Buche de Noel

Buche de Noel 2017

It’s been years and years since I made one of these. I used to bake a wee bit more than I do now. The problem is, if I bake it, I will eat it! And then I might as well just attach the fat directly to my hips, right?

Back in the day I used to work for Cocolat in the SF Bay Area. I was a store manager and was thrilled to be surrounded with the super-high quality desserts and truffles created by Alice Medrich. I was very sad when the company “went away.” But I still have the taste for very good chocolate, and I purchase my 11 pound blocks of chocolate from various purveyors. For years I made fresh truffles every Christmas.

I have these two books from Alice’s collection (the oldest two):

So this year I dusted off Alice’s cookbook and made a Buche de Noel and the meringue mushrooms that go along with it. I was a bit out of practice, but it all turned out just fine and was delicious!

And yes, it took three days to make (evenings after work)….so not something I have time to do on a regular basis! But very fun indeed.


Holiday Art Faire in Eugene

2016 HOliday Art Faire
For those of you who live in the Eugene area, this holiday sale is a fabulous one to attend. There are many artists and lots of great gift items. Or of course you can get just the perfect item for YOURSELF!

December 2 – 4, 2016

2521 Moon Mountain Drive, Eugene

Happy Holidays!

Holiday Art Faire in Eugene

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It’s time for my friend Kathy’s annual Holiday Art Faire again. For those of you who missed my Holiday Open House & Sale earlier this month, this is another good opportunity to find some lovely handmade gifts. And what is better than handmade and local! Happy shopping!Holiday Art Faire 2015 10-7_Page_2

Holiday Open House Today!

Satin stitch around the tree
Holiday Hot Pad

Hope to see you at my holiday open house this afternoon between 1 – 4 pm!

Some wonderful artists are vending this year. We will have Kathy Frazer of Moonsilver Studio with her beautiful jewelry, Janan Dean who makes wonderful felted products, Amber of Paper Bloomz with her amazing handmade paper flowers, Ruth George featuring her unique handmade greeting cards, and Sally Ott and Susan Petersen of Sally Glass with there fused glass gifts. All these artists are local, so come on out and support them!

As Towerhouse Quilts, I will have fabric yardage (on the bolt) for sale, some small quilts, assorted notions, and fun coiled baskets and handmade postcards. Something for everyone. Hope you can make it!

And if you need directions, contact me. No guarantees I’ll have time to check my email after 10 am as I am running around this morning setting things up!

Happy quilting!