In past years - nine of them - we've had planned Christmas Eve dinners (last year I cooked oysters) and dinners made of leftovers (one year chili + spaghetti). We don't have a traditional dinner or even a plan for the evening - a few years we have gone to church services (at my suggestion); most years it's just us. We are open to suggestion.
I would like to make some sort of dinner that isn't elaborate but also has a nod to tradition (American, French, Italian, Solstice - we're flexible). Right now I am thinking of a Mexican shrimp cocktail (shrimp, avocado, celery, onion, tomato, cucumber) and then Grandmother's Chinese Country-Style Pork Ribs
with rice and maybe broccoli. But we also love fish dinners, vegetarian dinners, and so on. We'll eat almost anything.
Suggestions? What do you have on Christmas Eve?
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If you dream about Red Lobster's cheddar bay biscuits like I do, or if you find yourself fantasizing about sinking your teeth into those warm, buttery, melty biscuits stuffed with cheddar and--oh, I'm sorry, are you drooling yet?
Even if you've never tried one, or especially
if you've never tried one, you will want to try this fantastic copycat recipe! With a wonderfully flaky Southern buttermilk biscuit base and glorious garlicky butter glaze, these biscuits pack the same extraordinary taste of the restaurant variety...and then some. If you're looking for something wow-ing to bring to your holiday table this year, look no further!
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The high-concept dystopian SF self-publishing success story. Hugh Howey, 2012, 509 pages
Hugh Howey really hates Tech Support.
This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.
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The plot synopsis of Rosamund Lupton's second novel is as follows:Black smoke stains a summer blue sky. A school is on fire. And one >mother, Grace, sees the smoke and runs. She knows her teenage daughter Jenny is inside. She runs into the burning building to rescue her.
Afterwards, Grace must find the identity of the arsonist and protect her children from the person who's still intent on destroying them. Afterwards, she must fight the limits of her physical strength and discover the limitlessness of love.
Personally I think this doesn't do the story justice. The prologue talks about Grace being "trapped under the hull of a vast ship wrecked on the ocean floor", and then tells of her swimming in a vast ocean. However, all of this turns out to be in her mind and we then learn that Grace is in a coma, but she is also having an out-of-body experience. At this point, the story flashes back to the fire at the school, in which Grace's daughter was trapped, before resuming the narrative in the present.
The story revolves around Grace's family and friends attempting to find out who started the fire, and the main suspects include a hate mailer and a recently-sacked teacher; also, it is apparent that someone wants to kill Jenny, who is also in a coma.
On the surface, this could have been a mystery thriller no different from any other, but the fact that the events are seen through the eyes of Grace while she and Jenny (both in the form of invisible spirits) watch the proceedings. The whole story is narrated by Grace, and Rosamund Lupton uses the same narrative style used in her first book, Sister
, of having the narrative addressed at another character; in this case, she is talking to her husband, while she follows his every move. Throughout the story, Grace's home life is occasionally described through a series of flashbacks.
The whole storyline builds up to a shocking revelation, but what really made this story enjoyable for me was the portrayal of the relationship between Grace and her family, particularly her daughter and the way her love is expressed in her thoughts and actions. The book goes into a lot of depth about Grace's emotions and thoughts throughout. I loved the way that the out of body experience that was central to the book gave the story a supernatural twist, which gave it a sense of being something of an urban fantasy, as well as a suspenseful thriller.
Overall, I thought this was a good book and would definitely recommend it to others.
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Weathering a bout of insomnia last night, pondering the upcoming Christmas special, I thought a bit of nostalgia was in order before it all takes off in just under a week.
So I did a thing. 11 reasons to appreciate Matt's Doctor, in all his barmy, bowtie-clad glory. Feel free to add your own reasons below.
Spoilers for all three Matt-era series follow.I love Eleven for...
Title: Up a Tree p.21
Characters: 11th Doctor, Amy Pond, Rory WilliamsSummary:
This is a sort of "Doctor Who" meets "Avatar" story, without the avatars.
The Doctor, Amy, and Rory land on a human colony world where the colonists live in gigantic trees. A whole city in the treetops. But what starts out as a lark, ends with a murder, an ancient mystery, and a local race of "not quite intelligent" spider-monkey-like creatures that might have a reason
for not quite being intelligent. (Read More...
