Saturday, January 21, 2012

Decorating Committee

I love love love to bake. I'm not so keen on decorating. I make a million Christmas cookies and try not to decorate any of them. I didn't frost or sprinkle any cut-out cookies this year, but I didn't dodge the decorating bullet completely.

On Christmas Eve night, I was at my grandmother's house and decided to decorate a few of the gingerbread people (and bears) since I was going to give some to my aunt the next morning. She and I talked and watched tv while I decorated and the next thing I knew, all of the cookies were done and it was 3 AM.

The first few were hard, but I got better and more creative as the night wore on. It reminded me of when I would stay up all night writing a paper in college, only instead of typing big words and sharp turns of phrase, I drew fun patterns and hairdos. I have to say, I'm pretty proud of how they look. Maybe piping is my forte.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Sticky Toffee Pudding

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is having Sticky Toffee Pudding for dessert. It isn't the conventional cake that you find across the pond, but the linked recipe I use is by Nigella Lawson so you can trust it.

It's served warm with a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream.