Thursday, November 18, 2010

Day 4 - Mistletoe Make & Bake

Congratulations to Nana Jo, who is the winner of the two patterns in my give-away on Wednesday. Please contact us (gary@patricklose.net) with your mailing address so that we can ship the patterns to you!

 I knew today's post would be the one for which I wouldn't be able to decide what to write. Our go-to holiday book? There are too many to single out just one. But Christmastime, a ridiculous look at the holiday season by Sandra Boynton, has to be one of them for me. I make sure I pack it up with my Christmas decorations when they come down every year just so it's there the next year when I start decorating and I don't forget to read it!

It's a really clever little book by a really talented artist and writer and I love it. She offers up her take on everything from Christmas carols ("Deck the malls with plastic holly....") to fruitcake (there's a whole chapter on it that makes me laugh harder every time I read it).

To top it off, it features a bunch of her wonderful illustrated characters worth a look in themselves. This is one you won't regret looking up, if you can find it.

And here's another recipe you won't regret trying out. This one's from my friend Barbara Geraldi:


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54 comments:

  1. Your recipe looks like it might even be healthy!!! The book you suggest would be worth searching for. Happy Holidays!

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  2. Thanks so much for the book tip and recipe! Polly

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  3. Thanks for sharing! Sounds great!

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  4. Thanks so much! I love dates, so have to try that!

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  5. I love dates, and the book you mention sounds hysterical. Thanks for sharing both.

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  6. Fruitcake is like liver: you love it or hate it. My husband adores fruitcake! I think I should read your recomended book!

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  7. Day 4!

    I like the sound of the book. The humor!
    Thank you for sharing. :)

    Have a great day!

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  8. That's my kind of humor! I'll have to see if I can find that book. Growing up in the Cochela Valley of CA we ate LOTS of dates. I love dates! This will certinaly be on my try-it list.

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  9. Hi Patrick...wrote you up a post today on my blog,hope the ladies don't disappoint you today and they bring lots of baked goods for you...thanks for the link...and dates love them..
    blessings

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  10. Thank you for the recipe - sounds great!

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  11. Interesting recipe...I always love dates.

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  12. I will have to look up Christmastime. Sounds like a fun read. Thanks!

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  13. Good recipe. will try this one for Christmas. thank you Judy S.

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  14. thanks for the great idea for the book, and the
    recipe.

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  15. I have made these cookies....and they are yummmy!! It will be added to the other recipes from this week for a cute little cookie collection-thanks! The book sounds like one I will have to find!

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  16. I just looked it up at our library and one of them has it, but won't let me request it, not sure why. It is a smaller library, so maybe they don't do telus.

    Debbie

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  17. Oh, goodie! I used to have this recipe years ago but had lost it. Thanks to you it is now in my Christmas repertoire!

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  18. Thank You for the Hooooop Love all of your recipes too! Everything sound so yummy

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  19. Love the recipe. I will be checking to see if I can find the book. Laughing at Christmas helps to put everything into a proper perspective. Sometimes I get way more stressed than I need to !!

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  20. Fabric what quilter wouldnt want that, then a book too.... I have two nieces just starting to quilt. They would LOVE your colorful fabic. Thanks, Karin E :)

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  21. My mother always used to make a date nut roll at Christmas-I'm going to try your recipe!! Thank you!

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  22. Okay, now I'm going to have to find Christmastime for my girls. We have so many of Sandra's books, I can't wait to see this one ... internet search engines, here I come! Thanks Patrick!

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  23. I love dates so will be sure to add this to my Christmas baking list. Thanks

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  24. I will have to look for the book. We all need a good laugh to get us thru the stress of the holidays. My mother always made stuffed dates for Christmas. This sounds like a good recipe to try.

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  25. LOVE good books - especially humorous ones...will need to check into getting a copy on Amazon. Thanks!

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  26. This is one of my favorite Christmas cookies. The book sounds like my kind of book, I will have to look it up.

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  27. Those sound yummy! Thank you for the recipe!

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  28. Thanks for the delicious recipe.

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  29. It is always good to take time out for some humor during the holidays, otherwise they are too stressful! Thanks for sharing. Read you tomorrow! HUGS... and stitches

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  30. You have to keep your sense of humor at Christmas! Thanks for the recipe.

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  31. I will have to find this book. It sounds like so much fun and everyone needs a little laughter to keep things light during the holiday rush. Thank you for such a yummy recipe.

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  32. The recipe sounds really good!!! Thanks

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  33. Peace is such a cute pattern, Patrick! Thank you for another fine recipe. ~Kathleen

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  34. Thanks for the recipe, it will definitely be a totally new one for my family!

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  35. I was expecting a baked cookie, but not so! These sound delightful :)

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  36. Love the crunch of rice krispies.....will be making these! Thanks for sharing!

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  37. Great recipe! I love date cookies so I'll have to try these new ones.

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  38. I am going to have to look for that book. It sounds like my kind of reading. Thank you.

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  39. Thanks for the recipes, this looks really good. :-)

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  40. My Mom made a similar recipe with dates. She makes a fantastic date/nut cake (similar to a fruit cake but without the other fruits).

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  41. Sandra Boynton is so clever. Love her drawings. And thank you for another great recipe.

    Leslie S. in MN
    esclante at comcast dot net

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  42. What a great recipe...especially for those who are gluten intolerant! Thanks!

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  43. We had such a good time, I'd like this pattern!

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  44. Sounds like a great book - I'll have to check this out!

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  45. Thanks for the recipe. I've got to check out the book!!

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  46. Thanks for the great recipe

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  47. Thanks for another great recipe.

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  48. Thanks for the recipe.

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  49. Thanks for the book tip! Sounds like a fun read.

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