This time of year really becomes busy with all that spreading of holiday cheer, doesn't it? In the past week we celebrated the jolly season at Scrapbook Club, The Christmas Stroll, Bunco, a retirement party, an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party (furry leg warmers totally completed my look), & a White Elephant Party (pretty comical). Amidst all those festivities, I whipped up the cookbook's Strawberry Champagne Tart with Crème Anglaise on a late, late night. (Funny, while doing so, Jamie was also baking and we texted each other pictures of our progress.) Took the tart to the Ugly Christmas Sweater Extravaganza (We've got some creative friends, I tell ya!), then the next night made a cookie tray along with Travis' experimentation of lamb sausage & tomatillos for a spicy BBQ dish at the White Elephant Gift Exchange. ~~Merry Christmas, ho ho ho!!~~
~Rating of Strawberry Champagne Tart: 5.5 stars (out of 10)-- I didn't really care for it- too much of a champagne taste, -but others claimed it was pretty good.
~Rating of Crème Anglaise: 8 starts (out of 10)-- Travis helped me make this sauce & it was drizzled over the tart. So good I could have eaten it with a spoon. Oh wait, I did.
~Quote of the day: "Strawberries are the angels of the earth, innocent & sweet with green leafy wings reaching heavenward." -Terri Guillemets
~Music while cooking: The Essential Waylon Jennings, per Travis' request.