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Six Things on a Saturday

Let's make this the "holiday preparations" version, shall we?

1. Even as I type this sentence, fruitcake is baking in my oven. In about ten minutes, it will come out, and when it is cool, I will wrap it lovingly in cheesecloth, moisten it with bourbon, wrap it in foil and hide it in the refrigerator. And in about ten days or so, it will be the most delicious treat.

2. I made butter mint pillows earlier this week from a recipe in Woman's Day. The recipe couldn't be easier, and the results couldn't be tastier. (Butter mints are those little pastel-colored unwrapped dry-ish mints that sort of melt in your mouth when you pop them in. They are made using butter, confectioner's sugar, mint extract, a bit of cream and food coloring.) Of course, I'll have to make more before the actual holidays because of extensive . . . sampling. Yeah, that's it. It's all about quality control.

3. I purchased my brother's Christmas present yesterday, about which I am very excited. And mildly nervous. I don't think he reads my blog, but just in case, I'm not saying what it is. It's certainly not anything he asked for (which was nothing), so I was entirely left to my own devices.

4. Last night, hubby and I went to see A Christmas Carol in 3-D. The animation was extremely realistic for the most part, but they cheaped out or got lazy or didn't have time to make sure that the eyeballs on any of the characters except for Scrooge (and, in key scenes, of Marley's ghost and Bob Cratchitt) tracked and focused properly. Which means that many of the secondary characters look stoned or absent or unfocussed or, in some cases, like they have strabismus. Also, given the focus on depicting three-dimensional reality throughout most of the film, the flashback to the dance at Fezziwig's that involves impossible maneuvers including spinning too quickly and hovering mid-air and the too-long chase scene in the future that involves Scrooge running pell-mell through the streets being chased by a demon horses pulling a hearse while shrinking to the size of something smaller than a rat seemed out of place. That said, I still liked it. Because I really love A Christmas Carol, which I've been attempting to read to my family, but they are not being gracious about sitting still for.

I will, however, enjoy watching A Muppet Christmas Carol, Scrooged, Scrooge (the musical starring Albert Finney), and A Christmas Carol (the Patrick Stewart version for sure, and possibly the George C. Scott version as well) as much or more than I liked last night's outing - then again, I like all of those versions quite a lot indeed.

5. On the agenda for this weekend: Cookie baking. I've made Lumberjacks already (a form of molasses cookie), and will likely make more - they're one of my favorites. But I'm feeling the need for additional cookies here in the house.

6. Not that it's anything I'm doing for Christmas, but Nature is doing her part as well. It appears that the soggy rain we've had all morning may, in fact, be starting to mix itself into snow. To which I say, "let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!" Then again, I'm not off with hubby and the guys playing paintball. *grins*

Oh! Before I go - the 3D upcoming attractions look amazing. Alice in Wonderland looked eye-poppingly, jaw-droppingly awesome. Avatar looks even better in 3D than it does in the TV spots. How to Train Your Dragon shows promise. Despicable Me looked like it might be decent, too.

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( 24 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 5th, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC)
Am I insane? Aren't you Jewish? I feel all discombobulated.
Dec. 5th, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
I cannot answer that first question with any certainty, but as to the second, I am indeed Jewish these days. But I was raised Presbyterian, and was Lutheran in the middle period. My parents and brother are still Presbyterian - dad is a retired minister, brother is a deacon in his church. All the extended fam. is Christian save hubby's relatives. And my kids are nominally Christian, but actually agnostic.

And I . . . I might be trending UU. Too soon to tell. I think I take that phrase "journey of faith" a bit more literally than some folks, and feel free to move about.
Dec. 6th, 2009 03:47 am (UTC)
Kelly - I love this!
Dec. 6th, 2009 02:47 pm (UTC)
It seems to flummox many of the people I know, so thanks for saying so!!
Dec. 5th, 2009 09:13 pm (UTC)
What? People actually MAKE fruitcake?
Dec. 6th, 2009 01:56 am (UTC)
Sure! It's delicious, too.
Dec. 6th, 2009 12:12 am (UTC)
Cookies in the oven and snow falling outside. That sounds about perfect to me.
Dec. 6th, 2009 01:57 am (UTC)
Of course, the snow was mixed with rain, and didn't really amount to much besides a coating of slushy mess on the cars. And I ended up skipping the cookies after all, because I'm lame. *sigh*
Dec. 6th, 2009 04:00 am (UTC)
I still love you.
Dec. 6th, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
Right back atcha!
Dec. 6th, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
I'm not a big fruitcake fan, but I love that "moisten" with bourbon. Much better than "drown." :)

Happy Holidays!
Dec. 6th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
I actually like this recipe. I have TWO recipes that I like. This is a traditional sort of one that my mom always made - lots of non-fruitcake eaters have converted over it. The other one I have used dried fruits (none of the candied stuff) and orange liqueur.
Dec. 6th, 2009 03:46 am (UTC)
Christmas baking - yum!
A Christmas Carol (my favorite Dickens, maybe my favorite book!) Geo.C.Scott version is my favorite.
Cannot wait to see Alice in Wonderland.
And - I've made those little mints a few times. They are so good!

Dec. 6th, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
Those little mints are delicious - and a better texture than the ones you find in dishes at restaurants.
Dec. 7th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
Ooh! Do you have a recipe you'd care to share for the lumberjack cookies?
Dec. 8th, 2009 03:12 am (UTC)
I will find it and PM you with it.
Dec. 8th, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC)
Excellent - thanks! =)
Dec. 8th, 2009 01:17 am (UTC)
I love this post! It made me feel warm and all Meet Me In St. Louis-y, if you know what I mean.

And my icon doesn't go with my comment, but I don't care.
Dec. 8th, 2009 03:13 am (UTC)
Ooh - Johnny Depp. Sexiest Man Alive, I believe, per People Magazine.
Dec. 8th, 2009 03:17 am (UTC)
Yes! Except I didn't think that recent cover did him justice. He looks too baby-faced and wimpy, or something, on it.
Dec. 8th, 2009 02:57 am (UTC)
You amaze me. That is all.
Dec. 8th, 2009 03:12 am (UTC)
That's very kind of you to say. Unless, of course, you are amazed by my idiocy. And even then, I thank you.
Dec. 8th, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
LOL! No, amazed by everything you do! GIVE ME YOUR SECRET!!! ;)
Dec. 10th, 2009 05:03 am (UTC)
Well, okay . . . but I don't usually share my deodorant.
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