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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Christmas – The Second Day of Christmas with guests Darlene Foster and Miriam Hurdle

Have fun reading Sally’s post full of Christmas history, food, drink, music and the featured guests’ favorite Christmas gifts.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the Second Day of Christmas with some guests, music, and not to forget food… My guests today are children’s author and travel writer Darlene Foster, and poet Miriam Hurdle…sharing their most favourite Christmas gift ever…

Before we find out more about the second day of Christmas and meet the guests I would like to get you in the mood with music, and one of my favourite groups has always been Status Quo -‘It’s Christmas Time’ was recorded in 2008. You can buy Status Quo Music Amazon

I thought it would be interesting to take a look at how other countries celebrate their Christmas festivities. In China for example, only about 1% of the population is Christian and Christmas is really only celebrated in the big cities for its commercial value. But there are grottos set up in the shops and Santa Claus is called…

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Tuesday Photo Challenge – Delicious

The theme for Tuesday Photo Challenge is Delicious!

My husband likes ultra-thin crust pizza. All the pizzas we have had in the restaurants or bought from the stores are not thin enough for him. When we visited Mercy, Will, and Autumn during Christmas, we finally went to a restaurant in Portland, Oregon that makes ultra-thin crust pizza to his liking.

Last year, He started making homemade pizza. He watched videos to get different recipes. He only gave me the ingredients of his first recipe. Since then he kept a secret for the changes he made in the subsequent attempts. By the fifth try, he considered that he had perfected his recipe for his desired thinness and taste of the crust.

As for toppings, he always wants extra cheese and extra pepperoni. Eating too much cheese upset my stomach, so my portion of the pizza was always different, depending on the vegetables available in the refrigerator. I used to like Canadian beacon, so for the first try, I asked to have a thin layer of cheese with pineapple pieces. Subsequently, when he made pizza again, I chose different vegetable toppings on my portion.

Whatever secret recipe he has, his homemade pizza is super delicious. Oh, we made blackberry pie to go with the pizza.

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Frank’s Dutch Goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Delicious

Daily Prompt: Label

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Daily Prompt: Label

My husband and I love to go to Soup and Salad restaurants for lunch. I love the varieties of soup and choices to make my own salad. One day, we went to this frequently visited restaurant. To my surprise, I saw my colleague and her husband. We decided to sit at the same table and visit. It was delightfully enjoyable to have company for lunch.

My colleague introduced her husband to us. He owns a labeling company. Through the conversation, I found out something about labels of food products. Many kinds of food have brand name labels or chain store labels. He said the content is the same, but the food with chain store labels is cheaper because the chain order large volume for the retail stores. Whereas the Brand name products are more expensive just because of the famous brands.

Ever since I had the conversation with my colleague’s husband, I buy chain store label products for many of the household items.

Daily Prompt – Resist, Self Control

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Someone in this house

Like the bittersweet of

Dark, dark chocolate

If some are in the fridge tonight

They will be gone by dawn

Someone in this house

Like the bittersweet, can’t

Resist dark, dark chocolate

Rather gobble down, than

Leave them to be found

Someone in this house

Has sweet tooth and teeth

Self control is needed

That someone is not me

Daily Prompt: Resist

Daily Prompt: Control

Daily Prompt – Ice Cream Float

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In response to the daily prompt – float, I wanted to make ice cream float. I found this easy recipe and easy process, so I decided to make it.

I need blueberries, black cherry ice cream and strawberry soda, and a serving glass.

I put the blueberries and the ice cream in the serving glass alternatively, then add the strawberry soda until the ice cream floats.

Here it is, my first mixed berries ice cream float. Hope you like it!!

Daily Prompt: Float

Daily Prompt – Tempted, Sweet Tooth

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I don’t have a sweet tooth. I can’t even have sweet at night because it keeps me awake. Usually I give all of the desserts to my husband. The only occasion that I have a hard time is party time! I am so tempted by the presentation of the desserts. As I approached the dessert table, I grabbed a plate, inching my steps toward the table. I said to myself, “I’ll just sample them. Just take a little bite of each.” Pretty soon, I had the whole plate (small plate though) of desserts. Guess what? I couldn’t sleep all night! Oh well, it only happens a few times a year!

Daily Prompt: Tempted

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