Silent Night. Holy Night.

Thursday Thirteen:

13 ingredients used to make the goodies pictured below.
  1. almond extract
  2. AP flour
  3. baking powder
  4. brown sugar
  5. chocolate chips
  6. coloured sprinkles
  7. cream cheese
  8. Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla
  9. peanut butter
  10. powdered sugar
  11. pumpkin
  12. shortening
  13. white sugar



  1. Manger ~
  2. Yule ~
  3. Noel ~
  4. Star ~
  5. King ~
  6. Mary ~
  7. Baby ~
  8. Unto ~
  9. Virgin ~
  10. Joy ~


Meal at the Manor.

Appetizer ~
On a scale of 1 - 10 {ten being the highest} what is your level of Christmas Spirit?

Soup ~
What do you think of the Barenaked Ladies/Sarah McLachlan version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen? {over on the sidebar}

Salad ~
Which of the following best describes your holiday cards: store bought, handmade, online, TBD or MIA?

Entrée ~
Have you ever secretly unwrapped a gift before Christmas?

Dessert ~
Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?

Digestif ~
Have you done all the Christmas shopping you need to do?


Thursday {A Rant} Thirteen:

13 comments from Going Rogue Readers
that have me wondering
if they are reading the same book I am.

  1. Reading your book. Damn fine read. You go girl. Love your ethics. {Ethics? Sarah Palin wouldn't know ethics if they bit her in her skinny non-runner ass.}
  2. Read your book and enjoyed it very much. I learned a lot about Alaska. {Really? You learned a lot about Alaska by reading Sarah's school-girl rant? Interesting. If you really want to learn about Alaska you should go see how breathtaking it is up close and personal. Don't expect to meet Sarah though, she doesn't like Alaska.}
  3. Have to say I am reading Sarah's book and I am seeing why I personally believe in this young lady! I believe she is for the people--Thank you so much--praying for your family! {*Snark alert* Young lady? There is nothing young about her and she is looking older every day. Go check out the newest paparazzi photos which btw she most likely staged.}
  4. I just finished reading your book and I'm passing it on to others. How interesting! You are a great mom, wife, friend, politician, and more. {Great politician? Where have you been? She has quit every office she has held. How is that great?}
  5. I am in the process of reading your book and MOST IMPRESSED! {Impressed, are we? You must mean that you are impressed that Lynn Vincent who actually wrote the book was able to work with Sarah long enough to get something down on paper so that she could get paid and get the hell out of there, right?}
  6. I'm about 1/2 way through your book and like I thought, I'm truly moved by your passion and steadfast devotion to family, community and our great country. {Well look at you. 1/2 way through the book that a 1/2 way governor wrote. How excellent for you. Steadfast devotion to family? The family she uses and parades about while claiming that the media is being unfair about the coverage of said family that she parades about??}
  7. Great Book, Sarah. Loved reading about the family and journey. Looking forward to supporting you in upcoming elections. We need a down-to-earth person who knows what the people want and be willing to stay honest and true and honor our nation. {Sarah knows and cares only about what Sarah wants. If you think otherwise you are drinking the koolaid, my friend.}
  8. Just finished reading the part of your book about being on the campaign trail during 2008 election period. It sounds to me like 'headquarters' was working more for the advancement of Obama than for McCain/Palin. {Yeah. THAT'S what the McCain camp wanted to do, elect President Obama rather than McCain. What are you smoking???}
  9. I'm reading your book and it ROCKS. ;) {You reading the same book I am??}
  10. Sarah, started reading your book this weekend and have to make myself put it down so I can get some sleep. {Wow, seriously? I fall asleep reading it and have found that I need a bottle of wine by my side in order to make the process more palatable.}
  11. Just finished reading your book. I was just amazed at the difference in the true story and the other stories. The truth is always what we need to hear. I know you will do what you feel in your heart is right for America, so go ahead and run for President, no matter what your party is. I know you will go by "what is right for America". {You mean like how she did what was right for Alaska??? P.S. I capitalized the word *America* for you. Way to show respect. }
  12. Read your book, loved it. I think you are a breath of fresh air and love to hear what you have to say about anything. I feel like you are one person that tell the truth. {Truth? Are you kidding me here? What about the out and out lies that the fact checkers have found???}
  13. I see everyone here who read the book say so many wonderful comments on Sarah's writing and style and the way she has lived her life such an enviable exemple. {well duh, it is HER facebook. Of course the majority of the comments will be about how fabulously wonderful she is. *rolling eyes*}

Rant over.
Comments welcome but not necessary.



