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By Lidless Eye
Finished with a little time to spare before the end of the year, I did up another group of holiday-themed miniatures, all from Reaper.
And try not to get dragged directly to hell by the Krampus.
A more traditional Kringle:
Believe me, I really did Google search this question to death before posting it here, but the internet is useless because all the top-rated results are commercial links, forcing me instead to use search terms like "best place to go on holiday in America FxxK" or "nice place to visit in Florida/Texas/California SxxT" - The addition of a four letter word being the only way to create an anti-commercial filter.
Almost all the results I've had so far direct me to Trip Advisor, but Trip Advisor is notoriously unreliable, and to complicate matters further, I am going alone, so I also need to find accomodation that won't overcharge me on a single-room supplement. And no, I don't want to go hiking in the mountains or white-water canoeing. Why do people on Trip Advisor think everyone taking a vacation in the USA wants to go hiking or white-water canoeing? Okay, maybe it's not that I don't want to, but what would actually happen is that I'd be dehyrated, tired, suffer from a bout of cardiac arythmia and get a broken leg. I think I'll pass.
Preferably I'd like to go someplace where there's not too much shooting or stabbings either.
This resin beauty was on sale for only three bucks during CMON's BF sale. As I paint slowly (<1hr day) and Reaper's holiday minis didn't go on sale till the 7th, I figured this would be my Santa dwarf I paint up this year as the Reaper ones won't get here in time.
Day One... Partially assembled (axe head isn't glued on yet), and partially basecoated. Nothing fancy...
Because cookie season.
This ain't no Pingo's Shambolic Kitchen, though. My cookie recipes are time-tested and approved.
These are cookies I invented for a friend who developed diabetes, and who for some reason is less affected by potato starch than grains. They are light, crisp, nutty, and not too sweet, a little like tender biscotti, excellent for dipping into tea or coffee. They are also, as a side effect, gluten-free.
My husband, not normally a fan of nuts, considers these the best almond cookies he has ever had.
Gluten-free Almond Cookies
4 ounces butter
3/8 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup dried powdered potato starch
1 cup ground blanched almonds
Preheat oven to 300 degrees fahrenheit (150 degrees Celsius, if I got that right).
Sift together the potato starch, the almond meal, and the salt.
In a medium bowl, cream the butter and sugar until well blended.
Add the egg and almond extract to the butter mixture and beat until pale and fluffy.
Stir the dry ingredients into the rest until blended.
Roll the dough into balls between one inch and three centimeters in diameter and place well spaced onto prepared cookie sheets.
Bake for 25 minutes or until the edges just turn golden brown.
Cool on wire racks and store tightly covered.
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