The big Christmas gathering is finally over. All that stress-induced baking helped a lot. Cake is an excellent social lubricant.

To come later: my favorite flourless cheesecake covered in chocolate, homemade writing gel, fudgy boozy chocolate cake, and some awesome antique baking tools, and the people I know I can call, day or night, drunk or sober, for tips.

For now, I’ll sleep – if I don’t, Santa won’t come. And if Santa doesn’t come, I’ll have to eat all these cookies myself!

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