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Old 12-05-2009, 10:20 AM   #41
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Many years ago i went with a food processor that had bin-filling clattering piles of plastic containers and grater blades and pushers and knife blades and spout thingies and salad squirters and juicer centrifuges and such. it has been referred to off and on over the decades. won't do that again! this year i'm going with a tasteful stainless pressure cooker. To paraphrase, I'm a man, I can learn. if I have too. I guess.
For some women, any household appliance is a no-no.
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Old 12-05-2009, 11:50 AM   #42
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DW has been asking for a Roomba for Christmas...thats a vacuum robot. Still a bad idea?

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After bookoo years of marriage (like yours truly), gift ideas can start running thin. I think it's fine if an appliance/tool is purchased for Christmas if it is requested.

One year I mentioned a Dremmel and I got one. I love it! There are plenty of other occasions to get the sparkly stuff...birthday, anniversary and Valentine's Day.............
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Gentlemen..NEVER EVER buy your missus a vacuum cleaner for xmas.
It's one gift that really sucks!

Meanwhile...several people have PM'd me for my fruitcake recipe, and one member would like to know how to make candied fruit peel. I'm delighted to find others out there who appreciate a good fruitcake!

The recipe is rather long, so when I've typed it up, I'll post to the ER Cookbook.

Candied fruit peel instructions abound on the Web - here is one:
http://www.villageharvest.org/docume...rus%20Peel.pdf
Note: Be sure to remove as much of the white inside pith from the peel as possible, as it is bitter-tasting. We have to make the candied peel just before the fruitcake, because otherwise we'd eat it all up. Yum!

(The fruitcake in the Truman Capote Christmas story was made with whiskey, which I personally dislike. But you can use whatever poison you prefer )

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Many years ago i went with a food processor that had bin-filling clattering piles of plastic containers and grater blades and pushers and knife blades and spout thingies and salad squirters and juicer centrifuges and such. it has been referred to off and on over the decades. won't do that again! this year i'm going with a tasteful stainless pressure cooker. To paraphrase, I'm a man, I can learn. if I have too. I guess.
Calmloki, I think we must have bought the same overhyped monstrosity. It was used once and put away forever, in favor of a set of top-quality chef's knives. Moral: Never buy yourself, or anyone else, any appliance that requires you to watch a one-hour video before you can use it, or one that has many highly lose-able essential parts.

(Please note that none of the above problems applies to jewelry, and in addition, jewelry does not suck )

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If she wants one it is a good idea but just to be sure I'd add a bottle of her favorite perfume or some jewelry .
For good measure I'm adding both...a necklace from Tiffany's she's been looking at, and one of her fave perfumes (and trying to help stimulate the economy at the same time...)

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I'm having a heck of a time trying to figure out what to get DW. What do you buy for a woman who already has me?
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Plastic pink flamingos with wire legs to plant in the front yard.

Glass reflective balls with a stand.

Painted used car tire cut in half to use as a planter.
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Plastic pink flamingos with wire legs to plant in the front yard.

Glass reflective balls with a stand.
Thanks, but she thinks things like that are tacky.
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Ahhh, so this means your.....mmm...never mind...
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I'm having a heck of a time trying to figure out what to get DW. What do you buy for a woman who already has me?
Gift certificate big enough to cover dinner for two at HER favorite restaurant, not yours? Or something romantic like jewelry?

Frank and I do not exchange Christmas presents (long story), but a week or two ago, out of the blue, he gave me the most wonderful present - - a pair of binoculars, the first I have ever owned. He knows that I want to take up bird watching.
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W2R, if you don't already have it I suggest the National Geographic Birds of North America as a field guide. It is easy to use and is my favorite field guide. Amazon.com: National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America : Revised and Updated (9780792274513): National Geographic Society: Books
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Tiger Woods?
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Sorry , allow me to amend that to...
NEVER EVER buy an UNASKED FOR vacuum cleaner or iron.

If the Mrs wants one, go for it.

PS Celebrate xmas on Jan 25. Get that vaccuum cleaner at a sale price, not at holiday markup price.
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I haven't awarded one of these in a long time...




I am very impressed with that punchline, indeed.
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Tiger Woods' phone number?

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