Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas

So today for us is Christmas day and we will be having Christmas dinner at about 7:00 PM tonite. Cate just changed her mind about how to do the Brussels sprouts and sent me out to buy pancetta.

I am in charge of the baked potatoes and I am throwing in some sweet potatoes and some parsnips. There is nothing quite like a baked parsnip.

On Monday night I made a fabulous dish with roasted chicken, parsnips, onions and sweet potatoes. The sauce was made with maple syrup, Dijon mustard and lemon juice. It was quite one of the best things I have done.

I have hooked up my carbon monoxide monitors and have bought a 30 foot collapsible ladder so escape is possible from the top floor in case of fire. I also have smoke alarms and six fire extinguishers scattered throughout the house.

I am now prepared for all eventualities except for a large man breaking a window, coming inside and attempting to strangle me. This happened to someone in the neighborhood recently and has made me uneasy. 

I am thinking about buying a gun. I can get a Glock for $400 and a gun safe for $58. I am not going to join the NRA and I am not going to become a Republican.

So many people here say Happy Holidays. Even the Salvation Army man dressed as Santa standing outside the Marsh supermarket. I always say Merry Christmas – because that is what it is. I have been thanked for saying this.

So Merry Christmas.


  1. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Let me know about the Glock. Looking for something similar myself.

    Love the root vegetables.

  2. Parsnips! Yum. Hope you have an extremely healthy and happy holiday season, and that it continues for the whole of the year to come!

    Merry Christmas.

  3. Merry Christmas you all, from old Vienna!
    Miss you tons.

    Has Santa come by on the firetruck? My children were talking about how the miss Santa riding on the beautiful American fire engines.

  4. Merry Christmas!

    Thanks for giving us so many interesting and fun things to read about, to ponder, and recipes to try.

  5. Merry Christmas!

    I've just cut up all the veges to go with our turkey and ham: potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, onions and parsnip!

    No Brussel sprouts though - we had them 2 nights ago.

  6. Merry Christmas, Badger. Christmas dinner sounds wonderful. I had forgotten about roast parsnips. (And am glad that we don't yet say Happy Holidays here..)

  7. fmcgmccllc: I will let you know. I have not fired a gun for 40 years so it will be a bit strange.

    Alexia: And all the best to you too.

    Merisi: I do miss Vienna at Christmas. Yes they have some wonderful fire engines here.

    esb: My pleasure. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and that Cooper gets a special treat.

    nzm: Sounds exactly like our Christmas dinner.

    Merricks. Parsnips roasted are very special. And you should also try fennel.