Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Visions of Sugar Plums

Hi everyone! Today let's stay on the Christmas theme.  Terry W has created a beautiful layout with Silvia's Visions of Sugar Plums kit, her layout with the same title:

Wow, look at Terry's clustering!  There are so many terrific elements in this kit, and Terry has used them in such a wonderful fashion.  The picture of the little boy is perfect, he has a look on his face exactly like he's having visions of sugar plums. And the direction of the cluster is just like he's seeing them in his mind's eye.  Even though there are many papers in different colors, I think the choice of white for Terry's background is the perfect touch.

I have always been curious about the exact meaning of "sugar plums," so I looked it up in Wikipedia. Here's what they have to say:  A sugar plum is a piece of dragée candy (fruit or nut coated in sugar) that is made of dried fruits and shaped in a small round or oval shape.  The plum in the name of this confection does not mean plum in the sense of the fruit of the same name. At one time, "plum" was used to denote any dried fruit.  Sugar plums can be made from any combination of dried plums (aka prunes), dried figs, dried apricots, dried dates, and dried cherries. The dried fruit is chopped fine and combined with chopped almonds, honey, and aromatic spices, such as anise seed, fennel seed, caraway seeds, and cardamom. This mixture would then be rolled into balls, often then coated in sugar or shredded coconut.

Sounds yummy!  I will add this to the list of candy I hope to make someday (which will likely NOT be this Christmas...LOL!)

You can get Visions of Sugar Plums here:
Gotta Pixel
A Cherry On Top

See you tomorrow!

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