“R2D2, we wish you a Merry Christmas…”

I’ve been busy today. Since opening presents, I’ve washed about 3 sinkfuls of dishes, done a load of laundry, rearranged a few things in the kitchen & cooked up a storm. I made the Chocolate Truffle Cake I mentioned in my last post. Ever since my mom gave me my copy of the Better Homes & Gardens cookbook 10 years ago (the good old red plaid one!), I’ve been wanting to make this cake.


I first had to get a springform pan, then learn how not to be afraid of it! And how can you resist a dessert that starts off with chocolate ganache?


Okay, I must confess that as it was melting, I found every excuse in the book to “sample” the chocolate & cream. Once that was melted I moved on to the egg mixture.


10 minutes I had to mix it. My arms hurt, and I’m sure it didn’t help my carpal tunnel syndrome. One of these days I will have my stand mixer. It was worth it, though.


This doesn’t happen to me very often, but after eating this, I decided I’ve had enough chocolate for awhile. It’s rich, decadent, and I’ve got a bit of a stomachache from too much sugar throughout today.

While that was cooling and before I started on dinner, I got to work on hanging up my new trivets and finding a spot for my mug rack.


I moved my other one over by my spice rack, on the opposite side of the kitchen:


When we first moved in, I hadn’t yet gotten that spice rack (Jay bought it for me later as a birthday present), but where it’s hanging is originally where that trivet was. I moved it over the stove once Jay gave me that rack. I shuffled a few things around on the counters to make room for the mug rack:


At the moment, there’s space for one more mug. The majority of the mugs are mine, with the exception of Jay’s Empire Strikes Back mug from when he was a kid. I think I should find a mug for the bambino now.

I putzed around long enough that I didn’t end up with time to make my dinner rolls as planned. Instead, I decided to attempt some Yorkshire pudding:


I will say that I don’t think I’m going to make this on a regular basis, only because my roasting pan is going to be a pain in the you-know-what to clean. I have it filled with soapy water in the sink at the moment. The pudding was pretty tasty, though. I’ve only ever had Yorkshire pudding one other time, but this was decent (I thought). It went well with my roast:


And veggies:


And the gravy:


I hadn’t originally planned on making gravy, but Jay gave me grief about it at Thanksgiving, and the bambino gets excited whenever there’s gravy with a meal.

And once dinner was done, Jay settled down with the bambino to watch Star Wars. And even though I’m exhausted, we had a very good Christmas.

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4 Replies to ““R2D2, we wish you a Merry Christmas…””

  1. I’ve never actually made ganache- that looks quite rich! I’m sort of ready for a chocolate/ sugar break for a little while after all the holiday treats.
    Cute site- love your blog name!
    Meri

    • That actually was the first time I’ve ever made ganache too. It was extremely rich–And I’m ready too for a break from all the holiday treats–I told my husband that he needed to take the last of our Christmas cookies & some biscotti to work with him, but he forgot! :(

  2. Oh my gosh, that chocolate looks awesome.. even though I feel I have had enough too!

    Well, the first is right around the corner, let’s wait until then! ;-)
    Merry Christmas and happy new year!