Now, that the presents are all unwrapped, that the bird is eaten and that you are wondering how you are going to survive the excess that comes with New Year’s Eve, it’s time for me to say thank you. Thank you! Thank you for making the 4th edition of the Advent Calendar a success! So many people contributed, read, commented that I am certain that … Continue reading Advent Calendar 2018
Christmas in Rhyolite, Nevada
By S.D. Gates
She had always wanted to visit the collection of sculptures in Rhyolite, Nevada – always. But Rhyolite is so far out of the way from anything, it’s about 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas, on a paved, but very bumpy road, which winds its way through a landscape littered with Joshua trees, desert sage and interesting rock formations. It is about 4 miles outside of Beatty, Nevada, but really that doesn’t serve as much of a point of reference, as probably 99.99% of the world’s population doesn’t know where Beatty, Nevada is either. Suffice it to say – Rhyolite is in the middle of desert, in the middle of nowhere.
With a love of all things strange; strange buildings, strange art formations, strange landmarks, she was always searching for the new, but old. She was drawn to ghost towns such as a nail is to a magnet. To her, it was like walking back into the past, seeing the old, decaying buildings, and wondering – why people would think the site they built their town on, was a good site, and considering – why they left it as they did.Continue reading “Christmas in Rhyolite, Nevada by S.D. Gates | Advent 2018 – Day 24”
There’s Always One By Holly Geely “My chestnuts are talking,” said Phillip. “I don’t need to hear your personal business,” said Mary-Anne. Phillip was her boss, and there are things about one’s boss that one never wants to hear. “No, really, my chestnuts are talking,” said Phillip. He held up his paper plate, recently filled at the buffet. Several of the roasted brown nuts had … Continue reading There’s Always One by Holly Geely | Advent 2018 – Day 23, 4th Sunday
Thank you so much to Solveig or inviting me to participate in her Advent Calendar.
Magical, Boozy, Nutty Christmas Cake
Simmer and Stir!!!
175g butter, chopped
200g dark muscovado sugar
750g luxury mixed dried fruit
Finely grated zest and juice of one orange
Finely grated zest of one lemon
100ml Amaretti plus at least 4 tbsps more
85g macadamia nuts
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
85g ground almond
200g plain flour
Half a teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground mixed spice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Quarter teaspoon ground allspice
Mugs of steaming mulled wine for you to drink while baking!
Some Christmas music in the background.
- First things first grab a helper. A friend, family member (my daughter helped,) or a pet to keep you company whilst baking the cake. Be sure to offer the friend, or family helper a steaming mug of mulled wine but keep alcohol away from your cat or dog. Some doggy or cat treats would suffice instead.
Christmas Away From Home By Katharina Barten A year ago I was in Canada living with a host family and I was experiencing some Christmas traditions that we don’t have here or at least that I don’t practice. One of them was baking a gingerbread house. I had never done that before but I got to say that I really enjoyed it. Another thing that … Continue reading Christmas Away From Home by Katharina Barten | Advent 2018 – Day 21