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As my current primary banker, it fell to the Underpowered Death Knight to attend the Auction House dance party. She took all of her favorite party clothes and changed outfits at intervals throughout the day.

Things started out a little slow.

Sometimes the dance floor was definitely the safest place to be.

It was fun to be the only Tauren in the house while I was wearing this outfit!


That white leaf version of the Cenarion Spaulders on the Blood Elf in the background comes from the Ravenbear Disguise — a toy I have, but have never actually tried. Now that I know what it does, my Druid will want to use it to augment a Transmogrification kit someday. She has coveted those shoulders ever since she first met with Morthis Whisperwing for the Swift Flight Form quest chain.

I saw fewer bunny ears than I might have expected.

The Underpowered Death Knight looks pretty drunk in this selfie — rather appropriate for her costume of the moment!

Although Mystery Kegs and other forms of brew abounded, however, she hadn’t actually partaken.

Then this happened.

So I popped my Jewel of Hellfire, too…

…which scared away all the other Tauren at the party.

Why does the female fel Eredar face have the same kinds of seams in it as the Titan Computer Console faces in the Tribunal of the Ages?


reference image from Wowhead

Someone put down a Moonfeather Statue
It was a MOONKIN MASH!
It was an OWLBEAR SMASH!




I saw several people wearing the new Winter Veil suits, but I think I might have been the only Gaudy Sweater in the crowd.

I loved seeing these two low-level characters catching the spirit of the fun and hanging around at the party for awhile.

I considered wearing this hat with a Tuxedo, but this is so much more stylish and eye-catching, dontcha think?

Despite this event triggering whenever you entered the Auction House from far enough outside —



— people were continually complaining about the absence of the auctioneers and wondering where they were supposed to go. More than once, I spoke up reminding the poor confused people that Orgrimmar also has auctioneers in Goblintown, Trolltown, Taurentown, and the Valley of Honor.

An Alliance raid paid us a call, but they couldn’t stop the funk.

Rainbow Generators were very popular all day long, but this is the most I think I ever saw going at once — and certainly the prettiest formation!

Somehow it wasn’t surprising that the most populous race for the race calls always seemed to be the Sin’dorei. Fortunately, they are so tiny (compared to the Shu’halo) that a lot more of them can comfortably fit on the stage.

Tauren have the most fun, though!

A sweet end to the day!

A very serendipitous selfie snap that I couldn’t replicate if I tried! Though I had been dancing next to that handsome fellow in the guard costume deliberately 😛

Previously: the Underpowered Death Knight and the Doomsayers

Next: the Underpowered Death Knight and the Doomsayers’ return

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I’ve updated the image links in my posts about the earlier Volunteer Guard Day and Spring Balloon Festival micro-holidays.

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Yesterday’s Emissary quest was Suramar. When Kaelinda turned it in and opened the box, this fell out:

It’s even a class and spec-specific item, not just a generic all-around utility item!

That’s my third Legion Legendary item (as player, not character), and so far, I’ve gotten all three of them from Suramar Emissary caches.

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Lookie what’s coming in Patch 7.3! Squeeeeee!!!!!


Preview images & info from Wowhead

I have wanted a flower circlet headpiece for a long time. I wonder how we’ll get them? I hope it’s not something ridiculously complicated like the pink hippogryph and all that other secret stuff in Legion so far. They’d be appropriate for a holiday such as Love is in the Air or Noblegarden, but I’d like to be able to Mog with them year-round, so I hope they’re not associated with one of those holidays. Maybe the Darkmoon Faire? That would be a good venue for this sort of thing to be a new reward.

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Between administrating the GBNEH3, collecting 20 eggs a day with each of sixteen alts (in the first half of the week, dropping off to just seven by the end of the week), and Mog Madness, I didn’t manage to do anything fashion-related during Noblegarden itself this year. So I’m doing it now, a bit belatedly — but before Children’s Week, at least!

Because the Spring Circlets themselves cannot be used as transmogrification templates, these outfits are not Transmogrification-friendly — they are purely for RP use.

