Happy New Year!

by Becki D on January 2, 2011

Hey guys – remember me???

Sorry about the absence, but I needed a blogging break!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas – I know I sure did.  Hubs pulled out all the stops this year and absolutely spoiled me rotten.  Don’t believe me? 

Say hello to my little friend:

It’s OK if you’re jealous.  I totally understand. 😉  Her name is Martha.  She’s a classy little workhorse, this one!

The sad news is that my first resolution:


is going to keep me from getting properly acquainted with Martha until further notice.  That’s OK, I know that we are going to have a long and happy relationship despite the slow start.

Also, please note the beautiful cream-colored walls in the background – that was my other MAJOR gift from Dave: he spent his Christmas vacation painting the entire living area of our house!  No more white walls – two years later, and I finally feel like we’re really moved into our HOME as permanent residents.  Hooray!!

I did do some baking and candy making over the holidays – in fact I made THREE ruffle “ornament” cakes ala my favorite baker: Amanda at I Am Baker.  Look at her amazing cake here!  Ruffle cakes are fun and easy to decorate – I highly recommend you give it a try.  I also highly recommend peppermint buttercream frosting – it is so, SO good.  Especially with a rich chocolate cake!  My cakes were very tasty, and the outsides were cute….but my ornaments?  Not so much.  I’m pretty sure that the problem was too much frosting-to-cake.  I’ll definitely be giving it a try again next year!

I was going for a bell in the center of this one.  It kind of worked, right?  RIGHT??

I also made some Christmas eve mice, of course:

as well as peppermint bark, black walnut fudge, and roughly a million snowball cookies.  It was tasty times around here!

So what about you guys?  Any amazing Christmas gifts/stories?  Wild resolutions?  Random shout-outs?

Happy New Year!!!!


{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Brooke January 2, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Happy New Year! I think 15 pounds is a good goal. And with all that running you do, you might make it sooner than I’d dream it. 🙂


stephanie January 3, 2011 at 10:01 am

i was thinking about you yesterday while i was out on a walk – wondering if you were losing the weight you’d hoped to! Martha is BEAUTIFUL. I hope you lose the weight soon so you can start the bonding process sooner rather than later 🙂 YOU CAN DO IT! love your cakes too!


Becki D January 3, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Hah! Nope, I made no progress losing the baby weight. In fact, I just added to the problem over the holidays. Pray for me – I’m a weakling!


Amanda January 6, 2011 at 3:01 am

Fantastic job girl… you did beautifully!!!



Paula January 11, 2011 at 4:22 pm

So very impressed with your cake. You are awesome! Best wishes for a super year and hitting those personal goals.


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