Aah, it might be gray and gloomy outside
but this is precisely the kind of day that reminds me again why I love being a homemaker. Warm and snug in my little house, I'm enjoying the beginning of the Christmas season.
There are the decorations, including this jewelry tree my beloved grandma Nana
churned out one year -- I believe she made about ten of them. Nana's been gone a few years now, but that just makes the things she made all the sweeter.
There's the Christmas music blaring,
the fire blazing (it IS blazing in there, trust me),
the most wonderful scented candle in the world -- mint chocolate
, does it get any better?
the World Vision gift catalog
to ponder (let's see, do you think Grandpa would prefer ducks this year, or maybe a goat for the needy?)
And this: sweet brioche with dried cherries
. Recipe from this book.
Courtesy of my very accommodating bread machine.
SWEET BRIOCHE WITH DRIED CHERRIES
1/2 c. water
1 stick butter
3 1/4 c. flour
1/3 c. plus 2 T. sugar
1 t. salt
1 T. yeast
1/2 c. dried cherries
In bread machine, dump eggs, water, butter, flour, sugar, salt, and yeast. Start the machine. Once it beeps (mine does this at about 30 minutes in), it's time to add the dried cherries.
This is lovely fresh from the machine, or made into toast later.