Holidays in Red and Silver

The gift that I have the clearest memory of receiving for Christmas as a child was my Rainbow Brite kitchen set. I remember that when you turned the knobs for the ‘burners’, red pieces would spin up under the clear plastic making the ‘burners’ hot. I don’t think it would compare to the fancy kitchen sets kids get today, but I loved my little kitchen. I actually just found someone’s pictures of the oven on Flickr – isn’t it great?!

Apparently, not much has changed. Because of the complications of traveling across the country to see family, I have a few of my Christmas presents already and they are both for my kitchen. The first is something I have wanted for a while, and have already put to good use. My grown-up kitchen now sports the beautiful 90th anniversary KitchenAid mixer!

Isn’t she pretty?!

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I took these pictures in the midst of making my famous banana cake recipe – which I then put into my next new gift. It is something that until I saw it a few months ago on The Pioneer Woman’s blog, I didn’t even know existed – a personally engraved cake pan!

The bottom has my full name engraved on it, and the top has a cute design engraved on it as well. It is so pretty and so shiny that I am almost too nervous to actually use it around other people for fear that they will scratch it.

 

I like baking goodies for other people, and usually the sweeter the better. A few days ago I had a Christmas party at my apartment. I forgot to take a picture of the table before the party started, but here is the spread about halfway through the party.

 

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The sweet treats included brownies, sugar cookies, peanut butter blossoms, gingerbread cake, and even a batch of red velvet cupcakes. Certainly more than I could have ever made in that Rainbow Brite kitchen!

Since I work in education, I have the next two weeks off for the Christmas break (yay!). I get on a plane later today to fly home to California. I would imagine that you can expect to see some familiar faces on here in the not-too-distant future!

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