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Douglas, Alaska, United States
I have lived in Alaska since 1978, having come to Juneau as a Jesuit Volunteer. I fell in love with Alaska and now live on Douglas Island with my husband and two dogs.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

New Recipes (And A Prayer Request)

We didn't have our usual big Christmas Open House this year, but instead had small gatherings with the neighbors and other close friends.

I didn't even make my usual traditional Christmas cookies - I ran out of time and energy (I am just three weeks post surgery)!

Since I had a couple of glass jars of marshmallows left over from this summer (I over-estimated the number of s'mores we would be making), I decided to make fudge.  I used this recipe from Martha Stewart, without nuts.  It was delicious!

Simple Chocolate Fudge recipe - for all those marshmallows left over from this summer!

I read about Pippa Middleton's Peppermint Creams in US Weekly Magazine and decided to try them.  They were wonderful and everybody loved them!

We had Christmas dinner with our friends James and Maura and Pat and Kim (along with James and Maura's baby Seamus and Pat and Kim's kids Molly, Elias and Toby).  We had turkey with all the fixings.  I made a Gramercy Tavern Gingerbread Cake.  It was fantastic!  I made a glaze with powdered sugar, brandy and a little milk and sprinkled red and green sprinkles on it.  The secret ingredient is Guinness Stout (although any stout beer would probably work).  It was deep and rich and flavorful and just right for Christmas dessert.  We made whipped cream to top it off with.

gramercy tavern's gingerbread
Smitten Kitchen
It was fun to try some new things this year!  Did any of you try a new recipe for Christmas?

By the way, as we were getting ready to leave for Christmas dinner, yesterday, I got a call that my sister was hospitalized and was in intensive care.  She is doing much better today, but will be in the hospital for several days to monitor her status.  I would appreciate prayers for her recovery and also for her family who are understandably quite worried.  She had a miserable Christmas, poor thing!


  1. My prayers are with your sister for a complete recovery! The cake looks terrific. Gramercy Tavern is a great restaurant.

  2. PRayers up to your sis.

    Paula" I Have been on a baking spree this Advent season, baking a cake each Sunday and then baking them all for a Christmas party.

    This was the favorite cake..http://ramblingfollower.blogspot.com/2012/12/second-sunday-of-advent-john-baptist.html

  3. I will be remembering your sister and family in my prayers for sure.

    Your goodies look so yummy! xo

  4. Paula
    I'm getting really hungry reading this post! Everything looks so good.
    Sorry to hear about your sis. And, I'll pray for her, of course.
    Did you say post-surgery?

  5. I had shoulder surgery three weeks ago! My arm is in a sling, but I am mending!

  6. I am surprised you baked at all after shoulder surgery. I am still quite myself after gallbladder surgery a few months ago. Will pray for your sister.


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