The Santa Clause Movie

We watched “The Santa Clause” movie tonight on Netflix streaming.
I forgot what a funny movie this is, especially the one-liners.
In one of his best roles, Judge Reinhold plays the psychiatrist stepfather who always wears ugly sweaters.  Maybe this is where the craze began.  However, I was quite impressed with those sweaters. Whoever made them had a lot of imagination.

Although the critics gave it luke-warm reviews, I give it 5 stars out of 5.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Santa_Clause

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Making Christmas Fudge

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 Heating the sugar, butter, and water

 

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Bubble, bubble, toil & trouble

 

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Adding the chocolate

 

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Adding the marshmallow cream

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Adding the walnuts and pecans

 

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Adding the hot mixture to the pan

 

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The finished product after cooling off

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The finished product after cooling off.

 

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While I was making fudge, my lovely wife was making these cookies.

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Moon over Christmas Lights

I took this photo of the moon rising above our neighborhood just now.

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Recommended book – Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Recommended book – Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance 

A respected friend recommended this book to me.
Once I started reading, I could not put it down.
It’s an autobiography of a young man born and raised in Appalachia. He managed to rise above poverty, go to Yale Law school, and become a famous attorney.
It gave me a better understanding why conservatives vote the way they do and why many are discouraged by the Democratic party.

I recommend it, too.

Andy 

https://www.amazon.com/Hillbilly-Elegy-Memoir-Family-Culture/dp/0062300547

 

 

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麻球 (Má qiú) fried sticky rice ball

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Brewing my coffee

After months of using my Keurig , I decided to use my 4-cup Mr. Coffee to brew my coffee this morning.
The result?
I’m going back to my Keurig for daily use.
Even though I used Strictly Organic, the best coffee in Bend, it did not taste as good as coming from the Keurig.
I prefer the Keurig also because it has no heating pad to burn the carafe, turns itself off after 2-minutes, and makes only one most excellent cup of coffee at a time.
But wait, you ask, what about all those empty plastic Keurig cups that are killing our fish and destroying our oceans?
No worries, I reply, I use only the reusable, recyclable cups.  How use can I brew Strictly Organic in my Keurig?

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Fruit Loop Tour 2016

Last week, we took our “Fruit Loop Tour” among the orchard and alpaca farms in the Hood River Valley.  Great trip!
Here’s some of the highlights:

This is the view from our hotel room at the West Cliff Inn.

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