I said I wasn't going to do any Christmas baking this year. None.
We are still hauling around that extra five pounds we picked up in Jamaica and I figured there was no need to add to the girth until we bring that five pounds back.
And then- I said, well...maybe just a few cookies? Perhaps just one batch of shortbread?
Several batches of cookies, two cheesecakes, a plum pudding, and a cherry cake later, in addition to four double batches of chocolate popcorn, some jams, jellies and chutney, and five meat pies, I have to admit, maybe...just maybe, I have a problem.
But, in my defense, I didn't make a dark fruit cake! (That's because I had two set aside last year to age. Wrapped in cheesecloth soaked in rum. I had considered aging them for ten years. Will they make it all the way to ten? It is not looking good.)
Oh well. What's a few more pounds anyway!
I must admit, it was difficult to not make a dark fruit cake, simply because I so love the smell of the dried fruit and nuts soaked overnight in rum. It is one of my three favourite smells, and a special day for me when I light a candle and think of my own Mom, whose recipe I use.
But honestly, this year I really wanted to let go of some of that Christmas preparation that makes the season so exhausting. And getting rid of the Cake That We Eat More Of Than We Should seemed a reasonable place to start.
I think I may have struck a pretty good balance because I have a freezer full of goodies, I managed to get a few snaps to upload to some photo libraries, AND I am off to the mainland to spend a week with my kid! Responsibility free. No running around necessary. No shopping required. Just visiting relatives. Singing a few songs. Going to a show or two. Phew.
Now, I wonder if there is any chance I can return that extra five pounds to Jamaica in 2016?
All photos were taken with my Canon 100mm Macro f/2.8 L IS USM lens using a combination of natural light and studio lights.
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