Thursday, December 24, 2020

'twas the night before

 Days are getting longer, do you feel it?  We've passed the winter solstice, so brighter days are a-coming!

I was sitting here potatoing on the futon when the cat perched on our one festive window.  He was all, "Take a pic of me.  Just like this. Come on, I don't have all day"


Earlier this week at work, I came in from one of my two weekly COVID tests (we have to test outside, not sure why) when a couple of front office ladies said, "Oh, there she is!  Hey, we just pulled your name for the Christmas raffle!"

I had a bit of deer-in-the-headlights moment.  I didn't even know there was a Christmas raffle, let alone that my name was in the hat.  But Oh Well!  I was led to an office that had a bit of a hoarder vibe going and told that I could pick from among the piles.

There were various items that I would categorize under "generic Christmas gifty things", mostly food related.  I was eyeing the large green tea assortment, but then considered (1) we are an empty-nester household of two, and (2) I'd ridden my bicycle to work and would have to get my raffle gift home.

I ended up selecting this cute little cast iron pan, complete with brownie mix.  Look how precious:

After opening it up at home and inspecting it further, I noticed it has the added bonus of this memorable year in the casting for all eternity.  

I figure I will make the brownie from the accompanying mix, reminiscent of the Easy Bake Oven I never had as a kid.

Later as I was wasting time on my phone perusing social media for worthwhile inspiration, I happened to come across this photo:

And I thought, "Wouldn't it be nice and practical to have two of these?"

Maybe next year's raffle.


Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

Merry Christmas Abby. It was so nice of your cat to pose for the perfect photo op. It is a gorgeous photo!
As for your pan. I got a set of 4 of these year ago. We used to make s'mores in the house in them. My nieces and nephew would ask for it. Preheat oven to 450 and put the pan in the oven while it's preheating (empty) then remove pan from oven and layer choc chips with a splash of milk/cream in there (I've added butterscotch too w/choc) and put mini marshmallows on top and back/toast the marshmallows. Then break up a graham cracker and use it like a chip and dip into your ooey gooey mess in the pan.
Deconstructed s'mores. My nephew said it was nice he didn't have to share with his sister. I never forgot that because I understood and found it funny.

Abby said...

Peggy, Merry Christmas to you! pan s'mores - good idea! Thanks for the recipe. Now I want 4 :P

ShadowRun300 said...

Merry Christmas Abby! I love your festive window, and the picture of your cat in front of it is perfect.
Congrats on your raffle win! What a cute little gift. And I love the s’mores idea. Now I want one! (Or four)
We haven’t had an awful winter here, (knock on wood) but I’m always glad when the days start getting longer. I didn’t even know we’d past the winter solstice, so you just made my day!

Abby said...

SR300, Merry Christmas! Glad to be your date reminder ;). I am ready for more daylight. Onward to whining about how hot it is in summer!

LL Cool Joe said...

I can think of a view uses for that cast iron pan that don't involve cooking. :D