Monday, December 19, 2005

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas...

Well, not really. We are in the South after all.

We did have a rather nasty storm last week. Monkey had her first snow day, or rather ice day on Thursday. Despite the dire warnings from the weather man, we did not suffer much. Friends to the south were not so lucky and those closer to South Carolina are still without power. Yesterday we visited some who had delayed their annual Christmas party for a few days. Luckily they have a reserve heat source and several large fireplaces. The party was held in the afternoon to the glow of candle light. They had been busy with chainsaws cleaning up downed trees so people could get to their house. We all brought presents for several needy families in the area (the main reason for the party) and then enjoyed a rather festive afternoon. Who needs power?

I still have some last minute shopping to do for Big Daddy and Monkey. Right now I am in the middle of making a Buche de Noel for Monkey's class to enjoy on their last day of school this Wednesday. I'm not sure how I got talked into making one. I've never made one before. I am a fool. The genoise is done and I need to make the butter cream then assemble it all tomorrow. If it turns out halfway decent, I'll post photos. I just had to save the cooling genoise cake from the clutches of Gigi. She's a rather athletic and ballsy dog. She's been banished outside until the cake cools. Keep your fingers crossed.


  1. Wow--by wild coincidence I, too, have volunteered to make a buche de noel. And I've never made one before either. Some stupid part of me thought it would be a great idea because I have a new jellyroll pan. :-)

    So the questions are: Chestnut or chocolate? Meringue mushrooms, or marzipan ones?

  2. Chocolate. The accompaning butter cream was supposed to be filled with espresso powder and rum. I think that's a little too much for the pre-k and kindergarten set. So it will be chocolate butter cream. I'm so behind in preparation. I haven't decided on the mushrooms. I have plenty of eggs for meringue, but love marzipan. I'll be up all night making mushrooms...

    I think the mother of Monkey's little friend, Max had it much easier with the latkes, dreidels and gelt... :)