As I reflect on this past month, I have to admit it has truly been a whirlwind of activity!
First, there were the events surrounding my book to wrap up. From talks and signings...to demos and cooking classes. Each and every one of them was truly fun and exciting -- and if you were there at all, thanks for your support!
Then, there was all the baking and cooking. (If you missed my post on that, you can read it here
Then, there were the kids and grandkids and significant others arriving from all parts of the country, from New York City to Wappingers Falls to Charlotte. (Confession: This was the absolute best part of all!)
And then, at long last, there was all the celebrating and hosting. From my husband's and son-in-law's birthdays...to Christmas Eve...to Christmas Day...to New Year's Eve...to New Year's Day. Whew!
|The table's all set|
|Red and gold dominate!|
My Bûche de Noël dessert
|There's nothing better than homemade gifts|
|The boys loved their Bildopolis Big Bilder kit!|
|Legos is always a favorite|
|Hallmark's recordable books are the best invention ever|
|Hot cocoa + homemade marshmallows = a very special Nonna treat|
|New Year's dessert: Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake (with dark chocolate ganache topping and white chocolate snowflake garnish)|
|My New Yorkers getting ready to drive cross country to LA|
Now that the festivities are over and life is slowly getting back to normal, it's time to look forward to an even more wonderful, fun-filled new year. Happy 2013 to you all!
Your Bûche de Noël looks like it turned out wonderful! Happy Holidays, Maria!
Same to you, Katie!
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