What’s your remedy for the Holiday blues?
Just comedies, comedy and even comedies! There are some fantastic Christmas comedy specials out there!
Your favorite beverage (if it differs) during the holiday season? If it doesn’t differ, just answer the ‘what’s your favorite beverage” part.
I have an entire assortment of favourite beverages. I have actually recently gotten into egg nog. Oh my goodness, I was missing out there! I enjoy more milkshakes around this time of year. Here in Australia, it’s Summer, so the weather is warmer. Anything minty as well. The same with my response last week with the mint chocolate ice-cream. I also enjoy glasses of white sweet wine,lol
This one has been asked before, but what’s your take on pumpkin spice?
I’ve never honestly had it,lol
Is there is a person or god connected with your holiday?
- Who are they and do you believe in them?
- If you do not believe in these people or gods, does the celebration/honoring of that being, bother you in any way (e.g., ignored, dismissed, angry, etc.)?
I don’t really believe in a God for Christmas or anything. I believe in what the spirit of Christmas is supposed to be. The only thing that bothers me is when people say that people are at War with Christmas, because Starbucks put “Happy Holidays” on a cup. Or when Trump says things like Obama wont let people say “Merry Christmas”, when there was absolutely no proof of that. That bothers me.
I have no problem with “Happy Holidays” in general, anyway. Not everyone on planet Earth celebrates Christmas. We celebrate Christmas, but my family doesn’t celebrate a Christian Christmas. But we all enjoy the holidays and breaks we get because of it, and why not?.
Share a song that you enjoy during this Winter season (whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, The Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa and so forth.
Oh, there are so many that I love!
General questions this week. It’s Thanksgiving and then that horrid ‘Black Friday” in the U.S.A. and so lots of folks will be ultra busy. I thought some general questions that are relatively easy to answer might be in order.
What did you have for dinner last night?
I had a filled in baked potato. There’s a really good take away store, where they sell all sorts of filling with a baked potato. It’s fantastic!
Would you rather go out on a Saturday night or stay in?
It honestly depends. I do suffer from anxiety, so there are days when I don’t want to go out. But then there are times when I want to go out before I go crazy,lol.
How are you, truthfully?
I’m okay, I’m not to bad, but I’m not overly happily either. I’m just content, but frustrated at the world in general. How did we get here?
What’s the best topping/ice cream combination? If you don’t eat ice cream, what’s your favorite combination dessert? (Example: pie and ice cream or pie and whipped cream – that sort of answer)
Any kind of mint chocolate…So your mint, spearmint…mmmmmmmmm.
An Attitude of Gratitude:
Share Your Gratitude with a thought (quote), a picture or a short paragraph. Most of us have lots to be grateful for, more than we might realize. Happy Thanksgiving and have a great week!
Just grateful to be here ❤
We’re waxing philosophical in our questions today:
- Can we ever experience anything objectively? Why or why not? (Now for the people who may not understand that idea, this is what objective means (definition wise): Something that is not influenced by personal feelings or opinions). I think we definitely can. I think sometimes, depending on the circumstances, it can be hard or easy. I think it also can depend on how you were brought up. Yeah, it can definitely done be done. I think at the moment, it’s a bit harder to do. I had a conversation with someone today where because Trump said he wasn’t aware of the “phone call”. Then it must be true. So I showed him a whole lot of articles showing where Trump lied, including one today that involved Apple. So he may not be the most objective when it comes to telling the truth.
- Do humans have a soul? Do animals have a soul? I think we do all have a soul. Including animals. I’m not necessarily religious, but I do believe we all have a soul.
- Why are people told to respect the dead? (example: “Don’t speak ill of the dead”) I actually have no idea. I’ve been around some really horrible people who’ve passed away, or like famous “paedophiles, murderers” etc. When they die, people suddenly have a bad word to say? I don’t understand it personally. My mama did teach me though, “when you’ve got nothing nice to say, say nothing at all” So while others may speak well, I just try not to say anything.
- Without using the names of specific people, discuss “the ideal” President or other world leader. Saying ‘anyone who is the exact opposite of a certain orange skinned creature’ is cheating. While (to me) that’s a true statement, there’s more depth to the question than to reduce it to one sentence. I honestly just miss seeing a kind leader. I see someone like Jacinda Arden and I can’t help but think “What went so wrong everywhere else?”
Share your gratitude! Stories, images or thoughts all welcome.
- Is copying and pasting images or information off the Internet plagiarism? Do you credit those whose work you ‘borrow freely’ or do you think the idea is repugnant? (Credit for this question goes to GC and Sue)
I always, ALWAYS, credit. If I can’t, I will always ask people that if they find out. Too please let me know as soon as possible. Also if I don’t know who the artist is, that’s why I put the message out there. I see a lot of Instagram accounts who put the picture up, not even a message to say I don’t know who this is. They get completely slammed,lol.
- Do you let sleeping dogs lie?
As I’ve gotten older, it’s definitely been easier to do this. It also depends on what it is, if it’s something important sometimes it’s better to do something rather than wait.
