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Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Ideas: Gift Tracking, Decorating, Wrapping, And More!

Posted by terrepruitt on December 17, 2018

There might be a few things you might want to be reminded of this year.

One thing I am already doing is starting a list for next year. That might sound odd since it is not even Christmas, but it is close enough that it is too late for some things. So, I have a folder on my computer that is “2019 Christmas” and I am starting to put ideas in it. I just saw something on Twitter that I want to make as gifts next year. There is no time to do it this year so it will have to be next year. So I have added it to my 2019 Christmas folder. And, this past year, I was even saavy enough to look at my 2018 Christmas folder in July because I thought if I had wanted to make something this year that I documented in my folder and I had waited until December it would be too late.  (There were no notes in there about making something that needed to be done so far in advance.)  Hopefully next year I will remember to look WAY before December because this craft will take a while!

My gift list that I keep all year long is proving to be a great thing. It is really important for me to note WHERE I have stashed the gift because I don’t have one location where I keep everything!

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The card Christmas Tree and/or the Book Christmas Tree.

The scraps of wrapping paper that can become packaging for bags instead of tissue paper.  You can shred it or just use it as you would tissue paper.  And some ways to be perhaps even more “Green“.

GiveBackBox. If you are like me you are getting a lot of boxes delivered over this season.  And I posted about the company that helps people give back.

How do you wear your scarf?  There are accessory ways and a WARM way!

A quick way to use up the persimmons, make Persimmon Salsa.

I hope some of these things will help you out this Holiday Season.  We are moving into the homestretch with Christmas around the corner.  I hope you are all able to find some joy in the season.

What do you during the Holidays?  Is there a tradition you have?  Is there a tip or two you want to share?

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A Friday In December

Posted by terrepruitt on December 7, 2018

Oh my! It is Christmastime already! How did that happen so fast?  Whew! Well, I was nowhere near ready for it and so I have been absorbed in decorating and getting ready for all of the beauty of it for the last couple of days (weeks?) and I have ignored so many things and people (sorry) and I am still not feeling ready and/or organized. But here is one sweet thing for my Friday Photo.

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Christmas – ALL YEAR LONG

Posted by terrepruitt on April 30, 2018

Everyone is different, right? So, it might be too early for you to think about Christmas. But I am often thinking about Christmas. I am not a shopper. I do not like to GO shopping. I do most of my shopping online, so when I am out in a store, Christmas might come to mind if I see something cool. This month, April, I didn’t walk into the store specifically thinking about Christmas, but when I walked into the store and I saw something that reminded me of someone who is on my Christmas list THEN I start thinking about Christmas. On our recent trip to the ocean I found some items that I purchased with the intent of giving them as Christmas gifts.

I was talking to the store owner and I mentioned that most things in the pile of items she was holding at the register were going to be Christmas gifts. She mentioned that when she buys gifts so far in advance she forgets about them. Ha.Yes! I have had that happen too. I have forgotten that I have purchased gifts for someone and I ended up buying additional gifts for that person. I have also misplaced gifts that I have purchased throughout the year.

So a few years ago I started keeping a list on my computer. I have a “running” list of people who I buy for so after having given the gifts I just delete the items and save the list of names as “the next year of gift giving Christmas” (ex. 2018 Christmas). Sometimes I have room in one spot in a closet or on a shelf for all the gifts, but sometimes I don’t, so I also include a note on the list as to where the gift is being stored. That way I know where it is.

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Since I am an online shopper I also have a system for “ordered” and “received”. When I order something I type it on the list next to the person’s name in regular text and I highlight it. When I receive it, I remove the highlighting and make the text bold. Because sometimes I might have an IDEA of what I want to get someone and I might include that on the list . . . so if the item is just plain text that is the IDEA of the gift. Highlighted is WAITING FOR/ORDERED/IN THE PROCESS OF MAKING and BOLD is received/completed.

I also cross the items out and put “Done!” near the names when I am done with buying for that person, otherwise I will just keep reviewing the items and deciding whether to add more or not.

This could work for any gifts you might buy throughout the year.  You could have a Birthday Gift List or whatever occasion you purchase gifts for.

What about you?  Do you shop early for gifts?  Have you ever forgotten or misplaced a gift? 

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Christmas 2017

Posted by terrepruitt on December 25, 2017

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas.

