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What I made for Christmas

As someone for whom Christmas has always been an important family holiday, but never a religious holiday, I have long been one of the millions of Americans searching for the perfect gifts starting sometime in November. My circle is small, but my family and friends are the most important aspect of my life, so of course anxiety sets in every year when I realize that gift-giving is fun but also impossibly difficult.

This year, I did something different. It may or may not have anything to do with student loans, but I decided to take to the kitchen to try to make a large batch of worthy Christmas gifts to give out to those on my list. Unfortunately, my immediately family members all live at least 600 miles away, so cookies were off the table as they would no doubt be deliciously stale by the time they arrived during holiday shipping season.

Fortunately, my friend (and occasional partner in crime) Toby recently lent me a book about making candies, chocolates, confections. Basically recipes that required a thousand expensive kitchen instruments and days of free time to work with. I decided to go with it. The results were overall positive, and I am pleased to say that my first foray into chocolate-making benefited everyone on my shopping/shipping list this season!

Happy holidays, everyone I know!

Happy holidays, everyone I know!

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Water

As soon as you finish reading this sentence, walk into the kitchen, pour yourself a cold glass of water, throw in a couple ice cubes if you like, and drink the entire thing.

Feels good, huh? Didn’t taste like much, did it? You’re in luck: it doesn’t have to. Drinking is meant for hydration. Throughout evolution, people have used their TEETH when consuming calories, with the exception of babies. Drinking is for providing your body with the basic ingredient in sweat (which keeps you cool so you look more dignified than a panting dog): water. We drink lots of other liquids now that refrigeration, fermentation, bottling, transportation, and chemistry have allowed us to create innumerable combinations of flavor, viscosity, and carbonation. Maybe it’s time to realize that those recreational sips are intended for sparing use, so we have enough drinking time left to take in the water that we really need.

Indications you may not drink enough water:

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You can't fool me, tiny pie pan. I know a whole pie can still fit in you.

You can’t fool me, tiny pie pan. I know a whole pie can still fit in you.

What did you say, Meijer? A six-pack of “Large” pie tins? Sounds excellent, seeing as I have a terrible sense of size and have no idea that you actually meant “Child’s Medium” pie tins.

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