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Christmas Pickles…Ho Ho Ho!

Christmas before we know it…It will be here and upon us…Every year I try to get ahead of myself and it has taken a lot of years for me to do that…Here are your pickles all in one post…Enjoy!

The Recipe Hunter

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Thank you, Carol Taylor for your awesome monthly posts.

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well as her new blog Carolcooks

It’s that time of the year when we think we have a while to go before the Big Day…Christmas..and then we realize the weeks have just flown by and we haven’t done nowhere near everything we should have done ….Some things take a while to ferment and be at their best like pickled onions others like the cucumber pickles you can do at the last minute.

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Matcha Tea Cookies…

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I am quite getting into this Matcha Tea…It might have something to do with the fact that it is everywhere here…In all the shops and on the cake stands everyone seems to use a lot of Matcha its in the ice cream so I thought it was about time I had a go at making my own….Matcha Cookies…

Ingredients:

240 gm ( 2 cups) All purpose flour

15 gm Matcha Tea powder ( Cooking grade)

170 gm butter softened

130 gm sugar icing sugar ( confectioners sugar)

Pinch of salt

2 large egg yolks

50 gm white chocolate

Let’s Cook!

Sift the flour and matcha tea powder together.

Beat the butter until it is smooth and creamy add a pinch of salt and blend.

Add icing sugar and blend until soft and light add the beaten egg yolks and blend until smooth.

Gradually add the flour and matcha powder mixture and blend until smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Cut the dough in half and shape into two cylinders about 1.5 cm in diameter and each cylinder about 7 inches in length. Wrap in cling film and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.

A tip..to keep the cylinder shape sit the rolls on a bed of rice…

When ready to bake…

Pre-heat the oven to 350F(175 C) and line a baking sheet with baking paper.

Remove the dough from the cling wrap and cut into 1/2 inch thick slices place on baking sheet leaving a gap between the cookies.

Bake for 15 minutes or until the edges go slightly brown ( ovens vary). Cool on a wire rack. If they don’t all get eaten straight away the biscuits will keep for 3-4 days in a lidded container…

The first time I baked these the comments were they were not sweet enough..they were for me but some prefer sweeter biscuits but white chocolate doesn’t have the sweetness of milk chocolate so next time I will sprinkle a little sugar on the top before I cook them.

If you wish to read more about the difference between Green Tea and Matcha powdered tea I can be found over at this link…It would be lovely to see you and you would get a warm welcome…

Until next time stay safe, have fun and laugh a lot as it is such good medicine and FREE…

 

 

Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – “I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.” by Eleanor Roosevelt. From Carol Taylor

Thank you Sally for showcasing another of my archived blogs you are a star ❤

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I am now looking for archive posts for the festiveseason.. short stories fiction and non-fiction, food and recipes, humour, memorable Christmas’s etc.  Please send one or two posts to sally.cronin@moyhill.com.. I will be resuming the regular archive series in the New Year.  Thanks Sally.

Today Carol shares a post from 2015 that explores the choices we make and where they might lead us.. In Carol’s case to Phuket, sunshine and a contributor to a short story anthology…

“I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.” by Eleanor Roosevelt. From Carol Taylor

Are we all happy with that?

I am, because if I hadn’t retired to Phuket I most certainly would not be blogging, I would not be warm( it’s so hot and sunny here), I would not be making my own ham and bacon, I would not be a published author the list is…

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Quote Challenge – Day One

Thank you, Lisa, for taking up my challenge you are an inspiration to me and I am sure many others for your indomitable spirit…We could all learn so much from you…She is great lady folks but loathe to share her ice cream…lol

Lisa's " I have too much time on my hands" Site

My quote for day one is perfect considering my health condition and my constant fight to live my life to the fullest. I will admit that while I could recite most of the poem, I had to look up who wrote it! My endless amount of useless knowledge apparently does not extend to names – because then it would be useful right?! lol

Anyhoo, on to the quote…

Do not go gentle into that good night,

Old age should burn and rave at close of day;

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Dylan Thomas

I am honoured to have been nominated for this challenge by my new friend and fellow blogger Carol! This amazing and witty woman has two blogs, which I will provide a link to later (because I don’t know how now lol). Her first one brings recipes, trivia about ingredients and  tales about her life…

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Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – Do you know where Loofah’s come from? by Carol Taylor

My luffa babies, the beginning!…from my archives kindly reblogged by our Sally aka Smorgabord Health 2017.
Update : All grown now and topping 20ft in the air…They have taken over….lol…A little reminiscent of the Day of the Triffids and they grow just as quickly just not quite so scary….

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Welcome to the series where you can share four of your links from your archives here on my blog to a new audience. Perhaps posts that you wrote at the beginning of your blogging experience that deserve another showcase. If you have book promotion posts then please contact me separately for other options. Details of how to get in touch with me at the end of the post.

The next time you are in the bath and about to massage your back with a loofah… give some thought as to the process it has been through to give you a good scrub… Carol Taylor reveals all (well about the loofah anyway).

Do you know where Loofah’s come from? by Carol Taylor

We visited our granddaughters village yesterday in Sakon Nakong which is in Northern Thailand. I was given these brown crispy long things!

