108th: When you speak of God or his attributes, let it be seriously & with reverence. Honour & obey your natural parents although they be poor.
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
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CHRISTMAS LETTER. Once again, I've posted our Christmas letter on the Internet. It may not be as personal as holding it in your hand--but it's a lot prettier on the net!
HERE WE COME A-WASSAILING
13 December 2004
We were going to Walt's office Christmas party. I had volunteered to make dessert, 'cause I love making desserts more than anything.
I wanted to go with something "Christmassy." I checked on The Food Network web page and came up with what sounded like a delicious cranberry upside down cake. It was ranked "easy to medium" in difficulty. You melt butter in an oven-safe frying pan and then mix cranberry juice, brown sugar, and spices with it. Then you put cranberries on that, pour on your batter (which has 1/2 lb of butter in it), and bake. When it comes out of the pain, the cranberries are on top and the syrup is dripping down the sides. Easy!
MINE didn't come out of the pan. It broke into pieces when I tried to invert it on a platter. The syrup had long since baked into the cake itself and the cranberries all pushed to the side when I added the batter, so instead of being on top, they were mixed throughout the cake. And I had a huge mess on my hands.
So I made something else. I couldn't find anything that matched the ingredients I had on hand, so I created a recipe, using the old stand-by lemon bundt cake recipe as a reference. I had no lemon cake mix, so had to use vanilla. I had no lemon jello, so used strawberry. I added strawberry extract instead of rum extract, and I folded more of the cranberries Walt had made a special trip to the store to buy into the batter.
I greased the bunt pan thickly and covered it evenly with flour. No way was THIS baby not going to come out of the pan! Fortunately, it did come out unscathed. I made a lemon glaze out of the lemons we stole off my cousin's neighbor's tree in the dead of night several weeks ago. I still didn't have a clue how the cake was going to taste, so I figured that tarting it up would make it look pretty, whether it tasted awful or not.
When we got to the party, someone else had brought a chocolate cheesecake and I figured that my cake was pretty much superfluous. And in fact, one piece of cheesecake--one of my favorite foods--was even too rich for me and I honestly didn't want to even taste my own cake.
However, someone decided to serve it in addition to the cheesecake and everyone raved about it. Go figure! I actually took a small piece of it when I was helping to clean up and by golly--it was damn good!
The party wasn't so bad. I took Jeri's advice and asked people questions about themselves and I wasn't as up tight as usual. Until I clogged the toilet, that is, and caused it to overflow onto the floor. That was right before Walt spilled a glass of water into his lap.
But we did enjoy the Christmas party game. Walt brought home some lovely crystal candlestick holders.
I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do with a Cat in the Hat shower curtain, however.
How'd you do on the Christmas Carol quiz?
A PONDER HOW STOP RAINED EAR PAWS
BELLE SOURING KING CHILLED RINSE INKING
WIDOW VOICES BIGGEST DOES HE
GLOW REESE DREAM FORUM HAVANA FAR
As predicted, Jeri got them all. Show off.
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Since I don't have a photo of my own, I'll steal one of Steve's.