(White) Spring Circlet


Aurora Robe, Aurora tunic & trousers, extras are Formal White Shirt & Feline Mantle & some Darkshore quest rewards


Spring Robes with Formal White Shirt + Magician’s Mantle + Aurora or Serenity Belt, Gossamer Robe & Shoulders


Mooncloth Robe with Formal White or Pink Mageweave Shirt


Astralaan Robe, White Traditional Hanbok


White Wedding Dress, Elegant Dress

Black Spring Circlet


Tuxedo (with or without jacket)


Black Festival Suit, Pilgrim’s Attire


Shadow Council tunic & trousers + Silver-Thread Sash + Bandit Boots + Antique Cufflinks, Master’s Vest & Belt + White Swashbuckler’s Shirt + Astralaan Pants + Buccaneer’s Boots


Runecloth Robe, Black Velvet Robe + Belt of Arugal, Robe of Arugal


White Woolen Dress, Simple Black Dress (both shown with Pink Mageweave Shirt)


Red Traditional Hanbok, Formal Dangui


Lovely Black Dress + Pink Mageweave Shirt, Vestments of the Shifting Sands + Master Builder’s Shirt + Darkweave Breeches, Elegant Dress


Black Mageweave Vest + Tux pants + Pink Mageweave Shirt + Silver-Thread Gloves & Boots, Dusky Leather Armor + Scouting Pants & Belt & Boots + Bandit Gloves

Pink Spring Circlet


Elegant Dress + Cerulean Filigreed Doublet + Feline Mantle, Blue Overalls + Pink Mageweave Shirt + Rusty Pitchfork


White Traditional Hanbok, Seer’s Robe, Fur Covered Robe


Pink Festival Dress + Dreadwing Skin Belt or Buccaneer’s Belt


Barbaric Cloth Robe + Pink Mageweave Shirt, Robes of the Exalted + Pink Mageweave Shirt + Arachnidian Bracers + Sage’s Boots, Robes of the Guardian Saint with same accessories, Teal Festival Suit


Lovely Blue Dress + Pink Mageweave Shirt; maybe we’ll get the Kezan partygoer’s Blue Bunny circlet in another few years?

I would really love to have a light pink version of the Councillor’s Sash to wear with the Spring Circlets!

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I didn’t really dig the three pink tallstriders thing during Love is in the Air. Or, at any rate, I didn’t dig it enough to want to compete for Lovely Charms as a level 82 character against raid-geared level 85 characters on a PvP server (I didn’t even do my Argent Tournament dailies during that holiday, because my quest mobs were too popular of a charm-farming spot), nor did I dig it enough to want to stalk and tame Mazzranache.

But the idea of three differently colored tallstriders, that I rather liked. So Ketura stayed at the Argent Tournament until she could get the Mulgore Hatchling, as well as her Darkspear Raptor mounts. She’d already gone out and tamed a Lost Torranche to mimic a level 1 Tauren Hunter’s pet (she herself began adventuring long before Hunters got pets at level 1). During Noblegarden, she collected 100 chocolates every day, starting on Monday, and got her Springstrider on Friday. Together, they are quite a Noblegarden-ish flock of birds indeed!

Interlaced Cowl (grey-quality cloth), Bog Epaulets, Turtle Scale Breastplate, Lord’s Girdle, Turtle Scale Leggings, Turtle Scale Gloves, Netherstorm Greaves, Stargazer Cloak (no longer obtainable in-game), Pink Mageweave Shirt, Emerald Ripper

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I was anxious to finish doing Lunar Festival stuff this week because next week there is a triple holiday threat of Lunar Festival + Love is In the Air + Darkmoon Faire. I intend to focus on the Darkmoon Faire and ignore Love is In the Air until the second week of that holiday.

It would be easier at this point to list the characters I haven’t collected Coins of Ancestry with than those I have.
First all the new-since-last-year alts wanted their 5 coins for their one piece of party clothes.
Then all my Mages reminded me that when I’d only gotten them one piece of Lunar Finery last year, I’d promised them that I’d get them a second piece (of whichever type they didn’t get last year) this year.
Then KatelyraKeriluna wanted as many coins as she could easily collect, to bank toward a Lantern next year.
Then I decided I ought to get a Lantern on at least one toon, and so off Kaelinda went.


