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January 25, 2015



Before I announce the winner of the Tower of Yarn, I thought I'd show you one of the swans I made for the New Year's Eve party we attended.  We were invited to a swank sit down dinner for 12 and I offered to bring dessert.  I knew it needed to be special, and was thinking since I make a pretty mean Buche de Noel, maybe I'll make one decorated with a winter forest theme.  But my girlfriend whispered in my ear, "psst, swans, make the swans!"  So swans it was!  Swans are not as difficult as they look.  For each swan you'll pipe a pate a choux eclair shape for the body, and an S shape for the head and neck.  After baking, you'll cut the top layer off the eclair and cut that top in half lengthwise to use for the wings.  Fill the bottom cavity with chatilly cream and stick the neck and wings into the cream.  The swan needs to swim in a pool of either chocolate or caramel sauce, or in this case, ollalieberry sauce.  It made quite a showy show on New Year's Eve and seemed to be just the right ending for a big meal. You can read my original post about swans here and how and why I began to make them, also the how-to.  





Now, on to the winner of the lovely tower:  Congratulations to Kristie from Cultus Lake in BC, Canada!  I've had quite a few Canadian winners for past giveaways so I think Canadians must be lucky!  I've contacted Kristie and as soon as she sends me her address I'll pop the tower in the mail.  Thank you all for entering, and if you didn't win this time, don't give up!  I have 2 other giveaways scheduled for February and another in March.  I love giveaways, love to enter them and love to have them on my blog.  Also coming up, another free pattern that is in the works.  I really appreciate and value your readership.  Cheers to knitting!

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8 Comments

  1. I'm so excited to have won the tower of yarn! I can't wait to try out the different yarns. Your swan desserts are amazing. I'm sure everyone loved them!

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    1. Congrats again! Nice to know it's going to a good home and looks like, perhaps a chilly climate that could use some wool? ;)

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  2. Congrats winner! Many years (decades) ago, at about age 10 or 11, I saw PART of a cooking show which included Meringue Swans. I missed the part about whipping egg whites into meringue, but came in as they were piping and baking the swans, then whipping cream for decoration. I wound up with the idea that meringue was baked whipped cream. Off to the store for a can of whipped cream and won't Mom be surprised with the fancy dessert I'm making!

    You can imagine the epic fail.

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    1. LOL, I love your story, thank you for sharing. I'm sure your mom gave you an A for effort, and your siblings gave you no end of ribbing. I'm smiling at you in the kitchen baking your whipped cream swans! Too funny!

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  3. I love to make this dessert I never thought of making a design to put together like your swans. Creative people have no limits - congrats to the winner of the yarn tower.

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  4. You are amazing at everything you undertake. Smart and talented....that's my friend.

    xoxoxo
    Carole

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  5. Well done Kristie you lucky thing you :)
    Knitionary that dessert looks Devine

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  6. Kristie! :) Congratulations!

    Lovely dessert Kristen!

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