Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Unexpected

For Shimmelle's Journal Your Christmas class, today's assignment was to journal the unexpected. But I didn't have any "unexpected" in mind, which, of course, is the nature of "the unexpected."

I didn't expect that Dianna would decide to sort through the things in her room, through 21 years of "stuff" and simplify, getting rid of the desk she and I built when she was 5 years old.

Of course it made total sense to do this. Except for the extra chaos at Christmas time. . . .

The desk is old, and unlikely to be desirable even to the Salvation Army. To fit it in my car to dispose of it meant dismantling. By hammer.

This made Doug happy. Sometimes he paused to watch football. Smashing things with a hammer, and football. It was a very good day for Doug!

Because you asked for it:

Cocoa Rum Balls
recipe image
Submitted By: Leslie
Photo By: mbet85
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Ready In: 2 Days 30 Minutes
Servings: 24
"This delicious smooth confection is an impressive dessert for the holidays. These are wonderful for parties, and perfect for holiday gifts to your loved ones. A half cup of orange juice plus one teaspoon of freshly grated orange peel can be substituted for the rum in this recipe."
1 (12 ounce) package vanilla wafers,
1 1/2 cups chopped nuts
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 cup light rum
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/8 cup confectioners' sugar
1.In a large bowl, combine vanilla wafer crumbs, chopped nuts, 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar, and cocoa. Mix in rum and corn syrup. Shape dough into 1 inch balls; roll in confectioners' sugar.
2.Store rum balls in an airtight container for 2 to 3 days to develop flavor. Roll them again in confectioners' sugar before serving.

This recipe is from Sharon suggested amaretto instead of rum. (Unlike Martha Stewart's eggnog recipe, I'd advise rum OR amaretto, not both! But that's just me. . . .)


Amy said...

The last photo is fabulous Angela - looks like you all enjoyed the process.
You are cooking up a storm at your place ... another lovely recipe.

Maria said...

Ahh! The chaos that children bring . . . I wonder if living in primitive surroundings for the last four months have given her a desire for a cozy, orderly, simple place in which to escape! Or maybe she was inspired by all that de-cluttering you did a few months back! I'm telling you, de-cluttering is contagious!

Reds said...

mmmmmm rum balls!!! Gotta try that!!!

Jeanne said...

I find myself, in the midst of other more pressing things, with a strong desire to declutter and/or simplify. I wonder if it has to do with not wanting to deal with or being overwhelmed by what's currently going on.

Hope you have a great week!

Nicki, said...


Nicki, said...

oops - hit enter too quick. Glad Doug enjoyed dismantling and football...I can only imagine how crazy that was. "Yum" was about the rum balls - and not the chaos. :)

Beth said...

Thanks for the recipe! I love tearing things apart so I can appreciate how fun that was to take apart the desk.

Sharon said...

Go Dianna!

So... do you find you need to add more alcohol than the recipe calls for? My mom never measured. I do and it seems like I always add double the alcohol then some. Could be why I aced P.E. in 10th grade. :)