All of the publicity from the TV show meant that our concert audience was 3 times what it usually is, and there were lots of Sing-Off fans asking for pictures and autographs of these college "rock stars."
The Aires sang songs from the TV show, along with some audience favorites and ended with the Dartmouth Alma Mater. It was a wonderful concert.
As you can see, they are as energetic in person as they were on the "The Sing-Off," just not as well dressed! ;-)
The arrival of the Aires is always a reminder that Christmas is coming, and there's baking to be done.
In the foreground, pistachio coins, a recipe from an old Gourmet magazine that I tried for the first time this year. It got good reviews from my tasters, but I wasn't bowled over.
Also from Nick Malgieri (and also labor intensive) are these checkerboard cookies. I have actually had people ask me if I put all the little squares of dough together for each cookie!
Becky Bakes. I think they are gorgeous, but the next time I make them, I'm adding more ginger so the bite of the ginger contrasts with the sweetness of the chocolate.
This is the first plate of cookies I made to take to a friend's house.
When all the cookies are baked and stored in the freezer, it's time to pack them into boxes for gifts.
And so the Christmas baking is done!
While all this baking was going on, I took time out this year to help my cousin make a t-shirt quilt for her granddaughter who just started college.
The quilt has been tied and the binding sewn on. I left my cousin with the tasks of clipping the threads and hand sewing the binding to the back of the quilt.
I hope it was a hit on Christmas morning!
Happy New Year to all! May 2012 be a year of peace, health and prosperity, and may all your dreams, quilty, bakey and otherwise, come true.