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   Friday, December 19, 2003  
Here’s what I hate: not being able to protect my kids from the inevitable hurts, especially the big ones. Big hurts, that is, not necessarily big kids. Similar to my theory that when you buy a car, it should come with a lifetime of maintenance, I wish that parenthood came with a lifetime supply of super-shielding power. And maybe a really cool cape. That would be good.
   posted by Andrea at 3:45 PM  
Every year since we have been in residence in the Queen City of the Lakes, The Flash and I have hosted Christmas dinner and it is one of my favorite parts of the holiday. We have both families and often a few orphans so we have tried to meld as many traditions as possible to insure that everyone’s favorite will be a part of the menu. We have introduced a few middle eastern items that have become traditions—hearts of palm salad and hummus—along with the traditional Yankee fare—creamed onions and rutabaga and the Italian staples of artichoke hearts, pannetone and toasted almonds. We also try to do something different each year. The Flash suggested a turduckhen. Maybe. With almost 30 people in attendance, we have in the past done two big turkeys and a roast. Should we do three small turkeys with a variety of stuffings? What about the growing number of vegetarians? Three turkeys and a salmon? This year’s new addition will be a heritage turkey. I find the prospect exciting but the logistics challenging. We have been told that the heritage turkey is very small. How small? No one knows. Is it small enough to stuff with a single grape? Maybe the heritage turkey will be small enough to fit in the toaster oven. Maybe it will be so small that there will be plenty of space in the toaster oven for a side of pop tarts! Maybe it will be so small that it will fit easily in an easy bake oven! With one regulation size oven, I feel like I am living a word problem—how does one cook all this stuff in so small a space? Set fire to the kitchen and hope for the best? Then I guess we should make extra for the firemen.
   posted by Andrea at 11:10 AM


   Thursday, December 18, 2003  
Every year since we have been in residence in the Queen City of the Lakes, The Flash and I have hosted Christmas dinner and it is one of my favorite parts of the holiday. We have both families and often a few orphans so we have tried to meld as many traditions as possible to insure that everyone’s favorite will be a part of the menu. We have introduced a few middle eastern items that have become traditions—hearts of palm salad and hummus—along with the traditional Yankee fare—creamed onions and rutabaga and the Italian staples of artichoke hearts, pannetone and toasted almonds. We also try to do something different each year. The Flash suggested a turduckhen. Maybe. With almost 30 people in attendance, we have in the past done two big turkeys and a roast. Should we do three small turkeys with a variety of stuffings? What about the growing number of vegetarians? Three turkeys and a salmon? This year’s new addition will be a heritage turkey. I find the prospect exciting but the logistics challenging. We have been told that the heritage turkey is very small. How small? No one knows. Is it small enough to stuff with a single grape? Maybe the heritage turkey will be small enough to fit in the toaster oven. Maybe it will be so small that there will be plenty of space in the toaster oven for a side of pop tarts! Maybe it will be so small that it will fit easily in an easy bake oven! With one regulation size oven, I feel like I am living a word problem—how does one cook all this stuff in so small a space? Set fire to the kitchen and hope for the best? Then I guess we should make extra for the firemen.
   posted by Andrea at 11:41 AM

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