The Reason for the Season: excuses to imbibe

I accidentally typed “imbible” in the title. Giggle.

I’m reposting this short paragraph from my Facebook notes (originally posted December 20, 2008) because I don’t want you to forget that Baby Jesus likes to have cake for his bday. Seriously people, if there’s a war on xmas and all that, the least we can do is our damndest to celebrate the real reason, right? And since everybody knows that Jesus was a pirate, let’s make sure to cover that bday cake in rum.

One of the best things about baby-sitting is raiding the refrigerators of others (a sugar-deprived kid, I was especially keen on processed foods I’d only seen in television commercials). When I was barely a teenager I babysat for an affluent family near my home. One night around Christmas time I was sitting for them and decided to check out the goods. Wow, was I excited to find a plate of chocolate cookie balls. I greedily reached into the fridge and snatched one, popping the whole thing right into my mouth. It only took a moment for me to realize there was something weird about those cookies; of course, it took me nearly 10 years to realize exactly what it was. They were rum cookies, and I thought they were disgusting. Now, I’m pretty sure I’d eat the whole plate if I were left unattended.

Anyway, when Bekah [my amazing cousinsisterfriend] emailed this link to me I knew I’d have to make this cake to celebrate the birthday of our Lord. The Pioneer Woman is definitely a kindred spirit in a few different ways. This has got to be one of the best cakes I’ve ever had. . . designated driver required (beware, it is pretty strong).

Christmas Rum Cake (AKA “Baby Jesus’s Birthday Cake”)

In conclusion, here is a funny picture of my kids staring at Grammy’s tree. They’re probably imagining right now what they’ll ask for for their July birthdays because nothing is ever enough for small people.

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4 comments
  1. i’ve never had a rum dessert. this makes me think i’d like to try it though. does the alcohol do any of its magic once it’s been cooked?

  2. Jess said:

    “embible”, perfect. I love sweets, and I love drinking, so what’s better than a cake with liquor in it? sounds delicious to me! and look at Grey’s sweet braid. oh, I miss those babies. and you, of course.

    • alltheseblessedthings said:

      I love and miss you like crazy. I hope you had an opportunity to make this cake…or maybe you’ll find a special occasion in the near future.

  3. Christy said:

    Do you remember in that hotel in El Salvador, we had rum cake? It was soooo good!

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