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Christmas in review -

Back at work, and there's tumbleweeds drifting down the corridors, it's incredibly empty. There's three people in our department of about 20. Yay, desolation!

Not much in the way of rest and relaxation, but it was a rewarding holiday. The church Pagan group's solstice was nice--Whines and I had a communication gaffe and I ended up going solo, but other than that, it was a good event, very smooth and well-attended.

I'd spent Friday afternoon making a hundred creampuffs, and after a brief shopping trip or three, we came home yesterday, and I violated them with a cone filled with vanilla-rum custard, and then ran to church to glue them into a big cone, shellacking them vigorously with caramel and candy pearls. The chroquembouche turned out prit'near perfectly, maybe a little too much caramel, but I have nothing to compare to. One of the people at the church was from the Austin Culinary Institute, and she said that my croque' was very pretty :) Yay!

Half of it came home. Not yay. Like we need more sugar!

Sunday - Shopping most of the morning, then lunch, then realized I'd forgotten that we had guests coming Tuesday evening, so, more shopping. Then, we went to see the 37th street Trail of Lights with Fizzit and Itza, which was nice--almost as good as two years ago, better than last year by far.

Monday - I don't even remember Monday right now! I had to help Patricia out at her bookstore at 3:00, then we came home and wrapped presents until bedtime.

Christmas - Ran down to mom's house for Christmas morning, where many presents were unwrapped. Whines gave me a satellite navigation system thingie and an amazing kitchen appliance, a "Kebab-It" that made eight shishkebabs, spinning them vertically around a heating element in a pyrex case. Very neat! We turned it on when we got home at 3:30, as a part of the pre-Christmas-dinner eating. Turtle and her mom came in at 4:00-ish, my family at 5:30, Tenar and Maus stopping by for a short visit in the 5:30 range, too. The first Christmas dinner at our new house--I made turkey and duck with orange sauce, Turtle & Mom brought stuffing, gravy, home-made rolls and a delicious rum cake (recipe?), and my family brought green beans and fruit salad.

Very nice, very busy holiday...


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Dec. 26th, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC)
Itza and I opened our presents once we got back into town - we love the notebooks. Thanks much! We owe you and Whines a hug next time we meet in person.
Dec. 26th, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked :)
Dec. 26th, 2007 11:04 pm (UTC)
Rum cake
I emailed it with the tequila cookies, but here it is again, without the official recipe...since reproducing it might infringe on copyrights. ;-}

1 18.5oz pkg yellow cake mix
1 3.75oz pkg jello vanilla instant pudding and pie filling
4 eggs
.5 cup wesson oil
.5 cup MYER's
.5 cup water

2 sticks of butter
.5 cup water
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup MYER's

Find pan that will work.
Preheat oven to 325F
Butter and flour pan generously.
mix wet cake ingredients in measuring cup, breaking eggs, dump into cake and pudding mix. Stir, thinking you'll beable to get it right this time....find beaters and use mixer.
Pour into pan(s).
Put in over for 55 minutes. Set up cooling rack. Take out cake, invert, let steam heat cake out onto plate. Come back in an hour.
Stab entire cake about three inches deep with those needles you use to pin turkey skin together.

Turn on fire
Pour water into saucepan, put in butter, melt butter, add sugar. Boil for 5 minutes or until it begins to bubble too close to the top of pan, stiring vigorously, constantly. Stir in rum, turn off fire. Grab soup laddle and pour onto rum cake.

If doing this in summer:
Leave cake on table and pour more glaze on cake when glaze has absorbed. (About an hour depending on humidity.)

If doing this in winter:
Put cake and glaze in oven to keep at proper temperature so the butter does not solidify.

If doing this while cooking other stuff in the oven:
Leave cake on top of stove to be kept warm by oven exhaust, but not hot enough to fry the glaze in the cake. When time to apply more glaze, light fire under glaze. Do not return to boil, just melt butter and stir. Do not heat in microwave.

After a few hours of adding glaze, add as much glaze as fits in the plate, put cake in oven and go to bed. If cake has not absorbed as much as you want by morning add more. If it has not absorbed what you put in last night let rest.

You will have some left over. It can be saved as extra sauce for a rummy, or used to fry up some bananas.

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