Hi my name is Catherine and I'm from New York. I just found out about this amazing comm a few days ago. I've browsed a few entries and I'm really excited to find wishes that I can grant. :)

1. Donate to a local food pantry, times are tough and a lot of people will be needing help this holiday season.
2. Cookie recipes, any kind. :)
3. Box Tops . My little girl's school is collecting them to raise funds and every little bit helps.
4. A Christmas ornament for my tree would be super.
5. Toki Doki Cactus Pups. Trying to collect the set, unfortunately the place where I got our only one doesn't carry them anymore. :(
6. Spread some holiday cheer, share a smile, visit a nursing home. A lot of folks there might not have family close enough to visit them.
7. BIG ticket item. If any of you are getting or know you're getting a new laptop/netbook for the holidays can I have your old one? Our really old laptop died a final death last June and being unemployed at the moment I can't afford to get even a refurbished one now. I have a daughter in middle school and one in high school. One computer between 4 people is a bit crazed now. The little one has an early bedtime and needs to get her homework, etc done first however that leaves my older daughter to stay up so late just to get her work done. She's in several AP classes and I feel bad seeing her stay up so late then have to get up early to get to school.

I hope you all have a happy holiday season!
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Rosemary pine nut shortbread :)
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.

Re: Rosemary pine nut shortbread :)
Thank you so much! My teenager loves to bake cookies and I'm looking for new recipes for her. :)
I have boxtops for you! I was just lamenting the fact I have no one to give them to anymore.
You can pm me your address, or email it to fictional.dixid(@)gmail.com.
Here's a recipe for Chinese Almond Cookies! Reeeeeally yummy. I make them every year around this time and they're gone quick! LOL

Chinese Almond Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon almond extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1 egg white
1/2 teaspoon water

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg and extract. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Roll into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten with a fork. Sprinkle with almonds. In a small bowl, beat egg white and water. Brush over cookies. Bake at 325 degrees for 14 - 16 minutes or until edges and bottoms are lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks. Makes about 5 dozen.
I happen to have some spare cactus pups. I'd love to give them to you. PM me to give me your addy.
My radio station is doing "Ben and Matt's Million Can Crusade". On Halloween, they were giving away Carrie Underwood's new CD to anyone who donated 10 cans of food. I took my 10 cans and, if I'd had the money, would still be taking them. On Monday, when I get paid, I plan to buy a few cans to put in one of their donation bins.
drop me a pm with your email and ill send you a recipe or two :)
7. If you haven't gotten any bites about this one, will you send me an email? I am celeria at gmail dot com. :)