12th Day of Christmas

On the Second Day of Christmas: Sharing An Owl and Pussy Cat

Knitted and Felted Woolly Owl

On the Second Day of Christmas: sharing the owl and Â…

Knitted and Felted Woolly Kitty Kat

the pussy cat!

Both gifts were knitted and then felted.

On the First Day of Christmas... A Knitted Nutcracker!

Knitted Nutcracker pattern by Alan Dart

On the First Day of Christmas: Sharing my first ever completed Alan Dart knitted toy! The Nutcracker!

Knitted Nutcracker pattern by Alan Dart

The nutcracker is a gift to my son who collects Nutcrackers and stands about 14" + tall!

Celebrating Twelfth Night with Two Special Cakes Again!


Tomorrow is again Twelfth Night - The 12th Day of Christmas and time again for a special cake!

If you missed celebrating Twelfth Night with me last year, pop over for a few lovely recipes - good contenders all for a final celebration of Christmas and the end of the season.

I don't know exactly why we don't celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas in America. Must research! I do think we are missing out big time!

Celebrate Twelfth Night - Eat Cake!


Apparently, there are several cultures in the world that regard Twelfth Night - also know as Three Kings Day or Epiphany - as a great time to eat a very special cake!

I decided to make baking a special cake on Twelfth Night a new tradition at my house - beginning this year! With this very cake - Gâteau Basque.

Valentine Treat! Almond Chocolate Cake/Torte

The recipe for this yummy, dense, jam covered almond and chocolate torte found it's way into my recipe box many, many years ago.  The cake is very simple to make and frosting it couldn't be easier - simply cover it with jam after baking?

When I make this torte on Valentines Day, I bake it in two little 8" heart pans - one to eat and one to give!.  But a 9" or 10" spring form pan is recommended.  The recipe makes 1 - 9" or 10" cake or 2 - 8" heart cakes.

Chocolate Almond Torte

3/4 cup unsalted butter
7/8 cup + 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
5 eggs, separated

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