It's cookie gift box month in the Fleur Cakes kitchen and this year I estimate that I made 900-1000 cookies. Boy, are my beaters tired!
Fleur Cakes does have three more cake orders this month, including the last wedding cake of the year (number 51) on New Year's Eve, another small wedding with a diminutive tiered cake.
Of course there were the usual December activities- school, piano recital, shopping, class presentation, and decorating.
the village. The boys are experts at its creation now.
smoked salmon spread and listened to Nat King Cole.
After weeks of warm, rainy Oregon weather, our first snow of the season finally arrived in mid-December. It didn't last for long and after another larger snowstorm we had pouring rain that created some seriously dampened spirits, squelching the hopes for a white Christmas. A few days later the weather turned wintery again and we had another proper snowstorm. We are now under a wonderful white blanket of Christmas snow, nine inches deep. Yesterday morning when I drove Samuel to his art school ride before sunrise, I was stunned by the early morning winter landscape. The mountainous hills around us were like a painting, all the trees frosted with snow, the fields edged with fog, the white road bordered by snowbanks, all in the glowing blue hues of a winter morning. Seeing the beauty of it made rising before dawn and going out in the cold all worth it.
It's a good thing that the snow arrived during our school break because when that first clean covering of snow arrives, all other activities cease for the boys. For them, the only thing in the world is the snow and there is so much to do with it.
They forget to eat and do their chores. We should have a name for the first snow sickness.