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- DOG CONFESSIONS
- BIZARRE CHRISTMAS CARDS
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- 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS~DAY 5
- GARDEN GIGGLE
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|Editor's note: Don't miss the shoes!|
|I want to do something like a police ride-along, but in a pizza delivery car @bridger_w|
Christmas stockings allegedly evolved from three sisters who were too poor to afford a marriage dowry and were, therefore, doomed to a life of prostitution. They were saved, however, when the wealthy Bishop Saint Nicholas of Smyrna (the precursor to Santa Claus) crept down their chimney and generously filled their stockings with gold coins
BIZARRE CHRISTMAS CARDS
I love seeing everyone's faces light up when they see you at the shopping centre.
- Katy, 13, Portsmouth, United Kingdom.
I am trying to talk nice, and not say words I shouldn't say. I am very good to my sister, Hannah
- Sara, 4, Eielson, Alaska.
Don't drink any sour milk!!!
- Randi, 11, Logansport, Indiana.
- Morgan, 8, Canton, Georgia.
Last year I heard you eating a cookie by my bedside but I keept my eyes closed shut and pretended to sleep and I foolded you!
- Sarah, 7, Orwell, Ohio.
I have been really good so no more coal in my stocking this year. OK?!?
- Craig, 6, Elk Grove, California.
Last Christmas I really saw Roudolph's red nose shinning outside my bedroom window.
- Devin, 7, San Pedro, California.
Deceptively sunny today but cold. We uncovered the plants to give them a few winks of sunshine to hold them over. My Christmas cacti are blooming up a storm!
12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS~DAY 5
ON THE FIFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, your true love gave to you - five golden rings...four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.
(1) container (8 oz) whipped topping, divided
(1) teaspoon vanilla extract
Heat oven to 350°F. Place 12 foil baking cups on cookie sheet. Line another cookie sheet with wax paper; set aside.
Place 1 piece cookie dough in each foil cup. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or until just baked and light golden brown. Remove cups to wire rack to cool completely.
Place 1 1/2 cups chocolate morsels and milk in large, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, uncovered, on high (100 percent) power for 1 minute. Remove and stir. If morsels retain some of their original shape, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until melted. Cool to room temperature, 20 minutes.
Reserve 1/2 cup whipped topping. Combine remaining whipped topping and vanilla extract in medium bowl. Gently fold half of the whipped topping mixture into chocolate mixture. Add remaining whipped topping mixture, and mix lightly. Spoon over cookie bases in muffin cups. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
Meanwhile, place remaining chocolate morsels in small, heavy-duty plastic bag. Microwave on high (100 percent) power for 30 seconds; knead gently. Microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, kneading until melted and smooth.
Cut tiny corner from bag. Onto cookie sheet lined with wax paper, squeeze chocolate into (12) 1 1/2- to 2-inch stars. Go back and make 12 more stars, over the first 12, so the points are not lined up. Place cookie sheet in refrigerator until chocolate is firm, 5 to 10 minutes.
Top each cup with a small dollop of reserved whipped topping. With tip of knife, gently remove stars from wax paper and insert, standing up, into whipped topping. Serve immediately. Yields 12 servings.
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