I made the Yule Log today. I sort of followed Martha Stewart's recipe. The cake is a chocolate sponge cake, the filling is chocolate mousse, and the icing is chocolate ganache.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Sunday, December 22, 2013
I've been doing a little holiday baking lately. These chocolate crackles are a family favorite.
And the captain loves these shortbread cookies.
And last night I made these meringue mushrooms to decorate the Buche de Noel that I'll be making for Christmas Eve.
You start with an Italian meringue, pipe it into these shapes, bake for an hour, then stick them together with melted chocolate.
I love making desserts that require artsy/crafty touches, so making these mushrooms was a lot of fun. I'll show you the cake later.
Friday, December 20, 2013
We have managed to get a tree, find the decorations, send out some cards, buy a few presents, and make some cookies. Katie is home from school. We have been invited to dinner on Christmas Eve. And we will have a quiet Christmas Day here at the condo with just the four of us. And maybe go for a boat ride on the weekend.
Happy Christmas everyone!
Monday, December 9, 2013
We had a wonderful weekend in Las Vegas with some dear friends. We were celebrating winter birthdays and enjoyed Bocelli on Saturday night.
Last time we were in Vegas, most of the really fabulous casinos weren't even built, so we did a lot of "walkin and gawkin".
Egypt, and New York.
We enjoyed shopping at the Forum,
seeing the Trevi Fountain, and afternoon gelato.
What a fun weekend. Las Vegas is like Disneyland for adults. Only smokier....
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
And then when we finally got the green light they gave us three weeks to build and install the sign! Luckily they had given us a deposit and we had pre-ordered lots of the components, but we still had to work some long hours to make it all happen.
It's quite a process installing the neon tubing. Each piece has several tube supports that the glass has to be wired to, two PK housings to accept the ends, and rubber caps to keep the wiring dry. On the inside, wires must connect the back of each PK housing to the next one in line and eventually connect to the transformer. There were 152 connections in this sign and guess who had to crawl into the sign to make all those connection? Below you see me standing in the sign working on the easy part. It was way worse in the middle part of the sign.
When I was finally done making all those connections, and the Captain had installed all the glass, and our employees had installed the transformers, and done all the other little things to finish the sign, we turned it on and all the tubes lit up perfectly. So we left it running all night long. On Monday we rolled it into the trailer in preparation for Tuesday's install. And on Tuesday morning everything went smoothly and the sign was bolted onto the wall around 4pm. Whew!