Christmas 2016

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Have Yourself a Merry Little Truck Mascot

While this may not count as a true Truck Mascot being that the vehicle is not a truck but a school bus, I feel it’s close enough. It is mostly a big International truck adapted to haul kids off to school. Kudos for getting into the spirit of the season and the strange urban phenomena of Truck Mascots.

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Christmas in Cardboard

The residents of South Philly do it up right!

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“Just For Men” Santa

It looks like Santa caved into the pressure of our youth oriented society and got a touch up. Personally, I’m rather fond of the white beard. If Santa wants to spruce up his looks, you can never go wrong with a leather jacket or a pair of chinos.

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Espresso Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

Coffee and chocolate – one of my favorite combos! This shortbread gets tastier with age, and makes an unexpected addition to a holiday cookie box.
This is a great do-ahead cookie dough to make, since it’s rolled out inside of a Ziplock bag. When ready to bake, cut the plastic bag away, and cut the dough with a sharp knife or pizza cutter.  Continue reading

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M&M Bars

 

I’m in a baking frenzy right now – but I thought I’d throw this up because when pressed for time – these bar cookies are fabulous! Easy to throw together, they travel well, and who on the planet doesn’t love M&Ms and chocolate chips?  Continue reading

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Snack Food Icon

I was going about my normal routine, when I came upon this slightly disturbing sight. It’s weird seeing a cartoon huckster of candy coated popcorn made flesh, silently and somewhat creepily beckoning passers-by to sample his wares. I tried to talk to the human beneath the plastic head, but he wasn’t having it, instead he led me to his partner who was doling out samples of a new product. As the holidays approach, the streets of South Philly get a little weirder.

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Ben Franklin Bridge

The bridge on a cold afternoon.

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Cranberry Bread

This is a beautiful holiday bread. Wrapped in a tea towel it would make a lovely gift for a teacher or neighbor.  Continue reading

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Rocky 50K Run

Ambitious runners on Saturday morning taking part in the Rocky Run, an unofficial 50K race that began in South Philadelphia and finished at The Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Setting Up the Stands

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Early Saturday morning in the Italian Market, vendors stocking their stands.

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Cranberry Cake

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This is the cake I made for Joe’s birthday. It starts with a box mix – but once you add milk, extra eggs, sour cream, orange zest, and chopped cranberries – you could win over any gourmand. This cake would be a perfect addition to the Christmas dessert table!  Continue reading

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Bust of Ben

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Walking home from work yesterday, I came upon this nine foot bust of Benjamin Franklin at 4th and Arch Streets. I stopped to take a few photos – it wasn’t until I got home and looked at the photos that I noticed the texture of his coat was constructed using thousands of keys.  Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Joe!!!

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I took this photo of Joe when we were first dating, I used it on the first birthday card I ever made for him, and on every card since then! This year, I’ve incorporated the newest member of our family – Plywood the cat. I tried to imagine how Plywood would approach decorating a cake, if he had opposable thumbs, that is.

Happy Birthday Joe!

 

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