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    Double BRRRRR today. When I looked at the temp this morning at 5:30, the air temp was -12F!! I wimped out and didn't even drive to the YMCA for a swim today. Not worth it. We spent a large chunk of yesterday digging out from some lake effect snow. I think we got about 10 inches at my house. We drove to my parents' house in the afternoon, about 6 miles west, and they had 5-6". Lake effect snow is weird that way.

    Busy day today for me. I work with the "Algebra brothers" for two hours this morning. Then I have three tutoring sessions with ps kids this afternoon/evening. That is, if they show. The schools are on a 2-hour delay because of the cold. That pretty much means that "nothing academic really gets done," to quote a local teacher I know. Combine that with the fact that tomorrow is their last day before break, and I'm guessing one or two of them will cancel.

    I also need to get DD to the doctor. She's been fighting a nasty cough since she left after Thanksgiving break. Time to fight back.

    So, we are in the last week before xmas. We need to bake more cookies, because a good deal of them already got eaten!! I'm waiting on one last package to arrive and I'm done!

    How are your pre-holiday plans wrapping up? Are you sitting back drinking egg nog and relaxing, or are you in panic mode?
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    I feel ready. I have about 2 more inches to go in this baby hat that I'm making for a friend. Then I'm done with all the gifts. This is a last minute addition to her gift. I think I'm ready for Yule. We have fruit, bird seed and peanut butter for the tree outside, to make treats for the birds. I'm almost done baking cookies. Now I just need the ready to bake sugar cookies done. I made from scratch chocolate chip cookies for the first time on my own. I'm saving the recipe they turned out really good. I still plan to bake a cake soon, because I put off my birthday cake for so long it's now a Christmas cake.
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    Wow - it's a lot colder where you are today, Inmom - it's 5 above here. And we have no lake effect; it's nice and dry.

    Today Hubs has the car again, so we are stuck at home, but the water softener guy is coming!!! Hallelujah! We are on a well, and while I'm grateful for the very good water pressure we have, our well water is very very hard. When it stands for a while, we get what looks like an oily sheen floating on top of rusted water. Lovely. Our 10 or 12 year old heavy duty water softener crapped out around Thanksgiving, and since the company that installed it is no longer in business, it has been a long hassle to get the parts to fix it. Everybody, keep your fingers crossed that this works. It would be tough to swing the $4000 for a new unit right now.

    I got my brother-in-law's cookies baked and packed, and got started on some other cookies this weekend, so I'll be finishing those up and maybe making another batch or two. We've not done any math in several days, and Hubs'll be home for his Christmas break on Wednesday. That means I have 2 days to get some more math in, but I think I'm going to skip the books. Even a weekend off usually produces some pretty strident refusals to work. For two days, I just done think it's worth it. I think we'll just try some times tables practice and call it good.

    Regarding holiday panic - I don't panic. I was hoping this would be the year I'd get the presents in the mail in time, but I think our tradition of extending the season will continue. The presents for the nuclear fam are all ready, other than stocking stuffers.

    I hope the dr. can help your dd feel better quickly! It sucks to be sick over a holiday break, but at least she doesn't have to deal with classes and exams and she's got Mom there to fuss. I still wish my mom lived closer when I get sick!
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    We also got a lot of snow. I think it is up to 11+ degrees right now...a heat wave

    Inmom, I hope your daughter's cough improves. I think one of the best products for a cough is Bronchial Soothe by Enzymatic Therapy. We've been using it for about ten years. It tastes horrible, but works with no drowsiness. It's made from ivy leaf extract. I always have an extra box on hand if you need it.

    I'm not ready for Christmas. I typically stress out but I have been reading so many horrible things in the news that nothing going on in my life seems significant enough to stress out about.

    We made pierogis for the first time yesterday - as practice for Christmas eve. I think our dough was too elastic and dense. We may have overworked it or not allowed it enough time to sit prior to cutting. It took us a long time. My grandma used to quickly crank out perfect looking delicate pierogis. Ours were sort of ugly; we're calling them 'rustic'.

    We don't have a lot of gifts to worry about but we do need to clean and cook. I posted another thread asking for meat suggestions for the holiday. I took some of the suggestions and purchased a precooked ham today. I also bought polish sausage and a crock pot. I figure I can throw the sausage, sauerkraut and little potatoes in the crock pot. I've never used a crock pot but I've been told they are handy. I think they are better for meat dishes; hopefully I can use it and not have one more small appliance that doesn't leave the pantry.
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    Its an absolutely perfect day here today, at least weatherwise. Might be 70, with gentle breeze. Absolutely crystal clear dsy, the edge of the world (known to some as Pacific Ocean) was a sharp blue line making the horizon.
    Im hoping we can do a family trip to the desert this week.

    For school we are finishing up Singapore 6b - last week was negative numbers, today its a rather sloppy introduction to y=mx + b. Such a beautiful concept, and I feel like they tacked it in there at the end just to say its covered.

    Hopefully after winter break our 7a will arrive - It will be a change going from a workbook to a textbook and writing the problems out on paper! And instructions in the textbook! Im pretty excited about it though - told DS these are going to be the most fun years of math he will have.

    That, some crafts, and baking are all I have planned for the week!
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    dbsam - slow cookers are really useful for meaty dishes, but don't think you won't have any use for it as a vegetarian! I have a cookbook called Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker: 200 Recipes for Healthy and Hearty One-Pot Meals That Are Ready When You A, by Robin Robertson. It has all sorts of yummy goodies in it, from soups, stews and chilis, through various stuffed veg recipes, to desserts, breads and "hot drinks form the electric punch bowl." It even has a recipe for making seitan from scratch! I used my slow cooker a lot more before the knob broke. It's still usable, but it's a pain now. I have to use pliers to turn it on.
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    Thanks BakedAk.
    My rice cooker is also a slow cooker, but it isn't the same a a crock pot. So, I guess I will open the box and keep it. Costco had it on sale...a 6qt crock pot and a mini crock pot for $29. I also bought an enameled cast iron crock with a heating base from Tuesday Morning for $29, then realized it is too small to use for the sausage - https://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-Beac...on+party+crock.

    I had time to kill waiting for Costco to open so I shopped a bit. I hate shopping; but hate returning even more. Not sure if I will just keep both.



    eta: I just looked up the book you mentioned and I think I will ask the kids and husband to get it for me for Xmas. They have been asking what I want but I want or need nothing. I finally told them 'socks' because I can always use socks. But this cookbook would be great, I need new meal ideas.
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    We had a massive power outage over the weekend. A substation blew at 11pm and we were out for 3 hours. Tech insisted on going outside and directing traffic (we are right at a traffic light). DH gets home in the morning, turns on the living room light, and nothing happens. So, not sure if it blew the electrical or the ceiling fan. Home warranty ppl contacted but it's the week of christmas.

    Today was cookie bake day. We did Danish Vanilla Bean Butter Cookies and Snickerdoodle Spritz cookies. Tech LOVED working the cookie press. And then it died, but thankfully we live in Amazon Prime Now area now and ordered a new one delivered so I could finish the Snickerdoodle Spritz. Tomorrow is the neighborhood cookie exchange and the first big social gathering we've gone to in the new neighborhood. eek!

    Tech is OBSESSED with "How It's Made". I've seen everything from how several different kinds of tires are made, different types of chandeliers, to how legos are made. Today was candy canes (factory made AND hand made), and gingerbread houses. This week we'll try and focus on christmas themed "how it's made".

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