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Random Advice Needed [Nov. 20th, 2007|05:26 pm]
I know it's early to be thinking about this, but I don't like ham. I'm wondering what I should make for Christmas? Roast is harder than I thought and I'm not sure everyone likes it. I could do turkey, or multiple chickens. What are considered Christmas classics? I'll have 9.5 people to feed (I count as .5). Wouldn't 3 stuffed whole chickens be yummy? I make great chicken. I could fit all of that in my oven. I also could ask someone else to bring a side dish, and Bel will be with me, so maybe she'll be willing to use one of her amazing recipes and do one of our Christmas dishes. I shall beg her.

I also have a beauty crisis! My skin is peeling like crazy on my face. It looks terrible and hurt! It's like wind chapped. Could this be due to a vitamin shortage or not eating enough? Advice on how to treat it? I just used tinted moisturizer today and still my face looks gross.

In other news, I'm thinking on staple I really need for my wardrobe is non-wrinkling (Jersey) wrap dresses that go to just above the knee. Those pack really well.

I also need shoes and bras that fit, as well as pantyhose.

I agree with Craig on the Christmas decorations. I just got my Cat Genie refund, so that gives me a few hundred dollars for holiday decorations. That is plenty to be super festive!

In more random stuff, I'm ashamed to admit it, but it would delight be beyond belief to get the Felicity series on DVD. I'm a Noel fan for sure. Those Mac lovers are sexy.

[User Picture]From: mattstratton
2007-11-21 01:45 am (UTC)
What are considered Christmas classics?


Every year my stepfather tries to convince my mom to roast a goose. And every year she tells him to piss off :)
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-11-21 01:47 am (UTC)
I wasn't thinking that far back of a classic. I don't believe I'd like goose.
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[User Picture]From: dorei
2007-11-21 02:07 am (UTC)
Prime rib is a good choice, as is leg of lamb. Cornish game hen is another standby.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-11-21 01:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, I also don't like prime rib. It's really fatty. My main issue is I hate fatty meats.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-11-21 02:41 am (UTC)
Good point! My nails on my right hand actually all broke off this week. I have to get to the drug store anyhow tonight, so I'll try that.

I could make ham, I just don't really like eating it.
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[User Picture]From: shonao
2007-11-21 04:48 am (UTC)
My skin peels every year, twice a year...when the weather goes from warm to cold and then when it goes back.
It is horrible...toes, face, feet, hands...blech!

I use a vitamin E infused lotion, and it helps. Unfortunately, mine is also linked to a skin condition, so it only does soooo much for me. Never clears it all up. It's part of why I virtually never wear makeup. It accentuates the fact that I'm molting ;)
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-11-21 01:17 pm (UTC)
I'm only peeling on the face, luckily, so I can't blame the weather for this one. I am worried about my physical state because I'm sick, my hair is limp, my nails are broken, my skin is peeling, and I'm 7lbs under my goal weight today. I'm also freezing cold and very lethargic. I may need to suppliment with more protein shakes until I'm feeling and looking a bit better.
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[User Picture]From: novemberstorms
2007-11-21 06:17 am (UTC)
I can answer the beauty one...exfoliate and moisturize. Clinique is in gift at Nordstrom if you haven't tried their 'yellow lotion'...Dramatically Different Moisture Lotion. It's 15-40 bucks depending on the size. Try their 7-day scrub to exfoliate all the dry dead skin off...polish & moisturize. Skin exfoliates at different rates, there is 28 layers in skin, to it's important to exfoliate to be smooth, especially if you are using a foundation or tinted moisturizer, it will stick to the dead skin. If you don't want to spend any money, I would try L'Oreal.

Roasts are easy if you use Reynolds roasting bags. Christmas is a special meal at our house. Look into seafood, maybe? A prime rib is not as hard as you think. Google easy holiday meals.


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[User Picture]From: boringgirl
2007-11-21 07:38 am (UTC)
Is it just ham that you don't like? What about other pork products? You could maybe do a pork roast or something like that. I dont think there are any hard and fast rules as long as the food is good and everyone will like it!
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[User Picture]From: meeshaphrenic
2007-11-21 11:39 am (UTC)
i did emeril's cranberry glazed turkey breast last year, it was AMAZING and not that difficult. turkey breasts are a lot easier than trying to cook the whole bird, especially considering i'd never done it (successfully) before. it fed 6 people (we had a lot of sides though) but you might want to get two if you do it. here's the recipe, the brine is key so you'd want to get started on it tonight. http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,1977,FOOD_9936_29111,00.html

as for the skin thing, i'm having the same problem. it started after a stomach bug though (and weather change--i wonder if i'm forgetting the water b/c it's not warm anymore) and is starting to improve now that i'm rehydrating. my lips are the biggest indicator that i'm dehydrated, but i will get dry skin before my lips get really chapped.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-11-21 01:20 pm (UTC)
Oh YUM! That recipe looks so good. I'm actually not cooking for Thanksgiving, but thought I would ask now so I can try it in advance of Christmas.