Pink Festival Dress, Orchid Amice, Hood of the Arcane Path, Kimbra Boots. The Kimbra Boots were a quest reward from old Loch Modan that Kay picked up last year during her jaunt on the Alliance side, and are no longer available in game. I am not sure if the Orchid Amice is still available, either.

Then Kelisanna also wanted as many coins as she could easily collect, just for the XP. I need to take that girl to LFD sometime so that I actually learn how to use all her Rogue abilities.
Then I couldn’t resist the lure of relatively painless guild XP, and collected all the coins I could easily get with each and every one of my Tauren alts in my banking guild. Collecting coins with level 81 Ketura and level 85 Kregga really piled on the guild XP — between the two of them, they generated 11% of the daily guild XP cap and 5% of the overall XP needed to get to guild level 2 — the most guild XP I’ve gotten in one day for a long time! And that was just getting the coins that were easy.


Elder Rumblerock at Dreadmaul Rock in the Burning Steppes (or is it the Searing Gorge? I never can keep those two zones straight) has a different saying than any of the other Elders. It’s always striking to me because of how philosophical it is, and how sad, in a sic transit gloria mundi sort of way

I skipped the coins in Alliance starting zones & capital cities, I skipped Astranaar because NPCs are too close to the Elder and my reflexes aren’t fast enough to complete the quest before the spawned Sentinel one-shots me (I’m sure Alliance characters have the same trouble with the Crossroads and Vendetta Point), I skipped all the dungeon coins except Zul’Farrak because that one is really easy to get to.


Kregga visits Elder Grimtotem and wonders if he approves of the tribe’s current activities

Because they could, both Ketura and Kregga bought Festival Lanterns. Ketura gave hers to Kaiuna, and Kregga used the Booty Bay AH to exchange her Festival Lantern for a Lunar Lantern, which she then gave to Kerisa.


It seemed to me that my Druids would be the Tauren toons most likely to want Lunar Festival Lanterns.

Needless to say, I have spent a LOT of time in flight, either on flight paths or on a flying mount, over the past couple of weeks. My system has this annoying behavior where if I am alt-tabbed during a loading screen or when a flight path lands, I get disconnected. Because I can’t alt-tab while I’m on flight paths, I had to find something not-on-the-computer to do while I was waiting. Luckily, I had a project already to hand. One of my sisters gave me a pillowcase embroidery kit for Christmas. I’d already finished the first of the pair, but I still had the second to do. After I finished the second pillowcase, I occupied myself with sewing the wings for another stuffed toy whelpling. Embroidery/hand-sewing and lots of time in flight go very well together!

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Black Pants: Tuxedo Pants, Godfrey’s Britches, Scouting Trousers


“Denim”: Simple Kilt, Royal/Abjurer’s pants, Alliance Apprentice’s pants, Regal pants


White Pants: Astralaan pants, Aurora pants, Shimmering Trousers (green stripe), X-52 Pilot’s Leggings (red stripe)


Red Pants: Buccaneer’s/Crimson Silk Pantaloons, Colorful Kilt, Draenei Recruit’s Pants, Bard’s trousers, Battered Leather Pants, Ghostclaw Leggings, Hyperion Greaves, Sun Cured Leather pants, Imperial Red pants


Green Pants: Greenblood/Greenkeeper’s Pantaloons, Draenei Scout’s pants, Greenweave trousers, Giant-Friend Kilt, Elunarian Sarong, Green Iron pants, Willow Pants, Overcast pants


Other Pants: Burnished Leggings, Twill pants, Human Recruit’s pants

Hats: Green Winter Hat, Red Winter Hat, Lord Walden’s Top Hat, Crimson Felt Hat, Red Pointy Hat, Watcher’s Cap, Green Brewfest Hat, Whitemane’s Chapeau, Gossamer Headpiece, Keeshan’s Bandana/Red Mageweave Headband, Crown of the Fire Festival

Boots: Winter Boots, Dress Shoes, Pilgrim Boots, Brewfest Boots, Brewfest Slippers, Buccaneer’s Boots, Shimmering/Ivycloth Boots, Goblin Rocket Boots, Bard’s Boots, Ikeyen’s Boots, Emerald Boots, Disciple’s Boots, Journeyman Boots, Knitted Sandals, “moonboot” style Northrend & Cataclysm epics

