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It was a very generous Christmas this year, filled with delights. Here are a few lovelies that I received.
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My old food processor was held together by super glue and sheer will. It leaked out both sides and puffed flour like something from Willy Wonka's factory. I'm besotted by my new one and love the little paddles in the front, simply on and pulse off. I've used it almost every day since it came out of the box.
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I've been a vegetarian for over fifteen years and partly due to Mollie Katzen's Moosewood Cookbooks. Her new book is full of simple, clean recipes.  The spicy sesame green beans were extremely craveworthy. The Heart of the Plate is a new fav.
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I got two of these cheery red oven mitts. My old ones had holes in them.... ouch!

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My awesome artist friend Annie Rugyt gave me a lovely bottle of Pearlescent moss colored ink. So when my bestie Julie sent me a gift card for Art Supply Warehouse I replenished my set with new bottles of silver, gold, copper, teal and blue. I also received a set of antique dip pen nibs from my friend, photographer Peter Bryenton. I am so lucky to have such wonderful friends.
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My hub bought me a new pair of Dahle Super Shears, the best scissors on the planet. They are a luxury. Keep the diamonds and furs, I'll take art supplies any day.  And I bet you would too.
So, my friend, what delights you?
Best thoughts,
Marilyn.
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May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness.
I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful,
and don’t forget to make some art —
write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can
And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.

~ Neil Gaiman.
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On January 5th, 2014 02:41 pm (UTC), muninnhuginn commented:
Lovely gifts. I did for the moment think the inks were nail varnish: they're lovely colours for either.

I agree that good tools, supplies and inspiration are the best gifts. I got some of all of these, but the good fortune of fixing up my Kenwood Chef in time to make rum butter, mince pies and a non-Xmas cake was the best gift of all.
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