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Ornaments On The Christmas Tree

Posted by terrepruitt on December 22, 2017

Ahhhh.  A few days before Christmas.  I hope you all are able to enjoy at least a few moments.  Here is my Friday Photo, just a close up shot of our some of the decorations on our Christmas tree.

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2017 – Tax Day, Tuesday, April 18th

Posted by terrepruitt on April 12, 2017

In case you didn’t know I thought I would let you know.  If you are like me and you wait until the last minute then you might really appreciate having the extra day.  I am talking about when the taxes are due this year (2017).  The tax due date, April 15th, falls on a Saturday this year, so that would automatically make the due date Monday, April 17, 2017.  But this year, there is a holiday to thank for the extra day.  A holiday, what holiday you might ask?  Well, I did, too.  I initially saw the tax date on my tax forms (What?  Oh, when I said I wait until the last minute I meant I wait until the last minute to prepare my paperwork to take to my tax person with whom I have a standing appointment.  So SHE keeps me from being last minute to the government.)  So the paperwork that I was having to deal with said that taxes were due on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.  I didn’t understand why, I know the if-the-15th-falls-on-a-Saturday-or-Sunday-roll-to-Monday-rule, but the 15th is on a Saturday so I didn’t understand why there was an extra day to file.  Well, it is Sunday that is a Holiday.  So, that means, MONDAY is the “observed” holiday.  With this holiday the closest business day is the “observed” holiday.  So when it falls on a Sunday, it is observed on a Monday.

Holiday?  What holiday do you say?  It is DC Emancipation Day.  The day Abraham Lincoln signed a bill ending slavery in the District on April 16, 1862.   It would be another nine months before the Emancipation Proclamation was signed freeing slaves in the confederate states.  So this holiday, which was signed into law as a holiday in 2005, is a city holiday and not a federal holiday, so only the local government in Washington DC is closed.

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According to an article on WhiteHouseHistory.org, the celebrations for this holiday have come and gone and come back again.  And according to all the information I have found* on the internet, the celebrations and parade for this holiday took place on Saturday, April 8th.  Some saying due to Easter also falling on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

I love how we move things around to make it work.  That is what my mom used to do.  We celebrated Christmas when we could all get together.  We celebrated our birthdays when we could all get together.  It didn’t really matter the day, it was more about the celebration.

Anyway . . . there is just a little information as to why tax day in the U.S. is being delayed a few days.  But, really, you know if feels so good when they are done.  So get them done.  By now it is only a few days early, but it will still feel GREAT!  Good luck!

*Washington’s Top News
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Sweet And Spicy Mixed Nuts

Posted by terrepruitt on September 14, 2016

So, this is kind of a “cheat” because it is so close to the Sweet and Savory Mixed Nuts, ha, in fact it is, but with minor changes.  But there were enough for me to have to make note of it and I thought I might as well put it online since having recipes online helps me a lot.  Plus I thought someone else might want to make the sweet and savory nuts sweet and spicy nuts.  I actually did not try them because I knew they would be too hot for me.  The last time I made them I put one packet of crushed red peppers in them and my hubby said that it was not really that hot.  So this time I upped a few things.

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1 cup raw unsalted almonds
1 cup walnuts
1 cup raw unsalted pepitas
1 cup raw unsalted pecans
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon and 2.5 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon crushed rosemary leaves
1 HEAPING teaspoon rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons of maple syrup
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 packets of crushed red peppers / flakes
sea salt
brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350° F.

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Then stir the nuts and spread them out again, making at thin layer.  Sprinkle with another packet of crushed red peppers / flakes, some sea salt,  AND brown sugar (not a lot, just a sprinkle over all of the nuts) bake for 10 more minutes.

Then stir the nuts one more time and let bake for 10 more minutes.

Then take them out of the oven to cool.  You have a choice while cooling, you can stir them to break them up or you can let them cool in one big chunk or chunks.  It depends on how you like to eat your nuts.

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Basically, let nuts and more of everything else, and the addition of the crushed red peppers / flakes.  That is what the original recipe, the one my friend made for us for Christmas, had in it.  But I don’t like spicy hot so I adjusted the recipe.  I was originally making the nuts for me, since my hubby doesn’t normally like nuts.  But when I make them he liked them so I make more – as I said with one packet of crushed red peppers / flakes, but that wasn’t enough, so I added more.  I think it might be enough.

