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C.S. Lewis

Monday, December 18, 2017

Mop Philosophy Monday

 Just when you think you're ready for Christmas, you wake up and there's only a week to go and still a long list swirling around your head.
First step is to write down the list, I should have done this at 3am but instead I was awake thinking about it for a couple of hours.  Which is probably just as well because I think I have my menus sorted now for next weekend.
We'll be doing a dinner on Christmas Eve and a big midday meal on Christmas Day (this will allow Poppa to head back home on Christmas Day before it gets dark).
My Rascals will all be home too (!) so the key is not just to plan the big meals but to have lots and lots of provisions on hand for breakfast, lunches, snacks and regular dinners.
 I definitely need to go to the Happy Store (liquor store) today.  Lots of wine is needed as well as some more Cassis, which is a very delicious and easy dessert poured over vanilla ice cream.  (Incidentally, I've found a non-dairy ice cream called Coconut Bliss that is divine, I'll try to find some today so I can show you the label.)
 It's a good time of year for Hot Toddies too, does anyone have a favourite recipe?  They seem to be made with either bourbon, rum or whiskey, (added to a honey and lemon base) but which is the best?
 For dinners we're definitely going to have some more roasted sweet potatoes.
I've been craving them since I made them for our dinner on Friday, and so many vitamins to sneak into The Rascals!
So easy too.
How's your Monday shaping up?  Still have a long list to tick off before Christmas?  Do you have your menus sorted?
Have a really good one and enjoy the process,
xoxDani

10 comments:

  1. Dani, reading your blog these past two weeks, or so, has felt like the early days of blog reading for me. You know, waking up and grabbing a cup of tea and sitting down to see what your favorite blogger has posted. There haven't been many bloggers (other than Janet's blog, the gardner's cottage) I've felt this way about in quite some time. I know daily posting is a lot lot of work, so know that's its appreciated. Your blog inspires me to live my life more beautifully! Happy Store πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ one of my guncles (gay uncles) recently commented on his Facebook about how he noticed that no one at the liquor store is ever in a bad mood. I'm going to share with him this Haooy Store term. x x x

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    1. Thank you Alicia for your wonderful comment! I'm so happy to know the blog is having the desired effect :) It's funny but I'm finding the daily posting a really excellent (and easy) start to my day, it's like a positive intention. I had to do something besides read the NYT first thing every morning, there does seem to be a lack of good news in the world just now.
      I was really missing the very early days of my blog when I posted daily and it made me feel better in a way I couldn't articulate, and of course I also love reading daily blogs of others. Now that I understand that it in fact positively frames my day (and hopefully the day of my readers in some way) I feel I can write it with confidence (I was very susceptible to the negative comments of others in the early days... not any more!)
      Your guncle sounds wonderful. You'll have to tell him my Nana invented the term Happy Store, she was the most cheerful, funny, bright light of a lady. Born in Newfoundland, she grew up in Montreal and always loved a drink and a party. Which she did as often as possible!
      Thank you Alicia xx

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  2. I'm just going to enjoy the week. I was quite recently that I had surgery right before Christmas, but it's been a blessing in a funny way since it forced me to take it easy and enjoy. Xo

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    1. Jen it is a kind of blessing because you can really enjoy and if you feel panic about some task you're just going to have to delegate! Hope you are enjoying it all and getting lots of rest. xx

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  3. Dani I agree with Alicia, having you blog everyday is so wonderful! My family is also plant based and reading and trying your recipes has been a treat. Speaking of treats, if you like Coconut Bliss you might also enjoy th SO brand that is made from cashew milk. They have several flavors now, Salted Caramel (my fav), Snickerdoodle and also a lovely Vanilla. I hope your holidays are blessed with joy.

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    1. Brenda thank you so much! :) I will look for that brand at the health market today, Salted Caramel, that sounds so yummy, I think that would be my favourite too. Thank you Brenda and I hope you have a wonderful holiday too. xx

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  4. Oh I do like Cassis, have not had it for years. I am loving your Christmas posts too, but having technical difficulties with Internet and only using the phone. Canada is beautiful under snow and I love it all . X

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    1. Patricia you'll have to get a bottle of Cassis! Are you here in Canada now? Our snow is melting but I think you're quite north of us in Ottawa so hopefully you still have a winter wonderland. I hope you have a great time with your family. xx

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  5. We buy coconut Bliss all the time...it is so delicious on rhubarb crisp in the summertime...great on its own or with Bonne Maman dulce de caramel.
    Merry Christmas Dani...your holidays with your family gathered round sound perfect.
    XO

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    1. Hostess what a great idea, Lil Rascal is a huge fan of that Bonne Maman caramel, she would love that dessert. Thank you for that tip and the good wishes, of course I wish you the same, what a treat Christmas will be with your adorable grandchildren! xx

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