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I feel like these next few weeks are crammed with the last of summers festivities. It’s September- summer is coming to a close- the morning temperatures around here don’t feel too summer-ish anymore. So yes, there are still camping trips and outdoor parties to plan and get ready for. I’m excited.
Excited to pack up my tent and sleeping bag. I do like camping. Especially camping breakfast. That might just be my favourite part. Boiled Potatoes, scrambled eggs, bacon… all of which are fried in bacon grease. And coffee. In the early morning when you climb out of your warm sleeping bag to find that the campfire is just being built and the expected warmth is still non-existent – the smell of coffee is like heaven.
I’m excited to have a few more bonfires in the back yard, bake a few more summer pies, finish a few more summer projects. I think I will like September. Even if it feels crammed full of other things to get done on top of the everyday.

Today has felt productive. I canned green beans from our garden, started a pot of soup simmering for dinner, and I just pulled these baguettes out of the oven.

I want to break one open and eat it while it’s warm. Self control. I really should wait until dinner. [See, I’m already getting in the mood for fall. Soup and bread for dinner tonight!] These baguettes make me think of the time Bell came to visit. That was almost a year ago now. We made these baguettes together then. They’ve turned out amazing every time I’ve made them. But everything always taste just that much better when you get to enjoy them with a friend.
Missing you mon bell.

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Mon Ami.

It is hard to believe that today was the last day.
Yes.
The last day of Bells visit.
I have loved having her with me. We have stayed up late at night dreaming of sewing studios. Figuring out purse patterns.
We have had so much tea this week. At least two kinds a day. We ran out of types to try so we took a trip to the tea shop downtown. And today Fed-Ex made me so happy.
They brought tea.
Right now there is Harney & Sons Vanilla Comoro brewing.
And homemade Strawberry Poptarts are in the making.

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I have looked forward to this month nearly all year. October is here and I’m enjoying it.

This is the month of The Bakery. The one that my friend, Erin, has run every fall for the past three or four years. It has been a lot of fun so far. So here’s a peek into what my life has been on Saturdays.

Don’t these cinnamon rolls look amazing? They aren’t even baked yet. And they’re big. I would say these are probably our best-selling item. I mean really, you can’t go wrong with a big cinnamon roll. At the top of the picture we have a pan of cranberry-oatmeal bars. One of my favourites. And on the counter on the left, my latte.

Bread. This fresh homemade bread was amazing with the soup. Yes, we sell homemade soup and bread along with all the other sweet bakery treats.

I was called back to the ovens to snap a picture of these beauties. Golden brown perfection.

Sandy does such an amazing job back in the oven department. Multi-tasking as you can see.

Okay, this picture needs some explanation. Perspective is hard to get in a photograph.
This is Laurie. She’s making cream cheese frosting. Most everything in this picture is of bulk quantity, except the milk. The jug of milk is a normal gallon. It’s sitting next to a 5 gallon bucket of cream cheese frosting. Let’s think about this…
That is a lot of frosting. 

We have a lot of fun. This weekend is going to be beautiful. So come on out and visit us at The Farm!

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Good Fun: part two.

Here is part two of my time with Grace…

Tuesday:


The oven had bread in it all morning but we had to bake cupcakes for a party in the evening. We seriously made them right before we got in the car to go. It was so close. They tasted delicious though.

Wednesday Night:


We made little cream puffs…


with amazing chocolate cream filling.
We whipped cream (by hand) and folded it into chocolate pudding.
What a good filling.


Yes, I ate so many of them.
(and I even balanced them on my tongue. You should try that, it’s not easy.)

Thursday Morning:

The last meal (a.k.a. – Breakfast ).

I think Grace and I will always make these when we are together.
These Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls…
man oh man they are the best thing ever.


Breakfast has never been better.
They were the perfect thing with a cinnamon latte for our departure breakfast.
The grand finale to such a wonderful time.

There was much more too. We did some sewing. We watched the entire Little Dorrit mini series in two sittings. Those were some late nights but totally worth it. We drank tea. Brisk, Balanced, and Inspiring tea actually. Knitting happened. There was this one mexican potluck…

So many new memories for Grace and I to add to our collection.
I’m so thankful to have her as a friend. I love the fact that we can talk about the things that we both love. Like new bunt pans and butter.
Thank you, Grace, for always being there for me.

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Good Fun: part one.

I have a lot of pictures from my vacation to show you.
So. Hang on, here we go!


We spent a lot of our time in this kitchen.
Grace and I made food. So much food.

Sunday Dinner.
What does “Sunday dinner” bring to mind?
Something hearty that screams comfort?


Chicken Potpie.
Yes, one of my favourites
They turned out amazing.  Grace and I were both afraid we wouldn’t get dinner on the table until 9:00 or so. But of course we did not play it safe and just roast the chicken. We decided to shred it, throw it into a simmering stew, top it with pastry, and bake it. Amazingly (and thankfully) we had dinner ready right on time. I still don’t know how we pulled that one off.

Monday Dinner.


We made hand tossed rosemary pizza crusts. Lots of them.


Yes, those are grill marks. Pre-grilled and ready to load up with toppings.


On the table and ready to eat. Oh yum, they were so good.

Monday Night.
Homemade Marshmallows+ Homemade Graham Crackers+ a bonfire= A Good Time.


Grace cutting the marshmallows.
(Our graham crackers are baking in the oven.)


Don’t they look so fun? Really they are rather simple to bake. The recipe really should be on here… someday.


They roasted up so very nice. We couldn’t get a good smore picture in the dark. Let me just tell you, they were delightful.

To be continued…
(Good Fun:part two.)

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I’m going on holiday to visit this girl. Her name is Grace.
(That’s me, slaving away in the back.)
Grace and I have many kitchen adventure memories. We both love baking and cooking. So, when we’re in the kitchen together, we do it up big. (Late into the night as well. At least dinner was ready by nine o’clock that one time…)
We’re hoping to tackle homemade marshmallows and graham crackers for smores this time. And we’ll be grilling. Grilled pizza for sure. Possibly some kabobs or skewers of some sort. And most definately baking…

Cupcakes!

{I really think Grace and I could own a cupcake shop someday.}

We’re going to have so much fun.

p.s. Maybe I’ll fill you in on our adventures when I get back…

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Summer Doings.

It has been over 90° these days. Yes, really warm. I’m enjoying it for the most part.
Turning the oven on in this heat though… no. Not so enjoyable. But all those fresh summer fruits are just waiting to be baked in a tart, right?

What do we do?
Let’s take it outside.

Mom and I baked a tart.
In the toaster oven.
On the front porch.

We didn’t have to heat up the house. It worked great.

You should try it tomorrow. All you need is a toaster oven, an outlet, and summer berries and fruit. Yummo!

Right now though, I’m off to enjoy my crackers, gouda, and brie.

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