The last few days have been a bit of a series of unfortunate events. Tuesday was Babybat’s school Thanksgiving to-do. It was so cute to see my little bug up there dancing and singing with the other little kids in her year. Work was super hectic as there was so much to do for the center Thanksgiving. Everything pretty much went well and Babybat didn’t have school so she was at the center with me which made my day. When we got home we prepped the cinnamon rolls for the morning and went to bed. The morning was everything I planned for: warm cinnamon rolls with homemade icing and Irish Coffee made from scratch while watching the parade. Unfortunately while rummaging in the pantry for our food coloring (Babybat wanted the icing to be colored) a glass bottle of rubbing sage fell from one of the shelf smack onto my phone cracking the screen in such a way that it was impossible to do anything even turn it off to stop my alarms from going off and snoozing every 5 minutes. As it was a holiday there was very little I could do to remedy the situation right away. However despite my resolve to not go out t I’ll the mall on Friday (there by avoiding any insanity) there I went. I got a brand new phone and it wasn’t as expensive as I was expecting…but now I have a new number. That’s what made it cheap I guess and it’s been a bit of a to-do changing everything over. Not only have I had to change my phone over but I’ve been locked out of my Yahoo email account for awhile and the only place I had access to it was my phone so…I have other emails but again everything is in there. So I lost a lot these last few days pictures, emails, videos of Babybat’s Thanksgiving performance. Not everything though, just from this last year; I switched all of my earlier pictures over to a teeny tiny card.
It sounds dreadful but we’ve been keeping it magical all the same. Babybat took a couple rides on a train at the mall:
We made the first batch of Treacle Fudge (we usually find a reason to make a second)!
This afternoon we embarked on mixing up “The Cake of Cakes” or the Christmas Cake:
I’d flirted with the idea of doing this all year and what it really boiled down to was having the ingrediants on hand.
It was very similar to the Simnel Cake I made for Easter…except the Simnel Cake didn’t break 2 of my wooden spoons during the stirring. After it drinks for a few weeks the week before the big day it will have to be wrapped in marzipan and then let to dry a couple days than coated in royal icing. So exciting!!! I might still make the pudding but we’ll see. It seems as though this year we are breaking with tradition a bit.
While we haven’t completely dismissed the goose we might just stay in County Cork and make Spiced Beef instead. Its mentioned in Dubliners (The Dead) and it takes like two weeks to marinate in the spices and its juices (complicated time consuming food adventures!!!)
Next week Babybat is going to have her piano recital and I’m a tad nervous for her. I don’t really care if she performs I’m just super scared that she will be scared and cry as there are going to be a lot of people there. She won’t be up there alone, her teacher will be with her but still it’s a lot.
Well, it will all work out, we might just watch everyone else perform and that is okay. At any rate the snow is coming and we can cuddle up with a steamy mug of either hot cocoa or whiskey punch:
1/2 cup boiling water
1 shotglass of whiskey
1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 slice of lemon
– dissolve the sugar in the boiling water and stud the lemon with the cloves. Add the whiskey and enjoy. I didn’t have fresh lemon so I put a few teaspoons of lemon juice in the mix and drank it that way, still yummy but a bit problematic when you hit a clove.
Stay magical and have a great holiday season!