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Hello friends.

     How are we this Sunday morning?  I’m doing quite lovely.  A good cup of tea makes almost anytime lovely- I think so anyways.  I’m enjoying my Harney & Sons’ White Christmas Tea.  It’s a splendidly smooth blend.  I wish I was a tea-blender  -Or maybe just some tea-blending capabilities would even be nice. 

    Anyways-  Waffles!  I made some for breakfast yesterday.  They where overnight yeast waffles.  Very interesting I thought.  Here comes the recipe…

     Overnight Yeast Waffles

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 7 Tablespoons butter, melted untill browned bits appear.
  • 3 Tablespoons pure maple syrup (if you don’t have the real stuff you can use brown sugar.)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons yeast

     Heat the milk until it is hot but not boiling.  Place it in a large bowl (you’ll need the room for expansion) and mix in the browned butter, maple syrup (or brown sugar) salt and vanilla extract.  Stir until the mixture has cooled to lukewarm.  Add the eggs, flour, salt and yeast and stir all together.  If there are a few lumps, that’s fine!

Cover mixture with plastic wrap and a clean kitchen towel and leave to rise for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.  The mixture will begin to bubble.  

You can cook the waffles at this point, or place the batter in the refrigerator to rest and develop flavor overnight.  

Remove the batter from the fridge about an hour before you’d like to eat breakfast.  Stir the batter and let it come to room temperature.  When ready to cook, preheat the waffle iron and spray with nonstick cooking spray.  Follow the instructions for your waffle iron. Enjoy!  

     They turned out good.  I even had a glass of milk with them! (If you don’t know- I never drink just a glass of milk- only on rare occasions.)  It had been a while and I greatly enjoyed that glass of milk.  I advise you to relax next weekend and make waffles.  If you don’t have a waffle iron- don’t sweat it!  You know, there’s always pancakes…..

Lovely Sunday to you.

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Butternut Cardamom Muffins

Okay, these muffins I just kinda threw together while half following a basic muffin recipe.  I was surprised how amazing they turned out.  I made them as a healthy version- you can change it up, bake it like a cake, make some completely unhealthy goodnesses- whatever you like, I won’t be offended.

Oh- and if you don’t have butternut squash, pumpkin works wonderfully too.  Just thought I’d let you know.

Butternut Cardamom Muffins

     Preheat oven to 350°.  Place standard paper liners in your muffin tins.  This recipe makes 24 muffins.

  • -1/2 cup oil (I used a mix of olive and coconut oils)
  • -2 eggs
  • -1 cup raw honey (I didn’t want to use that much honey so I only used 1/2 cup and I added a tad bit of pure maple syrup)
  • -1 1/2 cups pureed butternut squash
  • -1/4 teaspoon almond extract

     Beat together above ingredients then add dry ingredients….

  • 3 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cups chopped walnuts (optional, pecans would be lovely too)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

     Do not over mix!  Mix just until incorporated.  Bake in your preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.  Enjoy them slightly warm with a cup of tea.

No- really, you need to go bake some muffins.  You’ll feel that much better.

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       I made up these lovely little Butternut Cardamom Muffins this morning.  They were inspired by the season.  I used roasted butternut squash from our garden and I decided to throw a dash of cardamom in.  That was after getting my package from Harney & Sons Tea.  I bought a few new teas this time and one has a hint of cardamom in it.  So this morning I decided to have cardamom in my muffins to go along with the tea.  It was delicious.  Muffins are one of the best baked-goods to recreate healthily (fresh ground whole wheat flour, raw honey, pure maple syrup…the options for muffins are endless).  They always turn out wonderful for me. 

     I am enjoying my day off today.  I do love other peoples children but… a day off is just so lovely.  Kind of funny though, my day off consists of having my nephew, Jason, here with me today.  He isn’t like work at all… He’s just a darling. I just rocked him to sleep and put him down for a nap.  He and his poor mama haven’t been sleeping so well the past few nights.  He’s getting his first two teeth!  He’s becoming less and less ‘baby’ and turning more and more into ‘little boy’.  It is truly amazing how fast he has grown.  I snapped this picture after I layed him down (sorry it’s dark).  I couldn’t resist.

       Other than muffins and Jason I’ve been doing laundry.  I used to crave Tide laundry detergent all the time but I’ve gotten used to our homemade laundry soap.  It really smells pretty good.  The past few times I’ve done my laundry though…. I’ve desired Tide.  I don’t know why.  I’ve been wanting to make cupcakes so bad too!  I just have to wait… I will make them. 

       Anyhow.  That’s my today so far. ♥

       Go bake something.

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     Most of our harvesting is now done.  I wanted to share out potato digging picture.  It is my favourite.  Digging potatoes is always a fun, looked forward to, family thing, I guess.  We dug up some gorgeous red potatoes and some very odd-shaped yellows. 

     Life has been filled with everyday things.  I work, I come home, I clean, I eat, and best of all….I sleep beneath my lovely down comforter.  I love my Home.  (especially after a day with somebody else’s kids in somebody else’s house.)  Today, I drank my peppermint tea and read Dickens by the fire in the quiet early hours of this house.  Since then I’ve been doing dishes and cleaning.  Getting ready for a gaggle of women coming over for tea tomorrow.  I started a bit of chicken soup simmering, my head is feeling slightly ‘gling-glong’ this morning.  Not sick…. just heavy. 

     We’ve done a few fun projects here lately.  We dipped our own beeswax candles a little while ago.  The smell of beeswax drifting through the house is lovely.  We’ve made donuts a few times.  The most recent were Old Fashion Pumpkin Spice donuts.  They were so good.  Oh! I tried to recreate a soup that I’ve had at Tericotta Red, very cute little Asian restaurant.  It turned out alright.  Let’s see…I’ve been doing some knitting.  Can’t tell you what, Christmas is coming you know.  Still working on my Barista skills. It can be quite stressful behind the machine alone.  I kinda like it though.  That is the one and only adventurous thing that I do, really.  Most of my weeks are the same but with the espresso stand… It adds some needed craziness.  

Here are a few pictures from my October….

     It’s still hard to believe that October is gone. 

Dear November… you sneaky son of a gun… give us what you’ve got.

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