Saturday, December 4, 2010

Advent Calendar, Courage.

Well I guess you didn’t cross your fingers for me, I certainly have a fully blown cold now, could hardly breathe during the night. Ah well!!!

I bought myself an Advent Calendar from Jacquie Lawson, I am enjoying opening it each day, something different going on all the time. It shows a village where sometimes it snows and where, at night, it goes dark and the stars and moon come out. Today a Christmas train arrived full of presents. I thought it would act as wallpaper, it does, but you have to shrink the picture to get at your icons.

Amazing story on the news last night about a young cross country runner, Holland Reynolds,  who was expected to win her race. Apparently she misjudged bHolland Reynoldsoth the weather and her water ration so by the time she got to the finish line she was dehydrated and in pain and collapsed a few feet away. Her coach, who now has Lou Gehrig’s Disease, had taught her never to give up so finally, she crawls over the finish line which enabled her team to win. Nobody could help her otherwise she would have been disqualified. To read the story go here

I published this recipe in March 2009, I still haven’t got round to making it, however, I plan to do so this evening. I have the red cabbage and I have the pasta so I am well away. Its not Matt’s favourite, but it is one of mine so ….

Pasta with Onions and Red Cabbage
Source: Microwave Magic

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

1 large onion, choppedPasta_w_Onions_&_Red_Cabbage
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup butter
1 large heard red cabbage, cored and shredded
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp paprika
1 package (8 oz) wide egg noodles

Place onion, garlic and 1/4 cup of the butter in a 4-quart round casserole or bowl. Cook on high (600-700 watts) until onion is very tender, 6 to 7 minutes, stirring once. Stir in shredded cabbage, salt and paprika, tossing mixture to blend well. Dot mixture with remaining butter. Cover and return to the microwave for 10 minutes.
While cabbage is cooking, cook egg noodles according to package directions. Drain noodles and add to cooked cabbage, tossing to combine. Return to microwave for 3 to 5 minutes to heat through before serving, if necessary.

Have a great weekend



  1. Holland Reynold's courage and determination to finish the race not just for herself, but for her team and her ailing long-time coach speak volumes and is an epitome of the type of young men and women that have run over the decades under Jim Tracy's instruction.

    Hopefully, we can be just as supportive of Jim off the course in his battle against ALS. He will need significant financial support in the coming days. If you want to contribute or just learn more, please visit

  2. Thanks for your comment and I wish you the best in your endeavours.

  3. Thanks you for mine too, Jo. It's beautiful.