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January 2019



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Back From Imbolc, Magic Crackers, Yankee Dry Rub, and Naked Pandas.

I had a lovely weekend. I brought lots of Vit C and zinc to help people keep well. It is the season for giving each other cold viruses and I just got over one.

I did a pretty good job of not over planning. Although a did not do such a good job of not over feeding.

I made a lot of "Magic Crackers". I cut back on the cayenne pepper and the red pepper flakes and I still call these "Red Hot Crackers of DOOM!". But the version with my Yankee Dry Rub (instead of garlic, cayenne, and red pepper flakes) was very popular. And the version with lemon pepper and dill (instead of garlic, cayenne, and red pepper flakes) was very popular. And the sweet version with cinnamon, cardamom, clove, and agave (instead of all the original spices) tasted like cinnamon buns.

The rye and pumpernickel assortment was a hit.

And I got a lot of praise for my pork roast crusted with Yankee Dry Rub.

3 part Paprika
3 parts Onion granules
2 parts Salt
1 part Ground Black Pepper
1 part Garlic granules
1 part Mustard powder

It is parts by volume (teaspoons, tables spoons, quarter cups, half cups, cups) not weight (the salt weighs more than the other ingredients). I use granules instead of powder for the onion and garlic because they pour better. The powders tend to clump.

For the pork roast I had the butcher cut a pork shoulder (Boston Butt) into four 2 in roasts. One side of the roast has a thick layer of fat so I take a sharp knife and cut the fat into thin strips (still attached to the roast). Then I pat the roast dry with a paper towel and generously crust it with the Yankee Dry Rub. I put it in the oven at 350F for about an hour. You can cook it at 300F but it will take longer. When it is cooked and the outside is getting crispy take it out and let it rest for 10-15 minutes, then serve. Pork shoulder is a fatty piece of meat so it benefits from a long slow cooking process. But Yankee Dry Rub goes with any meat and most vegetables.

I had hoped to do some bread baking with Jude. But there just didn't seem to be enough time. I really needed to nap and there were so many cool people there to hang out with.

I love being pagan. Barb has a lot of beds in her house but also a lot of house guests so I had to share. The nice young lady who shared my bed wore panda pajamas the first night (so I went around telling people I had slept with a panda :). The second night she took off the pajamas and cuddled with me. There may be other religions where you get to cuddle with attractive naked women on your religious retreat, but I don't know of any. She really is a very nice young lady.

It was a lovely weekend. I brought my anti-anxiety meds in case I needed them but I really felt fine and didn't take any. It was nice to have two young people there to fetch and carry for me, so I didn't overtax myself.

I'm getting much better about letting go of my need to control what happens.


I am glad you had a splendiferous weekend and got to cuddle with that lovely naked panda.
I'm sorry you couldn't join us. I look forward to seeing you soon :)
It was a nice weekend! I know you had the young people to f&c this weekend but I am always happy to do so as well. Being able to do stuff for other people is a major part of own anxiety management plan :p
Ok. Thanks. Good to know. :)

I'm glad you got cuddles. Cuddles are important. *snuggle*