We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Turkey/Havarti sandwiches, trail mix, a banana and bottled water! A Christmas picnic at the headwaters of the Suwannee River. My son has a new girlfriend in Fort Worth and she's a millionaire-so he chose her over me!
I'm very happy there among the wild turkeys, gators, moccasins, and the ghosts of my ancestors.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Offspring is singing the turkey this year: given we have four grandbrats four and under, the locale has to have lots of toys and be reasonably child-proof. An old family recipe, often brought out for Christmas, is for mashed carrots and parsnips. Peel, cut, boil. When all tender, do a rough mash with a scoop of butter. Not fancy, but good, and a year-round recipe.
Normally it's duck and dirty rice, but this year will be turkey, wild rice cream soup, dressing, cherry pie, chocolate mousse. I think I have some cranberry sauce frozen from Thanksgiving. Lots of olives, cheese, bread, beer, and wine.
We have our meal on Christmas Eve after Mass and stay up late. We'll sleep in as late as the kids will let us and then I will have Irish cream on ice for breakfast. I think the others want mimosas.
Roast beef with roasted potatoes and parsnips, ham, Yorkshire pudding, perfectly cooked Brussels sprouts, peas with thyme and blue cheese, and angel food cake with black raspberry sauce. And lots of wine.
We're celebrating with the centuries old traditional Viking fare: braised corn beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots. Accompanied with a properly chilled Mogan David concord. Desert is imported German stollen with Norwegian gasoline (coffee) - 4 Tbsp. coffee grounds for every 6 oz. cup.
Gordon Ramsey is an arrogant poseur. If f*ck wasn't every other word he uttered he'd be a fry cook at Betty's House of Grease in Possum Trot.