It's a Gomer Pyle moment... surprise! Surprise! Surprise!
(Spoken with the inflections and twang that only Jim Nabors could do as Gomer. Yeah... do I ever feel really old right now. Thanks for that, Pat!)
I knew it was coming... I just couldn't remember when. Soon. Later. Huh? Now? You mean today? Yikes!
Now I have to explain a little bit about the rest... Pat likes to ask us these questions and sometimes the answers come easily, and other times... not so much. Maybe it comes easily but it's kind of like an avalanche of 382 possibilities. Or maybe that's just me. Yeah, yeah... it's me.
So here's what Pat asked:
What's your favorite drink?
Maybe it had been a long day... maybe it was the time of day... whatever the reason, my first thought was something "adult". Age-wise, not necessarily behavior-wise.
I love a really good Bloody Mary. I've never been a fan of fruity drinks or sweet drinks. A Chocolate Martini? Uh, no thank you. Unless you can add a healthy dash of Tabasco or some wasabi, I'd rather not.
No, I do not add Tabasco or wasabi to my lattes. I love Cappuccinos - especially the very traditional kind served in a small cup with just a little bit of milk added to the single shot of good espresso. Love those. But when I go to Starbucks - I live about three blocks away from one - I get a Triple - that means one more extra shot of espresso - Venti Sugar-Free Cinnamon Dolce Latte made with 2 Percent milk and no whip cream. If the barrista isn't incredibly busy, I ask for extra foam. And because you're not already shocked enough, I occasionally have a Quad - two extra shots of espresso... and hold the Cinnamon Dolce, please.
More than you wanted to know, huh?
What is your favorite food to eat, make or buy?
This was hard - I come from a family that loves to eat. And it's the time of year for baking and cooking. And have you seen the Williams-Sonoma, Zingerman's, or Dean & Deluca catalogs lately?
My Mom is of German descent so the holidays have always meant Stollen. My Mom used to make it and I've made it but I confess that I much prefer buying it - especially when what I can buy is much better than what I can make - especially when you figure out that I probably spend more on the ingredients! Our two favorites are from Zingerman's in Michigan and Big Sur Bakery in California. (The picture is from Big Sur Bakery.)
As for baking, that's on my schedule for today! I'm going to make just a few kinds of cookies - Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin, these Walnut Bars my Mom likes, and I think that's it. Oh, and Lemon Bars! We picked the last of the lemons this past week and we've still got about 50 pounds of lemons that need juicing and freezing.
On Monday, I will also make White Christmas Pie. My Mom first made this recipe about 40 years ago and it has been our family "Christmas Eve" pie ever since.
My favorite Christmas picture...
Every year I get one of these from Sur la Table - every year, the design is a little different. They're always pretty. And there might be one in the box... that you could win... if you enter.
This one always makes me happy.
I love The Christmas Song. I have always believed - and still do - that Nat King Cole's version is far and away the best. But this one comes close.
And since it's Christmas...
As in over there... not here.
Thank you Pat!