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Goodbye 2011

Thanks for visiting in 2011. I’m ready for 2012! May your new year be a happy one.

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Donna Hay Magazine

Update – Christmas has come early thanks to my mother-in-law Emma. Thank you Emma! Looking forward to the first delivery.

This year I’m asking Santa for a subscription to Donna Hay Magazine. The photography is always amazing, I’ve always found it inspiring. Take a sneak peak here. Imagine receiving a homemade selection of cookies like on the cover of the current issue!

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Four Years, 250 Posts

Four years ago, I started a little blog with a recipe and a very average-looking photo of some very average-looking cupcakes. I thought it might be fun to combine my hobby of baking with my passion for images. I was right, I do enjoy it – and I enjoy having people read it. Over time, I started posting not just about baking, but also about my other creative pastimes – mainly crocheting and sewing. There aren’t enough hours in the day to do all the crafting I would like to do!
This is still a little blog but I hope to continue it for as long as I still enjoy posting. I appreciate everyone who takes time to comment or ask questions. Thanks for reading!

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No Bun In This Oven. (No cake, cookie or pudding either)

On Wednesday morning I was making green velvet cupcakes for St Patrick’s Day when the poor little oven lost its thermostat. Literally, it fell off. The thermostat had been in a bad way since we moved in, hanging precariously from the inside if the oven. On Wednesday it just couldn’t take it anymore, the thermostat boke away and fell to the bottom of the oven. Friday came with an electrician and a new thermostat. Hurrah! Until Friday night when the poor little oven wouldn’t turn off . The temperature dial now likes to spin and spin with no rhyme or reason. Another call to the electrician and we may be without the poor little oven for a week.

Of course, today the idea to bake something has popped into my head about 64 times. Followed by a d’oh!

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Nanna’s Curried Chicken

 

My Nanna doesn’t like to cook. I don’t think she ever did. But she does have a few staple recipes up her sleeve that she still makes. Two of them are based on Campbell’s Condensed Soup. I made her curried chicken recipe tonight, just the way my Nanna makes it. I have no idea where she got the recipe or how long she’s been making it. I wonder how much it has evolved from the original — I’ll have to see if she remembers. Nanna says the curried chicken is tastier with cream of chicken and mushroom soup than with cream of mushroom but the former is harder to find. I always pick up a few cans of it for her when they are in stock because I know she’ll use them up quickly. As simple as this dish is, the taste is comforting and reminds me of her and the many meals she made for us growing up. Perhaps it’s our family’s version of chicken soup.  Thanks Nanna for all the curried chicken, tuna casserole and raisin cake you make us.

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These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things

A new project underway

Christmas M&Ms

Granny square blanket almost finished

Great seats for my favourite band

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Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving

I’m in prep mode today for our Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow night. 14 guests. Two turkeys. Multiple pies. Finger, toes and everything else crossed that the turkeys are a success. Does anyone else get turkey-cooking anxiety? Do I cook one after the other or squeeze them into the oven side by side? How do I serve the first one warm when my oven is full of rolls and mac and cheese? Oh my.

The planned menu is:

turkey
mashed potato
gravy
rolls
mac and cheese
corn
beans
pineapple beans

sweet potato pie and ice cream
more dessert

Guests are bringing:

alcohol
cranberry bread
cranberry sauce
chicken wings
mexican cornbread
stuffing

Image from Crafitly Ever After

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Girls’ Night In

I’m looking for a recipe for coconut ice for my annual Girls’ Night In pink party on Saturday night. Who would have thought there’d be so many variations in recipes? Any one got a tried-and-true recipe?

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Decisions, decisions

I sometimes wonder who is reading my blog. I know sometimes friends and family stop by but I’m not sure they read regularly. Anyway, hello to every body who reads this little blog of mine! Say hi sometime.

Today I’m trying to decide what to bake:

a) pumpkin cookies with brown-butter frosting
b) oatmeal and raisin cookies
c) carrot cake cookies with cream cheese filling

 

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