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Ronica's Maple Roasted Chicken

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4 large skinless chicken thighs or breasts 3 potatoes cut into chunks 1 medium onion cut into small pieces 1 bag baby carrots ¼ cup maple syrup 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon pepper Combine all ingredients in roasting pan and toss to coat. Cook 40-45 minutes covered at 450 degrees. Stir... read more

Saturnalia

( culture / food-holidays / christmas )
Read the rest of the article at saturnalia-reason-for-season "At no time in the history of the early Christian church was it ever thought that the birth of Christ took place on 25 December. In fact, Jesus' birthday was not celebrated at all until the mid-4th century. Oh, and the lighting of ca... read more

Happy May Day

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from Liberty Underground... "Today, May Day, honors the workers who produce all of the wealth. It is in honor of those involved in a general strike in Chicago, killed by police in what is known all over the world by workers as the Haymarket massacre. Ironically, Americans are kept ignorant by... read more

The Digital Story Of The Nativity

( culture / food-holidays / christmas )
This is the Christmas story as told through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, Wikipedia, Google Maps, GMail, Foursquare, Amazon... ad infinitum. See YouTube - THE DIGITAL STORY OF THE NATIVITY. And, for a miniseries on the subject, go to: The Bible: The Epic Miniseries... read more

Happy New Year

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New Year Countdown Singapore, New Year Celebrations Kick Off Worldwide.... read more

Wine Review

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Yes, we do it all here at FriendsNews! If I said to you Bohemian Highway, California Merlot 2007, what would you think? Crap? Just this side of Thunderbird? Well, you'd be wrong. At the amazingly low price of $6 for the small bottle, it's just as good as the Woodbridge California Merlot at twice t... read more

Happy Groundhog's Day

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It's been almost five months now since I was laid off. It doesn't seem that long, actually. What've I been doing since then? Collecting unemployment checks and doing freelance consulting, helping people with their computer problems and questions. Check out computersavior.com for info on the latter. ... read more

Happy Halloween

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Or, as they piously call it around here, Fall Festival, because Halloween is the work of Satan, you know. :)We just returned from trick-or-treating, which Elizabeth absolutely loved. She kept saying, Halloween is so much fun! And now we're all recovering from the hike around the neighborhood. We... read more

Christmas (2008)

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It took five months, but here it is: Christmas 2008 ... read more

Our First Outside Christmas Lights, Ever

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That's it. No story. Here's the link: Our first outside Christmas lights... read more


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