Monday, November 30, 2015

Two Band-tailed Pigeons

 A month before Christmas, and all through the house,
 There were creatures a-stirring, inside and out.
 Cats were  all perched  with kibbles galore.

 And skies were all pink upon distant shore.

Then   two band-tailed pigeons  dropped in for to sit.

 They took over the seed pan and proceeded to flit.

 They stuffed full of seeds,  and Spencer did drool.

 Cooed and they fluffed in the cold birdie pool.
 Seed  pan to seed pan they danced  and they cheeped.
 While inside the house the others did speak.
 In long luscious  low purrs that sounded like grrrrrrrrrs.
 They watched and they wondered  and fuzzed out their fur.

 Those two band-tailed pigeons had  caused quite a stir.
The humans kept prepping and fussing with lights.
 In  trying to bring Hope  to  dark winter nights..
 While inside the cats they plotted and dreamed.

  Of pigeon pot pie with  band-tailed stewed cream.
 All pretty and sweet like grey mourning doves.
On this month before Christmas, they hovered with love.
 By evening the tree was a-lit with white lights.
 Treats were awaiting.
 And candles were burning into the night.
 Those two  band-tailed pigeons went off till next light.
 And Spencer strolled home  to his warm comfy bed....
 While pigeon pot pie danced in his head.

Friday, November 27, 2015


 This is a recipe I got years ago, from my friend Lauren. Her  mother would make these every Christmas when we were in High School. She would wrap them up in a clear lid card box, tied in Christmas ribbon.  They are light as air. Every year, I still make them.

 1 pound butter, softened
1 cup icing sugar
½ cup cornstarch
1 tsp vanilla
3 ½ cups flour
 Beat everything till the consistency of whipped cream
 . Takes about 15 minutes or so.
 You can drop by teaspoons onto cookie sheets, lined with Silpat, or parchment paper.
 Or take a  piping bag with large tip, stuff with as much batter as you can. This year I tried the piping bag.WOrks great!. Squeeze  a good dollop onto the cookie sheets.
 Bake at 350 degrees about 10 minutes…
 add a few more minutes, as needed, to get the pale golden edge.

 Should be cream coloured and lightly browned as possible . around the edges…very lightly.

 These are melt in your mouth

 Note: You can leave plain.......
 or sprinkle with coloured sugar.....
 or whatever you like.

 Personally I like the pure cream  colour. I freeze in layers of wax paper in an ice cream bucket.