Which when shaken sounded like a baby’s…

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Quotes Challenge…Day 3…Oh dear!

Many thanks to Sally for nominating me for this 3-day challenge…Once she reads this she will probably think I am the nutty one and never challenge me again…

You can find Sally( S) stands for Sane One here https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/?s=quote+challenge+day+2

Oh! Just realised Carol( C ) stands for crazy one! What can say..please read on….

Where was I ???

Oh yes…..3 days is quite ample for me and also picking 3 people ..some of these challenges want not just blood and tears but the whole caboodle… I mean 15 people…and 20 questions ..Do that and you qualify for mastermind….

Just 3 days is cool……

For the last day I am not picking anyone.. if you want to do it…pick up the gauntlet …as Nike says,  Just do it!

My final quote ….Well, it was going to be….

Why didn’t Noah SWAT those mosquitos?…Anonymous…

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But…Mosquitoes are needed by birds, frogs, dragonflies and various other insect-eating creatures i.e Bats. Without them, the bases of many different food chains would collapse or have a severe shift… Drat!

OR

Back up my hard drive? How do I put it into reverse? #sayquotable

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Much too technical for Moi…

 

So I decided on a nice one..not quirky..just nice…

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ” I’m possible!………Audrey Hepburn.

That’s true, so chins up and onward we go! And my what I never thought I would do was??????

With the help of a Mojito or 2…… absolutely out of my comfort zone and…….

Amazing ! What Fun!

I went to Improv which is a form of live theatre and it was brilliant..I recommend anyone to try it…Had one amazing time ..still buzzing..and if you don’t know what it is…

It’s short sketches e.g someone picks a page number in a book.You pick the part you are playing. One person says a sentence anything whatever they are thinking and you reply exactly what is written down( but they don’t know what your script is they are just doing their own impromptu of the top of THEIR head ..get it? such fun….

Wow, what a night.

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If you had been a fly on the wall you would have seen Moi..like you had never seen me before…..I didn’t know anyone just the person I had gone with which was just as well…lol

I think I deserved an Oscar for those performances!

When all I probably needed was a doctor???????

I really am quite sane…I am…

If you dare to venture over to my new blog it is quite calm, peaceful a haven of tranquillity…..Please do I need some followers and shares whatever really as a new blog…

https://myhealthyretirement.com

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Until next time…If they let me out….Anyone have another challenge for me??? I thought not…..he he

Love you all xx

Quote, Challenge Day Two –

My thanks to Sally for nominating me for this challenge… I do love a good quote and when I first started blogging I always used a quote as my title and this always prompted the words to spill forth and was the subject of my post…My brain is wired so that if you give me a word, a photo, a sentence any little prompt although I can’t guarantee that the story won’t be off the wall as my brain works in mysterious ways… Is that normal for a writer?

Although I will say ( before) anyone else does that ” normal” is not a descriptor which is ever applied to Moi…

Sally’s quote for Day One.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/30/quote-challenge-day-one-dorothy-parker-war-song/

Does that mean my day one starts here so I have to pick 3…and there was me thinking I was going to get away with two….

I love Maya Angelou and Eleanor Roosevelt they were both amazing ladies and have many quotes and most quite brilliant….

So many quotes to choose from I tend to like quirky quotes and this one always makes me smile… Author unknown…I always wonder at that… Why?

The only time the world beats a path to your door is when you are in the bathroom! Anonymous…

..and is that just the truth?  Your mobile goes or someone has something so urgent that they talk through the door at you…..

How often has that happened to you? More times than I can count..I tell you…

 

It is also customary to nominate three other bloggers to pick up the challenge.. knowing how busy you are I will not be offended if you cannot participate but it is an excuse to give your latest post a plug anyway.

Firstly my friend SC Richmond 

At the moment she has a very good offer for you…. All three of her books at a very special price…

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https://scrichmondblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/31/a-very-special-offer-Photo…meet alex price

Well worth it I have read her first two books and they are awesome and I can’t wait to read the third…. we are also sort of co-writing …The Charade…. I know Steph has been busy writing and I have been busy but I love that storyline and so want to know the ending… Maybe I will write another chapter very soon?

Secondly,  A man who always is kind, polite and helpful and shares all of our posts …A true gentleman…..https://themilitantnegro.com/ 

Lastly, Sugar bundle Betty who can be found here....https://sugarbundlebetty.com/

A lovely lady who when I asked a question on one of her recipes went over and above to help me….. She really did and it was very much appreciated  …

I am always amazed and I don’t know why I am but bloggers are some of the nicest, kindest people on this earth…You should all give yourself a pat on the back because you are truly wonderful.

Thank you to Sally for nominating me…..  My second quote will be tomorrow…

Sally is a lovely lady who is among the most generous of bloggers who shares and promotes many other authors and bloggers most generously including Moi and for that, I truly thank her….

If you enjoyed this little post I can also now be found over on my new blog….Yes..my first foray into self-hosting…I wonder if there are any quotes on that??? Maybe not printable though…Haha

Please pop over and say hello and let me know what you think…

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http://myhealthyretirement.com/welcome-to-orienthailiving-my-first-post/

It will contain travel, recipes, traditions and lots more….

Until tomorrow….Stay safe, have fun and laugh a lot…