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November 2008

I have a new lover. His name is Gus. He is very handsome, you might say movie star handsome. He has lots of long hair, is quite a hunk and has the biggest blue eyes. Oh, they may be a bit crossed, but when he looks at me so lovingly, I just melt. He came to me when our granddaughter’s husband said Gus had to go. Gus had been with her for several years, but things got to be too much at their house, what with the new baby coming.

I know it was a surprise to me as much as to you. I never intended to bring another man into the house. But we hit it off, Gus and I. I must confess there have been others, Poe, Mickey, Wampus. Wampus was my favorite, but then he decided to cat around and one night he ran into a rough crowd and never came home. I guess he found someone new. I decided I didn’t want to go through that again so it has been a long while, until now.

Pat knows of course but he doesn’t say much. What can he say? Some things just happen. I think it does irritate Pat some when Gus wants to sit on my lap during the news broadcast. I do think Pat kind of likes Gus. They even share the same bathroom. We have three but Gus chose Pat’s. I guess it is a man thing.

I suppose it could be said that Gus is a little demanding. Pat is not happy because Gus insists on the toilet seat being up so he can get a drink. Pat is finally learning the routine so it makes for a more peaceful household.

Oh, there are some problems. Gus leaves his hair on everything and if you’re not careful, it is in your nose, food, drink. Don’t even think of wearing black. He wants to be pet twice a day, when I get up and before I can go to bed. He’s waiting there and it is hard to get around him and sneak into bed with him lurking. No matter how quiet I am, he is waiting. If I do manage to get to bed without petting, he pouts for days until I can get back into his good graces. But we are getting along fairly well with two men in the house.

I thought I might put Gus on our Christmas card this year but decided that would be a little tacky…maybe next year.

Speaking of Christmas, here is my recipe taken from the cookbook Peggy and I put together for family a few years back. Mincement pie from scratch may be a thing of the past because I have
used my last jar of mincement. If you want to continue the tradition, plant your tomatoes early and use the following recipe.

Green Tomato Mincement Pie Kerr Home Canning Book 1953

1 ½ pints chopped tart apples

1 pint chopped green tomatoes (drained)

1 lb. raisins

1 cup chopped suet (see your butcher)

3 cups sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon each salt, ground all spice and cloves

¼ cup vinegar

Peel and chop apples. Mix all together, bring to rapid boil and simmer until thick. Will burn; stir often. Pour into sterilized Kerr jars and seal. Your jars will be hot and the lids should be sterilized and sitting in hot water so that you can ladle the hot mincement into the jars and put on the lids and it will seal without further processing. If they do not seal, put jars in canner, cover with hot water and bring to boil. Boil 5 minutes. Shut off canner and cool enough to remove jars.

I use single crust for mincement pie because my mincement was very thick. If yours isn’t, you might use a top crust. It is fun to cut out leaves, Christmas trees, stars, etc. from the pie crust dough for little decorations. Bake at 400 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes. Yield: 6-8 servings. Serve with hot rum or brandy sauce and vanilla ice cream.

For a recipe that you can do this Christmas, here is another candy that is a favorite in our family:

Walnut Christmas Toffee

(Attn: read Dec. 2008 blog before making)

1 cup butter 1 ½ cups chopped walnuts 1 cup sugar 1 6 oz. pkg. chocolate chips, melted 1 tablespoon light Karo syrup 3 tablespoons water

Butter 9-inch square pan. Melt butter in 2 quart pan. Stir in sugar gradually. Add syrup and water; cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally to 290 degrees (or until a little mixture in cold water becomes very brittle). Add 1 cup walnuts; cook 3 minutes more, stirring constantly. Pour into buttered pan. When cold, remove from pan. Melt chocolate chips over hot water in a double boiler. Coat side of toffee with melted chocolate and sprinkle with half of the remaining ½ cup chopped nuts. Allow chocolate to become hard. Flip over on waxpaper and repeat. Break into bite-size pieces. Makes 1 ¾ lbs.

On the thing that should be mentioned is, as many of you know, our website was hacked. Actually our computer had a meltdown at the same time, even the phone didn’t work for an hour or more. Experts say the problems were not related although I have my suspicions. Computer, phone and website are back up and we are in the process of updating the website and insuring its protection. We are sorry for the inconvenience and hopefully, it won’t happen again.

Happy Thanksgiving and peace,