Well the whirlwind of Christmas just is sputtering to a close . . . I realized I think I might enjoy the lead up to Christmas more than the actual day, or days, themselves. Here a a few pictures of what happened over on this end of the world. I didn't record the hurried messes or grouchy voices, I caught a few glimpses of the pretty things . . . Like my eight-year-old's last minute made Christmas dress . . . She always reminds me the day before or so, and then I remember, "Oh yes, we need to do that too . . ." So we hurry to the fabric store and somehow, it always gets finished in the hours before it is worn, and threads just barely snipped, and then it looks as though we had planned it so well and she has had it hanging in her closet for weeks. Shhh, I like that part of the last minutes before it all begins . . .
And the deep yet bright colors of Christmas eve . . .
And the quiet light the of the morning . . . The day so many children dream about all year . . .
And then there are the chocolate Santa's that look so much better than they actually taste . . .
And lastly, poppy seed cake with brandy sauce and pecans . . .
Poppy Seed Cake
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In a large bowl mix:
2 cups butter soft
2 + ½ cups brown sugar
1 + ½ cups sour cream
8 eggs, one at a time then stir
½ cup milk
Mix in a bowl:
6 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
Combine ingredients then pour into a buttered budnt pan.
If your pan is not very big, pour excessbatter into a loaf pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
For the brandy sauce I just pour brandy in a pan over medium heat,
added brown sugar and a couple tablespoons of butter.
I also threw in a cup or so of pecans.
Once everything is desolved turn off the heat.
When the cake is cooked and turned out onto a plate,
poke toothpick size holes all over the top of the cake.
Pour the brandy sauce with pecans over that and
if you want to make it extra fancy, sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Hope everyones holidays were fabulous ~ Marica