Monday, December 30, 2013

Eat for Good Luck? A Rerun.

When planning my New Year's Eve 2012 menu, I came across an excellent article on what to eat and what
not to eat on the Eve.  I served only what was on the "to eat" list and ate plenty of it.  I must say (and this may be coincidental), I had a better year (financially).  I may change up a few dishes this year, but I will be including plenty of green food!  Here is the original post:

What are you eating this New Year that may bring you good luck throughout 2012?  When I sat down to plan my New Year’s menu and typed in “foods for New Year’s”, I was led to this.  An excellent little article on traditions and what are believed to be lucky foods.  There are six major categories: grapes, greens, fish, pork, legumes, and cakes.  I also found it interesting that the amount of greens that are eaten may predict one’s fortune.  That could explain why I am so poor.  Our tradition was to eat a spoonful of sauerkraut at midnight.  This year I am eating tons of sauerkraut.  I’ll also be serving pork (it signifies wealth and prosperity) and I’m thinking of trying my hand at baking a dessert from Holland: the ollie bollen, a puffy, donut-like pastries filled with apples, raisins, and currants.
There is also a list of What Not to Eat.  “Lobster is a bad idea because they move backwards and could therefore lead to setbacks. Chicken is also discouraged because the bird scratches backwards, which could cause regret or dwelling on the past. Another theory warns against eating any winged fowl because good luck could fly away.”
I'm thinking of following with the German custom (or superstition) of leaving a little bit of each food on your plate past midnight to guarantee a stocked pantry in the New Year.  Nothing wrong with cleaning up in the morning.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Here's What's On My Mind

Looking Forward

I’ve been thinking about the New Year and making lists, lists and lists.  Don’t get me wrong, I am fully loving and enjoying this month, the hustle, the bustle, the wrapping, the caroling and the beauty of a fresh snowfall, but when 2014 gets here, I want to hit the ground running.  I am excited for the New Year, the chance to do it all again, only better.
I am looking forward to living with a new OLW, mine having come to me when I was gathering items (once loved, outgrown, and/or no longer needed) for donating to the VVA.  My word has nothing to do with donating or the VVA, but with learning. I’ve also decided to shake things up a bit by choosing a new sub- word to focus on each month.  So, my year of word(s) will look something like this:

                             I..      LEARN (word for all 12 months)
                                      A.      January – Create
                                      B.      February – Save
                                      C.      March – Change
                                      D.      April - Finish

and so on.  I’m looking forward to trying this process, hoping it keeps me focused and on track so I’ll “stay with it” til year’s end.  And  that's what's on my mind. 

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Countdown to Christmas, Week 8

            1.         Review your menus and supplies once more. Any last minutes shopping needed?
            2.         Keep a list of each gift as it is opened for writing those thank you notes later.
            3.         Be sure to leave a snack for Santa and his reindeer.
            4.         Stuff the stockings.

            5.         Have yourself a very Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Countdown to Christmas, Week 7

 Countdown to Christmas, Week 7 Holiday To-Do List
This is it. The final week (with a few days just before) to get it all together.  Will you be ready???
            1.         Make your lists and check them twice! Are all catalog and on-line orders received?  (I have a few outstanding and fingers crossed they all arrive before Tuesday).
2.         Buy (or create) thank-you notes.  As gifts are received, or parties attended, you can begin writing out and addressing the cards to be sent on the 26th.
3.         Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menus finalized? Non-perishables purchased?  
4.         Cookies baked? Food gifts assembled? Presents wrapped?
5.         Purchase any supplies needed, such as batteries (in abundance!).
6.         Charge the camera(s).
7.         Tree up and decorated? Cards sent?
I’m feeling a bit frantic as I write this post.  AM I READY?  OMGosh, I HOPE SO!!!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Countdown, Week 6

Countdown to Christmas, Week 6 Holiday To-Do List
1. Christmas menu finalized.  Begin purchasing everything needed except fresh produce.
2. Trim the tree.  Hang lights around window. Decorate.
3. Check list of gifts ordered.  Everything received?
4. Complete gift wrapping.

Another busy week! In addition to the above, I hope to meet Amanda and take her out for a new outfit; make list of what presents are still needed and wrap that up, cancel insurance on the Pontiac, clean my room and do laundry. Ugh! But not Bah Humbug!  I’m still loving this Season.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Countdown to Christmas, Week 5

Countdown to Christmas, Week 5 Holiday To-Do List   
Ben, Christmas 2008
1. Christmas parties are coming up. What will you wear? Do clothes need dry-cleaned, pressed, repaired. Or will you be buying something new? What accessories will you wear? Shoes?
2. Schedule time for a hair appointment and/or manicure.
3. Mail Christmas cards.
4. Try to finish up with on-line and catalog shopping so that the ordered items arrive in plenty of time to be wrapped and put under the tree.
3. Start collecting boxes and gift bags to use for gift wrapping.
4. Continue wrapping gifts as they are bought.
5. Plan the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menus. Order fresh turkeys, hams or goose now.

6. Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of water. RELAX and ENJOY!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

1.  Celebrate Brendan’s 7th birthday and my, um, oh, 29th (again)!
2.  Put up the tree and decorate it.
3.  Document each day (i.e., December Daily and Journal Your Christmas).
4.  Bake cookies.
5.  Make Cinnamon Applesauce ornaments.
6.  Sing Christmas Songs.
7.  Wrap presents.
8.  Spend an evening driving around to look at Christmas lights.
9.  Write letters to Santa.
10.   Watch holiday movies.
11.   Read holiday books.
12.   Hang Candy Canes.
13.   Host an Ornament Exchange party.
14.   Send Christmas Cards.
15.   Hang Stockings.
16.   Celebrate the Winter Solstice.
17.   Make gifts  
18.   Bake red wine cake (as gifts) (recipe here)
19.   Make a list of New Year’s Resolutions 
Keep Calm and Be Merry!