now that the christmas decorations are up, i'm starting to get a little more into the season. for some inexplicable reason, i have had a craving for hot buttered rum. i remember my mother drinking it on cold winter nights when we lived in germany, and i have had it once or twice. in order to satisfy my craving, i whipped up a batch of hot buttered rum batter the other night using this recipe . yes, it is extremely decadent and fattening, but that's what christmas is for....right? well, i know gorging yourself on decadent foods has something to do with it.
it was delicious, and had an amazing ability to warm me to the core (plus i got a little tipsy).
in the meantime i have been plugging along making gifts. today i focused on my two adopted, half step-brother and sister. i'm not entirely sure that's the correct title for them, but to clarify, my father and step-mother have adopted two children from cambodia, emma and chhay (pronounced like chai tea). they are absolutely adorable, and if i had any digital pictures of them I would be happy to share them with you. Anyway, i always try to give them useful gifts, and i am drawn to gifts of the artistic type. In years past I have given seven year-old emma an easel and cooking and baking dishes and utensils, so I thought this year I would give her an apron. I figured she could use it for a multitude of purposes. she loves the colors red and pink (as do i), so a pink and red apron it is:
here is a close-up of the pockets:
i think this will be absolutely adorable on her!
since i've been long-winded enough today, i will wait until tomorrow to post a picture of one of the gifts I made for chhay.