Happy Holidays!!

Hello everyone! I'm Laura! Every year when this community starts up, I just get so excited for the holidays! This is my 2nd, or is it 3rd?, year participating and I can't wait to send some cards and other gifts!! I'm a soon to be 20 year old sophomore in college (December 3rd is my birthday! can't wait!!). I'm an English major with a minor in secondary education.

This year's list:
  1. Tea/Coffee; I love tea and I love coffee and it's just super convenient for me to make it in my dorm room rather than go to a cafe and buy it there. I like any kind of coffee (instant or not) and as for teas, bring 'em on, just not mint. My ex-boyfriend loved mint and since he's an ex now it makes me nostalgic when I smell it.
  2. Glitter; Oh, glitter, the herpes of the craft supply world. While I have glitter in my carpeting, I have none that is usable. If you could send me any kind, that would be fabulous. Just pour it into an envelope and mail it, thanks!
  3. Clothing/Accessories from Roehampton University; I attend the college I do now because they had an exchange program with Roehampton. Wouldn't ya know it, they decided to change the exchange program and now they send kids to London.. I just like the name Roehampton, I guess. If you send clothing, I'm a size small or medium. When in doubt, bigger is better. I would adore a hoodie.
  4. Knee socks; It gets mighty cold in these parts, and I have 3 older pair of knee socks, but I doubt they'll make it through this winter. I love bright colors and patterns but I'll accept anything!! My feet are a size 7.
  5. Dexter season 1-3; My roommate has me addicted to the show! It's so creepy good!
  6. Photos; I love photography. Anything and every subject. Any size. Color or black and white. I received a dozen or so photos last holiday season and those are being displayed on my bedroom wall. I would love to add to my collection.
  7. Recipes; I cook all the time and I'd love to expand on my small recipe collection. I don't have any allergies so please, anything.
  8. Spread holiday cheer!; Smile at strangers, say 'Thank You' to cashiers, donate your time/money/energy to a good cause!
Thank you! :)

Ms Milanak
Box 994
Westminster College
New Wilmington, PA 16172

Happy Holidays everyone!

One last note: If you link me to your list I'll see if I can help you out! :)
Would it be possible to get your email address? I have some recipes I can send.
Coffee recipes :)
Spiced Coffee

10 tablespoon ground coffee
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Combine all ingredients in a jar.

Instructions for making: as normal instant coffee. Best with cream instead of milk but good with milk too!
Can (and should) be doubled/multiplied for gifts.

Mediterranean Coffee

3 tbsp ground or instant coffee
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cocoa powder
1 tsp anise seed (whole; cut amount for ground)
1 pinch dried orange peel pieces

Combine all ingredients in a jar.

Make as normal instant coffee; strain if you prefer. Makes 2 cups, should be multiplied for gifts.

Sweet fennel coffee

3 tbsp ground or instant coffee
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 broken cinnamon sticks
6 crushed fennel seeds

Make as normal; straining is a good idea. Makes 2 cups, should be multiplied for gifts.

And a different recipe:

Italian sausage and lentils

2 cups Puy lentils
2 large carrots, sliced
1 large sweet onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 bay leaves
1-2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper
2 good pork sausages per person

Saute onion, garlic and carrots in olive oil till golden. Stir in the lentils and bay leaves and cover in about an inch of water. Bring to the boil and then simmer till the lentils are tender (~30 minutes). Meanwhile roast the sausages till brown. Pile the sausages on top of the lentils and serve with crusty bread.
I can send you photos. Most recently, I went to OC, MD, and got some great ocean pictures. :)

Would you like vintage photos also? I love yard sales/flea markets to buy "instant relatives". I don't know who the people are but they have neat clothes!
I love photos of all kinds! Vintage photos = yes!! It makes my day when I find an old photo in a library book. I have a collection of those "found" photos as well. :)
My personal favorites!! Enjoy!!

Pumpkin Rolls


1 cup milk
1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
2 teaspoons salt
1 (0.6 ounce) cake compressed fresh yeast
5 cups bread flour

Warm the milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles, then remove from heat. Let cool until lukewarm.

In a large bowl, combine milk, pumpkin, sugar, butter, salt, yeast and 2 cups flour; stir well to combine. Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.

Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

Divide the dough into four equal pieces, divide each of these pieces into four pieces and then divide each of these 16 pieces in half to make 32 pieces. Form each piece into a round and place on lightly greased baking sheets. Cover the rolls with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees
Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
Makes about 32 rolls.

Angel Chicken

1 8-ounce package fresh button mushrooms, quartered
1 6-ounce package fresh mushrooms, stems removed, caps sliced
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 1-1/2pounds)
1/4 cup butter
1 0.7-ounce package Italian dry salad dressing mix
1 10 3/4-ounce can condensed golden mushroom soup
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 of an 8-ounce tub cream cheese spread with chives and onion
Hot cooked rice or angel hair pasta
Snipped fresh chives (optional)

Combine mushrooms in a 3-1/2 or 4-quart slow cooker; top with chicken breast. Melt butter in a medium saucepan; stir in Italian dressing mix. Stir in mushroom soup, white wine, and cream cheese until melted; pour over chicken.

Cover; cook on low-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours.
Serve chicken and sauce over cooked rice.

Sprinkle with chives, if desired.
Makes 4 servings

I'd love to send you something. Would you prefer to receive it now? Or closer to Christmas?
I have an abundance of tea to share. Can you drop me a line at dakotawitch @ gmail dot com with "Holiday Wishes: Tea (no mint)" in the Subject and your addy in the body? (I know your addy's here, but it's just easier to have all my addys in my email account.)
i want to fufill a wish of yours can you please email a link to your wishlist and your address to janeknox01@hotmail.com

I'll be sending tea and photos ('cuz Imma photographer, after all), and I can honestly say that I'm one of those peppy people who are terminally kind to cashiers, waitstaff, and anyone stuck behind a counter. :)

I have a recipe for you....if you like corn that is.

Corn Casserole

1 egg
1 stick of butter
1 can of cream corn
1 can of regular corn
1 box of Jiffy cornbread mix
6 oz of sour cream

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients in an oven safe dish. Stick in the oven for about an hour. It's done when you stick a knife in it and it comes out clean.

Hope you enjoy it :)