Christmas 2018









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Christmas In Florida

Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas!! From close to the Keys

While you have your snow fall – we have a warm breeze!

This year is sure different, no zero below – hardly a reindeer and surely no snow!

Not much of the hustle & bustle of shopping – the temperature seems to be the only thing popping!

We miss all the trimmings, the ribbons & bows – but the trade off is great as we still wear less clothes!

Off to the beach for a Christmas day swim – while others tell stories, tales of Tiny Tim!

We miss all our family and friends this is true, but really were tired of lips cold and blue!

No fireplace, logs or chimney is near – wonder how Santa will visit us here?

No time to bake pies, pumpkin or peach – I must work on my tan or nap at the beach!

Enjoy your turkey and stuffing with gizzards – while our front yard is full of strange lizards!

No money could buy the delights that we share – from dolphins that dance to the sunsets’ orange glare!

To wake up each morning and hear sea gulls cry is better than anything money can buy!

The beauty of nature could not be replaced – except for the smile we would see on your face!

The pace is much slower but that’s a good thing – we do hear the church bells of Christmas still ring!

It may be dark there but the sun here is bright – come down for a visit its just a short flight!

You all have an invite, anytime of the year – I highly suggest that you bring your own beer!

I will end my thought on a note that is light – Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!!

Peace on earth and goodwill to all

By Susan Klesel

Three Ingredient Shortbread Cookies

Classic Shortbread Cookies
Cook Time:
15 minutes       Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 36                      Calories: 118kcal
Author: Joanna Cismaru
Ingredients
1 1/2 cups butter salted and softened at room temperature (3 sticks or 12 oz)
1 cup icing sugar same as confectioner sugar or powdered sugar (4.4 oz)
3 cups all-purpose flour (13.2 o)

Instructions
Preheat oven to 325 F degrees. 

  • Add the butter to a large bowl and blend it until smooth using an electric mixer set at medium speed for about 30 seconds. 
  • Add the icing sugar and continue mixing until well incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and combine thoroughly. 
  • Add flour and mix at low speed until well blended. The mixture will be crumbled and soft. 
  • Pat dough into an ungreased cookie sheet, lined with parchment paper, with the parchment paper hanging off the sides to make it easy to lift out the cookies. Alternatively you can roll out the dough so that it’s about 1/4 of an inch in thickness, you can knead it a bit just so that the dough comes together, but don’t overwork it, then cut into your desired shape. 
  • Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until just done (slightly golden in color). Do not let them get brown. Remove from the oven. If using a cookie sheet, lift out the cookies from the sheet using the parchment paper and cut into desired shapes. Finish cooling the cookies on a rack.


I hope your Christmas is full of love and eggnog, and laughter and cookies!
All the best for a wonderful 2019!

– Jennifer Calenda

Jennifer Calenda, PA 
Broker-Associate, MBA
941-916-0798
JenCalenda@comcast.net

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