  1. Advent ~
  2. Spirit ~
  3. North ~
  4. O' ~
  5. Holly ~
  6. Nut ~
  7. Jack ~
  8. Three ~
  9. Rudolph ~
  10. Happy ~


Musical Monday.

There is only one Christmas/Holiday song left on the sidebar. Is there any other song you would like to hear? Leave your requests in the comments section.

Happy Monday!


Meal at the Manor.

Appetizer ~
What is your most favorite thing about the holidays?

Soup ~
What is the colour of Christmas?

Salad ~
What gift would you want most this Christmas?

Entrée ~
Are you enjoying the new song over on the sidebar every day or is enough, enough?

Dessert ~
Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?

Digestif ~
What is your favorite holiday drink?


Thursday Thirteen Presents:

The 12 Days of Christmas
  1. Partridge in a Pear Tree, $159
  2. Two Turtle Doves, $55.98
  3. Three French Hens, $45
  4. Four Calling Birds), $599.96
  5. Five Gold Rings, $499.95
  6. Six Geese a-Laying, $150
  7. Seven Swans a-Swimming, $5,250
  8. Eight Maids a-Milking, $58
  9. Nine Ladies Dancing (per performance), $5,473.07
  10. 10 Lords a-Leaping (per performance), $4,413.61
  11. 11 Pipers Piping (per performance), $2,284.80
  12. 12 Drummers Drumming (per performance), $2,475.20
  13. True cost of the 12 Days of Christmas in 2008 = $21,465.56 or $87,402.81 for the True Love repeating all of the song's verses.



  1. sleigh ~
  2. present ~
  3. sugarplums ~
  4. eggnog ~
  5. snowman ~
  6. noel ~
  7. star ~
  8. yule ~
  9. king ~
  10. season ~


Mistletoe Reason to Drink.

Mistletoe Kiss
- 1 1/2 oz Smirnoff cranberry flavored vodka
- 1 1/2 oz pineapple juice
- 1 oz coconut cream
Garnish: maraschino cherries

Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with maraschino cherries.


Meal at the Manor.

Appetizer ~
Real or Fake? Your Christmas Tree, of course.

Soup ~
Do you need white noise or any noise in order to sleep or do you prefer the room to be as quiet as possible?

Salad ~
Write a sentence using the letters of your favorite beverage.

Entrée ~
Name something in which you don't believe.

Dessert ~
Which shoe do you put on first?

Digestif ~
If you could have a free subscription to any magazine, which one would you like to have?


Thursday Thirteen.

13 Christmas Songs for the Manor.
  1. Anne Murray - Christmas In Killarney
  2. BareNaked Ladies - Elf’s Lament
  3. Bobby Helms - Jingle Bell Rock
  4. Clint Black - Looking for Christmas
  5. Colbie Caillat - Mistletoe
  6. Elmo and Patsy - Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer
  7. Faith McGraw - Where are you Christmas
  8. Mannheim Steamroller – Veni Veni {O Come O Come Emmanuel}
  9. Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmastime
  10. Straight No Chaser - Sweet Little Jesus Boy
  11. Transiberian Orchestra - Christmas Eve in Sarajevo
  12. Twisted Sister - Oh Come All Ye Faithful
  13. Wham! - Last Christmas (I Gave You My Heart)



  1. Santa ~
  2. elves ~
  3. mistletoe ~
  4. white ~
  5. reindeer ~
  6. stockings ~
  7. candy ~
  8. tinsel ~
  9. jingle ~
  10. Scrooge ~