The cooking/baking/candy making mojo has been really good this year. This brittle, made from the Craft of Baking, was a huge success and was frighteningly easy. No thermometer—just a watchful eye is needed. I will say, a good pot and patience is helpful when heating it up. I have learned to bring it to a boil slowly and then put it on high heat after the sugar is totally dissolved. I didn't use cashews for this brittle but almonds. The almonds were roasted and salted, which has made the brittle quite salty although really tasty nonetheless. Next time, however, I will use unsalted nuts.
We are well prepared for Solstice—the girls are done with the gifts they have made for each other and I made 3 fancy skirts for them with plenty of sparkle and gauzy magic. I have made our Solstice cake, which I made last year and will make every year from now on because it's the perfect cake in my book—it's in the freezer now. On Christmas Eve I will make the Swedish Braid. I love holiday baking, especially Christmas breads. Also, I need to switch up my baking. If I make any more cookies I will really lose my mind. I made a lot this year and while it was fun, I am so done with cookies.
We had a family trip to the mall last night to watch the ice skaters and see the decorations and lights downtown. An added bonus, we also saw some public vomiting while watching the ice skaters. The unfortunate episode took place between the Cinnabon and the kiosk for the pre-paid law services, all to the music of an Air Supply tune blaring from the ice rink. I felt bad for the young woman, but she sure seemed ready to go party after she was done. Good for her! What a trooper.
Okay, I sure hope everyone has a safe, relaxing, and un-vomit filled Holiday and New Year. See you in 2010!