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Friday, December 28, 2012

The FINAL Friday Five for 2012: Recycle, Re-Gift, Reflect

As we take a breather from the busy weekend of Sunday/Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, it's time to reflect on the past year. It's hard to move out of this holiday season with its delights and celebrations. Here at our home, we've barely finished the eggnog. The tree is still up and our cats delight in knocking off the lower (unbreakable) ornaments. As we are rounding the final turn on the year 2012, I hope you'll play along with these questions. :)
1. What is some "old news" this year that you'd like to repeat for 2013?
2. What "new thing" have you started that you want to keep going in 2013?
3. What event, experience or gift would you just as soon "Return to Sender"? Maybe it was a disastrous sermon, a congregational kerfuffle, a vacation nightmare, or your own mis-step. It can be funny or sad. 
4. Share the brightest bit of joy that was a part of your year. 
5. Share a picture that says far more than words. (You can use it to illustrate one of the above.) 
Share a recipe! I'm in the doldrums and need some healthy eating options for my menu planning. Soup, stew, main dish, side dish or a healthy dessert - any and all are welcome!

Let us know you play by sharing in the comments. You can add your link by using this handy dandy cut-and-paste phrase:

<a href="the url of your blog post goes here">what you want the link to say goes here</a>


  1. Hello everyone! I'm posting early because the morning promises to be busy! I put up my answers right here! I'll come by and visit later in the day, trolling for those healthy menu ideas. <3

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  3. altogether more hopeful than not... thanks, Deb, a Wonderful new year 2013 to everyone!

  4. PS I didn't scroll down far enough to notice the recipe request bonus... so sad!

  5. bonus:Mexican Cornbread Salad


    * 1 9­ounce package Cornbread Mix
    * 1 4.5 can chopped Green Chilies
    * 1/2 cup Mayonnaise or Aioli
    * 1 cup fresh Cilantro chopped
    * 1/4 cup Lime Juice
    * 1 teaspoon cumin ground
    * 1/2 teaspoon Salt
    * 1 head lettuce Romaine or Iceberg--is best shredded
    * 1 15 ounce can black beans rinsed and drained
    * 1 15 ounce can black olives rinsed and drained
    * 1 11 ounce can whole kernel corn drained
    * 1 8 ounce package cheddar or Monterey Jack Cheese shredded
    * 1 large Red Bell Pepper chopped
    * 6 Plum/Roma Tomatoes chopped
    * 3 green onions chopped
    * 1 pound cooked chicken chopped


    * Prepare cornbread mix according to package directions, adding chilies.
    * Cool and crumble.
    * Process mayonnaise, half of the cilantro, and the next 3 ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth.
    * Layer a 4-quart bowl with
    * 1/2 of the lettuce and 1/2 of the remaining cilantro,
    * 1/2 of the cornbread, 1/3 of the dressing, and
    * 1/2 each of beans, olives, corn, cheese, bell pepper and tomatoes.
    * Repeat layers.
    * Top with remaining mayonnaise mixture and green onion.
    * Chill.

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