It’s been a busy weekend for me in the kitchen. We had dinner guests over this evening and one of the dishes on the table was a Triple-Chocolate Peppermint Trifle. I got the recipe from the December issue of Martha Stewart Living and let me tell you what, that thing was awesome to eat but a pain to make. In all the excitement I forgot to take a picture of my own creation so here is the pic from the magazine and MarthaStewart.com.
I also made Snickerdoodles again for my little friend Madi since she really liked them when I brought some over to her house a couple of weeks ago. Now she has her own box of cookies to enjoy. In addition to those yummy eats, I made Peppermint Bark and I think I could give Williams~Sonoma a run for their money this season. I used a recipe by Paula Deen but added a good dose of Peppermint extract to the white chocolate.
This Wednesday I am participating in a cookie swap and have to make six dozen cookies. I have chosen to make Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies. The recipe is a bit time consuming because you have to chill the dough so many times but it will be worth it. I start that challenge tomorrow.
In the mean time I have been reading Dewey: The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched The World by Vicki Myron. I won a copy through Library Things Early Reviewer Program earlier this fall. This book is so great and touching that I have already cried at least once per chapter. I’m not very far along yet, and don’t see myself really having any good reading time in the next few days, but I try to read a chapter a night before fading off to sleep. Let’s just say that my dog, Rocky, has been getting even more hugs on top of the plethora I give him each day because of Dewey.
Well, as you can tell by the looks of this blog, I am in full Christmas mode here in Okinawa. I’ve got the Christmas tunes synced on my iPod and I created two different Christmas playlists on my iTunes program and I have some favorite holiday internet raidio stations picked out on iTunes radio. One of my favorite versions of “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” is sung by Jewel and her Mother. I’ve included it for you below. Enjoy!