I could never use my lips as an indicator because of my unnatural use of lipgloss. My entire body could dry out and my lips would still be soft. I upped the water yesterday, and have been doing better about getting in more, so it isn't the most likely suspect. I wonder if I'm malabsorbing more or possibly undereating lately. I've lost even more weight (not stabalized) and I'm not physically look or feeling very healthy at the moment.
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[User Picture]From: nadalia
2007-11-21 02:38 pm (UTC)
I think the chickens are a lovely idea. Since it's just me and Wolfie for Thanksgiving we're doing cornish game hens (we call them baby chickens *giggle*).

I had a lot of dry skin issues on my face and have been using Lush's Celestial face lotion in the mornings and it is doing a great job of moisturizing without making my skin oily.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-11-21 02:45 pm (UTC)
I should try making a cornish game hen for Craig and I (i couldn't eat a whole one). I love lush, but have never tried the Celestial face lotion.
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[User Picture]From: christabel
2007-11-21 03:44 pm (UTC)
Seriously, after the magic I worked on that worthless rump roast Sunday do you have any fears? I think folks tend to get chicken/turkeyed out this time of the year so I say something entirely different! A better beef or pork roast ( I make a mean stuffed pork loin)or maybe even something like a really good salmon and some shrimp on the side? If you really want to do something fowl (HA!!!!) why not some chicken cordon bleu? I make that from scratch and damn is is decadent! We'll talk. I have no problem helping you whip up an amazing and memorable Christmas dinner! <3
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[User Picture]From: ebullientjenn
2007-11-21 03:57 pm (UTC)
I totally want to learn to cook like you. Did you study or is it just practice and a love of doing it?

My dad always makes an awesome Rosemary Leg of Lamb with onions and orzu for Christmas. Damn is that good. Does the thing where he puts garlic cloves in slits all over the leg. Then he puts onions in the pan below and a little water so they steam and make the lamb oniony. Then when it's done, he mixes tomato paste with the oniony pan drippings and then throws cooked orzo in the pan. Oof. So nummy.
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[User Picture]From: ebullientjenn
2007-11-21 03:54 pm (UTC)
I adore the jersey wrap dresses! I have two! Surprisingly, Wal-Mart has great ones! I love mine. I could probably even buy a medium now. Hmm.. perhaps I need a christmas dress.

OH and I saw the Jo-Ann circular. Looks like all their Christmas decorations are 50% off, 100 lights for like $2.88?
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-11-21 06:10 pm (UTC)
I will have to check out the Walmart. I bet I need a size M or so. Maybe I can get it online.
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[User Picture]From: vivaine666
2007-11-21 05:39 pm (UTC)
If you get the Felicity series on dvd I expect you to invite you sister over to watch with you.

Looking at the suggestions made by others for x-mas dinner. I've always found lamb very fatty, so I don't think that would be a good option. Fish, on the other hand, sounds awesome! And there are so many different kinds of fish and ways of preparing it! Chicken is nice too, but rather "every day". But then I do like stuff that's "different".
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-11-21 06:10 pm (UTC)
Some of us also don't like fish. Me being one of them. I'm into the 2 turkey breast idea even though it is like Thanksgiving, the sides will be different.
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[User Picture]From: puppie
2007-11-21 06:17 pm (UTC)
YES! on the jersey dresses! Throw a jacket on over that and you're professional!

Ooooh, I didn't know the Felicity series has been released all together on DVD. That'll go on my "someday I will have" list.

As far as chapped skin, I think vitamin E certainly couldn't hurt. And flaxseed oil, with all of its omega-3's, should definitely help. When I make smoothies I put a teaspoon of flaxseed oil in there, it's yummy. (Just make sure if you buy it in oil form that you keep it in the fridge, otherwise it'll spoil.)

On skin that chapped, I probably wouldn't exfoliate. If it was me, I'd probably smear my face with Cortaid, to tell you the truth. Or maybe something designed for excema (sp?), if there are creams for that available over the counter. Skip right over regular moisturizers and go straight for the medicated cream.
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[User Picture]From: thought1
2007-11-22 01:16 am (UTC)
Which begs the question: Why in the #$%^ did she give her virginity to that art guy and not him??? Stupid girl...
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[User Picture]From: kanderson321
2007-11-22 04:03 am (UTC)

We do non-traditional stuff

Lasagne, or enchiladas.

This year, it'll be enchiladas and tamales for Christmas.

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[User Picture]From: gonzy317
2007-11-26 03:41 pm (UTC)
I know I'm a bit late chiming in on this one, but my mom always did seafood for xmas: crab legs, shrimp, etc. My grandfather was in Hawaii during pearl harbor (on the USS California) and he came back with an insane love of seafood. It was AWESOME! My mom also always made a bird (usually turkey, just like thanksgiving) but I get birded out. Maybe its time for us to do less bird, more sea insects... ;)
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-11-26 05:26 pm (UTC)
Yum, but no way I can afford that this year. I now have 12 people to feed.
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