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This page features most of the amazing confections which Kazuya baked during the month of December. Rows 9 and 10 show what he made for a huge Christmas Party which we attended. There were around 28 people present and, once again, the items which Kazuya made were the talk of everybody. It was amazing to hear what people were saying. It's already to the point where people expect the most amazing desserts from him.  Click on any thumbnail to begin.

Kazuya's Baked Delights - November 30th through December 25th
  Well, December was a busy month for Kazuya and his baking. Here are some photos of the Candied Orange and Lemon Peel which he made in preparation for making Stollen. If you don't know what Stollen is, Wikipedia has this to say: "Stollen is a traditional German bread usually eaten during the Christmas season, when it is called Weihnachtsstollen (after "Weihnachten", the German word for Christmas) or Christstollen (after Christ). It is a cake-like fruit bread with the fruits are often soaked in rum or brandy.
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  The first shot in this row shows the rum-soaked fruits that went into the Stollen. The second photo shows two loaves which are ready to go into the oven. The third photo shows two loaves just after coming from the oven.
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  The first shot here shows just after being coated with finely granulated sugar and the second shot shows a loaf after being sprinkled with powdered sugar.
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  After curing for two days the first loaf was sliced. OMG! Delicious. Kazuya made four loaves and gave away two of them. Both of the recipients of them said that it was the best Stollen they had ever had, and the first time they'd ever had it with homemade candied-citrus peel.
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  There were some leftover fruits from making Stollen, so Kazuya made this cake for us. WOW! The second photo shows a Chocolate-Cherry Cake and the third photo shows some freshly baked Gingerbread Cookies of various shapes.
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  On December 15th we received a package in the mail from an Oregon friend - look at this stuff!! Christmas stockings, persimmons, pesto, greens, a bag of walnuts, a box of wonderful coffee and more.
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  Kazuya got two used Bundt Cake pans from a second-hand shop, so he wanted to test them out. Here is a Pineapple Bundt Cake made with fresh Pineapple. Pineapples were on sale at the price of 2 for $3, so he bought 2 of them and a good portion of one of them went into this cake.
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  This beautiful Chocolate Cake was made with the second Bundt Cake pan. Oh my, was this delicious!
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  Here is an amazing Christmas Fruitcake, one of the two cakes which Kazuya made to take to the Christmas Party referred to at the top of the page. Just look at all of the fruit! You know, generally people say "Christmas Fruitcake" with a derogatory tone. They are talking about those mass produced ones made in God knows what country and generally not even edible. People give them to you for Christmas and you take them to the office and try to get rid of them that way. Well, let me tell you, you would NOT take this one to the office. You would save 100% of it for yourself!
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  Here is the second cake which Kazuya took to the Christmas Party referred to at the top of the page. Just from the name - "Schwartzwalder Kirschtorte" - you can probably guess that this is pretty darn special. Unfortunately, we did not get to bring much of this cake home with us, and that is despite there being a great number of desserts at the party we attended.
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End Kazuya's Baked Delights, End December 2016's Photos, Begin Mountains Climbed During 2016
  Here you can find a list of all the mountains which we climbed during Calendar Year 2016. Note that we only did 4 mountains in Japan and only 7 mountains in Alaska, but only 4 DIFFERENT Alaska mountains. Numbers in parenthesis (e.g. #112) indicate the number of times I (or we) have climbed that mountain.

Mountains Climbed During 2016
No. Date Mountain Name Elev., Ft. Elev., M. Location

1

Feb-28-2016 Mt. Takao (#112) 1,965 599 Tokyo, Takao Area

2

Feb-28-2016 Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-yama (#57) 2,199 670 Tokyo, Takao Area

3

Apr-01-2016 Mt. Takao (#113) 1,965 599 Tokyo, Takao Area

4

Apr-01-2016 Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro-yama (#58) 2,199 670 Tokyo, Takao Area

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5

June-23-2016 Eagle Summit 3,652 1,113 Near Circle, Alaska

6

July-09-2016 Table Top Mountain 3,130 954 Chatanika Area, Alaska

7

July-13-2016 Wickersham Dome 3,207 977 North of Fairbanks, Alaska

8

July-14-2016 Angel Rocks 1,750 533 Chena Hot Springs, Alaska

9

Sept-08-2016 Eagle Summit (#2) 3,652 1,113 Near Circle, Alaska

10

Sept-18-2016 Angel Rocks (#2) 1,750 533 Chena Hot Springs, Alaska

11

Oct-01-2016 Wickersham Dome (#2) 3,207 977 North of Fairbanks, Alaska

Mountains Climbed During 2016

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