Did you have a nice weekend? I hope so. My weekend was filled with Christmas-type things and my holiday cheer was at an all-time high.
On Saturday we went to an old theater built in1928 that features a Barton Theatre organ because silent films were still being produced when the plans for the theatre were drawn up. When we arrived Santa was in the lobby, real butter popcorn was popping, a train set was on the move and of course, holiday favorites were playing on the big pipe organ.
We watched It’s a Wonderful Life, complete with intermission and marriage proposal! It was incredibly sweet. The Redford Theatre is run by volunteers and they got the lucky lady up on stage with the ruse that she was being acknowledged for her volunteer work. We all cheered when she said yes.
Holiday baking started this weekend, too. When I heard Nigella Lawson talking about sticky gingerbread in her seductive and witty way on NPR last week, I put it on my weekend baking list. I’m sure Nigella’s recipe is wonderful, but a honey-sweetened gingerbread caught my eye instead.
As I sifted the powdered sugar over the finished gingerbread, a light snow was gently falling outside and it just made me smile.
This gingerbread cake was everything I hoped for. I could taste subtle hints of honey, molasses and the spices. The perfect kind of cake to have with a hot cup of tea or coffee. Guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit.