep going, I can feel a shift and I don't like hanging on to anything extra, especially if another person can enjoy it!

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  11. Great job with the dress purging! I purged some things yesterday but have a lot still to do. Speaking of yesterday and speaking of cereal boxes, I found a box of cereal in my refrigerator yesterday... someone was being funny!

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  12. Also, sorry about your trees. We've had that happen, I hate seeing it.

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    1. cate my rascals have put a cereal box in the refrigerator more than once! How about the coffee pot in the refrigerator... yup MrBP has done that one! The tree damage has been pretty bad, especially in the higher areas of our city. There is a tree in front of our neighbour's house that looked like it might fall on our car... which we moved off of our property a few times just in case. It could also fall on their roof... it might have to go this summer, half of it has died and it is a hazard at this point!

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  13. Yuck ice storm! Hope you, Louise, Wendy and others don't lose power or anything like that! It is -32C (-47 with windchill) here in Regina and we're driving to my parents' place later....it is quite stiff outside right now... Waiting until it warms up a tad before we venture out.

    Really happy to hear Meg has your clothes -- win-win -- you get to purge and give your amazing clothes to someone who wants them and will appreciate them.

    Have a Merry Christmas! Love your Christmas dishes, Home Sense does have some good stuff!

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    1. Hi LR, we lost power in the middle of Saturday night and have yet to get it back. The temperature in our house has dropped to 11C, and no hot water. We have taken refuge at my inlaws' home. It's turning out into a weird Christmas, that is for sure.

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    2. Louise I hope it's comfortable at your inlaw's, thank heavens you could go there, yes it does seem like a weird Christmas. Now with an extreme cold weather warning issued for tonight I'm very worried for those still in their homes without power.
      Merry Christmas to you and your family, stay warm and safe!xox

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    3. LR I have found some really beautiful things at Homesense, though you have to wade through the stinkers! Sometimes they have Waterford crystal which is so stunning and good quality. I hope you had a great Christmas!

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  14. That must've taken such strength to give away so many dresses! Congrats! The weather here in San Francisco is balmy cool, unusually dry. There's not enough snow in the mountains for skiing next week. Being grateful for what it is and hoping for precipitation. Stay warm and good luck with your rascals today! I'm taking my child to see all the decorated windows and trees downtown today. I like the community effort of light and sparkle and joy.

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    1. Anon nah it was easy! I don't know why I've been acting like such a hoarder, not my nature really. Have a wonderful day, that sounds delightful!

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  15. I also used the ice storm to do a closet purge as church was cancelled and we could not get in to town to see The Nutcracker. It's a lovely way to prepare for the new year. Love the new dress. So pretty.

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    1. Jen there must be a closet purge in the air!

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  16. Meg is so lucky to have a friend like you! It is more fun to give clothes to someone who can use them rather than selling, sometimes.

    I just bought an older J.Crew dress w/ silk lining on eBay the other day and thought of you! It is a dress I don't even recognize... brown chiffon w/ gold dots. Can't wait to get it! Better than what they have today, for sure.

    Merry Christmas, also!

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    1. JCrewJD I bet it's gorgeous. I kept my JCrew frocks with silk linings as well as vintage violet (!) and peacock (!) Please show us your dress when it arrives, I don't remember that one... a very Merry Christmas to you as well!

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  17. TOP 25 Dani, a perfect home for your pretties and I'll just bet Meg is properly chuffed. Inherited things are truly the nicest when they are given with thought and love. (My Daisy dress and DBP collection say so.) So sorry about everyone who is power-less and stranded due to the big chill. We are making out okay, but roads are treacherous, so much less visiting than usually goes on round here. Glad the latest Tory is just right to ring in something special - no PTTO!

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    1. GF yes no PTTO you are not kidding, to be avoided from TB at all costs. The ice is terrible though just now the sun peeked out and shone on the world of ice and it was stunningly beautiful. It's like living in a crystal ball! I hope the storm doesn't hit too badly out east.

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  18. I love your Christmas dishes Dani!

    My last minute preparations have including making two batches of cornbread for our Christmas Eve cornbread dressing. I have also chopped all the veggies for the dressing.

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    1. Thanks Susan, they've been very festive dishes to use this past week and I've just today put them away... on to the New Year and back to white dishes! I hope you had a very merry Christmas with your family, I bet your dinner was delicious!

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  19. Hi Dani, we seem to have missed the worst of the ice storm - it rained over Saturday night to Sunday and the cars were encased in ice, but by the time we went out on Sunday afternoon the roads weren't too bad.

    My pet peeve with my boys is the one who takes a glass of milk, leaving a drop behind in the bag and putting it back in the fridge.

    Have a very Merry Christmas Dani! Thank you for all your wonderful posts throughout the year, I'm always delighted to see a new post and I always learn a lot!

