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Christmas Carols

22 Dec

Spotify mixes for your holiday enjoyment

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I’m a Christmas Music Fanatic. I know them all and am very opinionated about what is best. So I was going to do a big post on the best Christmas Music… yet I’ve found, over the years, that wading into discussions about the best Christmas Music is fraught with more danger than throwing left and right wing people into a room to discuss impeachment.

You think debating politics is bad at a family gathering? Try Christmas Carols!

So when I thought I would post about all my favorites, I wisely decided to refrain. But…

I’m not only a Christmas Music Fanatic (with a few exceptions, I’m generally old school, all the way… talk to the hand, for instance, if you prefer the abominable Madonna Santa Baby over Eartha Kitt… in fact, just de-friend me right now) but I’m a playlist fanatic. I’ve spent years tweaking and perfecting a playlist. 

So instead of listing music, I want to direct you, if you Spotify, to my Christmas playlists. You’ll see what I like and I believe you will be pleased.

Note: you can click on these and access Spotify.. or just find me on Spotify: provostom

TOM’S CHRISTMAS PLAYLISTS

For a classic Christmas Carol playlist, mostly upbeat but with some slow, A Classic Christmas Mix:

 

For a slow, gorgeous night before the fire, A Romantic Christmas Night:

 

If you’re having a Christmas Party this has a lot of Christmas music but other music as well. It’s almost 7 hours, it will survive just about any Christmas Party!

And, if you dare, let us know your favorites!

Drop Dead Drop Biscuits

9 Dec

Those who follow my blog regularly are well aware I don’t bake. I have no patience for precise measuring nor, even worse, weighing anything. (So ridiculous! Not gonna happen.) Which means if I post a recipe that involves dough and baking, you can know beyond a shadow of a doubt the recipe is easy as can be. And near impossible to screw up. And pretty damn good!

I present to you, Drop Biscuits.

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Drop Biscuits

I stumbled across this recipe a few years ago, tried it, tweaked it and have been throwing these together ever since. While they may not be the most beautiful biscuits ever created, they are a breeze to make, they taste great and are quite fluffy inside!

Depending on how you flavor them, they are wonderful with butter and/or for mopping up delicious juices on your plate. Another plus is that they freeze beautifully. So you can make a big batch in an hour or so, freeze some and then during the holidays whenever you’d like warm biscuits with a meal just pull a few from the freezer, rewarm them in the oven and in minutes you will have what people will think are fresh biscuits. 

I served these just recently on Thanksgiving, warmed in the oven straight from the freezer, and everyone seemed to enjoy them. People had seconds. When I made them the week before, I did not have baking soda, I used the wrong amount of yogurt, and they still turned out just as intended. Once all I had on hand was crème fraîche so I tried that… again, they worked perfectly. Friends will be seeing a lot more of these in the upcoming weeks.

Give them a try. You will not be sorry.

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Christmas Traditions

14 Dec

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We had numerous traditions in our house growing up, many of them centering around Christmas. First on the list was the rule, er, tradition that you didn’t even think about Christmas until the day after Thanksgiving. Each season and holiday should be allowed to stand on its own, right? Right?? No intermingling. So when I see Christmas decorations going up before Thanksgiving, I want to run up and tear them down. This is unfortunately now the standard, even before Halloween! I’ve seen Christmas trees going up in September! With Christmas Music playing!

So, so wrong.

But the Friday after Thanksgiving?

KABOOM!

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