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November 26, 2021


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What beautiful decorations. (It's ok some years to not put out decorations, for a variety of rational or irrational reasons!) Ooooo don't let that grandson bounce those clear snowy "balls" around! Poor Mari, she's just trying to save everyone from the scary looking man, but love that grumpy cat twin. Glad Mom is feeling more comfortable, and maybe got rid of her guilt for not doing all those chores for the meal. (Please put in my order for those pies from Linda: I need a pie made of 1/6th pieces, one of each kind, formed into one pie, right? It's one thing to read bizarre incorrect research about covid. Did you see the article declaring that their research determined that pumpkin wasn't the favorite pie anymore; not even pecan. Supposedly Key Lime pie is the favorite pie. I love it, but the research has got to be squirrely. Have fun with leftovers. Linda in Kansas


Glad the pie was good! I adore mincemeat. It's hilarious every holiday season to go to the grocery and ask where the mincemeat is located. Usually they direct you to the meat counter. Related: I went looking for maraschino cherries a few days ago, and after the kid asked me what they were, directed me to the produce department. Uh, never mind, kid.


I had one year when my 2 year old grandson was visiting so we bought a small artificial tree (about 4 ft tall) and decorated it with only our unbreakable ornaments. Sure enough he pulled the tree down which gave him such a fright that he was forever careful whenever he went to investigate the ornaments. It was actually pretty funny. It will be so wonderful to have your grandson with you for the holiday.

Your pie sounds sounded wonderful. It's tradition for Art to make his pumpkin pie though. I wish we'd remembered to get whipped cream.


Unless cats climb your tree to try to get at those ornaments, they usually hate "the holidays" because of how it upsets their ways of life. (Eat, sleep, eat, sleep, ad infinitum.)


Oh, those PIES!!! I've never had mincemeat and don't even know what it is. And recently (I can't remember where—maybe our neighborhood potluck) I had a tiny slice of pecan pie for the first time ever and it was a revelation! I always thought they were uber-sweet, but it wasn't! It was wonderful! Do you know that I have never in my life made a pie? I'm just not much of a dessert person, and nobody in my family were into Christmas cookies or anything so I've rarely baked anything. However, I'm thinking I will be making some banana nut bread this year. I have a wonderful recipe for it and everyone really likes it.

Good for you for decorating already! It's such an ordeal here. John insisted when we moved here to store all the Christmas stuff in the "box" (if you remember), which means lugging all the bins up the hill to the house. I knew it was going to be an issue with Mr. Bah Humbug. And it always is. Grrr.


Ahh ... you have some nice seasonal touches there. As for the pies, I would pick apple and strawberry out of that group. I recently brought home one store-bought pecan pie, and we had to throw it out. Perhpas home-baked ones would be different. Minced takes me back to Mom's Christmases. I never cared for it greatly. I think there was always an apple pie for me.


I started with a pumpkin pie, followed that up with a sour cherry pie, some pumpkin cheesecake, back to finish up the sour cherry pie and now working on some leftover cake given to us. I'm about sweeted out right now. We ended up doing all non-traditional recipes this year and it has been a big hit. The dressing was the best I've ever had and so was the greenbean casserole. We did just a turkey breast with a dry rub on it and it was outstanding as well. We may make these all our new traditions.


Children make the holidays so much better! Your decorations look great.

Ally Bean

Wish we could get mince pie here. No bakery makes it anymore, which is a bummer-- but like so many foods from my childhood it's no longer in fashion.

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