We had a very merry Christmas and hope you did too. Can I just say, it is really difficult to shop for five kids AND keep it all hidden until Christmas! But it's fun and we had a wonderful Christmas. It is such a blessing to have little ones about you and hear their excitement! We are so thankful for family. We always let our kids get up whenever and look in their stockings without us. So we woke up to the wonderful gasps of excitement and giddy laughter. It's so fun to hear their joyful whispers as they tried to contain their excitement and not wake us. Charlie was the cutest guy of all.
Sam and Dallas congratulating Evan on getting a frisbee.
I made tamales with friends Tera and Erin this year, so that and posole were our Christmas food all week. I think we'll make this a tradition! Yummmmmm. The posole came about because I had leftover carne adovada from making the tamales, so I added it to a good broth, put in a can of Hatch enchilada sauce, a large can of hominy, and let it simmer, and we loved it.
Rolls for our big dinner. We've all moved away from the rolls I used to make with lots of butter, sugar, and eggs, and everyone only wants me to make my french bread recipe into rolls. I am happy to oblige since it takes only 2 hours to make as opposed to five. 'Tis a gift to be simple.
Now the opposite of simple. Here's where I tell you the story of how Bobby Flay ruined my Christmas Eve. Not really, but I saw him do this pumpkin bread pudding throwdown with Pioneer Woman and his dessert looked so good, so I've waited about two years to find the perfect time to make it since it takes quite a bit of work. Christmas Eve was the day and I set out to make it with high expectations. Shown below is the pumpkin bread, cubed, toasted, and sitting in the custard about to bake. That was just the first two parts.
After this I had to make three more parts: a pudding to go underneath, a caramel sauce to go over top, and a whip cream topping. I burned the first caramel sauce but kept going. Six cups of cream and 11 egg yolks later, we had the finished product. And you know what? No one liked it. It was way too rich, and way too sweet. I should have just stopped after the pumpkin bread and eaten that. Lesson learned. Big intricate recipes are rarely better. Oh well. *smile*