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    Christmas ... just around the corner !!

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    Re: Christmas ... just around the corner !!

    Post by Jan1 on Wed Nov 29 2017, 11:25

    I've just told Eddie that his Christmas Shopping is almost done ...
    His personal shopping elf has got quite organised this year Wink

    All the best Jan
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    Post by Jan1 on Thu Nov 30 2017, 18:34

    With Christmas just around the corner it seems many of us are buying video games, new phones etc for our loved ones for Christmas. When you look around there are even computer games for two and three year olds! I know our children and grandchildren love to play games on computers, phones, etc. It sure is a techno world now!

    But the cost of these games and XBox's, Play Station Fours and the like (I'm such a techno dinosaur they may be called something else these days!) - what do you do when you have two or more kids or adults that really would like a particular game or PS4 etc.? Perhaps take out a second mortgage?

    It's mind boggling !!!

    Enjoy this last evening of November 2017  Smile
    I think most of us may be turning up the heating ... brrr  brrr

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    Post by Jan1 on Fri Dec 01 2017, 18:38

    I bought some 2nd class stamps yesterday, ready for some Christmas Card posting - did you know that for the UK to guarantee your Christmas cards arrive at their destined UK destination by 25th December, make sure you post them by 20th December if you’re using a second class stamp.

    If you’re using a first class stamp you can get away with leaving postage a day later and popping them in the post box on the 21st.

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    Post by Jan1 on Sat Dec 02 2017, 18:47

    Our first Christmas card received!
    Looks good on the shelf ... I think there may soon be a few more to join it.

    All the best Jan
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    Post by Jan1 on Sun Dec 03 2017, 18:57

    At first glance we thought it was a burglar trying to get into a neighbours house  affraid

    But then we thought no it's Christmas we know what this father is doing ...

    Sure enough there he was climbing up ladders, scrambling over porch and conservatory roofs putting up Christmas Lights.
    At about 4pm he lit the switch - the lights do look nice sunny

    Still too early to put ours up ... maybe next weekend ! rendeer

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    Post by Jan1 on Tue Dec 05 2017, 18:24

    Our Christmas Cards are beginning to look nice on the shelf ...

    If you'd like to read a little more about 'Christmas, the history behind our festive traditions' have a look here
    https://thelowcarbdiabetic.blogspot.co.uk/2017/12/christmas-history-behind-our-festive.html


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    Post by Jan1 on Sat Dec 09 2017, 18:22

    Don't know about you - but yes, we do have some wine put aside for Christmas and the New Year ...

    I'm not much of a spirit drinker but for those who may enjoy some over the Christmas Season this article from Wheat Belly Blog may interest you.

    "What Spirits Are Safe?

    Spirits are a mixed bag, but you are likely to find at least several that you can enjoy without provoking health problems. Beware of flavoured varieties of vodka or rum, as they are loaded with sugar and/or high-fructose corn syrup. In general, simple unflavoured spirits are safest.
    Here’s a short list to help you navigate through your holiday cocktail parties and toasts without exposing yourself to the harmful effects of grains.

    Vodkas brewed from non-grain sources, including Chopin and Trader Joe’s Monopolowa (potatoes; outside of North America you will have to ask or examine the bottle of Chopin for the source as there are also wheat and rye Chopin vodkas) and Cîroc and Trader Joe’s Versatile Spirit (grapes), are safe. Recently, many more vodkas are appearing on the market brewed from grapes, quinoa (not a grain), potatoes, and other sources, though not always nationally distributed.

    Brandies and cognacs are generally safe since they are distilled from wine. Safe brands include Grand Marnier, Courvoisier, and Rémy Martin. There are exceptions, such as Martell, that add caramel coloring (a potential grain exposure.)

    Gins are usually safe, brewed from juniper and other herbs. However, some gins can be brewed from grains, though grain protein levels are typically negligible and only an issue for those with severe gluten sensitivity.

    Rum is distilled from sugarcane and therefore does not contain residues of grain proteins (and the sugar is fermented to alcohol and should therefore be present at low levels).

    Whiskeys and bourbons are, like most beers, distilled from rye, barley, wheat, and corn and thereby potential problem sources. However, given the distillation process, whiskeys typically test below the 20-parts-per-million limit for gluten that the FDA set as the safe threshold for people with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. Nonetheless, some people still seem to react to whiskeys distilled from grains. It means that many popular whiskeys— such as Jack Daniels (barley, rye, corn), Jameson (barley), and Bushmills (barley)—can potentially cause a gluten (gliadin) reaction. People without extreme sensitivities are likely safe, though, given the very low quantity of grain proteins.

    Liqueurs that are safe include Kahlúa (dairy), fruit liqueurs like triple sec and Cherry Kijafa, Disaronno (amaretto-flavored), and Baileys Irish Cream (dairy). The most gluten-sensitive may need to avoid liqueurs blended with whiskey. Also, liqueurs tend to be high in sugar, so small servings are key. (Or consult the handful of recipes I have provided in the Wheat Belly Blog and Wheat Belly 30-Minute Cookbook for low-carb, no-added-sugar liqueurs you can easily make yourself.)

    An occasional cocktail is fine when adhering to a grain-free lifestyle. Just remember to be careful what you choose. A poor choice can mean inadvertent re-exposure to grains/grain by-products and excessive amounts of sugar. This could cause an autoimmune condition to reignite, provoke a spike in blood sugar and thereby turn off your ability to lose weight, trigger a series of gastrointestinal issues, or regain undesired pounds. The reward for choosing wisely can be a wonderful time spent with family and friends without such problems."

    All words from here
    http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/2017/12/what-spirits-are-safe/

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    Re: Christmas ... just around the corner !!

    Post by chris c on Sat Dec 09 2017, 23:00

    Brandy for the Christmas pud, plus lashings of clotted cream, ground flaxseed and blueberries. I'm gradually increasing the size of my wine collection just to be on the safe side.
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    Post by Jan1 on Mon Dec 11 2017, 13:34

    Clotted Cream and low carb Christmas pudding ... Yummy Smile

    https://thelowcarbdiabetic.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/the-best-low-carb-christmas-pudding.html

    All the best Jan
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    Re: Christmas ... just around the corner !!

    Post by graham64 on Mon Dec 11 2017, 22:43

    @Jan1 wrote:Clotted Cream and low carb Christmas pudding ... Yummy Smile

    https://thelowcarbdiabetic.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/the-best-low-carb-christmas-pudding.html

    All the best Jan
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    Thanks for the reminder Jan I'd forgot just how easy it is to make  Cool


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