Time to cease

JANUARY 7, 2009
The whole Gaza thing is a mess. And this graphic makes a pretty good representation about why it is the way it is. Israel will find no sympathy from me. They are gluttonous, and the US has no place stocking them with weapons with what to use to steal more Palestinian lands.

filed in Politics | by Christine at 6:33 PM on 2009-01-07 | permalink | comment

Deja Vu

DECEMBER 27, 2008
Well last week is replaying all in my head as I get ready to go yet again on this trip to St Lucia. We have new tickets for us leaving Vancouver tonight at 11:30pm, connecting early morning in Toronto, and reaching St Lucia around 3pm local time. Sleeping on a plane, hurray. At least this time the weather seems to be behaving. Vancouver's snow has turned back into rain, which is causing awful problems with slush and flooding, but won't likely affect us too much in our flight out.

My heart feels divided on this trip. After this crazy week in which our flight was canceled, Sim had to work overnight on Christmas Eve, and then having a Christmas without gifts or a tree or anything such as that, all I seem to want is a return to something normal and familiar. On the other hand, however, I feel a bit cheated this week and I want to just go and have fun, and our poor cameras ache to be more in use. Well, however how I feel, the tickets are non-refundable and all that, so we're most definitely going this time. I feel a bit better about it today, also, since I had a good sleep.

Anyway, I'll likely be updating as I know more. Cheers everyone, and hope to talk to you all poolside from a lounge chair.

filed in Travel | by Christine at 5:54 PM on 2008-12-27 | permalink | 1 comment

Santa Baby

DECEMBER 25, 2008
Rest in peace, Eartha Kitt.

filed in Current Events | by Christine at 5:20 PM on 2008-12-25 | permalink | comment

Cutting for Cookies

DECEMBER 24, 2008
Well, our flight to Vancouver never came to be and we ended up rebooking another flight for this upcoming Saturday night. If that one is canceled? Then I guess we're not supposed to go to Saint Lucia this year. ;) But in finding out that we'll be here for Christmas after all, we're scrambling a bit to get a little into the festive holiday spirit. On Monday a small turkey was bought, a little Christmas Eve party had been planned with a couple of friends (weather isn't permitting, darnit), and last night the Christmas cookies were baked.

Sim made his favourite- the gingerbread men. The house smelled loverly. And me? I made raspberry jam-filled thumbprint cookies. And they are so yummy! So of course, what better blog fodder can there be but a recipe?

Thumbprints- prior to baking

This gem is one of Ina Garten's. Due to sheer amount of cookies in one batch, I halved this recipe and it turned out just fine.

Jam Thumbprints, by Ina Garten
  • 3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash
  • 7 ounces sweetened flaked coconut
  • Raspberry and/or apricot jam

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until just combined, and then add the vanilla. Separately, sift together the flour and salt. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture to the creamed butter and sugar. Mix until the dough starts to come together. Dump on a floured board and roll together into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.

Roll the dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. (If you have a scale, they should each weigh 1-ounce.) Dip each ball into the egg wash and then roll it in coconut. Place the balls on an ungreased cookie sheet and press a light indentation into the top of each with your finger. Drop 1/4 teaspoon of jam into each indentation. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the coconut is a golden brown. Cool and serve.

My thumbprints, cooling on the rack And all set up nicely in the tin

filed in Food | by Christine at 10:59 AM on 2008-12-24 | permalink | comment

Stuck in YVR - video'fied!

DECEMBER 22, 2008
I really should be in bed. I mean, I would think so as I can barely see my screen. But I was fiddling around with some video I took today with my new camera at the airport while we were waiting for our luggage.

Enjoy! Ok bedtime. Zzz!

filed in Travel | by Christine at 1:05 AM on 2008-12-22 | permalink | comment

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