I mean I could just continue adding more until they are just hot nuts, but the sweet needs to come through, too.  I wish I could taste them.  I just can’t/won’t because a burning mouth is just not comfortable for me.

I think next time I will experiment with adding another flavor, like GARLIC!

So, do you like spicy food?  Would these work for you, ya think?

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Sweet and Savory Mixed Nuts

Posted by terrepruitt on August 22, 2016

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, PiYo, Nia Technique, SJ City Fit, SJCityFitEvery year at Christmastime my three friends and I gather for what I call “Christmas with the Girls.”  We have been doing it since were 18, so I’ll just say decades!  Well, when one of us four moved away it was sad.  We couldn’t have the four of us meet for Christmas.  Three of us still meet.  There is usually eating, drinking, opening of gifts, laughing and visiting.  Well, last year our distant friend sent us some mixed nuts.  She had made Sweet-and-Spicy Mixed Nuts from a Bon Appétit recipe.  They were pretty good.  A little spicy for me as they had crushed red pepper flakes in them, but they were good.  I thought I could just leave the peppers out when I made them.  The recipe also calls for maple syrup.  We didn’t have maple syrup.  When I would go to the store I would forget to buy some.  Plus I was thinking I needed a couple of tablespoons and I didn’t want to buy a whole bottle for just that.  So I kept putting off making the recipe.  Eventually I did buy the nuts (from Amazon).  But when I went to the store I kept forgetting the syrup.  Finally one day I remembered to buy the syrup and it was sitting on the counter and my husband says, “What did you buy maple syrup for?”  And I explained the whole thing to him.  He says, “We have maple syrup.”  He explained to me that someone went to Vermont and had asked him if he wanted anything and he said, “Maple syrup.”  So she had brought a little bottle back.  It probably would have been the perfect amount.  Oh well, I am sure I will make these nuts again.  Although I did not use the recipe my friend used.  I ended up making something up.  I am not too big on the spicy so I didn’t use any crushed pepper flakes.

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1 1/2 cup raw unsalted almonds
1 cup walnuts
1 cup raw unsalted pepitas
1 cup raw unsalted pecans
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon of worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 1/2 teaspoons rosemary leaves
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup and 1 teaspoon maple syrup
tiny sprinkle of cayenne pepper

Preheat the oven to 350° F.  Put all the nuts on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Put the pan in the oven, letting the nuts roast, for 10 minutes.  In a big bowl mix the olive oil, worcestershire sauce, thyme, rosemary, cumin, salt, maple syrup, and sprinkle of pepper all together.  Then put the nuts in the bowl and mix.  Coat the nuts with the mixture.  Then transfer all the nuts back onto the parchment lined baking sheet.  Let the nuts toast/bake for 20 minutes, but toss them occasionally.

Allow nuts to cool before storing.

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This makes a flavor snack.  And, of course, you can use whatever type of nuts you like.  And perhaps futz with the amount of spices and herbs.

Now I need recipes that call for maple syrup.

Do you like mixed nuts?  Do you have any recipes that call for maple syrup?

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Busy Time Of Year

Posted by terrepruitt on December 8, 2015

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Birds are so amazing.  But they are very messy and they require a lot of attention.  They are animals that were created to fly.  When they are kept in cages they want attention.  They want attention like any pet.

 

So, I’ve been cleaning, putting up the tree, decorating the house, and entertaining cats.  In another post I will share some of the other decorations . . . this is it for now.

One of my girls is calling.

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How is your Christmas Season going so far?  Are you ready for Christmas?

 

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Cancelling A Tradition

Posted by terrepruitt on April 4, 2015

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I know this is silly, but . . . . since I brought it up a few years ago, I thought I might as well do a follow up.  Plus, if you have seen any of my pictures at Christmastime you have seen my Lenox ornaments.  They are so pretty and sparkly I always take photos of them and I always share.  So, you are familiar with my love of them.  Sigh.

Handcrafted really is not a good selling point unless the quality of it is good.  And, the boxes say, “American By Design”.  Means nothing, especially when the quality is bad.

When I think about cancelling, I don’t want to.  I still want to receive my pretty ornament each year.  But then when I think about the dread and the quality I have been receiving . . . I just gotta do it.

Perhaps there is another collector type of ornament I can collect?  Do you have anything you collect?

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