Best Wishes from Ontario, Canada.

Hi. I have participated here in the past, although I am unsure if its been two or three years. I've sent some packages and hope to do the same again this year. I'm not very good with intros or things, so I'll just jump right into my wishlist:

1. Tried and True Recipes: I'm in a rut and need some help expanding the culinary aspect of my life. I'd especially love recipes that go with tea, or which are made with tea (like cookies made with tea infusions, tea and spice rubs, tea flavoured anything). I'm also open to Great Grandma's recipes for those coloured pinwheel sandwiches, if you have that one. Posted here is fine, but mailed to me on a recipe card would certainly make my day!

2. My friend published her first book here:http://xoxopublishing.com/shop-online/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=42&products_id=6 It's an ebook. I'd love to see her make a few sales as I am really excited for her.

3. I have another friend who collects post cards. I'd love to bombard her with postcards from all over this holiday season! She loves learning about new places. http://www.postcrossing.com/user/ladyb If you are not part of PostCrossing, you can send them to me and I will forward them to her.

4. I'm looking for a full face CPAP mask. They are just so expensive around here and I only use a full mask when I have a cold. If you have one you are not using, please concider me. Thanks!

5. Fly Fusion pen ink refills (not Fly 1.0) . I don't care what colour they are. They are just hard to find.

6. Newspaper or magazines (Clippings or full copies) with Alan Rickman articles or interviews. I'm a HUGE fan and these would be great! In fact, anything with him in it would be great.

7. Make a donation to your local Food Bank. The ones around me are struggling this year and I know far too many people who need help.

8. Make a donation to your local pet shelter. Time, money, items they need would all be welcome.

9. Make a donation to your local hospital of personal care items. I spent eight weeks in the hospital this year, and learned that many people don't have the basic care items when they are admitted. Nurses tend to bring them in themselves. You might want to call your hospital and see what items they need the most. It could be hand lotion, shampoo or even books. Check ICU or Intensive Care too. Little luxuries for the patients there are more than welcome!

10. Pay It Forward. If you get a gift from someone here - or anywhere - try to give one too. Even something as little as change for the bus, or an old coat to someone who needs one.

Thanks for reading. If you need my mailing address, please contact me at ctaylorsmith at gmail.com with Holiday Wishes in the subject line. I have a PO address in the USA although I live in Canada.
This is a recipe that I created one day and it's become a favorite of mine. It's really simple too!

Turn oven on to 375 degrees.

Ingredients needed:

1pd ground Turkey (i'm sure you could use ground chicken but I like turkey best)
1 can Campbell's cream of chicken soup (I usually use the 98% fat free one but either works!)
Salt
Pepper
Garlic Powder
Basil Flakes
Couple handfuls of shredded cheese of your choice
Olive Oil
About 1-2 cups of pasta. It depends on the size of the pasta to how much you want to cook.

1) Put the pasta on to boil with a handful of Salt.
2) When that is almost done start to brown the turkey in about 2 tablespoons of Oil
3) Season with salt, pepper & garlic powder
4) Once the turkey is browned add the chicken soup and then season again with salt, pepper, garlic powder and the basil.
5) drain and add pasta mixing so the pasta is covered in soup
6) Put enough of the mixture in the bottom of an 8x8 pan to cover it, layer some shredded cheese and then put the rest of the mixture in and cover the top with cheese.
7) Put in the oven for about 5 minutes, just enough to melt the cheese.

I hope you enjoy!!
Shortbread for tea
Rosemary Pine Nut Shortbread

2 cups white whole-wheat flour (or unbleached all-purpose flour)
scant teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup (natural cane) sugar
zest of one lemon
2/3 cup pine nuts, toasted and loosely chopped
1 1/4 teaspoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
Combine flour and salt in a small bowl and whisk to combine.
In a separate large bowl or stand mixer cream the butter until light and fluffy. Add the sugar and lemon zest and mix again, then add the flour mixture, nuts, and rosemary and mix until the dough goes just past the crumbly stage, and begins to really clump together (you don't want to over mix it, but under mixing will make the dough seem a bit dry, which can make it more difficult to handle). Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface. Knead the dough just once or twice to bring it together, then divide it into a ball and flatten into a disk 1 inch thick. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350F degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper of a Silpat mat. Roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut into whatever shapes you desire, and place on the prepared baking sheet. Sometimes I chill the dough in the freezer for another 10 minutes, it seems to help the cookies hold their shape - but you don't have to. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the cookies are beginning to brown on the bottom. The baking time will vary depending on the size of the cookies, taking less time for smaller cookies.

Hubby and I are planning to donate food and although we won't be donating directly to the shelter, we will be adopting an older dog after the holiday season.

Please email me at opalaggie@gmail.com--I'd like to mail a postcard for your friend.
Holiday Wishes!!
Give me a name & address and I will ship your friends a post card.. my addy is neonrose5 at gmail.com

8. Make a donation to your local pet shelter. Time, money, items they need would all be welcome.
My SO & I will be getting a 'returned' Christmas present in the new year.. I'm sure one less dog on their hands will help :)
Just donated to the Food Bank and will probably do so again before the end of the year. And, all of our pets are rescue pets.

Happy Holidays!