Sorry, folks. I’m down for the count this week with an ear infection/perforated eardrum. So, in the spirit of television clip shows, I’ve compiled a few posts from the past year to hold us all over until I’m (hopefully) better next week. And yes, lesson learned. Keep a post or two in reserve for times such as this… Continue reading
Every time I get knee-deep in autumn inspiration, it turns warm again. Not hot, thankfully, but the kids are in shorts and a couple of our ceiling fans are on. But it’s too late for me. I’m hopelessly giddy that October is here. Thanksgiving is right around the corner (Canadian blogger, remember), the leaves have begun to turn, and my favourite month has arrived, kicking off my favourite quarter of the year!
Have I mentioned how much I love cherry season? Oh yeah, I did, here. It’s still going strong, and I’ve been indulging as much as I can. I bought a basket on the weekend from a farm nearer the lake, north of here. It still amazes me how the micro-climates around the peninsula can produce such variety in the same fruits (not to mention some incredible wines). These cherries are super dark, and very juicy, but smaller than the ones that we bought west of here. They are still delicious, though. Continue reading
Today is a bit dreary. Actually, it’s a lot dreary. But it’s the kind of dreary that we need. The rain is gentle and steady, and is going to be followed by warm sunshine. Together, they will make magic. The green of the grass will brighten. The roots of our recent vegetable transplants will stretch into their new soil home. The cool-loving lettuce and peas will explode with growth. It is a good dreary. A dreary that inspires me to bake. Continue reading
Canadian readers will know what I’m talking about when I say “Festive Special.” Every Christmas, a chain called Swiss Chalet offers their quarter chicken dinner with cranberry sauce and a spongy, sage laden side that they call stuffing. It’s sub-par, but the real draw is the package of 5 assorted Lindor chocolates that it comes with. Dark, milk, hazelnut, white and stracciatella, an orb of white chocolate enrobed in more white chocolate, studded with chocolate shards.
Old dog, new trick
I make chocolate chip cookies often. My go-to recipe is simple, though I’ve played with it in many ways (surprise, surprise). I’ve added coffee, corn syrup, corn starch, varied the chocolate, changed the flour, patted it into bars… Continue reading
Are you tired of salted caramel yet? Me either. Bacon everything I think I’m done with (though bacon caramel corn is always awesome). And I may be over quinoa, despite never having had it. But salted caramel still rocks my socks. Continue reading
And now, on to Christmas…
Well, not exactly. It’s just a tick early, even for me, to start Christmas full on. We did put up our outdoor lights this weekend, but that was more about grasping an opportunity during some very balmy weather than about getting festive. They won’t be turned on for a couple of weeks.
Where my heart is at right now is easing into it all. Autumn is still here (well, today feels like spring, but that’s beside the point). The trees are pretty bare now, though. There hasn’t been snow yet (to be fair, there was none last year at all). But it’s there, just on the horizon (I hope). With red and green and jingling bells and parties and Advent readings and baking. Continue reading
As I type this, the sun is streaming through my kitchen window. A welcome sight, to be sure. After over a week without so much as a glimmer from the golden orb, I am soaking up what I can. It’s still chilly, though. Which is again welcome after the balmy pre-Christmas season, through into the New Year that we experienced last year. There was nary a flake to be seen, and winter coats were a formality, rather than a necessity. This cool weather has inspired me to start baking. Continue reading