Hooray for the holidays!

Hello everyone, and happy approaching holidays! My name is Leena, I'm a 21-year-old university student from Northern Finland, and I've been participating since 2004. I absolutely love this community – I've had so much fun and encountered so many wonderful people over the past years, and I expect this year to be just as good! :) So, here's my little list for this year:

1. Holiday cards/tourist postcards from where you live. I just love these. If you'd like to include a little about yourself, things you like, what it's like where you live, something that makes you laugh/happy/grateful/whatever, even better!

2. Recipes for desserts and vegetarian food. (Dairy and eggs are completely OK!) I've received so many brilliant ones over the years, but you can never have too many!

3. Tea or coffee. Again, I love how many wonderful exotic varieties I've received every Christmas!

4. Knitting yarn. If you have a leftover half a ball of yarn from a knitting project lying around, I'd be extremely happy to receive it and turn it into mittens or socks or something.

5. Used books or magazines. Books are brilliant. I'd appreciate any interesting second-hand paperbacks you want to get rid of (impressive, entertaining, historical, contemporary, funny, serious, whatever). I also love women's and teen magazines (especially old ones!). In addition to English, I would happily welcome ones in Finnish, Swedish, Spanish, or French. I totally wouldn't mind if they were tattered – just any you have lying around!

6. Pencils, pens and erasers. I seem to go through them rather quickly during classes. Things like promotional pens for random companies would be excellent, or touristy ones promoting the place where you live!

7. Donate to a charity. If you can, support a worthwhile cause of your choice – donate money, stuff, your time, whatever.

8. Finally, as Neil Young sings in one of his songs, "a little love and affection in everything you do will make the world a better place with or without you". I think that is a wonderful piece of wisdom to live by, and I intend to actively try and incorporate it into my life a bit more. My wish is to inspire others to do the same – I'm sure we could all use a bit more love and affection in our lives!

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If you wish to contact me, my e-mail address is leende at gmail dot com – I hope to be able to grant some of your wishes in return. Thank you, much love, and, once again, happy holidays!
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I can totally do 1 and 3 (maybe 5, depending on postage :)
Thank you! <3 I know what a pain postage can be – you have no reason to feel bad if you don't want to spend an awful lot for merely sending stuff. The fact alone that you thought of sending me something totally warms my heart! :)
Okay i gotta share one of the best holiday recipes. It was given to me by my best friend, and I made them last year and my neighbors went NUTS... I'm having my mother-in-law and daughter make them together this year... so looking forward to it...

Scotcharoos

Ingredients:

Bars
1 Cup granulated Sugar
1 Cup Light Karo syrup
1 1/2 Cup peanut butter (smooth)
7 Cups special K cereal
2 tsp Vanilla

Frosting
6 oz Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
2 Cups butterscotch chips

Directions:

Spray 9X13 pan with Pam cooking Spray
In a large pot Bring sugar and syrup to boil
Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter, vanilla and cereal until well coated.
Spread mixture in 9x13 pan. (spray piece of wax paper with Pam and lay over bars to press them flat, remove wax paper before frosting!)

Frosting
Melt chips in Microwave and spread on top.
Let set, then cut into bars


here's the easiest way to do it.

have some parchment paper and instead of just putting it in a 9X13 pan, line the pan with parchment paper and make sure it comes up over the edge. Once their baked and the frosting has been put on and they've cooled off just lift the entire thing out of the pan by the excess parchment.

That way they're so much easier to cut into bars...just use a large knife and you don't have to fight with the pan.
I'm adding you to my card list. :) Emailing for address now.
I'd be happy to send you a postcard from the Philippines. Please email me your address at chachic15 [at] yahoo [dot] com with the subject "Holiday Wishes 09". :) And since you asked, my list is here.
Wow, I've never met anyone from the Philippines! Thank you so much, that's wonderful of you – I'm e-mailing you right now.
my go-to recipie:
A lot of the measurements are approximate -- I only have a 1 cup measuring cup! However, in all the times I've made these muffins, I've never managed to completely muss them up (including the time I accidentally added twice the amount of flour.).

SCRUMPDIDILIUMPTIOUS VEGAN BANANA BREAD MUFFINS!

3-4 bananas
1/3 cup some form of butter substitute (earth balance, margerine, or vegetable oil all work well)
~1 tsp vanilla
~1 tsp baking soda
1 cup sugar
around 2/3 cup applesauce
1 and 1/2 cup flour (add this last)

Makes 12 muffins - if you have them, use muffin liners. Makes life happy! Bake in the oven for around 45 minutes at around 350. Again, approximate - I live in a college dorm that has three different ovens with completely different temperaments. When a toothpick comes out clean, they're done :)

Hope you enjoy! I love these; they tend to disappear quickly when left out in common spaces.

Have a wonderful day!
Re: my go-to recipie:
This sounds absolutely delicious! I love using banana in baking :) Thank you so much & happy holidays!
I would love to send you some things. Do you have any favorite colors?

nyakyuna@gmx.de
Thank you SO much! <3 I seem to gravitate towards orange, yellow and green a lot, but I don't really have any colours I particularly dislike :)
I have a lot of yarn that belonged to my mother, and I don't knit or crochet, so I can send you some (need to check how much postage will cost to determine how much I actually can send you...)

Will you send me an email at enui(dot)iune(at)gmail(dot)com with a link to this wishlist and your address?
I can send you a touristy postcard from my city! Would you mind sending me your address?

snoopdawg @ livejournal. com

Thanks :)