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posted by [personal profile] cathyr19355 at 08:06pm on 10/01/2010 under , ,
I took down my Christmas decorations today. Usually I do this sometime after January 1 when my door wreath has dried out so much that it's turned brown, but this year's wreath could have lasted a couple of days longer. Most of the other decorations on the block are down (including my next door neighbor's lighted bushes) so I figured it would make me sadder leaving them up. It makes me a little sad to take down my Christmas decorations, but leaving them up when all the rest of the world has gone back to the drab busyness of winter makes me sadder still.

On the bright side, I bought some duck breast this weekend so that I could experiment a bit with a recipe I have that is based on Anglo-Saxon cuisine. It's a game stew with barley (I chose to use duck instead of rabbit, though my local butcher sells rabbit also). I added a bit of bacon to the duck and barley for flavor. The other ingredients include broth (chicken bouillon in this case, though the Anglo-Saxons would probably have made broth from the duck itself and used that), leeks, and mushrooms sauteed in butter. It is seasoned with dill salt, mustard powder, sage, garlic, and bay leaves. The smell as it slowly simmers in my crockpot is indescribably wonderful; I hope it tastes as good as it smells when it's done.

EDIT: I decided to write about my duck and barley stew in my food blog; you can find that post here.
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posted by [personal profile] cathyr19355 at 06:26pm on 31/12/2005 under
There's only about 5 1/2 hours in 2005 here in Malvern, and in the last few days alone good things have happened. After watching the money drain from my checking account repeatedly to fix things (see Demon of Breakage entries), I got a $3,000 Christmas bonus from work (from which only about $300 was taken out for taxes!), the University of Texas has finally reimbursed Eric's travel expenses from his trip there in March, and the insurance adjuster for the restaurant where Eric's laptop got damaged called my Thursday and said that they would send me a release (which implies that they're paying the claim). Nothing has broken lately, either.

Best of all, tonight Eric and [livejournal.com profile] landley and I are going to spend New Year's Eve with our friends, [livejournal.com profile] shakati and [livejournal.com profile] pmat and their family, to play board games and generally ring in the New Year and have fun together.

I wish everyone who reads this such good fortune. Happy New Year!
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