This has probably been one of the longest periods of time that I’ve gone without blogging. Christmas happened, New Years happened, Aaron started classes again today and I am back to blogging!
I uploaded pictures from the week of Christmas today. It’s been two weeks since Christmas!
I baked the cake pops below for Aaron’s work holiday party. I ended up baking 80 total – 60 for Aaron’s coworkers and 20 for one of mine. They were chocolate cake. Of course because no one likes anything other than my chocolate cake. AHHHH. Anyway, dipped in white chocolate candy coating and sprinkled with sanding sugar.
I also printed little labels that said Happy Holidays and stuck them on green pieces of scrap booking paper. Let me just note right here that I am not a scrap booker. I scrap booked once and it was TEDIOUSLY BORING. But three cheers for those of you who are into it. It’s pretty cool, just not my thing.
My thing is dipping tiny balls of cake in chocolate and hoping they don’t crack.
Not a great thing….
Cake pops taking over the dining room table:
And a close up of a finished one. I thought they turned out pretty well. I’m SO OVER making cake pops though.
Moving on to Christmas day…
Aaron and I woke up bright and early, made coffee and opened each other’s presents. He got me great presents! For example, these pretty Crate and Barrel nesting bowls:
Though mine are slightly cooler colors. Cooler like better.
After we finished opening presents, we spent all day cooking! Aaron chopped and peeled a million things for me.
I made two cranberry apple stuffed pork loins for the main course. The recipe is from Simply Recipes and can be found here. I also made streuseled sweet potato casserole from Cooking Light, a salad with blue cheese, candied pecans and pears and a maple cheesecake with maple cranberry sauce for dessert. Aaron’s parents also brought two stuffings. One with bacon and one without.
I would recommend all of the recipes to you. Aaron LOVED the pork though I wasn’t a huge fan. I loved the sweet potatoes (add a pinch of cinnamon) but my absolute favorite thing was the cheesecake. Here’s a link to the recipe. Make it. Seriously. Make it. It is a wonderful cheesecake! I baked it in a water bath per the instructions and it didn’t crack at all.
Thanks to my mother for getting me a subscription to Taste of Home. That’s where the cheesecake recipe came from. Also, thanks to my mom and dad for getting Aaron and I an iPad. We love it!!!
Check out the little roses in a cranberry-filled vase. Channeling Martha Stewart.
Aaron man-handling the pork:
Aaron’s grandma Dorothy!
Aaron’s parents looking at the wedding album that my parents made. Oh yes we’re on the back of it looking over the water in black and white.
And Aaron’s brother being Santa and handing out gifts.
Alright Aaron is out of the shower now and it’s almost 10 pm so I’m heading into bed soon. I always claim on here that I’m going to get back into blogging and do it more often. Those claims never actually happen so this time there will be no claims.
Aaron and I are off to an Inn this weekend and I’m so excited!! We’re staying in the Lilac Room. Yes!