And, that holiday is over, bring on the next one.

What a week.  I am just recovering from all the activity. 

First, Sydney and I went to Louisiana for my Dad’s birthday.  Other than 17 hours in the car with a teenager, the trip went great.  Actually, the hours in the car weren’t bad.  She mostly slept or played her game.  I gave her plenty of latitude and she did me proud, which earned her more latitude and freedom.  She liked that and was proud of it. 

When we got back, I spent a whole day baking a cake.  This is the Decemober cake from Southern Living


Five layers high, three layers of Red Velvet cake and two layers of cheesecake.  There is 2# of powdered sugar, 3.5# of cream cheese, two red velvet cake mixes, 2# white chocolate, a pound of butter and 8 eggs.  It is a heart attack on a dessert plate.  But, it’s soooooo good.

The holiday, we spent unwrapping gifts and making the Christmas feast.  I baked a ham that was too big and we’ve been eating ham ever since. 


And, we had a ton of sides.  We did have a big salad and more green vegetables than we had at T-giving.  I hope I learned that lesson.


Sydney’s napkin art.


On Thursday, we went to the day after sales and picked up a few things that we needed and a few things that were on sale.  Friday, Rob and I both worked.  Saturday, I took my bathrobe apart and today, I put it back together.  And, I finished those three quilts I wanted to get done by the end of the year.  More about those later.

It’s been busy and wonderful and full of family, and that’s just like it’s supposed to be.  No arguing, no fussing.  Joy, Love and Peace. 

Be well and have a great week.  Lane and Rob and Sydney.

Oh, and please take a couple slices of ham and a piece of cake with you.  Thanks.


Becky said...

I was wondering where you were....and so happy it was all good!!

That gorgeous cake was certainly an achievement! And the ham looks yummy too!

Happy New Year to you, Rob, and Sydney!

Susan Entwistle said...

Welcome back, and I'll take any of that leftover cake off your hands. Looking forward to your quilt finishes, I need some inspiration for finishing things.
Happy New Year to all of your, may it be peaceful, prosperous, and full of joy.

Kath said...

Thankyou Lane, but I brought cake back from my Mums! Glad you had a good family holiday. I did have to smile when I read "Saturday, I took my bathrobe apart and today, I put it back together. "
You can't have been that bored LOL

Wishing you a happy new year Lane and to all your family good health and happiness for 2014. I look forward to reading and being your blog-friend in the year to come xx

Marei said...

Thanks for the cake and ham....I'm on my way to get it right now! Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday. Best wishes to you & Rob & Sydney in 2014.

lw said...

Gosh-- if I lived any closer, I'd come right over for some cake and ham.

Love the napkin art-- it really adds a nice touch to a hoiday meal.

Sue McDermott said...

Hi Lane. I'm a new follower from Australia and I LOVE reading your blog. The cake looks yummy, the ham delicious and it sounds like your Christmas was full of joy. Can't wait to follow your quilting and parenting adventures over the next 12 months.
HAPPY NEW YEAR for 2014.

Megan said...

That cake sounds stupendous. I'd be interested to see a pic of its inner: any chance of one? (Assuming that there's any cake left to photograph!)

Sydney, Australia

Anonymous said...

Can Sydney do a tutorial on the napkin folding? LOVE IT!!!

Mary said...

Glad you had a happy Christmas, and full of good eats. Sorry, I don't eat ham but might take a piece of cake, just to be helpful ya know.

Coloradolady said...

love the napkins, and that cake..oh. goodness.

Happy New Year Lane to you and your sweet family! I wish you nothing but health, happiness and lots of quilting fun in the new year!

Nancy said...

I have truly enjoyed following your blog over this last year and wish you, Rob and Sydney every blessing in the New Year. I am anxious to see your posts in 2014! Health and happiness to all of you.

Maureen in Portland said...

I looked up that cake on Southern Living's website and it looks fantastic on the inside, too! We've missed you while you've been gone and are so glad to hear about your great holiday. Here's to a wonderful 2014. I've really enjoyed your blog this year -- thanks so much for sharing!

nobody said...

Welcome back! The cake looks incredible!