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All is Calm

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This is the calm before the crazy. Tomorrow is Christmas Eve. The baking is finished, the shopping is done, the presents are wrapped. Six grandkids will be under the tree tomorrow and I'll be ready for them. I didn't decorate much this year. Just some greens I picked up at Trader Joe's, the tree got trimmed and I brought a few things out of storage. With so much unrest in the world, I really needed some peace this year. I braved the Christmas shopping madness just twice. Tomorrow we're a houseful for dinner and delight. But I'll also keep Christmas quietly in my heart and pray for peace that the world so desperately needs. 

Filet Mignon - Yes, Please!

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Have you ever looked at the gorgeous beef filet in the butcher's section of your grocery store and wished you could make a perfect Filet Mignon for your lover?  Never mind impressing your mother-in-law!  Christmas is coming. And after that New Year's Eve. Just the two of you, snuggled up with champagne and a lovely dinner. The kids are with grandma. Or maybe you don't have children yet. Or it's Christmas Eve and the candles are lit, the music is playing and you're wrestling with a turkey or worse? I wouldn't recommend trying this on company without a bit of experience. Come on. You're worth it! Get a couple of steaks, thick cut little beauties for the two of you and give it a try!  You need a heavy skillet that can go in the oven on high temperatures. And you need a good meat thermometer. Preferably and instant digital read one. Here's what you do. You can send me a note to thank me later.

First, in your pan (10" works well) melt some butter and ol…

Mittens for 3 Little Kittens

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I was reading in bed the other night, occasionally looking up to chat with bug the devil out of my husband who was actually trying to read his book. I was explaining that I was knitting mittens for the first time and that I was making a pair for each of the little grandsons for their Christmas stockings. A nursery rhyme about mittens and kittens came flowing back into my brain from kindergarten but I could only recall part of it. Do little ones actually learn nursery rhymes any more? It must have been a fairly good brain exercise if I could recall even a few lines almost 60 years later. Maybe I'll look it up and teach is to my little grandsons when I give them the mittens. So it goes like this:

Three Little Kittens

Three little kittens, they lost their mittens and they began to cry. Oh, mother dear, we sadly fear that we have lost our mittens. What? Lost your mittens, you naughty kittens! Then you shall have no pie!

Okay, there we go. Kittens crying, mother scolding and withholding…