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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…November 21st-27th 2021…Environmental A-Z, Recipes for “Cheese and Chard Pie”, the Yule Lads, Music and Snow Globes…

My environmental A-Z,  Cheese and Chard Pie with filo pastry  …The Yule Lads, Christmas Music by Bing Crosby and Sir Rod Stewart and more …Oh Yes!, so much more!

I cannot believe we are nearing the end of November …Have you made puddings and cake, pickled your pickles all ready for the festive jolly on the 25th it’s only 27 sleeps…Jeez, that crept up…

Welcome to my weekly roundup...This week last week has bee n a little colder in the mornings and darker but the days have been warmer the chillies are ripening well and the bananas are plenteous so lots of banana milkshakes, banana bread and this week I will be making some banana Appam…

My week started with some Christmas Cocktails…plus Limoncello which is a beautiful addition to many a cocktail…also some homemade Irish Cream and the many variations… all delicious

Christmas Recipes…Naga Vodka Bloody Mary…Cocktails anyone?

Christmas, New year, family and friends get-togethers/reunions so many social occasions where the food and drinks flow and I don’t know about you but Covid has wreaked havoc on my waistline and with the festive season coming up…I need to pace myself otherwise nought will button up come the New Year although if covid and this new strain has its way then there will be no get-togethers again and that also gives rise to snacking as compensation…Either way my waistline needs some help and a few good tips will come in handy…

If you too just need a few tips then head over and have a read on how to balance your eating and plan for social events…

Christmas and Holidays…How to balance your eating…Plan for social events…

It was then time for my bi-weekly post …The Environmental A-Z which this week was the letter V…#Vinyl Chloride, Vapor Intrusion and VOC’S…

A trio of nasties to be honest some of which we can avoid…

The Environmental A-Z…the letter V…#Vinyl Chloride, Vapor Intrusion and VOC’S…

Every Christmas I bring out and update my favourite Christmas posts… The naughty boys and their scary mother are one of them…What fun…We all love to regale our children and grandchildren with tales from Christmas past…most real, some imagined and we all…Come On…Admit it!

We have all stooped to bribery, corruption or just plain tall tales to make the kiddie winks BEHAVE!

Forget boring advent calendars…these 13 naughty boys known as the  “Yule Lads” can wreak some havoc…BUT I love them and they will make enthralling tales for the kids or grandkids…

Head over and join the lads.. Spoon- Licker is tall and thin. He steals unwashed spoons, which he licks clean.  and Door- Slammer well as the name implies…    Slams doors that are kept ajar at night, keeping people awake and their brothers are waiting for you…

The 13 Trolls of Christmas…The Yule Lads!

If you have vegetarians in your family or are like me love a meat-free day or two each week then this delicious pie fits the bill..it is cheesy and flaky…

Meat-eaters and non-meat eaters will just love it!

CarolCooks2…Today’s recipe from my kitchen…Cheese and chard pie with preserved Lemons…

Saturday Snippets… where my muse picks a word prompt for me ..it is fun and informative plus for the next few weeks with be a little festive…Yesterdays word prompt was “Snow”

I know some of you are experiencing the white stuff already some of us are hoping for a “White Christmas” and others of us will be having a warmer Christmas which is not really like the Christmasses I can remember as a child…where we sat in front of a roaring fire and toasted crumpets…drank hot chocolate and as I grew old it morphed into mulled wine…or egg nog…sigh…

Head over and see what else the word “Snow” had a connection with…like the beautiful snow leopard or snow globes, there were some fascinating finds plus music and there has to be music…

Saturday Snippets 27th November 2021…Snow!

Thank you for joining me today I hope you have enjoyed the catchup…I look forward to your comments as always…Have an enjoyable Sunday, stay safe from this new virulent covid strain…I hope you will join me again next week I am always pleased to see you XX

 

 

 

 

The 13 Trolls of Christmas… aka ” The Yule Lads”!

 

Every Christmas I bring out and update my favourite Christmas posts… The naughty boys and their scary mother are one of them…What fun…We all love to regale our children and grandchildren with tales from Christmas past…most real, some imagined and we all…Come On…Admit it!

We have all stooped to bribery, corruption or just plain tall tales to make the kiddie winks BEHAVE!

Forget boring advent calendars…

Icelandic parents enthral their children (and scare) them into being good with tales of the Ogress living in the Icelandic mountains.

She is one scary Mumma, described as half-troll/animal and the mother of 13 naughty boys known as the  “Yule Lads”. Grýla lives in the mountains with her husband, her thirteen children and a black cat.

And that cat is pretty scary too…

Old Icelandic folklore states that every Icelander must receive a new piece of clothing for Christmas or they will find themselves in mortal danger. An enormous black cat prowls Iceland on Christmas Eve and eats anyone who doesn’t follow this simple rule. This obnoxious feline is known as the Christmas Cat.

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The legend goes that every Christmas, Grýla and her sons come down from the mountains: Grýla in search of naughty children to boil in her cauldron and the boys in search of mischief. She can only capture children who misbehave but those who say sorry must be released.

Wow….that story will get the kiddies hiding under the bed covers.

The husband is not as wicked as her…  but a  bone-idle,  lazy slob.

The boys aka “The Yule” lads are naughty and mischievous and have wonderful names…Oh, what stories you could weave….and what fun you could inject into your stories.

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And what funny names they have.. Spoon- Licker is tall and thin. He steals unwashed spoons, which he licks clean.  and Door- Slammer well as the name implies…    Slams doors that are kept ajar at night, keeping people awake.

Icelandic children place a shoe in their bedroom window each evening in the 13 days before Christmas. Every night one Yuletide lad visits, leaving sweets and small gifts or rotting potatoes(Yuk), depending on how a  child has behaved on that day.

I think It’s much better than a boring advent calendar, just think of the tales you can weave and what fun you and the kids could have and such a cool way to keep the little darlings in check.

How about  Sausage -swiper he hides in the rafters to snatch sausages which are hung up for smoking.

Nothing is safe from these wicked boys…

What tales do you tell your children?

I was really lucky…because my youngest believed in Santa Claus until she was about 13 years old…she was much ridiculed by her peers but stood her ground and insisted that she had seen Santa.

Well, she had….She was 3 yrs old and one of my son’s friends asked if he could ( while dressed) up as Santa take a little present upstairs and put it in Laurens stocking.

He was told by me in no uncertain terms ” Do NOT wake her up”

Well, she did wake up..but the clever boy put his fingers to his lips and told her to shhhhhh and go back to sleep or I can’t leave your presents.

Which she did, from that Christmas onwards for many years she was insistent to all and sundry when they laughed and told her Santa didn’t exist…..That she knew he did because she had seen him…so thank you, Adam.for keeping a little girls dreams alive!

I wish I had known about the 13 trolls though…x

Thank you for joining me today as always I look forward to your comments x