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


  1. Reindeer poop! I wasn't expecting that.
    Hope you get your laptop back before Christmas.

    1. I think I will. It's main problem is age I think. Modern software doesn't run well on it.

      I thought it was funny when I saw the recipe.

  2. Recipe looks great! I'd use milk chocolate chocolate allergy can act up with bitter- or semi-sweet. Sorry about your laptop though. Mine is limping along but I dread getting a new one. I hear Windows 8 is a real pain.

    1. Don't see why not JoJo. I don't think I have to go for a new one just yet. I hear bad things about Windows 8 too.

  3. Beautiful Torte! Lucky you - seeing Liberia! An outstanding choir, and I love their version of "Carol of the Bells." I'm going to make the 'Reindeer Poop," if for no other reason than to see the smiles on the kid's faces Christmas Day! (Might make some for the homeless shelter folks.)

    1. I thought it would amuse the kids too Dixie. Nice to make some for the shelter too.

  4. Wow that Carol of the Bells was absolutely glorious! At last it feels like Christmas Jo.
    Reindeer Poop! Classic :)

    1. I like Carol of the Bells and I especially like it sung by Libera. Last night's programme was not Christmas songs unfortunately.

  5. Hi Jo .. love those chocolate balls .. look very good ... and I do hope your m/c comes back soon .. take care ... and enjoy this week before Christmas - Hilary

  6. Thanks Hilary. I have my laptop back again so I am a happier camper. Lot of cooking coming up.