Week Seven- Pies and Tarts Week: Tart au Citron

No.

Nope.

Negative.

 

This bake was not for us. Not at all.

I don’t know if it was the homemade pie crust

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Or all the lemons or what. Maybe we needed to top it with powdered sugar or something, I dunno.

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This is what melting butter looks like in a pan of sugar and lemon juice

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It was just a sour tart, with a strange after taste.

 

Whatever, I made pie crust by hand.

Maybe eclair week will be easier!

Yeah, I doubt it too

 

Also, I’m not quite sure when this became a food/baking blog

Week Six- Sweet Dough Week: Blueberry Lemon Loaf Cake

For my tea loaf I went with blueberry lemon. The combination is sweet and tart and all around delicious.

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This recipe came from Life Made Sweeter, and is pretty straight forward. It actually tastes good as leftovers, and of course is divine with tea. I prefer Earl Grey, but I’m sure it will go with many others.

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I’ve actually seen this combination in a cake. I might have to give that a try, too

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I would definitely bake this again. I actually can’t believe I haven’t. Huh.

New Year’s Eve

I’m never sure where to put the apostrophe.

Anyways, it’s 11:28 pm where I am, and I finished all of my NYE plans. I’m staying in tonight (thanks Amy for the invite!), and judging by the amount of emergency vehicles that have passed down my street, it was the right decision.

I’ve finished up all the laundry; done all the dishes (except what’s in the dishwasher); cleaned the kitchen and living room; cleaned out the litter box and took out the trash; put fresh sheets on the bed. The idea is that keep my life clean and organized in the new year.

I dropped off all library books and donated a bag of clothes and books to Goodwill.

I have a little bit of cash in my wallet to encourage to the flow of money. (sounds silly, but I got two raises this year, so)

The thing you are doing at midnight is what you will be doing a lot of in the new year. I have plans to be eating cake and reading a book. Richie is playing a gig down in Cape Girardeau. So he will play a lot of music, and we won’t see each other often. So… that sucks.

I don’t know why everyone is so excited for the new year- I doubt much will change. But, I hope everyone stays safe tonight, at least.

Seven for Saturday

1.What I’m Reading: The Terror by Dan Simmons. It’s a fictional re-telling of the Franklin Expedition of 1846. It’s a spooky read- aside from cold and starvation, there is something lurking out there on the ice that wants the sailors. I freeze while reading this

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2. What I’m Knitting: Richie’s beard club is hosting a cold weather clothing drive for their December meeting. I have some yarn I don’t love, so I’m just whipping up some simple scarves. I started on Wednesday and have one scarf finished

3. What I’m Watching: The Great Australian Bake Off

4. I found a new recipe in one of my cookbooks. It has half the ingredients of my buttermilk bread recipe, and it’s so much easier. Equally tasty too

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5. I made some lemon lime cupcakes over the summer, from this site. Citrus bakes are best during the warmer months. I also finally, finally nailed the icing. After giving the kitchen time to cool off after baking, I turned the thermostat down a couple of degrees, which kept the icing from melting

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6. Yesterday I made a cookie in the mug for the second time, but it was the first time the recipe actually worked. There was a calming masterpost making it’s way around tumblr, for people to help care for themselves after the election. I decided to try this recipe because I didn’t think I had enough ingredients to make a full batch of cookies and was too lazy to go out for more

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Life changing, you guys

7. And finally- just photos of Winter

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Week Five- Alternative Ingredients Week: Sugar Free Ice Cream

Today at the coffee shop, Andy said he finally saw my cat.

Me: Where?

Andy: Your blog

Me: Oh yeah. I forgot I had one.

 

Whoops. Sorry gang. Here we go.

 

I got this idea from the fifth episode of the sixth season of Bake Off. I had bookmarked a sugar free site before, and I went back to troll through those recipes. Because the bakers had to make dairy free ice cream with coconut milk, decided to make sugar free coconut vanilla ice cream.

 

Would you like to guess how well it turned out?

 

 

It didn’t.

 

 

I don’t know what the issue was. If it was because I had to use a blender instead of a food processor; or because I only used one can of coconut milk; or because I used vanilla extract instead of vanilla bean.

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It smelled weird, too.

 

 

Zombie and I cut our losses and went to Jack-in-the-Box for shakes

 

New Little Love

I know. I haven’t blogged in ages. I know. But I have a super good excuse, I promise.

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Meet our new son, Lord Winter Snowden. Winter for short. We adopted him from The Humane Society when he was three months old. His cage was across from the door when we walked in. He had been lying down (laying? I’m never sure) but he stood up when we came close. He followed my fingers and I could hear him purring through the glass. I knew then that this was my cat.

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He is very active and curious, and very affectionate, which I am fine with :o)

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He likes to help me knit. Which, while I appreciate the thought, is really not necessary.

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He’s found the 55 gallon fish tank. Or as my friend Tammy calls it, the sushi bar

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He and Richie get along (no matter what Richie says), which is nice. Richie is allergic (although his allergies don’t act up much) and he’s had bad experiences with cats. But maybe it’s because we adopted Winter together while he was a baby that helps with their bonding.

 

Have I turned into one of those people who constantly posts photos of their pet all over social media?

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Absolutely.

 

 

I’ll try to return to Bake Off blogging soon.