Thursday, December 29, 2011

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Emergency Supplies


So my emergency hiking supplies have arrived in time for the 2012 hiking year! While it's detractors will tell you it's just sugar it's ardent supporters will tell you it was used by both Edmund Hillary & Ernest Shakleton!

'We sat on the snow and looked at the country far below us … we nibbled Kendal Mint Cake.' A member of the successful Everest expedition wrote – 'It was easily the most popular item on our high altitude ration – our only criticism was that we did not have enough of it.'”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kendal_Mint_Cake

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Marzipan Time!

The next stage of Chiyoko's Christmas Cake Masterpiece, brushing with Ghost Pepper Jelly (OK just kidding it's Apricot Jam really) before putting the Marzipan on..


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Mince Pies - Batch No. II

So December 14th & we are on to our second batch of Chiyoko's Mince Pies. For some strange reason she decided to make some mini mince pies! Who would want a mini mince pie I asked?


Thankfully she also made some that were the correct size...


Hmmmm, what about Mega Mince Pies I wonder??

Feedin' the Cake!!


December 14th - Feeding the Cake, giving the Christmas cake it's last shot of brandy or two before the Icing!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

More Lunar Eclipse pics!


So everyone has been sharing their Lunar Eclipse pics today & I didn't want to be left out! It was a chilly morning to be out taking photos 25F at 5:00am. Things started off nice & clear but then the mist rolled & the moon slowly disappeared from view!



Chiyoko manhandling our Christmas Tree :^)...

Monday, December 5, 2011

Mt. Defiance.


Sunday December 4th we took advantage of the cold but clear & sunny weather & hiked up the 5000' of Mt. Defiance in the Gorge. Not something the weather allows you to do every December!