- What’s the strangest pet name (for adults) that you’ve ever heard someone called?
Daddy or Mummy…It’s creepy!
- Do you like to dance? If yes, what’s your favorite and if no, why not?
Oh yes, indeed I do! I did ballet for half my life. For the last couple of years that I did Ballet. I also did Spanish dancing and I loved it. I always dance, even though I don’t “officially” dance anymore.
November brings Thanksgiving to Americans. I know Canada celebrates Thanksgiving too, but I believe it’s in October. Does your country celebrate a similar holiday? If you’d like, share some traditions you observe around Thanksgiving or if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, what are some traditions you have?
I don’t think we really have something like that in Australia.
I’m not sure I can find something a beautiful as On Dragonfly Wing with Buttercup Tea, but I’m going to try!
Don’t ever let anyone tell you that one person cannot make a difference.
Sebastião Salgado grew up in Minas Gerais, Brazil—full of beautiful rain-forests. He left to become a photographer, and returned to his hometown, in 2000, to discover that only 0.5% of forest remained. Salgado founded Instituto Terra in 1998, planting more than 2 million seedlings of more than 290 species of trees and plants. In 20 years, 1,500 acres of rainforest have been recovered, and 293 species of plants, 15 reptile species, 172 bird species, 15 amphibian species, and 33 mammal species have returned.
So I am joining in with celebrating a very special bloggers birthday month.
We are celebrating with her this month by writing/blogging about our favourite:
- and anything else you would like to share
I’ve decided to go with an Australian theme. Since I’m from Australia, but they are still favourites of mine.
This has to be one of the most iconic songs in Australia, of all time! By one of our most iconic singers!
Many Australians say that this should be our new anthem, and I agree!
You’ll come a Waltzing Matilda with me
Now I’m going to with an Australian Indigenous persons quote (to Australia). I haven’t been able to find if it comes from a story. It just seems to be a proverb that they say. It’s a beautiful one I think.
This recipe includes two Australian favourite desserts. One I have to yet to try myself, but it’s going to happen,lol
Fairy bread is usually done just on bread. So it’s (normally white) bread, but you can do this on any bread. You spread butter on the bread and then just putting a lot of hundreds and thousands, it’s really simple. Really tasty.
8 egg whites, at room temperature
Large pinch of cream of tartar
430g (2 cups) caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
315g pkt Coles Lemon Madeira Cake
120g (1 cup) hundreds and thousands
150g (1 cup) icing sugar mixture
2 tablespoons boiling water
375g pkt white chocolate melts
600ml ctn thickened cream
300ml ctn double cream
Pink food colouring, to tint
Step 1Preheat oven to 120C/100C fan forced. Draw a 20cm circle on each of 2 sheets of baking paper. Turn each sheet, marked side down, onto a baking tray.
Step 2Use electric beaters with a whisk attachment to whisk egg whites and cream of tartar in a clean, dry bowl until firm peaks form. Gradually add sugar, 1 tbs at a time, beating constantly until sugar dissolves and mixture is thick and glossy. Beat in vanilla.
Step 3Divide meringue among marked circles. Use a palette knife to spread, shape and rough up the sides. Bake, swapping trays halfway through cooking, for 2 hours or until meringues are crisp and dry. Turn the oven off. Leave the meringues in the oven, with the door closed, to cool completely.
Step 4Meanwhile, remove icing and trim dark edges from cake. Carefully cut cake in half horizontally. Cut each cake layer in half lengthways, then into 2cm-wide pieces. Place 3/4 cup hundreds and thousands in a bowl. Place the icing sugar in a separate bowl and add the butter. Pour boiling water over the butter and stir until melted and smooth. Using a fork, dip a piece of cake in the icing to coat. Tap fork on side of bowl to remove excess. Carefully roll in hundreds and thousands, patting to coat. Place on a wire rack. Repeat to coat remaining cake pieces. Set aside for 30 minutes to set.
Step 5Line a baking tray with baking paper. Place the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on Medium, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth. Spread the top of each meringue disc with a little melted chocolate. Sprinkle some of the remaining hundreds and thousands around the edge. Spread remaining melted chocolate over the lined tray to make a thin sheet. Place wooden spoon handles or rolling pins under the baking paper so the chocolate will set in waves. Sprinkle with the remaining hundreds and thousands. Set aside for 20 minutes to set.
Step 6Use electric beaters to beat the thickened cream and double cream in a bowl until firm peaks form. Spoon a third of the cream into a separate bowl and add a little pink food colouring. Stir gently until the cream is a pale pink. Add the pink cream to the remaining whipped cream and fold a few times to create a swirled effect. Spoon into a piping bag fitted with a fluted nozzle.
Step 7Pipe half the cream on top of 1 pavlova. Arrange half the fairy bread lamingtons on top. Carefully place the remaining pavlova on top. Pipe the remaining cream over to decorate. Top with the remaining fairy bread lamingtons. Break the white chocolate shard into a few large pieces and decorate the top. Sprinkle with freeze-dried strawberries.