Christmas passed way too fast. In a whirlwind of celebrations we caught up with family and friends, exchanged gifts, ate good food and chocolate and had fun overall.
The niece and the nephew ruled the day at the celebration at my parents' house. It amazed me at how much energy two small children contain--their excitement was catching, if not exhausting. The niece declared it "the best Christmas I've ever had" in all of her three and one half years. She also heartily enjoyed eating the cake I made--a chocolate ganache covered yule log. The nephew enjoyed his new dinosaur, spiderman, potato heads and teepee tent.
My secret holiday knitting project was a sweater for my sister--Sitcom chic, to be exact. This was a fun pattern to knit and I love how it turned out. I used Knit Picks Andean Silk in bluebell for the yarn. I added some photos of the sweater to my knitting photo album, in addition to this shot of my sister modeling her sweater with my mom.
In Chocolate news, I finally tried John & Kira's chocolates. I had seen a food network show on this couple who started their own chocolate company in Philadelphia. The description of their products on their website do not do them justice--the chocolates are amazing! They only do mail-order, but they are worth the wait. I tried the strawberry, raspberry, lavender honey, and the mint. I expected the mint to taste like a peppermint pattie, but instead it actually tasted like fresh picked mint from my herb garden. The insides are ganache infused with intense flavors. Yum! Check them out if you love high-quality chocolate!
My knitting group celebrated the holiday at my house last night--it was a fun filled night of fondue, laughs and wine. We exchanged Secret Santa gifts--I got a beautiful knitting book, Knitting Nature. The patterns in it are amazing. Thanks Julie-Ann!