Belts: Captain Sander’s/Apothecary Sash, Shimmering Sash, Tribal/Burnt Leather Belt, Bard’s Belt, Arcane Sash, Councillor’s Sash, Ornate Girdle, Gilnean Recruit’s Belt, Ruffian Belt, Copper Chain Belt, Emerald Girdle, Thorium/Commander’s Girdle, Glimmering Mail Girdle, Bloodforged Girdle, Disciple’s Belt, Journeyman Belt, Knitted Belt

A very happy Winter Veil to everyone from Kamalia and all the alts!

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I’ve been quite delighted by the Faire so far. It’s been fun to see different fan-favorite NPCs walking along the fairway — so far, I’ve seen the Wildhammer Fact Checker, Ol’ Emma, Nat Pagle, and Cro Threadstrong & Damari. I love how the animals in the petting zoo change from time to time — and the funniest thing about the petting zoo is the “VIP Tours Start Here” pen. I saw Corki there first, then later I’ve seen Oracles, Frenzyheart, and Arakkoa. These two new permanent Faire NPCs, though, are my very favorite of all the NPCs I’ve seen on the fairway:

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As usual, I looked at the various NPCs and immediately started thinking about how to match their appearances.

The Darkmoon Faire Mystic Mages in the capital cities are wearing the Disciple’s Robe and Watcher’s Cap.

Kalaneia is also wearing the Talbar Mantle, which was awarded from a quest that is now obsolete. The NPC belt doesn’t appear to be available to players, but the Hibernal Belt would be an adequate substitute.

This outfit is sort of a cross between the Darkmoon Carnie and the Fire Eater. It consists of the Councillor’s Circlet, Willow Vest, Disciple’s Belt, Councillor’s Pants, Heavy Weave Gloves, and Ikeyen’s Boots.

The Carnie is wearing the Pioneer Gloves, and her belt is not available to players. The Fire Eater is wearing the Heavy Weave Pants, and Fire Eaters of races that wear shoes are using Dress Shoes. Get a Farmer’s Broom to be a Carnie, or spend some JPs on the Tears of Heaven to be a Fire Eater.

The Fire Juggler’s outfit is almost entirely unobtainable, but the Phoenix Pants & Gloves worn by Maxima Blastenheimer and Rinling are crafted by tailors. The other pieces in Kalaneia’s outfit are the Scarlet Filigreed Shirt, Captain Sander’s Sash/Apothecary’s Sash, and level 1 Blood Elf Warrior boots.

To dual wield torches, you’ll want an Excavator’s Brand for your main hand and either Grayson’s Torch or the Mistyreed Torch for your off hand.
Clothies can choose the Spellstrike Pants and others can use the Sun Cured Leather Pants for a slightly closer match to the Fire Juggler. For leather wearers and up, the Blacksting Gloves from a Zangarmarsh quest are another stylish option for the hands. I’m not sure, however, if those boots are available to players in any form.

Jessica Rogers at the Ring Toss booth is wearing the Leggings of the Seventh Circle.

Shown here with the Rich Purple Silk Shirt and Disciple’s Belt; I like the Padded Boots for races who wear shoes.

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If you want to look like you “belong” at the Faire without specifically being a carnie, there are several mostly green or mostly purple sets — too many to show. So let’s start with these sets that use both purple and green (or yellow).

Hibernal, Elder’s/Darkmist, Highborne, Embrace of the Viper

I found the Elder’s Padded Armor for Kelilla, then looked for coordinating items that she already had, and came up with this:

Elder’s Padded Armor, Green Holiday Shirt, Cross Stitched Belt, Shimmering pants & boots

I used the Highborne Padded Armor for one of Kregga’s Faire ensembles.

