On the 4th day of Christmas…

Care for an audio virus? :hohoho: :stomp: :hohoho:

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Here, quick!! Erase it with the following brilliance:

The 12 Haiku of Christmas

Day 1
Generous woman
Lovely partridge she gave me
Tree, unexpected

Day 2
Doves arrived today
Oddly dressed in turtlenecks
Fought partridge for tree

Day 3
Foreign born birds came
Not happy with their new home
Insist on chateaus

Day 4
What’s with all the birds?
Four just arrived with cell phones
Each touch screen challenged

Day 5
She went to Jared’s
She financed five rings of gold
Our house now for sale

Day 6
Breakfast problem solved
Personal egg factory
Very noisy one

Day 7
Pool confiscated
Fowl swans swimming recklessly
Need hygiene lessons

Day 8
Eight maids and eight cows
Neighbors beginning to talk
I will not cowtow

Day 9
Nine pole dancing gals
Neighbors now taking pictures
Need liquor license

Day 10
Lords arrived FedEx
Stuffed in very small boxes
They leaped out quickly

Day 11
Pipers piped too long
Sound ordinance was broken
Police were summoned

Day 12
Twelve drummers drumming
Police cart me to quiet cell
Silent night at last

Warren Baker, Monday Morning Haiku Club (poem reposted with kind permission from Warren Baker)

Aren’t Christmas goodies great?!

This morning with coffee, we had my sister’s lemon thyme shortbread. The shortbread is not quite as sweet as some and has the most wonderful delicate flavour of lemon thyme. (Remind me to ask her for her recipe!)

Last night, initially we were going to have chicken/ham a la king. Then we switched to the idea of having chicken/ham pie. In the end, we had THE most brilliant soup: cream of chicken and ham with green beans. We steamed the beans separately and added them to the soup at the last minute. We had cheese baking powder biscuits on the side.

It was so good, we’re going to have it again tonight….


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1 response to “On the 4th day of Christmas…

  1. Patricia

    I’m glad you like the lemon thyme shortbread. It’s not lemon-thyme though, I only have regular thyme in my garden. I THOUGHT I had lemon thyme but Someone was over zealous in clearing out the herb garden in the fall. The lemon flavour comes from lemon zest. Here’s the recipe; I can’t remember where I found it online.

    Lemon-Thyme Shortbread Hearts
    Adapted from 101 Cookbooks via The Castle Cookbook
    Makes 5-6 dozen cookies

    4 cups all purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    3/4 teaspoon salt
    2 1/2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves (preferably lemon thyme)
    Zest of two medium lemons
    1 lb (4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
    1 cup powdered sugar
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
    2. Mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, thyme, and lemon zest. Set aside.
    3. Beat the butter until light and fluffy. Sift in the powdered sugar and beat again. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and then beat in the vanilla extract.
    4. Add in the flour mixture in two batches, stirring until a thick dough forms. Divide the dough into two halves and pat into two disks, 1 inch thick. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for half an hour.
    5. After the dough is chilled, have ready pans lined with parchment paper. Roll each disk out with a rolling pin to 1/4″ or 1/2″ thick. Cut into shapes with the cookie cutters and bake 12 minutes, turning the pan around in the middle, until the bottoms are just barely golden.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, Patricia! (When we run out of your cookies and neeeeeed more, I wonder where am I going to find fresh lemon thyme at this time of year….) -Elizabeth


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