Sunday, February 17, 2008

come on in

Here is something we call California snow. Comes silently in the night, and we are always amazed at the majickal transformation. Then it slips away in a day or so, lingering only faintly white under certain trees.

But if you came into my house today, you'd be greeted by the dregs of Valentine's Day. We hung lanterns over the table and expressions of love at the windows. Piles of paper hearts, bowls of candy, red candles and flowers created the altar to St. Valentine.

Then we got to work on his sacred offering....cupcakes piled high with homemade frosting.

I use the fairy cake recipe from Nigella Lawson's Domestic Goddess book. It's about the only recipe I really use out of that book except the damp lemon sponge cake. But I make nine cupcakes instead of twelve since I like them big and plump.

Now to pour the tea. Hope you can stay awhile.


Blogger LauraJ said...

it's a good thing i have good boots to walk through the snow up to your porch. the decorations are lovely. make the most marvelous cupcakes and the tea was superb, not too hot, not too sweet. thank you very much for the most wonderful valentine!

11:47 AM  
Blogger zoe krylova said...

wow, california snow. i thought that only happens in the sierras. maybe you live in the mountains?

oh, and i have that same kali lunchbox. it lives in my car and contains my traveling altar.

4:36 PM  

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