Where have I been? Well, up to my elbows in chocolate… which is a family tradition for the Celona family.
For about 20 years now, I have made candy as gifts to friends and neighbors (that live near enough to deliver by hand). I have included not only the photo, but an ‘extreme’ closeup (when you click on it).
My daughter Katherine who was ’tiling’ the roof with non-pareils, the walls were molded by my daughter Sarah & her friend Brittany. And you can see below also the ‘before & after’ shots of the houses in construction.
UPDATE: I found the exact mold I use for the house. CLICK HERE to view it. I took candy making classes at the Chocolate Duck 20 years ago and am excited they are still in business. They also sell the Merkens chocolate melts. And I use a (secret) mixture of milk & dark chocolate (if I tell you, I’d have to kill you). And of course go over the top in decorating.
This year I have been especially thinking of those loved ones not with us anymore. I had a favorite uncle who loved my chocolates and getting a house… he introduced me to my love of “Special Dark” chocolate at age 8! I’m sure he’s in heaven and getting a big Special Dark chocolate bar for Christmas.
I miss my grandmother, Katherine (my daughter photo’d above was named for her). I wish my kids had gotten to meet her. She was an amazing woman and mentor and I know I’ll miss her forever. And my parents made me *crazy*, but it is funny that some of the stuff that gets you crazy suddenly isn’t so important after they are gone (almost immediately actually… crazy how that works).
A Merry Christmas to all of you, my customers, downline, my blog readers (a few stalkers…LOL!) I wish all of you love and peace and happiness.
Kids grow too fast and life flies by at too fast … so my advice is to just slow down (and eat your chocolate sitting). And if you are waiting for a Christmas card from me… I’m *almost* done…