)Begin at the BeginningChapter IndexReview
: I love your style of writing. Also its surprisingly hard to find a good Doctor Who story that is styled like an episode. About adventure and new planets. I"m really enjoying this, good job :)
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by David Almond
A strange little tale about a boy, moving to a new home that needs to be fixed up, a home whose last owner had died in it. And then the baby came prematurely, and isn't well. And the boy finds, in the ramshackle mess that is called a garage, a very strange man. At first the boy thinks he's dead, covered with dust and dead insects.( Read more...Collapse )
Roomboter Banketstaaf is a traditional Dutch Christmastime treat, and it made me fall in love with the Netherlands. Flaky, buttery pastry surrounds a creamy almond filling. I topped mine with a light almond glaze and slivered almonds, but the traditional treat is often topped with a sprinkling of powdered sugar. No matter how you dress it, this dessert (or breakfast, because I might have eaten the rest of it first thing this morning) is incredible.
Thanks so much to mamapranayama
for the recipe.
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To read a story about an incident in 6th grade, learn (from someone not even close to a therapist) about how acting the opposite of how you feel can help you transform difficult emotions, and see more photos, please head over to Willow Bird Baking
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Hello, I'm hoping you all can help me. I lost my rum ball recipe and can't find one online that is similar. I know I used vanilla waffers but I did NOT use corn syrup. All I'm finding online is corn syrup rum balls. I know I didn't bake them, and probably omitted nuts, if they were in the recipe to begin with. Thanks for the help.
Title: Living A Life Unlived
Amy Pond, River Song, Eleventh Doctor, Brian Williams; mentions of past Rory Williams/Amy PondSummary:
Amy has to go on with her life after Rory gets taken by the Weeping Angels, and she's so intent on living the life he wanted to live that she forgets to live her own.Authors Notes:
I'd had an idea for something like this, where "The Angels Take Manhattan" ended differently and Amy didn't get to live out her life with Rory, and then I saw a prompt on imagineyourotp the helped inspire this. Fair warning: this is going to be angsty at times.Title: It Is Not In The Stars To Hold Our Destiny
Doctor Who/Star Trek Into DarknessRating:
Khan Noonien Singh/Amy Pond, Eleventh DoctorSummary:
After Amy and Rory's marriage falls apart the Doctor whisks Amy away to travel, to forget. When she asks to go to another dimension he takes her to one where Starfleet really exists, a place he has been to before. But things are different now, and his encounter with John Harrison will have profound repercussions for the all three of them, whether he wants it to or not.
After the last two Paternoster Gang videos (here
), this one was far easier.
With the BBC's wonderful Ripper Street cancelled, I was finally motivated to make this. A spin-off featuring Vastra, Jenny and Strax has been discussed and requested to death and I doubt that will stop any time soon, so here's my attempt at visualising how such a thing would look.tumblr version
Angst, Action, FriendshipPairings or Characters:
TARDIS & the DoctorWarnings:
Suggestions of war violence- does not take 50th into accountDisclaimer:
The Doctor and all other characters mentioned do not belong to me. No profit made from this work, no infringement intended.Summary:
The TARDIS no longer recognizes herself or her thief as they fight in the Time War. Can they ever again be those same two thieves from Gallifrey who stole each other and ran away?
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at TARDIS Files 2363: Not By Choice
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A/N- In honor of the anniversary, here’s my take on the TARDIS in the Time War. The File number was also chosen to commemorate the date- not the amount thus far produced. Written pre- 50th but post “Night of the Doctor “. Due to the nature of the war and the confusion I’m trying to convey, the verb changes are intentional. The tense changes are used to convey a TARDIS mindset. Based on Nine’s declaration that he survived the war “not by choice.” Please let me know what you think.
I got a bit overwhelmed by Christmas cookies after the last few days. But, I still had people on my list that I wanted to acknowledge with gift-giving after making several tins of cookies to give out. ‘Tis the season, after all! And, from what I’ve learned over the last few years of being involved and volunteering and my child’s school, I also know that sometimes office staff and teachers are also overwhelmed by all the amazing treats they are given during this season. That is where this Cranberry-White Chocolate Chip Cookies Mix in a Jar comes in.
