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Christmas was great fun.

Highlights:

- Being outdone by Dad and Dannye and having to throw up after the 3rd mimosa (too much wine the night before).
- Nate putting on his hat I made him and saying "Cheese Me" to get people to take his pictures.
- Homemade Noodles at Grandma's (lots of folks there--30 total!).
- Getting a spinning wheel!
- Dropping into the Yarn Barn in Lawrence KS to buy wool and finding a 20% off sale.

So right now I'm finishing varnishing the spinning wheel and very much looking forward to getting it all put together.

Also got a recipe for my great Aunt Phyllis's chocolate angelfood cake. I'll share it here for all of you:

Chocolate Angel Food Cake

Measure and Sift 3 times:
3/4 c. sifted cake flour
1/8 c. sugar
1/4 c. cocoa

Measure into large bowl
1 1/2 c. egg whites (approx 1 dozen)
1 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Beat with wire whip until foamy throughout. Gradually add 2 tbsp at a time - 3/4 c. sugar. Beat about 10 seconds after each addition. Then beat meringue until firm and holds stiff straight peaks.

Place flour-sugar-cocoa mixture in sifter and sift about 3 tbsp over meringue. Fold gently with rubber scraper until mixture disappears -- about 8-10 strokes after each addition. Put batter in a 10"x4" tube pan. Cut through batter 5-6 times with knife to break large air bubbles.

Bake 30-35 minutes in 375 degree oven. Turn upside down onto a glass bottle and cool.

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