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    1. Patricia thanks so much for those kind words! The ice storm hit us pretty hard yet we kept our power, and were very thankful for it. We were also able to get to family over Christmas, the roads were fine even if the trees continued to suffer...

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  20. you're awesome dani! what a great recipe and your friend will make wonderful use of your dresses. happy holidays to you and yours. merry christmas! xo

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    1. Phiphi, thanks very much and I hope you had a very merry Christmas!

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  21. Love the granola recipe - thank you for sharing! Can't wait to see a pic of the Tory Burch dress. The ice storm has really affected Toronto. I feel like we are living in Siberia - Toronto Hydro estimates another 2-3 days to get power back up. If I don't post again between now and Christmas, hope you have a wonderful holiday and Merry Christmas!!

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    1. Louise, so sorry you are power-less still! Stay warm and in the spirit.

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    2. Louise I hope by now you are home cozy and safe. That was crazy wasn't it! Whole big neighbourhoods in Toronto with no power, for days and days... I owe you a pic of the TB dress, I love it. I really like that silk interlock jersey she uses on some of her dresses, it's very comfortable and doesn't wrinkle, also it is warm yet breathable. Perfect fabric.

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  22. Here's to the closet purge. Definitely on my to do list in 2014. Hoping you and the others affected by the ice stay warm and with power intact. Merry Christmas Dani!

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    1. ShoppingCelle, we didn't lose power for any length of time, thank goodness. It really made us appreciate our warm house, hot meals and comfort this holiday! Our son has been home for the holiday of course but his apartment in Toronto has been without power all this last week... really makes one think about all of the people who don't have another place to go to.
      I hope your Christmas was merry as well, thank you!

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  23. Merry Christmas to you and your family Dani!

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    1. Thanks xoxo, I hope you have your feet up!

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  24. Happiest Holidays, Dani. Wishing you and yours peace, health and happiness in 2014.

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    1. Julie I hope you've been having a great time with your hubs and boys! Thank you!

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  25. Popping in late to wish you a belated Merry Christmas! I've been out of blog land with the flu and now Bronchitis. I'm ashamed to say my closet is a disaster. The new year will be my motivation to really get in there and purge. I usually just donate things. The quicker they leave my house the better, once I've decided they need to go. Hope you have a lovely NY Eve and are doing something special. xo

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    1. Jennifer oh no, I'm so sad to know you've been ill... I've had a chest cold, quite bad, but I avoided bronchitis which I've had sooo many times, you must rest! This is the only cure. I've been resting and sleeping, it really is best medicine. So don't worry about your closet for now, there will be time.
      And I'm not done, I'm going to get at it again this week, I can't wait!
      We are going out for the new year and I'll be posting before... we must have a frock discussion, long past due!

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  26. Dani, we have the opposite with the weather affecting what we're planning to wear, our hot winds are not good for cozy things right now. That is something with the ice storm, I hope not too much damage is done.

    I too am late with my merry Christmas wishes, I've dug in firmly reorganizing my closets and visiting blog besties while taking a break here and there.

    I think all men go to the same finishing school, mine leaves a dribble or crumb or opens up a new one when down to a quarter of whatever it is. ;) I like the sound of that granola, will have to try that too.

    Wishing you and your family much love, health and happiness for the new year!

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    1. tiffanyrose, well I blame the fact that my MrBP is "from the castle"! He does always do any chore that I ask of him, my family just doesn't notice the things I do on account of my magic vision! ;) The ice has been brutal, I was at the top of our city yesterday in my favourite park and it looks like a hurricane was through it, the trees are everywhere... it's melting today finally so I think my apple tree has been saved. I hope you are having a great holiday, you've been so busy this year!

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  27. Merry Christmas Dani! I am again in awe of your decidedly un-hoarder tendencies. Now that all the christmas baking (made some danibp piggy cookies!!) and knitting and entertaining is over, I suppose I should see if maybe I could unload a couple of dresses at least, and clear up the congestion in my closet!!

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    1. tdgd, well I am other things but NOT a hoarder....anymore. Why was I keeping those clothes? My friend Meg loves them and came by on Christmas day with a cheerful bottle of Hungarian dessert wine as a thank you. How nice? I won't be hoarding that!
      Yay you made some piggy cookies! Maybe it will be a new tradition?

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  28. Thank you for that granola recipe. It looks delicious so I am putting it in the rotation. The long darkness of veganism is hardly sustainable without the occasional glimmer of deliciousness.
    At this time of year, the spinach shakes I have for breakfast bring my core temp down to hypothermic levels. This looks like a great alternative!
    Merry Christmas

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    1. Vanessa you need a warm granola breakfast stat!! Merry Christmas to you as well.:)

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