Gentle Friends we had one quiet little Christmas we went to the candle light Mass at Most Holy Redeemer, it was a lovely service, with lots of music, decorations and candle light!! On Christmas morning - we slept in a bit and got up late - I baked up some sausage Pin-Wheels I had made the day before. Even with all the changes to my Christmas this year I was determined to keep some of my family traditions going, sausage Pin-Wheels is one of them and - I also made a Birthday Cake... baby Jesus gets one every year and I wasn't about to not have one this year. The type of cake changes from year to year, we had many a "Robert E Lee " cake growing up.... this is a coconut cake with 7 minute frosting filled with lemon curd.
This year I decided to make one of my favorites.... Pat's Rum Cake....
I have made this many times... the only glitch being was my empty liquor cabinet - as I had no Rum for the cake. I picked up this bottle at Trader Joe's - that's a clear bottle it's in.... very nice and dark rum!! It was a hit as always.
After our little breakfast, and a quick dog walk... and a visit to Chauncey and Nikita (the two sweet kitties we a watching for some Friends while they are are in the UK - we settled into opening up some presents!! One of my favorite things Rico gave me was the Bluray of the first two season of Downton Abbey. One of my favorite shows and I can't wait for them to start up again on January 6th!! We also received a very special gift from Shirlee and John. I waited until Christmas morning to open it up, although I was told I could open it early, and to my surprise were two lovely BBD Stocking ornaments!!
They look super on the the tree!!! Thank you so much Shirlee!!!! Perfectly stitched and finished!
- I really wasn't in the mood to make a big elaborate Christmas dinner... instead I made reservations!! We had a fun and entertaining dinner at Benihana's over in Japan Town. It was lots of fun - and they were just packed and turning away people both at the door and over the phone!!
I am still plugging away on ATS - and even though I said I was going to show an update snap, I am gonna hold off until Friday for that.
That's about it for today sports fans - I hope everyone had a super Christmas!! Thanks for stopping by, do stop again!