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  • #16
    One year, my husband dressed up as Santa Claus. Our son was 4 and we let him have some little friends over to spend the night. After we had our fun and got the kids down to bed, it was our time to relax. When my husband went to change out of his Santa suit, I was standing in front of the tree and he gave me a kiss as he walked by. All of a sudden, our son tore out of the hallway screaming, "That's MY mommy, Santa!" and he started hitting my husbands legs. We started lauging and I picked my son up as my husband took off his beard and hat. David just looked at him in awe and then he started crying.
    My husband took him in the kitchen and explained that he was just there for Santa because Santa couldn't be there that night but he would be there Christmas Eve.
    It was really so cute.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by BeverlyJWhite:
      I think I have a thing for balls
      Oh jeez, you're going to be very popular with this crew

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      • #18
        Wow! I thought I had logged onto the wrong forum for a moment, then I figured out that your idea of "holiday baking" is a little different than mine
        "They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program" ~George W. Bush, November 2, 2000

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        • #19
          Originally posted by goodgirl:
          Wow! I thought I had logged onto the wrong forum for a moment, then I figured out that your idea of "holiday baking" is a little different than mine
          GoodGirl, are you baking brownies for the annual O.com Christhmas party this year??

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          • #20
            Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

            Makes 2 dozen


            7 ounces best-quality semisweet chocolate
            1 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
            1 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
            1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
            1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
            1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
            1 tablespoon cocoa powder
            8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
            1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
            1/2 cup dark-brown sugar, packed
            1/2 cup unsulfured molasses
            1 teaspoon baking soda
            1/4 cup granulated sugar

            1. Line two baking sheets with parchment. Chop chocolate into 1/4-inch chunks; set aside. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and cocoa.

            2. In the bowl of an electric mixer,fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and grated ginger until whitened, about 4 minutes. Add brown sugar; beat until combined. Add molasses; beat until combined.

            3. In a small bowl, dissolve baking soda in 1 1/2 teaspoons boiling water. Beat half of flour mixture into butter mixture. Beat in baking-soda mixture, then remaining half of flour mixture. Mix in chocolate; turn out onto a piece of plastic wrap. Pat dough out to about 1 inch thick; seal with wrap; refrigerate until firm, 2 hours or more.

            4. Heat oven to 325

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            • #21
              "GoodGirl, are you baking brownies for the annual O.com Christhmas party this year??"

              I don't actually do brownies...but I make a mean peanut butter cookie

              If for one minute I thought that any of you would take a chance on something I had baked I would be sure to make my contribution to a Christmas party none of you would ever forget
              "They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program" ~George W. Bush, November 2, 2000

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              • #22
                Originally posted by BeverlyJWhite:
                Rum balls, peanut butter balls, and cherry balls. I think I have a thing for balls
                Don't forget the meatballs!!!

                Heh,
                Piper

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                • #23
                  My peanut butter fudge. I make a mean batch, and it's a SIMPLE recipe. It's great for friends and contacts that you can't buy a present for, which will be all but my wife this year, and the guys at the PD. My wife also usually tells me at 6:00 PM-“Oh, BTW, I’m supposed to bring a dessert tomorrow.” Get dressed, tell dog she can’t “ride”, go to grocery store, read gun magazines, buy ingredients, go home, work and slave over a hot microwave…

                  Also, the women in our town hall, as do the women in the bank ( I have a daily escort to the bank, so I chew the fat with the tellers) love my fudge, so they'll probably get a big batch. I LIKE being popular with a bunch of good looking women!


                  SGT Dave’s Easy Peanut Butter Fudge

                  Needed:
                  A jar of peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
                  One pack of vanilla or “white” candy coating or “bark”
                  One can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk

                  (NOTE-You can add “stir ins” but I usually make it as written, just for simplicity. I did just try the Heath Bar Toffee chips, and it was pretty good.)


                  PAM and/or foil-line an appropriate casserole dish, at least 10x10

                  Melt candy coating in large (at least 2 quart) microwave safe bowl

                  Stir in peanut butter (I “soften” the PB for 45 seconds in the microwave-but BE SURE to get all the foil safety seal off the top first, even the tiny pieces.) Stir until the mixture is a smooth even texture and color.

                  Stir in the sweetened condensed milk-BUT, be ready, as this hardens the mixture. Stir a few times to even the consistency out, but it will probably begin hardening. (NOTE-I have broken a wooden spoon by trying to stir too long. Pour into the pan. Ideally, it will still “pour” but if not you can “pat” it out.

                  Chill for at least 3 hours.

                  And think of ole SGT Dave while you eat.


                  PS Ladies-bear in mind-while the “gym nut” guys are at the gym working out, I also clean house.

                  [ 12-07-2001: Message edited by: SGT Dave ]
                  People have more fun than anybody.

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