A little doggerel for the season

Linda Conway Eriksson - Contributing Columnist

“The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.” — Amish saying

Thanksgiving behind me and Christmas ahead

Make me want to crawl straight in under my bed.

Curl up with dust bunnies where no one dares go

I can be very still so they never will know.

But wait!

What about parties, lunch out and other neat stuff

if I’m under the bed, missing out will be tough.

So I’ll join the crowd and try not to worry

Do what I can do to make holidays merry.

Find just the right present for dear cousin Kate

Is there a scarf long enough for tall uncle Nate?

Ethan likes trains, Edward wants swords

Susanna plays games, Kelsey plays with words.

Jacqui wants some rabbit stuff, Garrison plays guitar

Katie plays goalie in lacrosse — shouldn’t be too hard!

And Christmas dinner — Lord please have mercy!

We’re had enough of the big old fat turkey!

As soon as we eat the last bit of roast beast

And the last little piece of the mincemeat pie feast

New Year’s Eve will be on us again

With resolutions and horns and big happy grins!

Then we’ll come to the New Year — 2017

A chance to start over and be kings and queens!

I look forward to the holidays, the big ones and the small

I don’t want to miss a one — I guess I love them all!

Let’s all make some handmade gifts and send them far and wide to friends and family, old and young, throughout the countryside!


2 cups pecans

1 egg white plus 1 tablespoon cold water

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

3/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

In a large bowl, place egg white, water, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Mix well. Add pecans and stir to coat completely. Place nut mixture on a large jelly roll pan. Bake in preheated oven for half an hour, stirring every 10 minutes.

Makes about 3 1/2 cups nuts.


Linda Conway Eriksson

Contributing Columnist

Linda Conway Eriksson can be reached at ieatatmoms@gmail.com.

Linda Conway Eriksson can be reached at ieatatmoms@gmail.com.