Monday, December 19, 2011

Up to no good

For reasons I can't really explain, I got an urge to make candy last weekend. I don't particularly like candy — I prefer my sugar mixed with flour and butter and applied directly to my midsection. That said, we made sea salt caramels from this recipe and peppermint bark and pistachio-cranberry-pumpkin seed bark and they pretty much rock. The bark couldn't be easier to make. Just melt good chocolate (I used Trader Joe's 72% cacao, but you can use milk, white, whatever) in a double boiler. Pour melted chocolate into a waxed paper-lined pan and top with whatever you choose. We found putting it in the fridge for a few hours helped it set up.

And now we're off to California, for some end-of-year festivities. See you all in 2012!

Monday, December 5, 2011

The 5th unbirthday

dad in 70s at piano

Happy birthday, Dad. Despite the fact that you've been gone 4 1/2 years, you are still very much a presence in my life on a daily basis.