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    So it's quite the holiday week! Mardi Gras tomorrow, Valentine's Day Wednesday, and Chinese New Year (Year of the Dog) Friday.

    Valentine's Day has never been a big deal around here. My kids will get a card at college.

    For the other two, we generally celebrate with food. DH and I hosted a Mardi Gras party this past Saturday with a dozen friends. Sooooo much rich food. It all tasted excellent, but I'm not used to eating so heavy. (And I usually don't stay up until 2 am, so I was a bit sluggish yesterday!) Went for a swim this morning, just in a effort to feel normal.

    We will probably cook Chinese food on Friday. We've also done that for years. One year when the kids were still at home, probably around age 10 or 11, we cooked a different Chinese meal every day for a week, then went to Chicago's China Town's parade.

    Do you observe or celebrate any of these? If so, how?
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    Carol - Your party sounds so fun!

    No Mardi Gras for us - however I do happen to have (unplanned) red beans and rice on the menu for dinner tonight. Does that count?! Ha!

    My grandfather used to get my mom a Whitman's sampler for Valentine's every year. He started when she was a kid and continued to give her one, even after she was married and grown. He'd give one to my brother and one to me. I loved the chocolate covered caramels. It is a particularly fond childhood memory. So, the kids get a Whitman's sampler. But that is about it, no other special production.

    There is not a big Chinese community here - so no big parties. However the local market has lion dances. We'll go those and then wander the isles, buying too much food.

    Hope everyone has a good week!
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    This week we are studying India, so our recipes are themed to that. (Already made a indian inspired lentil soup, and crock pot (!) chicken tikka masala.)
    No holiday celebrations for us this week. Perhaps Ill get my act together and find something suitably chinese by the end of the week.
    This weekend we are going to an absolutely fabulous Himalayan restaurant!
    *Oksana, if your family likes Indian food, this place is in Carlsbad.

    For Vday, DH used to ship me some favorite chocolates from Portland (Moonstruck), but budgetary concerns say not this year. Id rather have a new pie dish (am baking new recipe for hazelnut pumpkin pie to use up canned pumpkin), or half of an InstantPot.

    The quilt Im working on for DS5 is called EndlessLove, though, and has hearts subtley in the weave pattern. (He wanted hearts, I didnt think theyd be a good long-term design element. I showed him how the red makes heart shapes, and he is content.)
    Here it is, without all the borders or quilting done yet:
    ED9E36BB-746B-4C1D-B26C-1FDB768179C8.jpeg

    Thats all thats going on here!
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    AM - Beautiful !!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RTB View Post
    No Mardi Gras for us - however I do happen to have (unplanned) red beans and rice on the menu for dinner tonight. Does that count?! Ha!

    My grandfather used to get my mom a Whitman's sampler for Valentine's every year. He started when she was a kid and continued to give her one, even after she was married and grown. He'd give one to my brother and one to me. I loved the chocolate covered caramels. It is a particularly fond childhood memory. So, the kids get a Whitman's sampler. But that is about it, no other special production.

    There is not a big Chinese community here - so no big parties. However the local market has lion dances. We'll go those and then wander the isles, buying too much food.

    Hope everyone has a good week!
    Red beans and rice totally counts!

    The Valentine's Day tradition your grandfather started is so sweet!
    Carol

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    Daughter (21), a University of Iowa senior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies

    Son (20), a Purdue University junior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, and history

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    Alexsmom, my daughter sent me a picture of this quilt. I don't quilt, but the math teacher in me finds this sooooo cool.

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    Carol

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    Daughter (21), a University of Iowa senior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies

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    That’s a quilt pattern called “Labyrinth Walk”, and its trending right now, as far as any quilt pattern can trend. I saw one at a major quilt show in January.
    And if you can sew straight lines, thats a doable project. It might amaze you how the pattern comes together.

    But yes, very cool!
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    We are on the cusp of change here. The building we live in was sold last year. The new landlords immediately raised the rent 20%. The apartments upstairs had a couple and an elderly woman but they couldn't make the rent so left. They were replaced by single parents with 3 kids in each small apartments. One of the moms is a screamer, cursing at her kids all day and night. They leave the doors unlocked and there is still a pile of pine needles in the hall from someone throwing their tree down the stairs. Long story short, the quality of life here has taken a nose dive. And now at the 1 yr mark the new owners are adding another 5% to the rent.

    So.... We started looking at listings on Friday night, looked at a couple of places on Sunday and I think we found one already! Now I am fending off panic because up until a few days ago moving was a vague concept for 'some time in the future' and now it might be a month away! We have 8 years of accumulated stuff to sort. We need to find someone to adopt our 3 remaining chickens. We already 9 hamster babies that need forever homes. Aaaaaahhhhhh!!!!!

    On a completely other note, we are going to go to the Museum of the Chinese American in Manhattan on Saturday.

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    I've never done anything for Mardi Gras. Valentines Day is simple here I give the children a heart-shaped box of Whitman's chocolates. We do nothing for Chinese New Year. We don't really do much for any holidays except Halloween. We go all out on Halloween.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    Id rather have a new pie dish (am baking new recipe for hazelnut pumpkin pie to use up canned pumpkin), or half of an InstantPot.

    Alexmom,
    I love the quilt.
    Can you provide the hazlenut pumpkin pie recipe?

    Nothing going on here for Mardi Gras.
    A local restaurant/bakery we like made homemade paczki's today and I intended to run and get some but didn't.

    I get my children chocolates for Valentine's Day. My dad always bought my siblings and I heart shaped boxes of candy for VD. I used to get my kids the same but switched over to Fannie May mint melt-aways and pixies as they got older. They are favorites in our house.

    I'm not sure if we will do anything for the Chinese New Year.
    Even though we are not religious, I grew up very Catholic and we often had pirohy on Friday's during lent. Since I was sick over Xmas we didn't make any, so we might make pierogi Friday.
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