Saturday, January 9, 2010

Christmas Catch-Up

Dear Friends,

Whew! Here we are, at the end of the first week back to the 'daily grind' after all of the holidays. I'm so sorry I wasn't able to update the blog during one of our busiest times of the year as a business. I hope you were all blessed this holiday season. Just to catch you up a bit...

It was time to make Jennifer Tudor Wyman's English Toffee, a yearly tradition for me. I divvied it up for my friends and family in pretty Christmas tins lined with parchment paper. Honestly, I pick the tins up at the dollar store. They very often have old-fashioned themed ones, and if you're grabbing a bunch to give away, why pay more? Of course, I made sure to save a platter for our annual office party (and it disappeared in minutes...before lunch!). Thanks to Jen and her amazing recipes for making me very popular!

Of course Amy Tudor carried on the Tudor tradition of Dundee Cake. Even if you don't like fruitcake, I can almost guarantee you will like this. It's almost like a sugar cookie with fruit! Unfortunately, I was unable to snap a picture, because we were too busy with our office gift exchange. It is so great to have an office where we love having parties!! Jenna, our gardener and office elf, did a wonderfully festive job of decorating the Rookery. I almost moved my office downstairs for the month of December to soak up all of the holiday spirit!

And, of course, it was Elizabeth Rose Tudor's first Christmas. I know you all have been waiting so anxiously for more pictures, and here is her first Christmas portrait (edit: taken by mother, Amy Tudor), looking beautiful in her green velvet dress!

Indeed, we were very blessed, as we hope and trust you were. Here's to a wonderful 2010! One of my New Year's Resolutions: more blogging! I'll be back soon.

Take joy,


  1. Elizabeth is so cute!
    I make a hickory nut cake every year, passed down from my grandmother to my dad and now to me. I am always reminded of grandma when I make it, as I am sure you all are reminded of Tasha and her amazing traditions this time of year.
    Many new Tasha customers visited my shop for their holiday cards this year. One lady told me she met Tasha several years ago at a dept. store book signing. The lady handed Tasha her book and Tasha accidentally wrote the wrong name on the book and so she drew a tiny drawing of a dog as an "apology." The lady was so happy that Tasha had made the error!
    I love hearing these stories and look forward to hearing more in the coming year.
    Kim King

  2. I love traditions...I made the Christmas Marzipan ring this year from Tasha's cookbook...perhaps next year I'll try the Dundee Cake! There is nothing quite as special as a Baby's First Christmas...Elizabeth looks jolly indeed...