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The Wassail Bowl

VIRGIN WASSAIL BOWL

– 1 cup brown sugar
– 12 whole cloves
– 2 Tbsp (or more) ground cinnamon
– 2 lemons, sliced thin
– 2 oranges, sliced thin
– 1 apple, sliced thin
– 1 gallon sweet cider
– 1 pint 7-Up or ginger ale

Make syrup of brown sugar and 1 cup water; add cloves and cinnamon.
Simmer for 10 minutes; add fruit. Simmer for 10 minutes longer with
cider; do not boil. Add 7-Up just before serving. Serve in mugs with
cinnamon stick. Yield: 20 servings.

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Christmas Sugar

Your kids will enjoy helping with this recipe – and they’ll be more than happy to eat the product of their labors afterwards. This is a great item for a kids’ Christmas party, as well.

Ingredients:

15-20 large marshmallows
6 oz. semisweet chocolate
red and green sugars
waxed paper
toothpicks
cookie sheet or platter

Preparation:

Place a piece of waxed paper on cookie sheet or platter. Stick a toothpick into each marshmallow.

Heat the chocolate in a double boiler (or a smaller saucepan placed inside a larger saucepan of water if you don’t have a double boiler) until melted. Take each marshmallow by the stick and dip in chocolate. Then pass it off to a kid who will then thoroughly roll it in red or green sugar.

Put the marshmallows on the cookie sheet and place in the refrigerator for about 4 hours.

Sliced bananas or other fruit of your choice may be substituted for the marshmallows.

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There’s an old quip that mens’ ties get wider and louder when economic times are hard. I haven’t paid enough attention to the widths of ties to offer any sort of educated opinion on that, outside of the fact that thin ties were the norm during the post-WWII prosperity of the 1950s, and they were obnoxiously wide and colorful in the energy crisis of the 70s.

What does this have to do with New Year’s parties, you might ask? Well, I was just wondering if New Year’s parties are more swanky (ostentatious) and spendy (larcenous) this year than in years with less “economic stress.” Because there are some doozies in the Emerald City, this year…

So, without much more ado, here are the top five New Year’s parties for 2007-08, according to clubzone.com. Me, I’d never dream of paying the $350 V.I.P. admission just to drive the porcelain bus in the executive bathroom of Paul Allen’s “Blue Lounge” at the Experience Music Project. Or even the $59 to do same in the public john. But that’s just me, and I’m just a country boy at heart.

indulge1.) “Indulgence” 6th annual New Year’s Eve party @ Experience Music Project, 325 5TH AVE N, Seattle


In the room the women come and go, talking of Michelangelo2.) Aion Costume Ball, an Iosis Art Party and Body Systems Dark, Capitol Hill Arts Center Upper Level, 1621 12th Ave, Seattle WA.


Forward!3.)“Forward 2008,” See Sound Lounge 115 Blanchard, Seattle WA


Onwards and Upwards in the New Year!4.) New Year’s Nation, Glo@Ibiza, 528 2nd Avenue, Seattle WA


Captain Kiiiiirk…let’s partyyyyyyyy…..5.) BLOG PICKScience Friction, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center Seattle WA, 4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle WA

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A little slow on the uptake for this one – my apologies.

  • When: 3:30 PM
  • What: Stories, ornament-making, refreshments and more.
  • Cost: Free

For more information: 360-988-2501

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  • When: Friday, Dec. 21, 3:30 PM; Puppet Show at 4:30
  • What: Decorate cookies, make ornaments and see “Troll Trouble,” a puppet show. (puppet show at 4:30)
  • Cost: Free

For more information: 360-384-3647

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  • When: Saturday, Dec. 15, 1:00 PM
  • What: Make Christmas tree ornaments and see “Troll Trouble,” a traditional Norwegian hand-puppet show.
  • Cost: Free

For more information:

A Norwegian Troll

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Cranberry Punch Recipe:

  • 2 cans frozen cranberry juice, prepared*
  • 1 can frozen orange juice, prepared*
  • 2 16 fluid ounce bottles of ginger ale or lemon-lime soda
  • Add fresh or frozen cranberries and oranges slices

Combine liquids, add cranberries and sliced oranges.

For an alcohol based version: add gin or vodka.

*or equivalent bottled juice

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