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Thursday Thirteen #63

October 18th, 2006

For my Thursday Thirteen I present…


13. More bubble baths, with candles, bath fizzies and soft music.

12. Take the kids sledding at a park with a big hill. (If we get any snow, that is! We don’t get much snow in Portland, Ore.)

11. Go out for sushi dates with at least ten of my in-town girlfriends.

10. Take the kids to Seattle to visit our friends who keep asking when we’re going to visit. (As a native Portlander, I am not really allowed to go to Seattle. They made me sign a thing at the hospital when I was born, swearing my loyalty to Seattle’s little sister here on the river. I’m hoping if I cheat, no one will find out. Shhh.)

9. Drink more hot cocoa and bake about fifty kinds of Christmas cookies (and give most of them away). Here are my 13 favorites (ooooh, a list within a list! I know you love that): 1) Chocolate crinkles 2) Mexican wedding cakes with Hershey kisses tucked inside 3) gingerbread men 4) soft molasses cookies 5) sugar cookies shaped like reindeer and snowmen 6) spritz cookies 7) chocolate chip-oatmeal cookies 8) these crazy rainbow cookies my mom used to make when I was a kid — if I can find the recipe I’ll run it 9) thumbprint cookies with jam 10) candy cane cookies 11) toffee squares 12) brownies 13) lemon crinkles.

Oh dammit! Now I’m distracted. OK, from the Betty Crocker Cooky Cookbook, my all-time favorite, we have a recipe that last recipe from one Mrs. Alfred T. Neilsen of Council Bluffs, Iowa, who prefers “simple and easy recipes that leave her time for her hobby of making hats.” We love you, Mrs. Neilsen! And your hat collection!

1/2 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar (packed)
1 egg
about 1 tbsp grated lemon rind
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp soda
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ginger
plus granulated sugar

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix shortening, sugar and egg thoroughly; blend in lemon rind. Blend dry ingredients; stir into sugar mixture. Roll in 1-inch balls; dip tops in sugar. Bake on ungreased baking sheet 10 to 12 minutes. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Note: Mrs. Neilsen would like you to know that if you use self-rising flour, you should omit soda and salt.

Now, back to the other list…

8. Love on my husband more instead of being grouchy and tired because it’s wintertime. And raining. And the dog is drenched. Etc. More lovin’, less grousin’.

7. One word: Lotsofbackrubs.

6. Go to Disneyland. (Ha! I wish. We have done that twice for Christmas in the past, though, and I highly recommend it.)

5. Keep exercising.

4. Go see the Christmas lights — on Peacock Lane, at the Grotto, at the racetrack… Yes, the racetrack.

3. Take the Cinnamon Bear cruise on the Portland Spirit. (We did this last year and it was a blast. The kids have already requested it again.) Do you know about the Cinnamon Bear? Old-fashioned and hokey, but really fun.

2. Buy fewer gifts; give more handmade gifts.

1. Keep believing in Santa Claus.


  1. amy says

    What a fun Thursday 13~

    October 18th, 2006 | #

  2. Rav`N says

    what a wonderful list. some very enjoyable things on there.

    October 19th, 2006 | #

  3. ren.kat says

    What a fun list to read! (and bookmark for recipies- despite the fact that baking more is more typical of a new year’s resolution thing for me- you know how that usually goes, right?)

    October 19th, 2006 | #

  4. Janet says

    What a sweet list! And a list within a list and a RECIPE within a list, even better!

    October 19th, 2006 | #

  5. bernie says

    The backrubs are key.

    I linked to you from my tt “TT 13 Hand Gestures”:http://plancksconstant.org/blo.....tures.html

    October 19th, 2006 | #

  6. ali says

    ooooh…i love new recipes!

    great list!

    October 19th, 2006 | #

  7. edj says

    Yum! Am going to try lemon crinkles. What a great list!

    October 19th, 2006 | #

  8. Jenny Ryan says

    Oh, wow, I didn’t know about all the competition between Seattle and Portland. About two weeks ago I went to both towns because I have friends that live in each of them. I hope I didn’t break any rules :D Maybe I can be excused since I’m from Georgia.

    October 19th, 2006 | #

  9. Jenny says

    Lemon Crinkles! Mmmm…now I’m distracted.

    October 19th, 2006 | #

  10. Stacy says

    Wow, what a fun list! Loved reading it, and I would like to do a bunch of those, especially the cookies. Cool that you diverted and posted the recipe :) I hope you get all of those accomplished over the next few months, and enjoy every minute of it!

    Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by my T13 earlier :)

    October 19th, 2006 | #

  11. Southern Girl says

    Great list! I love winter, too! I may have to try out those Lemon Crinkles this winter myself. Yummy!

    Thanks for visiting my TT!

    October 19th, 2006 | #

  12. JO says

    oooh… disneyland… I would include skiing in your list…

    happy TT

    October 19th, 2006 | #

  13. Tuesday says

    I am making those cookies asap. Too bad for my butt.

    October 19th, 2006 | #

  14. Wacky Mommy says

    Heh heh heh. As Ren.Kat said, there’s always New Year’s for resolutions.

    October 19th, 2006 | #

  15. N. Mallory says

    Oooo, I volunteer for giveaway sugar cookies. :P

    Happy TT!

    October 19th, 2006 | #

  16. LIB says

    Something my kids did in H.S. Youth Group that sounded like a blast: On a really hot night in the summer (so this would have to be in a summerTT) get ice blocks (1 per kid) take them to Mt. Tabor Park, use the ice blocks as “sleds” to “sled” down the grassy slope.
    This allows for sledding in a place w/o much snow.

    October 21st, 2006 | #

  17. Bubba says

    Fantastic list! Although we’ll never see snow here…unless I drive for at least 3 hours…

    Happy TT!

    October 23rd, 2006 | #

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