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Drab and Dreary South Texas Christmas

December 25th, 2011 at 12:06 am


It's been raining still and it sure makes it drab and dreary. Not much traffic in today and very little going out. The oil rig is three miles into the ranch and the road gets very bad when it rains. It's nothing for eighteen wheelers to get stuck sideways across the road and then they have to call another company to come pull them out. I've wondered just how much it costs each company when that happens, not even counting every company who has an employee sitting waiting to get out behind them. Sometimes it takes hours to get them out and alot of times there are two stuck in the mud at a time. I imagine the costs are astronomical. Nothing that has to do with the oilfield is cheap.

I bought some chocolate and I thought I'd make chocolate covered oranges and orange peels to give to the rig hands and vendors next week as they come in and out. The oranges were free and I will never eat them all and don't want to waste them. If anyone has suggestions on what else I can do let me know because there is no way I can use them all for this.

I did get to the grocery yesterday but I bought very little, just eggs, milk and bread because I still have food left and I'd like to use it up. I have relief coming on Thursday and I'm going on a mini vacation.

I hope everyone is having a great holiday!!

3 Responses to “Drab and Dreary South Texas Christmas”

  1. SicilyYoder Says:

    You can make Orange Marmalade. My twin sister lives in Beaumont. I talked with her today. She loves Texas. I've been there once.

  2. MonkeyMama Says:

    Merry Christmas!

    We've got beautiful dry and sunny weather here. But, probably too dry (has been some fires). So, you can't win?

  3. baselle Says:

    Merry Christmas! Candied orange peels! It works with most citrus - since the grapefruit has a more bitter pith, you probably should physically remove it (the recipe here calls for boiling the peels a bit to get rid of the bitterness and encourage the peels to soak up the sugar syrup. Peels can not only be eaten as a candy, they can also be used in baking and in a neutral alcohol (vodka) to flavor it.

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