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Kitchen Time.

I has able to spend a week with Grace, my friend who lives in eastern Washington.  We tend to spend most of our times together in the kitchen. So I thought I would share a few pictures of the products our time together produced.

Quiche. For dinner.

Mmm, This chocolate truffle tart is one of the most amazing things. It’s so simple. But complexly delicious. And seriously gourmet.

This is the tart going into the oven.

Oh boy. Graces brother, Lewis turned 16 while I was there. For his birthday breakfast we made doughnuts. (Yes, it was an early morning for Grace and I.)

The chocolate glaze turned out perfect. And those sprinkles? They just scream birthday.

Even the doughnut holes, lightly cinnamon sugared, turned out amazingly yummy.

We also made these cupcakes for the birthday celebration. But before we could eat them we had to pack them for transportation… to Idaho and back… birthday surprises you know. There are almond cupcakes with almond frosting, and chocolate cupcakes with coffee frosting.

I had such a fun time with Grace. There are so many fun memories of our times together. I will never forget them. And they will always make me smile.

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I had a wonderful holiday with Grace. (You don’t know how heavy that suitcase was. Seriously. So heavy.)
You’ll hear all about the holiday soon. I promise. I’m just waiting for pictures to show you. We got some really good pictures. Mostly of food but hey, it was good food.

It’s September already. How crazy is that. (I know, I say something to that effect every month.)
Since it is September…

…I couldn’t resist.

You need to have a bonfire and roast smores before summer is over. I built myself a fire and baked myself some homemade graham crackers just for that purpose last night. Those were good smores.

Oh say, have you ever met someone with the same birthday as you? I did this week. 
Wait, I guess haven’t actually met him have I…

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Twenty-four.

Tonight I am baking a vanilla cake and making lemon buttercream frosting.
Tomorrow I am going to be assembling them together to create a summer birthday cake. I have visions of  this delicious cloud-like masterpiece that will melt in my mouth after all my efforts are expelled.
Yes, I know, I have high hopes.

My sister, Alyssa, is turning twenty-four tomorrow.
She loves lemon.
I love her.
There will be lemon tomorrow.

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Hello World.

I hope your February has been good.  If it hasn’t… well, it sure wouldn’t hurt to make these…

They’re amazing.  I made the desserts for our Valentine tea this year.  This was my favourite out of the three dessert choices.  Definitely turned out the best.  I used my sugar cookie recipe and just added a little almond extract to the dough, cut out my hearts and windows and baked them.  A few hours before serving, I spread raspberry jam on the bottom cookies and dusted the top “frames” with powderd sugar.  Sandwich those lovely hearts and…

fall

in

love

with them.

It will be easy, trust me.

The valentine tea was a lot of fun, as always. We had amazing food, some really great teas, fun little crafts, good friends, and a lot of laughs. 

     There has been a lot going on this month.  With my nephew, Jason’s, birthday.  My daddy’s birthday.  Valentines day… It has seemed busy, indeed.  I have been trying to keep on doing some of the things I love between working and random events.  I haven’t been reading much, or sewing, or baking.  I was so happy I could bake up the valentine treats, they were such fun.  And I’ve been trying to read more often, when I find the time.  I’ve been reading ‘Tom Sawyer’ to Hunter and Brooklynn while at my nanny job, waiting for the bus in the morning.  It has been great.  They are really enjoying it.  I love when they ask me questions about what’s going on or what a word means. 

I’ve been digging into some sewing projects too!  I made a little button-up shirt for Jason.  I still can’t believe it turned out as well as it did.  It’s a little big for him but he’ll grow into it, right?  That was fun.  The button holes were a bit of a dilemma but they got done, eventually.  Right now I’m working on a dress.  I bought three yards of this amazing deep purple knit material one day.  I finally got up the courage to cut into it on Monday.  I’m glad I did.  The dress is almost finished, it just needs a few changes and a little touching up.  Sewing with knit material isn’t as scary as everyone makes it sound.  There are a few little tricks I would recomend knowing before making your attempt though.   Anyways, the dress is almost finished and maybe someday I’ll get a picture of it on here. For now I think I’ll go work on it and hopefully wrap up this project soon, as there are always plenty of projects on the horizon to keep me busy.

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     I really want to start on Christmas presents now.  I have a few ideas.  I haven’t knit something for a while now and feel like knitting so much.  I’m hoping to start knitting a sweater for my nephew, Jason.  Looking for a handsome pattern is not easy.  There are a lot of ugly sweaters out there.  I finally found one that is a vintage pattern. It has ships and dots on it but…I’m going to change mine to stripes.  Just little stripes. Anyways, the site had some really neat patterns that truly are vintage.  It’s called Free Vintage Knitting.  It was pretty cute.

     Yesterday I worked an espresso machine!  I’m so excited to learn the ins-n-outs of making good coffee. There is a difference between coffee and good coffee. I definitely need practice in the steaming area. I think I was told I made Starbucks foam a few times (not good).  Dear Me. It is really fun to hear Starbucks being made out as the epitome of ‘bad coffee’.  It is different, as most people adore beloved Starbucks.  Anyways, back at it this Sunday. We’ll see what sort of foam I’ll make this time.

     I received one of the best gifts ever for my birthday this year.  Mom and Dad got me a down comforter.  O how wonderful it is!  I went to work on Monday and dreamed all day about being under my comforter.  I love my new blanket.  I can’t stop thinking about it.  I think it’s an addiction!

     I made a Pumpkin Spice Cake with cream cheese frosting and it turned out SO good. I believe I’ll share it with you.~
    

 For the cake~

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted, plus more for pan
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin-pie spice (or 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, 3/4 teaspoon ginger, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1/8 teaspoon each allspice and cloves)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin puree

For the frosting~

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, very soft
  • 1 bar (8 ounces) cream cheese, very soft
  • 1/4 cup honey or enough powdered sugar to make it sweet enough for you
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch square baking pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin-pie spice. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, sugar, butter, and pumpkin puree until combined (I added a tad bit of cream as it seemed rather thick for a cake batter) . Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture, and mix gently until smooth.
  3. Turn batter into prepared pan, and smooth top. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool cake 10 minutes in pan, then turn out of pan, and cool completely, right side up, on a rack.
  4. Make Honey Frosting: In a medium bowl, whisk butter, cream cheese, and honey until smooth.
  5. Spread top of cooled cake with honey frosting. Cut cake into squares to serve.

     I hope you enjoy it! I absolutely LOVE it.

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     “Seventeen!?!  You can’t turn seventeen! You can’t! You’re going to get old!”
                                                -Jessica, nearly in tears.  Age five.

     Yes, that’s me.  Old.  I confess, sometimes I do feel old.  Especially when I’m waiting for the school bus with little kiddos buzzing around me.  Most of the time… I just feel like a kid, Even though I just turned 17.  I’m so thankfull for all my dear friends and family who made my birthday so special.  I can’t wait to start writing Thank You’s.

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Cake….for whose birthday?

Cake.
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The birthday cake.
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     Yes, I finally baked that cake I had been meaning to. I baked it here this morning and decorated it at at Alyssas’ house. I put candles on it and let the (closer than not) birthday girl blow them out. We ate cake for lunch.
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     I think it was the first cake I had ever really decorated. It wasn’t even anyones birthday either. It was Alyssas’ un-birthday, I guess.

     The Z is not my friend anymore. Yesterday was the first time I had ever considered selling him. So sad. Mama is making stuffing for our roast chicken dinner. It smells so good! I believe it is one of my favourite things.

     ♥ Go bake a cake! ♥

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