Friday, December 19, 2014

Laptop, Bowling. Libera.

My laptop is not well and has gone to hospital. I think I will be without it for a couple of days. No real problem, but because of my vascular problems, sitting at the desktop for any length of time means I end up with very swollen ankles. I don’t like the look of them in the first place, and in the second place they can hurt. So I may not be doing much blogging for a while.

Dobos TorteWhilst I am here, I have to report a pretty good game at the bowling alley today, also, the league who play on Thursdays (we are not members) invited us to have some of their Christmas lunch goodies. Nice of them, but having had lunch Matt didn’t want to partake, I did though, I had a piece of Dobos Torte – couldn’t resist that – and a glass of white wine. I don’t know where one buys that round here, I know Swiss Colony sell it, but shipping costs put up the price. I used to buy quite a bit of Swiss Colony stuff when we lived in NC.

We just watched Libera, Angel Voices doing a concert in America. They were in Washington in a huge church there. If you’ve never seen them, and enjoy a good boy’s choir, you really should try to catch them. They were on PBS and I think they will probably broadcast the programme again. We have a DVD of them from 7 years ago and, oddly enough, one of the singers then is the pianist on this latest DVD. Joshua Medine. He said that his younger brother was in the group too. They are a fantastic choir and are popular all round the world, Japan, the Philippines to name a couple.

When I saw this recipe, I really couldn’t resist it. Something to appeal to most kids.

Reindeer Poop

Tara Tuckwiller

These are just as easy to make as regular Rice Krispies treats, but they’re rich and chocolatey—a fun little Christmas treat that both grownups and kids will love.Reindeer Poop

Makes 40 1-inch balls


  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 10-ounce bag marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • 5 cups Rice Krispies
  • 5 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips



  • In a large saucepan over low heat, melt the butter. Add the marshmallows, cocoa, and salt, and stir until the marshmallows melt. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  • Stir in the cereal to coat completely. Fold in the chocolate chips. Roll into 1-inch balls and set aside on a sheet of parchment or waxed paper to cool.

Have a great day

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Gas, Prosecco Cocktails.

When we were out and about on Tuesday we were comparing gas prices. They were mainly running about 96 ¢ a litre (give or take a Old Gas Pricespenny or two) which is the lowest we have seen it for very a long time. However, I read some headlines saying the government stood to lose $13 billion a year because of the plunge in oil prices. Seems we have been right, they have been overtaxing gas as everyone has been saying for a long time. However, that is one hell of a loss for the government and I wonder what benefits of ours they will cut or tax further. They could, of course, stop sending soldiers out of the country to attack ISIS and others. I think that would save us a buck or two. They could also redirect some of the largesse being given to foreign countries back into Canada to help those that need it here, there are lots of them. These ideas seem to be very much the song sung by several other countries, the States and the UK to start with. It doesn’t seem to me that whoever you vote for, the people who finally get in do the same thing the previous bunch did. The picture shows the prices just a week or two ago.

I was talking about Brazil nuts yesterday. A friend from Oz, Pinky Poinker mentioned the benefits of selenium in these nuts but also stated that one can overdose. I Googled it and found this article about it which, if you like Brazil nuts, you should read.

This is a link to recipes for 10 Prosecco cocktails, it is from BBC Good Food. I am not sure if we prosecco-maincan get Prosecco here but if not we can certainly make them with champagne or any sparking wine. Prosecco is somewhat softer than champagne I understand. There is a wine here in Canada which I think could be used for these. I cannot for the life of me remember what it’s called. It was a Trius brand by Hillebrand. A Canadian winery.

Cheesy Potato Soup

Cheesy Potato Soup Recipe

Serves 4 (serving size: 1 cup)
from Cooking Light

1 tablespoon butter
1 cup chopped onion
2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 cups chopped red potato (about 1 pound)
1 1/4 cups 1% low-fat milk
3/4 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth 
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
2 tablespoons chopped green onions


1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Sprinkle with flour; cook 1 minute, stirring onion mixture constantly. Add potato, milk, broth, and 1/2 cup water to pan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Add 1/2 cup reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese and ground red pepper; cook 2 minutes or until cheese melts, stirring frequently. Top each serving evenly with 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped green onions.

Have a great day