Holiday Wishes

My List:

1. I'd love to get some music from the following bands; I don't have any of their CDs.

Assemblage 23
Deine Laikien
Die Form
Din Fiv
Flesh Field
Front 242
Front Line Assembly
L'ame Immortelle
Lights of Euphoria
The Retrosic
Tristesse de la Lune (formerly of BlutEngel)

The music I listed to is usually classified as goth, industrial and darkwave. If none of the above ring a bell, you can listen online at (!!blatent station plug!!) and get ideas.

2. I would like to get some coins from countries other than the USA. It's almost like being able to travel!

3. Christmas cards. I love getting them and sending them.

4. Tea, cookies or biscuits from countries other than the USA. The only thing I'm allergic to is strawberry.

5. Recipes for your favorite Holiday/Seasonal treats. I love international recipes - especially those that I can get the ingredients for and make myself! It's almost like having you over to tea!

6. Incense. I love Gonesh's "Oils & Spices" incense the best of all, but also like patchouli and sandalwood. My room mate has some very nice resin incense, but I can't remember any names but White Copal. If it spells ancient and mysterious, I'd love to try it. I stay away from floral and fruity scents, but don't mind ones that smell like firewood - pine, cedar, sage, etc.

7. Ok, I know I have new music as #1, but Seasonal/Holiday/Christmas music is always a welcome gift. I'd love to get a copy of *your* favorite Christmas Holiday music. I don't care if it's not done in the English language - that would make it even more precious, in fact! Doubly so if you could include a lyrics sheet so I could learn the words and sing along!

8. Any Dark Shadows items from except DVD Collection 39, which I already have, and the re-make done in the 90's, "Dark Shadows - Revival Series," which I did not like.

9. A copy of Neocor's Tsunami Notebook (English to Japanese translation program no longer made or sold.)

10. Since I firmly believe in intelligent life out there, and its ability to follow a series and extrapolate beyond the given, feel free to send me something that you think I would like.

Email bianca dot slate at gmail dot com for my postal mail address.
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I have... pretty much every album by Deine Lakaien (and, jeez, I have not even heard of all the other bands you listed there, except from Front Line Assembly and L'Ame Imortelle). I can make copies! And since I'll be sending anyway, how about I throw in some 3, 4, and maybe 5?
Thanks! I'd love any you can send! Send me your email address and I'll write back my mailing address!
I can get you some Front 242 and Qntal. Would you like it as a zip file or CDs? If you want CDs, please e-mail me at janea at paws-and-effect dot com with your mailing address (put Holiday Wishes--Front 242/Qntal in the subject line so I know what I've promised).

Oh, also: I made a mix CD of some of my favorite holiday music, mostly by goth/ethereal bands, and I can send you a copy of that too.


Edited at 2009-11-21 01:21 pm (UTC)
I have some Assemblage 23 and Flesh Field I can zip and upload for you, if you are interested.
Thank you so much! I'd love whatever you can send!

I'm not sure how big my email box on gmail is, but I guess we'll find out, hey?

My email address is bianca dot slate at gmail dot com

I got them! I've emailed you!

Thank you so very much!

Have a happy Thanksgiving this week, and a happy holiday season this year!
It's not necessarily a holiday specific recipe, but here's one of my favorite cookie recipes. Very nummy, very rich. A little goes a long way!


Combine 1 egg, 1 box yellow cake mix and 1/2 cup softened butter in a bowl. Mix until crumbly. Press into a 9 x 13-inch pan. Combine 1 cup Eagle Brand Milk, 1 t. vanilla, 1 cup chopped pecans and 1 cup almond brickle chips.*** Mix well. Pour over cake mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Cut into bars when cool.

***NOTE: I'm not sure they make almond brickle chips anymore. But Heath bar chips work just fine.
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! This recipe looks great and the ingredients are all easily obtainable! I'll be having some soon! Thank you for sharing it with me!
This is, in my humble opinion, the recipe for the finest bread pudding ever. All of the ingredients should be easy to get, and it's not hard to make. (I am anything but a skilled cook.) I didn't even like bread pudding until I made this one. It tastes like a cross between bread pudding and an extremely decadent peach cobbler.

Bread Pudding Recipe
This recipe looks delicious! I'll have to try it this week!

Thank you for sending it!
drop me a message with your email and your snail mail and ill add you to my recipe list and my holiday card list.

my fav holiday music is mannheim steamroller, straight no chaser (in particular their song: the 12 days of christmas ) and trans siberian orchestra. :)
Recipe List
Thank you!

Please email me at:
bianca dot slate at gmail dot com
and I'll give you my postal mail address.
Christmas Music

Songs include Little Saint Nick (Beach Boys), Ave Maria (Natalie Dessay featured on the Joyeux Noël soundtrack), Chestnuts roasting on an Open Fire (Arcade Fire), Here Comes Santa Claus (Andrews Sisters), The Little Drummer Boy (The Dandy Warhols), Christmas Wrapping (The Waitresses), Bittersweet Eve (Belasana), All My Bells Are Ringing (Lenka), The Twelve Days of Christmas (Belle & Sebastian), Carol of the Bells (Trans-Siberian Orchestra), The Little Drummer Boy (Bing Crosby and David Bowie), Nutcracker Suite (Trans-Siberian Orchestra), The Chipmunk Song/Christmas Don't Be Late (Alvin and the Chipmunks), Stille Nacht (from Joyeux Noël), 09. Amazing Grace Loch Lomand (John Barrowman), O Holy Night (Il Divo), Silent Night (Hugh Laurie), Ave Maria (Josh Groban), Baby It's Cold Outside (Royal Crown Revue), The Twelve Days of Christmas (Bob & Doug Mackenzie), The Christmas Song (The Raveonettes), Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree (Brenda Lee), All I Want for Christmas is You (Olivia Olsen), Auld Lang Syne (John Barrowman), God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Barenaked Ladies), O Holy Night (From Studio 60), O Holy Night (Whiffenpoofs).
Hey! Just wanted to let you know I put a card in the post and it should be heading your way as I write. Included are Irish Euro coins - they have a distinctive harp on one side to differentiate them from their counterparts. I didn't have a five cent piece, though, so I'll make sure to send that along in the next couple of days.
bttfbabe, I got your card today! Thanks so much!

I hope you're having a great holiday season!