Left: Highborne Padded Armor, Mystic Sarong, Revenant Girdle, Twilight Cultist Hood, Highborne Star (off-hand frill)
This outfit, designed to look like a Grimtotem Geomancer, makes a good mystical fortuneteller, too!
Right: Purple Turban, Green Linen Shirt, Violet Scale Tunic, Netherstalker Gloves Pants & Boots, High Councillor’s Sash, Blade of the Wretched
I originally made this mail set for Noblegarden, but I soon realized that it was really far more appropriate for the Darkmoon Faire.
The Violet Scale Tunic was awarded from an obsolete quest in the Barrens. To make this outfit in the post-Shattering world, use the Netherstalker chestpiece with the Netherstalker pants, or use the Thick Murloc Armor with the Dreamsinger Legguards.

Ever since I first saw the Vindicator Pants, I couldn’t resist the idea of using them in a clown suit to wear to the Darkmoon Faire.

#1 The Vindicator Pants & Tunic together look like some kind of space opera jumpsuit. Adding a Tuxedo Shirt and Dress Shoes makes the appearance more clown-like.
#2 Green Winter Hat, Green Lumberjack Shirt, Shimmering Bracers, Darkmoon Vest, High Councillor’s Sash, Vindicator Boots
#3 White Swashbuckler’s Shirt, Green Woolen Vest, Councillor’s Sash, Padded Boots
#4 Bright Yellow Shirt, Pilgrim’s Boots
#5 Hibernal Vest, Bold Yellow Shirt, Eldr’naan Belt, Shimmering Gloves

In addition to the Watcher’s Cap, Councillor’s Circlet, and Purple Turban shown previously, these hats will lend a more exotic flair to your Faire outfit.

Elder’s Hat, Eldr’naan Hood, Venomshroud Mask, Veil of the Silent Listener

Head on over to Kirina’s Darkmoon Faire article for some great ideas for casual carnival-goer clothes that aren’t cued off of the purple & green colors of the Faire itself.

See you at the Faire!

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Since Pilgrim’s Bounty started, I’ve been getting lots of hits on last year’s Pilgrim’s Bounty Photo Album, and I’ve felt a little badly that there isn’t really much to see there. This year, I’ve had more time to spend on in-game holiday activities, so I can share with you a few ideas I’ve had for Pilgrim’s Bounty outfits to complement Kirina’s suggestions.

First, let’s look at some ways to jazz up the Pilgrim Costume quest rewards with snazzy accessories.

A black (Nightsky) or white (Aurora/Shadow Council) hood is an excellent alternative to the Pilgrim Hat when worn with the dress. A hood doesn’t work so well with the suit, however.

The white hood looks especially nice. With a dark-colored book offhand frill, this combination would make a great Nun costume.

If you are (or were) Gilnean, the Pilgrim clothes look great with the Top Hat.


(But then, doesn’t just about anything? :P)

A simple way to add some extra flair is to use a pair of bracers that only partially covers the white cuff of the Pilgrim sleeves.

Most level 60 epic bracers are perfect for this; the Arcanist Bindings are shown on the left. On the right, Kazuliza takes it to eleven with the Antique Silver Cufflinks and Battered Jungle Hat. Above, Kymberlea is wearing the Sage’s bracers with her Pilgrim Dress. Both Kazuliza and Karrieanna (above) are wearing saddle shoes, which are easily obtained from Durotar or Elwynn Forest.

Taking that idea one step further, try wearing the Pilgrim suit with some coordinating shoulders, gloves, and boots.

Kelisanna is wearing the Bandit’s shoulders, gloves, and boots.
Kaprikka is wearing the Aurora Mantle and Silver-Thread gloves and boots.

Or wear the Pilgrim Hat & Boots with a different suit in between!

The Black Festival Suit from the Lunar Festival is ideal for this. So are the Shadow Council tunic & pants. Kregga is also carrying two cleaver-style axes — one bloodied, the other clean.
The male Tauren Commoner is wearing the Resilient set. The female Tauren Commoner is wearing a dark brown version of the Ancestral Robe that is, sadly, not available to players.

Oddly, the Pilgrim Hat is brown when worn by a Goblin or a Worgen. But, as Akabeko reminds us, the Puritans didn’t wear black all the time. Brown is a beautiful color to wear for an autumn celebration, anyhow.

Left, Durable tunic & trousers; right, Goblin Acolyte (lvl 1 Warlock) robe with Golden Filigreed Shirt. The Rustic Workman’s Shirt would also go well with the Goblin Acolyte Robe.

