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A Polish Christmas Tradition

I am not Polish but married into the culture and tradition.  One of the things they do is
to pass around the oplatki. 

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The Star of Bethlehem is the most popular Christmas symbol.
Christmas is known as Gwiazda, or "Little Star.".  

The first star in the Christmas Eve sky signals the end of a
day long fast of Wigilia, and celebrations begin.

Before the Christmas Eve meal is served, the head of the house
distributes an oplatki (peace wafer) symbolizing friendship and
peace.  A straw-strewn place setting is reserved for the f
humble Christ.  Decorations include an elaborate creche and chionka
(Christmas tree) decorated with star stars, fruit, nuts,
cookies and intricately painted eggs.  Often young men carry
a lighted star on a pole en route to Pasterka (Shepherd's Mass)
at midnight Christmas Eve.

We actually did this...  Read More

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Top 10 Favorite Videos on addoway

My top ten favorites that I had a hand in creating.  Many of us do not have extra time or an idle minute, but these are short, fun and have some interesting music.  Some of the videos feature addoway merchant stores and some do not.  These are my favorites so far.  I must get busy making more.  These are not necessarily in the order of preference.

1. I’d like to thank the Academy (like I’m so excited)



2.  Adventures of Millie the Super Mom



3.  A little love to the table (summer)
(like Dancin in the Streets)

 

4.  Spring on addoway, III



5.  Shopping on addoway (spring) Shopping on addoway
(Spring Shopping on addoway)




6.  Spring Fever on addoway Spring Fever on addoway



7.  Italy Vacation

 


8.  We are America

 


9.  addoway, I like you very much
(latin music)
 


10.  Libby's or One-Pie?

 



and here's a few others

Cyber Monday 2011



Gift Giving 101 addoway
 

 
The addoTree (Random Acts of Kindness)


 
 





 

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Name that Jam

The last hurrah of the canning season at least from this little garden. 
It all started with leftover green tomatoes. 
Was making some pickled green tomatoes, recipe here.

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Also, take a look at the video of other jams.
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and had leftover tomatoes still.

So, I added sugar, lemon juice and let the tomatoes sit overnight in the refrigerator. 
The next day, I cooked it down and strained through the colander.  It looked like pea soup but smelled quite nice. 

I added fresh ginger, apple juice, red pepper, cinnamon, honey, crushed pineapple, a handful of cranberries and leftover chianti.  It has a beautiful texture and now a lovely color, then boiled down to 220 degrees for the jelly stage and packed up in...  Read More

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DIY collage Renaissance-Baroque

Many of you may know, I like to work with my hands.  When making collages, I often work with magazine pictures because it is easy to work with and forgiving when applying glue.  This one was done with reproduction prints and bit different medium with which to work.  Now that the weather has little humidity, I will be starting once again to work with

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this type of art real soon.

The collage is a black and white mix of Renaissance-Baroque Architecture.  I chose pictures of Rome, because this was for a gift of one who studied architecture in Rome.  I was pleased with the result and so enjoyed making this piece. 

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Curious Cliches, adages and idioms

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How often do you use a cliché

Some curious ones:

As old as the hills - How old were the hills?

All dressed up and nowhere to go - Been there. 

All is fair in love and war - Well I'm not sure about this one!

He who hesitates is lost.  - May be true.  Carpe Diem. 

Too many cooks spoil the broth. - Especially true in a kitchen with too many women. 

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. - We'll find out.  It's apple season. 

Empty vessels make the most noise.  - Yikes!  I think I work with a few empty vessels!

As you sow, so shall you reap. - Is this like " you reap what you will sow"?

Charity begins at home.  - So true! 

There are so many, many that are said nearly every day in one conversation or another.  Very interesting.  I go on with a long list, but think I'll save some for another time for lighthearted thought provoking phrases. 

Vaya con Dios! 



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Cyber Monday 2012

Where will you be on Cyber Monday? 

Do you have the day off or will you be working? 
If you are working will you be trying to snag some deals on the net? 
Plan your shopping by getting the internet specials in advance.  Track
what you want and where you want to go.  Cyber Monday is only one day, so
make sure you take advantage of your time and money.

Or if at home, will you be browsing or frantically searching? 
Try this pinterest board, as of this writing is just beginning, but by the time you are near Cyber Monday time, should be filled up with specials, coupons and deals for your holiday shopping. 

Cyber Monday Deals
Safe shopping online. 

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What do I sell and why do I sell it?

What do I sell and Why do I sell it?

The question was posed in an addoway forum on facebook this week.  Thank you Fred for the suggestion. 

Got me to thinking. 

I sell Gift Wrap or Wrapping Paper as some would call it.  Image

Why?  I love paper of any kind, wrapping paper or place mats.Christmas Charlie Brown Wrapping paper.  I think a well thought out gift deserves unique gift wrapping.  I’m a paper junkie from way back. 
I find all kinds of interesting papers and get particularly excited over vintage papers like
TMNT or ET paper.  I even pick up brochures, menus, cards, leaflets, you name it,  from every venue, in every country, across the US as well.I don’t sell many of these, I just keep them for memories, and have been doing this since I was a child.

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September 11th

It's difficult to remember this day, yet important to remember the emergency crews and ordinary citizens who helped their fellow human beings through this tragic day.  It brings tears to me to watch the events as I did on a documentary the other evening.  To remember is painful and surreal.


U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Jim Watson. (RELEASED)
A New York City firefighter attempts to clear his eyes of soot during rescue efforts at the World Trade Center. The building was destroyed during a Sep. 11, 2001, terrorist attack.

Let us just remember how grateful we are to have amongst us the angels on earth who help support and protect each and every day. 

Vaya con Dios

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Old-fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe ~ Comfort food

This is part of my recipe collection from my Mom.  I'm trying to gather together recipes for a book for my family. 

Fall is the season in which we use fresh apples, but this tastes good all year round. 

Serve warm from the oven with a good quality vanilla ice cream. 

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Other blogs and recipes:

Baked Stuffed Lobster
Blueberry Breakfast Cake
Boston Baked Beans
Bread & Butter Pickles
Cast Iron Frying Pan (Cooking Steak)
Cast Iron Pan Toast
Chili Sauce Recipe
Cranberry Orange 
Fall and Winter Recipes on Pinterest
Feathered Rice Recipe
Herbal Vinegars
Honey Taffy
Le Petit Jardin
Lemon Nut Bread (Shelia Broomell's)
Lobster Chowder (chowdah) Recipe
Mass 4H 1936
...  Read More

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Wrapping presents

A lot of people get some angst when wrapping presents.  No need for worries, just mix it up a bit. You can think about wrapping your presents all year long.  For instance, last year I was in Italy and picked up some beautiful wrapping paper.  Italy has wonderful papers.  I wrapped up some Christmas presents and that paper had some more meaning than perhaps the present.  Thankfully, the paper arrived home from that trip relatively unharmed. 

The point being, is wherever you are, think of those gifts that you might be giving throughout the year.  You can find gift wrap wherever you travel and it just might make a nice memento on its own.

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For instance, you can take untraditional colors and mix and mix.  Here is a pink polka dot paper with a traditional black and white check ribbon.  Add a bit of red roses and...  Read More

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