Monday, December 9, 2019

Good People All, this Christmas Time

It's hard to believe it's been a year since I've put together a blog post.  I sort of stepped out of the way last year at this time ending at my 499th post.  It probably would be cooler for me to sit on 499 and shun the limelight of some perceived important plateau like 500 posts.  But Jz's cookie post calls to me so I'm going to blame her on my vanity.  It seems in vogue with the times.

Btw, times......, I always like to talk about the word of the year at this time each year.

And yet in these dystopian times (wait that was the word of the year in 1347).  In these *ucked up times, the word of the year is apparently "climate emergency" per Oxford and "existential" per, as in an existential climate emergency.  Hell, you can't even count on the Aussie's for comic relief!  The Australian National Dictionary Centre named "voice" as their word of the year.  As in I've found my "voice" to be bold enough to declare an "existential" "climate emergency."

Yesh, I just need some hot chocolate and a good Hallmark Christmas movie.
Oh, speaking of Hot Chocolate, that's my cookie this year.  Yeah, I know; hot chocolate is not a cookie but neither were the sausage balls or cranberry bread I submitted in year's prior.  You see I'm always in an "existential" crisis over following rules and since we are in a "climate emergency" and we don't have much more time to drink hot chocolate I think its best I find my "voice" and give you a great recipe.

This recipe comes from one of my favorite out of the way BBQ joints, the Hickory House in Jane Lew, WV.  Well if you are familiar with Jane Lew you would probably says its really closer to Weston but who am I kidding have any of you really taken the Jane Lew exit off of Rt 79 between Fairmont and Charleston?  Though if you haven't, you should!  But probably around Halloween.  The hot chocolate will still be good and you can go to the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum about 5 miles down the road which really is in Weston, WV.   It will definitely scare you into an "existential" "(environmental) emergency" or at the very least you will find your "voice" with a loud scream!  :)

So anyway here is my (not so) cookie recipe!

Thanks for doing this Jz, you are existentially cool; even if you did temp me into this 500th post.  Shame on you!  

Psst...., Jz I'm really not mad at you.  I'm too southern to speak ill of someone in public, but I know you kind of like that kind of stuff.

Christmas Eve Creamy Hot Chocolate


*     1.5 Cups, Heavy Cream
*     6 Cups, Whole Milk
*     1 Can, Sweetened Condensed Milk (14 oz)
*     2 Cups, Milk Chocolate Chips
*     1 tsp, Vanilla Extract

*     Warm milk and heavy cream in Crockpot on medium
*     Once milk and cream warm stir in condensed milk, making sure it combines evenly
*     Continue to warm, do not allow milk to boil
*     Once mixture warm, slowly stir in chocolate chips in small portions until chips melted into liquid
*     Add Vanilly Extract, continue to stir to insure smoothly blended liquid

I did make this for a party last week and it is "existentially" rich and tasty!

Happy Holidays to Everyone!

Have a cookie (recipe) from one of these great bloggers!

selkie  (blog here, recipe here)

And enjoy one of my favorite performers Allison Krauss perform a Wexford Carol

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

I Must Be Moving On

OK, I've got a lot to do today!

*   Firstly - It's my bloggoversary (sort of)!  Yes eight years ago, two days ago, I wrote my first blog post (here)!  I had no idea how long I would go but it certainly wasn't this long.  It's been a lot of fun and as Forrest Gump once said "I'm pretty tired, I think I'll go home."  Yes, I'll probably do one more post to make it an even 500 and then I'll probably do as my gran-dad used to say "call in the dogs and piss on the fire," for as those Supertramp lyrics say "I must be moving on."  I may drop in on occasion but at some point you've got to realize you don't have too much more to say on a given topic and I've probably already said too much!  :)

*   Secondly (sort of) - This is my 499th post - oh wait, I already implied that.  But because I'm a slave to retail, I tend to mark time and efforts at odd intervals (see here).  This is sort of my Wal-Mart special, a loaf of bread for $0.99 or in this case a 500th post for the low price of 499 (psst, it's called psychology pricing or in this case blogging with a lack of cognitive purpose)!

*    Nextly -  Since I minored in English and enjoy thinking about words I don't know how to use, I always like to use this time to say a word about the word of the year.  This year the word of the year is:

Oxford - Toxic - Misinformation

These are good words for me and this blog. Finally a word that describes the reality of this blog, misinformation on how one should react to marital frustrations and the resulting pursuit of infidelity through "married dating" social sites and how to avoid the potential for toxic outcomes.  But really, aren't we so through with misinformation and toxic environments (along with other recent words of the year words like complicit and post-truth)?  I really want to get back to a time when we had meaningful words of the year like:

Well I think the best way to be complicit in moving past toxic misinformation in a post-truth world is to think about good things.  And the best thing to think about at this time of year is -

*    the real point of today, Lastly

 Which is -

 JZ's Annual Bloggers Holiday Cookie Post

Divinity - A True Southern Delight


1 Cup      Boiling Water

3/4 Cup   Light Karo Syrup (btw, for Southerners there is no other corn syrup!)
3 Cups    Sugar
Pinch           Salt
2                  Egg Whites
1 Cup          Chopped Pecans
48                Pecan Halves, which in Mississippi you can usually just get in your back yard!
1 tsp            Vanilla

*     Heat water, Karo Syrup, Sugar, and salt to a gentle boil at 234 degrees (measure w/candy therm)
*     Separate out egg whites from eggs into mixing bowl (eggs should be at room temperature), beat/spank egg white vigorously (ask JZ how to do this) until frothy or turned on.
*     Add 1/2 of syrup to egg whites in mixing bowl, whisking constantly.
*     Continue heating remaining syrup to 270 degrees or until "crack" stage and by "crack" I mean candy, you won't be smoking this!
*     Pour "candy"/syrup mixture into egg mixture bowl, whisking constantly until high gloss turns to dull and let cool.
Not the Beaumont Mansion!
*     Fold in chopped pecans and vanilla into candy mixture.
*     Drop candy by spoonfuls onto wax paper.
*     If candy sets too fast add a drop of remaining boiling water to make creamy as you spoon onto wax paper.
*     For garnish, add a pecan half to top of candy just before it sets.

If you want a visual on this, JZ was good enough to alert me to a YouTube video on making Divinity, How to Make Real Divinity - The Hillbilly Kitchen.  This is a little different recipe but that Cream of Tartar is a good idea whenever making a meringue type recipe.  And I do like the idea of the Hillbilly Kitchen as this is real Southern!

Most people think about snow and the North Pole at Christmas.  But to me, growing up, Christmas was always about traveling south passing through Chattanooga, Birmingham, and Jackson in route to the most southern place in the world - Vicksburg and walking into my grandma's home where there would always be plates of fudge and of course Divinity.

Please check out our other cookie makers today!

Hi everyone,
Thanks again for playing along. (I love you guys!)

Here's the link list for you to include in your post.
I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with! :-)


"Goodbye stranger, it's been nice;
Hope you find your paradise.
Tried to see your point of view,
Hope your dreams will come true......"

"Oh, I'm leaving,
I've got to go...."