cheesey Pointsettias

IMPERIAL CHEESE CRISPS

((THANXS to my awesome mother in law ~Barb for the recipe))

1 carton Imperial Cheese

1 cup flour

½ cup butter

1 ½ cups Rice Krispies

 Blend cheese & butter, add flour and Rice Krispies. Spoon onto greased cookie sheet, push down with fork.

 375 deg for 8-10 min.

These bad boys were super easy and quick to make. “pleasing sharpness & crunch!” is the husband review. And that man loves him a cookie.

 SIDENOTE: Living on Quadra I bitch and grind my teeth when food shopping. 2 batches of these cost $20. The imperial cheese container was $7 and the Krispies small box was $6. CRAZY. Forget shopping local when it comes to Xmas baking, is what I’m learning this year..sorry community..I’m a Costco convert.

And speaking of Poinsettias  (workshopping that segway)…     I had every intention of spending more money than I should at a bead & gem openhouse Friday (after my awesome Friday night date… With my Dad! Thanxs again dad xo). But try as I did for 40 mins, I couldn’t find the party. Lol. Funny when that happens, heh? As I came close to losing my shit, I 911 called my husband. He simply said “baby…you go get yourself a pointsettia”. So I did. And it’s pretty. It’s my very first one as an adult, actually. This holiday season is really shaping up.

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SomeWIKI  facts about this lovely plant:      The plant’s association with Christmas began in 16th century Mexico, where legend tells of a young girl who was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus‘ birthday. The tale goes that the child was inspired by an angel to gather weeds from the roadside and place them in front of the church altar. Crimson “blossoms” sprouted from the weeds and became beautiful poinsettias.[7] From the 17th century, Franciscan friars in Mexico included the plants in their Christmas celebrations.[8] The star-shaped leaf pattern is said to symbolize the Star of Bethlehem, and the red color represents the blood sacrificethrough the crucifixion of Jesus.[9]The plant’s association with Christmas began in 16th century Mexico, where legend tells of a young girl who was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus‘ birthday. The tale goes that the child was inspired by an angel to gather weeds from the roadside and place them in front of the church altar. Crimson “blossoms” sprouted from the weeds and became beautiful poinsettias.[7] From the 17th century, Franciscan friars in Mexico included the plants in their Christmas celebrations.[8] The star-shaped leaf pattern is said to symbolize the Star of Bethlehem, and the red color represents the blood sacrificethrough the crucifixion of Jesus.[9]The plant’s association with Christmas began in 16th century Mexico, where legend tells of a young girl who was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus‘ birthday. The tale goes that the child was inspired by an angel to gather weeds from the roadside and place them in front of the church altar. Crimson “blossoms” sprouted from the weeds and became beautiful poinsettias.[7] From the 17th century, Franciscan friars in Mexico included the plants in their Christmas celebrations.[8] The star-shaped leaf pattern is said to symbolize the Star of Bethlehem, and the red color represents the blood sacrificethrough the crucifixion of Jesus.[9]

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More newts in the compost!

newts in the compost! ~photo by Corey

Some newt facts from Wiki:

Red-bellied newts have a brownish black topside to avoid being noticed. When that fails, and they are seen and disturbed, they pull their head and tail back to reveal their bright red underside. This serves as a warning to potential predators, as red-bellied newts have enough of a neurotoxin called tetrodotoxin in their skin to easily kill an adult human, or 7,500 mice.Like other newts, Red-bellied newts have the ability to regenerate several body parts, including their limbs, eyes, hearts, intestines, and upper and lower jaws, and damaged spinal cords.

The Red-bellied Newt, when fullgrown, measures between 2.75 to 3.5 inches from its nose to its vent, and between 5.5 to 7.5 inches from nose to its tail. It has grainy skin, and is brownish black on top with a tomato red underbelly.It can be distinguished from other coastal newts by its red belly and a lack of yellow in its eyes. Breeding males develop smooth skin and a flattened tail.

Many newts produce toxins in their skin secretions as a defense mechanism against predatorsTaricha newts of western North America are particularly toxic. TheRough-skinned newt Taricha granulosa of the Pacific Northwest produces more than enough tetrodotoxin to kill an adult human, and some Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest used the toxin to poison their enemies. More recently, a 29-year-old man in Coos Bay, Oregon, who had been drinking heavily, swallowed a rough-skin newt for a dare; he died later that day despite hospital treatment.

Most newts can be safely handled, provided that the toxins they produce are not ingested or allowed to come in contact with mucous membranes, or breaks in the skin.After handling, proper hand-washing techniques should be followed due to the risk from the toxins they produce and bacteria they carry, such assalmonella.It is, however, illegal to handle or disturb Great Crested Newts in the UK without a licence.

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