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December 29, 2010

The Great Escape - Not!

When my hands are full of mail 
and packages, I open the door and 
Fred escapes...... across the hall. 
He doesn't want to leave home, just 
play chase and dodge.

Told him over and over,
its not allowed.
He doesn't care.
Cats just wanna have fun. =^..^=

December 27, 2010

Our Turn

Finally, it snowed in Philadelphia too.
About a foot in the city. 
Enjoyed a delightful catch up lunch with
old friend, colleague and marvelous painter, 
Leslie Baker ( ), back in 
town to install her daughter at University
Afterwards,  on the way home,  I passed the 
Magnolia trees in St Mark's churchyard.
                                           (click on image to enlarge to see birds)
The branches were full of Robin Red Breasts dining on 
the buds as well as some brown berries on 
sidewalk trees.

I'll never understand how birds can stand the
freezing cold on their little naked birdie feet.

December 21, 2010

Time To Bake The Cookies, Part II

Been making biscotti.
Biscotti means "twice baked".
First bake the dough into

Then, after they've  cooled a bit, 
slice them on the diagonal. 
Bake the slices for 10 minutes
or so. 
Easy and fun to make. 
I've collected many biscotti
recipes and sometimes change
the add ins and flavorings.

This time, Chocolate Mocha 
Walnut, Orange Cranberry 
Pistachio, and my Italian
teacher Teresa's Chocolate 
Chip Hazelnut.
Most will be holiday gifts.
One size fits all and no one
ever returns them.

Personally, I prefer Whisker Lickins crunchy tuna snacks.
I'll be happy to share recipes, should anyone want one. 
Or, just Google your favorite flavors followed by the word "biscotti"
and find more than you want to know.

The Cat Boys and I wish everyone a joyful holiday!  =^..^=

December 19, 2010

Time To Bake The Cookies

(click on images to enlarge)

Started my biscotti baking.
I like to alter recipes as I go.
Today, chocolate mocha with
walnuts and mini chocolate chips.
Tomorrow, stay tuned. I'll see 
what I feel like making. 
Christina making Christmas treats in my book THE LITTLE SNOWGIRL

Always delightful to see a foreign edition.
Want to guess the language of this one?

Along with the book, my splendid designer Gunta Alexander, 
included this note that someone had posted in the xerox room 
at Putnam. Click on it to share the amusing commentary. ;-)

December 8, 2010

In The Cards

Finished my holiday card, done completely on 
the computer, Good practice.

Only when I finally printed it out did I realize the color 
scheme bore a strong resemblance to a product always 
on hand around here.  
=^..^= =^..^=

Image from the Purina/ Tidy Cat website

December 7, 2010

Happy Birthday Mom!

The Birthday Girl herself

  Wishing Mom a very Happy Birthday!

    with huge hugs and all my love, C

                31.1 Celsius**   

Mom as a tot on her Dad's shoulder
Here's Mom at age  -15 Celsius. ;-)

**a wink to George Carlin

December 2, 2010

Happy Hanukkah!

My illustration from HOORAY FOR HANUKKAH, by Fran Manushkin, Random House