My husband and I are at his parents’ house in northern northern northern California for Christmas. Boy it’s a long haul from home in Colorado, but it’s beautiful here even though we’re missing a White Christmas at home. I’ve got meringue mushrooms for another buche de noel in the oven at the moment, and the turkey is fixin’ to go on the grill.
I finally finished all of the aprons for my Mom, my sister-in-law, and my mother-in-law.
The former two will be given after we get back home, and the latter of which was graciously received and currently in service in the kitchen during turkey prep.
This is also a quilt
I made for my father-in-law from Amy Karol’s book, Bend-the-Rules Sewing.
This is my third quilt from this book that I’ve made. I love it. Simple. Unintimidating. Just something that I needed to launch me into real quilt making (I’ve always ever made yoyo quilts by hand…I have one in the works which has been put on hold for the time being.). I made one for my Dad too, but it’s at home. I’ll post a pic when I’ve put the binding on.
Until then, I hope that everyone who may or may not be out there reading this have a safe and wonderful Christmas. Hold your family tight, enjoy the day, and remember that this is the day we celebrate Christ’s birth–God in the flesh cleverly disguised as a wee tiny baby who would grow into the man who would make the ultimate sacrifice for all of our sins.
These are the remnants of the Christmas Cookie Extravaganza that we hosted at the beginning of the month (sorry about the image being so small…I’ll figure out these darn computers some day).
Here they are being packaged up for co-workers’ Christmas presents. The big tins are for my parents and my husband’s parents.
Today I made my second batch of these for the year. These are for my husband’s committee for his dissertation proposal(he presents his topic tomorrow!). The first batch, I used to decorate our tree. I kept eating all of the ones I didn’t decorate, so I took them to my parents and offered them to their African grey parrot, Lola, who greedily munched an entire one done in one sitting (she’s serious about crunchy spicy things). I’ll have to teach her to say thank you sometime. Right now, she just whistles up a storm, and says random things like “help” and “hello” in a man’s voice and my voice, and, “Hi Lo” (she nicknamed herself–silly bird) and best of all “Hey Toots!” in a voice that sounds like an 80 year old who has chain-smoked for 50 years. Anyhow, go make some of these cookies–they’re tasty!
I also made my first Buche de Noel of the season.
I started making these maybe 4 years ago and I’ll never go back because meringue mushrooms are the most fun things ever to make. It’s so fun watching people’s reactions as they bite into one of them and realize that it’s not a real mushroom. I use the recipe for the mushrooms from this book and the cake recipe from here. I do always try new flavors. This year I was inspired by the alfajores cookies in Nick Malgieri’s book A Baker’s Tour. They are a really eggy cookie flavored with cognac and lemon zest and filled with dulce de leche on the inside and on the sides and coated in coconut on the sides. Super tasty…anyhow, I flavored my ganache and whipped cream with cognac and threw some lemon zest in the whipped cream and I sprinked coconut on the whipped cream layer before I rolled up the cake. I’m anxious to see how it tastes tonight at our Life Group Christmas party.
Today I enter the world of blogging. This is my very first post. Yikes!
I will attempt to chronicle my crafting, sewing, and cooking. I decided to call this ~E Made This!, because I, Elizabeth make a lot of things, some consumable, some rather practical, and others just for their prettiness. I have many works in progress for Christmas, but no pictures yet. As for now, enjoy this book. It’s been a very peaceful encouraging read lately for me.