Left, Gilnean Neophyte (level 1 Priest) Robe; right, Draenic Silk Robes.

With its rich autumnal colors, the Royal Dangui is another fancy dress suitable for Pilgrim’s Bounty.

Katelyra is also wearing the Belt of Dark Schemes.

Here are some ideas for plain, simple, rustic outfits inspired by the hardworking farmers for whose bounteous harvests we give thanks at this time.


Kinevra’s Harvester’s Robe was awarded from a quest in Old Westfall and is, unfortunately, no longer available in the game. If you saved yours, it’s perfect for this holiday. Kivrinne’s Unkempt Robe still drops in Eversong Woods and Azuremyst Isle. The tailored Grey Woolen Robe is a sleeved version of the Unkempt Robe. The soft brown Forsaken level 1 Priest robe and weathered purple Darkmoon Robe also share this style.


Kikimaia is wearing the Forsaken level 1 Mage robe, a similar aesthetic to the Unkempt Robe.

The Forsaken, with their pale, bloodless flesh, don’t really need the Pilgrim’s Boots because they can easily imitate the effect simply by wearing Brocade Shoes.

Kivrinne is wearing the Brocade Vest and Tattered Cloth Pants and carrying a Buzzer Blade and Flesh and Bone.

The Frayed Robe, another drop from low level zones, provides a similar look to the Pilgrim’s/Native/Tauren lvl 1 Druid robe, especially when combined with the Wise Man’s Belt.

On the left, Kiki is wearing it with the Golden Filigreed Shirt; the Rustic Workman’s Shirt would also look nice. On the right, layering the Frayed Robe with the Sen’jin Doublet adds some blue and white striping that improves the resemblance to the Pilgrim’s Robe. She’s also wearing the Willow bracers.
The Dokebi tunic and trousers worn by the male Orc Commoner are a pants-outfit style match for the Frayed Robe. The female Orc Commoner is wearing the Thistlefur Robe.

Kaohana and the Tauren cooking trainers are wearing the Greenweave Robe.

Kaohana is also wearing the Wise Man’s Belt; the green version of the belt worn by the NPCs isn’t available to players.

Kivrinne was riding the Magic Broom when she logged out for the last time before the Hallow’s End celebration came to a close, and she was still riding it when she logged back in after the holiday was over.

She stayed on that broom for as long as she possibly could, but when she wanted to help out with the Pilgrim’s Bounty cooking, she finally had to give it up.

Finally, because I’m silly and couldn’t resist the idea —

Hallowed Helm, Flax Vest, Gossamer pants, Knitted Belt, Journeyman Boots

I’ve been leveling up my alts’ cooking with Cynwise’s excellent guide. If you want to level up your IRL cooking skill a little this Thanksgiving, these recipes are staples of my family’s Thanksgiving tradition:

Thanksgiving Cranberry Jello
3 oz raspberry jello (1 small box)
1 c cran-raspberry juice
1 can whole-berry cranberry sauce
1 c sour cream or plain yogurt
0.5 c chopped walnuts or pecans

Bring the juice to a boil, then add first the jello, then the cranberry sauce, stirring after each addition until it is fully dissolved. Cool the resulting mixture in the pan until it is partially set, then pour into an 8×8 glass baking dish and swirl in the sour cream and nuts. Continue to chill until fully set. To feed more people, double all the ingredients and use a 9×13 baking dish.

I use a 100% juice blend for the liquid. A sprinkle of cardamom mixed with the sour cream is a nice touch.

Dixie Salad
pomegranates
apples
1 c chopped walnuts or pecans
8 oz sweetened whipped cream, cool whip, or vanilla yogurt

Toast the chopped nuts. Seed the pomegranates. Chop the apples. Mix the pomegranate seeds, chopped apples, and toasted nuts with the whipped cream.

My grandmother’s version of this recipe calls for 4 pomegranates and 1 apple, but you can make it with any proportions of pomegranate-to-apple that you wish. I used 3 apples and 2 pomegranates last year. You can peel the apples if you like; I prefer to leave the peels on for extra color in the dish.

Count the blessings of this year, and may the next one be even more bountiful!

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