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at Book 47: Voyage au Bout de la Nuit / Journey to the End of the Night
47 VOYAGE AU BOUT DE LA NUIT / JOURNEY TO THE END OF THE NIGHT Louis-Ferdinand Céline (France, 1932)
The life of Ferdinand Bardamu - an anti-hero and self-proclaimed coward - from his involvement in the Great War, to his life in the African colonies, his experience working for a Ford factory in the United States, and his return to France as a medical doctor in an asylum.
Céline's semi-autobiographical first novel is one of the most haunting texts I've ever read. His writing style combines slang with some deeply lyrical passages; the emotions are raw, disturbing, embarrassingly familiar.
The main character's experience of trench warfare is a trauma that sets the tone for the entire novel. Because of the great war, Bardamu is a pessimist, and yet his refusal to die, arguably despite the moral cost and the ugliness of life, is what pervades his journey; a journey that ultimately goes to the heart of human instincts.
Louis-Ferdinand Céline was no doubt a terrible human being, but this book is a must-read for anyone interested in 20th Century literary fiction. His work clearly influenced many of the great writers who came after him, such as Kurt Vonnegut and his Slaughterhouse-Five
(the similarities between the two novels being very obvious).5/5
Last night was a quick Doctor Who night. We only watched two episodes that made up a short serial.
"The Edge of Destruction"
"The Brink of Disaster"
The entire serial is set inside the TARDIS. The Doctor, Susan, Barbara and Ian are all knocked out and it gives us the first glimpse that the TARDIS is self-aware. Susan and Ian have a bit of amnesia at first. Susan is completely nuts and keeps trying to stab people with scissors. The Doctor, once he gets his ass off the floor, thinks that Ian and Barbara have sabotaged the TARDIS in order to get back to their own time. There are some intense scenes with the Doctor accusing Barbara and Ian of terrible things and they are accusing him of terrible things and Susan running around with scissors and screaming a lot. The Doctor and Ian believe that they have only about 10 minutes to live.
Eventually, they discover the TARDIS will not let them out. The TARDIS is trying to protect them because the Doctor has accidentally programmed the TARDIS to go to the beginning of time, which even Time Lords cannot do. The problem was a faulty button (OH DOCTOR! YOU!) and Barbara is the one that figures out the TARDIS is trying to protect them.
I liked that Barbara was the one that figured a lot of stuff out in the episode. I feel like sometimes she gets sidelined and maybe I like her because I'm also a high school history teacher. Susan is starting to grate on my nerves with all of her screaming. I like the dotty old man Doctor.
There is a special feature on the disc called "Marco Polo" which we haven't watched yet. It's one of the missing serials and they have the audio and some of the stills. We will probably watch it this week, but it is seven parts so they condensed it for the disc.
I hope they come across more of the missing episodes!
Have you seen it? What do you think? Is Susan going to make me want to strangle her less as we continue?
Title: Moving On, Moving Forward
Rory Williams/Molly Hooper, Sherlock Holmes, River Song, Mycroft Holmes, John Watson, Greg LestradeSummary:
With his marriage over, Rory must move on, and a new friend at work sets him on the path to a new life involving the world's only consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes.Authors Notes:
I've posted the first three parts previously but it was so long ago and I didn't want to start from the new chapter so this is all ten chapters in one link.
A new Radio Free Skaro episode!:
As Matt Smith’s time in Doctor Who approaches its end, the BBC is starting to ramp up promotion of Smith’s finale episode, “The Time of the Doctor”, with a new trailer and a series of very intriguing promo pics. These topics and more form some key discussion points for the Three Who Rule this week, but no stats this week in honour of Warren’s birthday celebrations! (Little does he know that there are no stats to discuss this week, anyway). However, the feature items in this week’s episode are two interviews from Chicago TARDIS. Dan Hall drops by again to give an update on the final two Pup Ltd related DVDs coming up in 2014, “The Moonbase” and “The Underwater Menace”, and the lovely Nina Toussaint-White (Mels from “Let’s Kill Hitler”) speaks to Steven in an interview recorded live on stage. Enjoy!
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