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This is something we've had way too little of this year in Southern California: winter weather.  While the rest of the country has been suffering with massive snowstorms, we are in a drought.  Locally, we just made it through a large wildfire, which usually doesn't happen in January, and without rain, we will certainly have more in the foothills that are hidden in clouds in these pictures.

The more personal side of this weather pattern is how it's impacting me.  I'm one of those weird people who is actually more energized when it's cold.  I find the heat just draining, and I can't focus even when it's in the 80s.  I'm much more productive when there is a chill in the air.  But lately I've had to take responsibility for the lack of productivity in my life that has nothing to do with the weather.  This is going to be a long one folks, so settle in with the warm beverage of your choice.

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NatureBox


If you have been watching my YouTube channel (which will soon be undergoing a change), you may have noticed when I mentioned that last year for Christmas my present to my husband was a subscription to Bespoke Post.  That went over so well, this year I decided to gift him with a subscription to NatureBox.

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Whipping Cream or Whipped Cream

Do you have any weird eating things?  You know what I mean.  I'm not a picky eater at all, but there are some things I just can't do.  Snails, no problem.  Sweetbread, I'm all over it.  Most vegetables that other people turn up their noses at, beets, Brussels sprouts, and kale come to mind, I'll take an extra helping.  But whipped cream?  Get it away from me.  I don't know what it is, but I just can't handle it.


So here I am, eating around the whipped cream.  Now I love whipping cream.  I put it in my coffee every morning, but there is something about adding the air to it that I just don't like.  But if you put some chocolate in there and tell me it's mousse, I'll scarf it right down.

Weird I know.  Can't explain it at all.

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Melting Crayons


A little bit bored in the days after Christmas, Ariana and I spotted this very old Crayola Crayon Maker on a shelf while I was putting away wrapping supplies.  We got very nostalgic over it and decided to take it down and play with it.  We wanted to do something a little bit different though and just use it to melt the wax then cut them with cookie cutters into shapes.


Now, we haven't had any reason to buy crayons for years, so the first snag we hit was that we couldn't find any crayons!  We finally found an old coffee mug full of bits and pieces at the back of a cupboard.


In addition to shapes, we though it would be fun to press images into the soft wax using these shortbread cookie stamps.


Peeling the wrappers off had to be the worst part.


Until we realized that because of the very good safety features, the wax was too firm to pour by the time we could open the lid of the machine.


So we went the old fashioned way and put the crayon bits into my Silicups baking cups and directly into the oven.


Success!


The finished product.  We do prefer the stamped wax to the cutouts.  I have no idea what we'll do with them now, but we did have fun playing for a few hours.

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