Wednesday, December 26, 2007

How To Bake A Phone Book and Other Christmas Things

We baked one of our phone books on Christmas Day. With friends.

A new family tradition.

Why, you ask?

It started with one of our Christmas presents to son Nick. A book called "Man Skills - Things to Make a Bloke Less Crap". It's a scream!

One section tells how to rip a phone book in half with your bare hands - and no, not via the binding. That is the easy way. The book must be rpiped horizontally.

Well, the men here at Christmas lunch failed this test - even with we women reading the instructions out loud and giving helpful hints ("its all in the wrist").

"Man Skills" came to the rescue with a cheat's version. Simply bake your phone book first - in a very hot oven. Until dry and brittle.

Wow, my friends made me pre -heat my oven. This is a first. I never pre-heat. I always ignore that part of the recipe.

Sadly, even with a preheated oven and a well presented and attractively baked phone book, our men failed the phone book test.

Plus ~ don't get me started on the underpants activity that followed ( won't post those pics, in order to protect identities...).
But at least I can bake a mean phone book - I'll pass on the recipe, if you'd like.

And now, today is Boxing day, the day after Christmas, the feast of St Stephen. We had a fabulous Christmas Day, two Masses, lots of visitors, food, family, fun...Probably too much food. :-)

So today was clean up time. And then, while dh went for his jog and the kids were busy with playing or reading or using Christmas presents, I decided to give myself a workout treat.

I did the whole 90 minute Ultimate Taebo workout.

I usually don't find time for a 90 minute workout. 60 minutes is my workout time, a bit less if I'm really strapped for time. But I have wanted to do this whole workout - bought it a few months ago and usually do only 60 minutes of it. Did 70 minutes once.

Except for today. I did the whole 90 minutes - it was COOL!

My post Christmas treat to myself ( and a good way to work off some of that extra food! lol!).


Anonymous said...

I really want to know the underpants one, now. Drats...


Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas Leonie! Love your dress!!!
YOu have me hanging over the underpants....


Leonie said...

lol, Pam and Molly! You'll have to email me - or maybe I should just go ahead and post pics! It was all ood clean fun. :-)

Enjoy the Christmas season.

And the dress is my "60s one" - I feel like Agent 99 ( Get Smart) when I wear it. :-)

Rachel said...

I love the title of the book! I need a copy for Andrew. Just the title gives me the giggles.
I, too, am now entirely curious about the underpants.
Sounds like a lot of fun.

I clicked on one of the pics to blow it up. I love that your Brandy Custard is our Egg Nog. Plus, I love that your Christmas present to yourself was a 90 minute workout. God love you, Leonie! I think my present to myself would be a long, uninterrupted nap!

Oh, and do check out LOST. I really think you will love it. We had a very DR. Who Christmas with the Seasons 2 & 3 on DVD and I got dh a Tardis USB hub, and both dh and Andrew sonic screwdriver replicas...they LOVE them!

Merry Christmas.


Cindy said...

HI Leonie--
I never know what I will find when I click to your blog!! lol

Too much fun and if you email privately about the underpants you must include me!


Leonie said...

Oh, I can see that I'll have to post about the underpants...:-)

Rachel - we got Dr Who series 3 for Xmas ( have series 1 znd 2) and a Dejeuenne voice changer and the Dr Who annual and encyclopedia. Already have the sonic screwdriver, the walking Dalek, many other paraphanalia lol!

I'll check out LOST - we got Life in Mars also for Xmas - sci fi/cop drama starrng the actor who plays the Master in the recent Dr Whos. Very good, so far ( thanks, Pam, for the suggestion!).

Good to "see" you, Cindy!
( Waves..).

Eileen said...

You know, Leonie, you just post on some of the most interesting stuff.

Thanks for a good chuckle!


Leonie said...

Hi Eileen - Merry Xmas

LLMom said...

sounds like a lot of fun!

Leonie said...

Definitely! One of our best Xmases! Merry Christmas, Lisa!