I know you don't have time to read a long, wordy post, so I'm just going to be brief and share some photos today.
I spent all day Wednesday and Thursday in the kitchen. I made this very involved chocolate cake from a recipe I found in my new cookbook. It's good, but in my opinion, not good enough for the effort involved (Nick doesn't agree. He thinks it's well worth the effort.).
I also got a chance to bake some yummy buttermilk spice muffins. Not being a fan of "things in things", I like these because they're plain (I left the nuts out, of course). Very tasty indeed. Here's the recipe.
I'm a wannabe Canadian, so I'm definitely a maple fan. I got the recipe for these Vermont maple sugar cookies from a friend a few years ago. Nick loves them too! I found a very similar recipe online for you to try.
Jody's glad Christmas is over so he can get back to what he enjoys best. He doesn't even mind how dirty that window is.