So, Esmeralda is repaired and re-painted, and I’m picking her up tomorrow. I’m hoping she doesn’t come out looking like Frankentruck–cross fingers and hope! I adore my lovely little pickup truck, and I want her looking as good as ever.
Meanwhile, of course, we are inching ever-closer to Chocolate Season. Yep, that month of the year when Tien puts everything else aside to create a chocolate extravaganza, culminating in 4 days of crazed chocolate-making at Thanksgiving! This weekend Made in France (my Valrhona chocolate source) is having one of their warehouse sales, and I’m going there to buy some more cocoa and possibly some extra chocolate.
Plans for the month of November:
- Nov 4-5: chocolate-dipped pears and apricots
- Nov 11-12: chocolate-covered caramels, cherry-almond clusters
- Nov 18-19: various kinds of fudge, English toffee, prep molded chocolates
- Nov 23-26: finish molded chocolates, make truffles, put chocolates into candy cups, box up chocolates, and mail!
Meanwhile, I am not forgetting The Book…I wrote a section on Tilmin climbing a tough hill with help from Scott the Cheerleader this morning, and will lay the groundwork for a section on Warren the Sweep tonight or tomorrow. It’s going much faster now that I understand the basic style and intent of the book. Having written the outline makes things much simpler, as now I just have to write each chapter to meet the outline. There will undoubtedly be changes, but the structure is there.
Nothing much on costumery…it will probably take a back seat for the next month, as all roads lead to CHOCOLATE!!