Victoria is reading about Antarctica and she decided to pursue a suggestion to make a blubber-glove. It has no fingers, this alleged blubber-glove, since it is constructed from two plastic sandwich bags, so I prefer to call it the blubbermitt. You can make one, too: place a blob of solid fat (I used all the vegetable shortening I had left, probably 3/4 cup) into one of the bags. Put another bag inside that bag and seal the two tops together. Smush the fat around until you have a fairly uniform layer. Put your hand inside the blubbermitt! You can plunge your hand into icy water all you like while wearing a blubbermitt and suffer no chill. I plan to use a couple of the bags our newspapers come in to make a pair of opera-length blubbermitts, for formal icy plunging occasions. I sure do like the blubbermitt.
I don't have to do too much to get ready for Christmas. We have a pretty modest gift exchange. Tomorrow we're shopping for cookie stuff and then the bakefest can begin. I'll have to take some pictures of the crafty thing I've been up to, bowls made out of fabric. They're fun, or at least they were until I met the blubbermitt.