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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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Rusk. What?

Yes.  Rusk.  That is what I meant to say.  It’s not a typo.  Some would call it biscotti.  A dried sweet bread, very satisfying with tea or coffee and not as rich or sweet as cookies.

I made some a few weeks ago.  They were so good.  I tried to save some for you but… it didn’t work out.  Sorry.  I couldn’t resist.  I’m going to share my recipe so you can bake some and see for yourself how hard it is to stay away from these rusks.  It is my one of my new favourite recipes.  Fairly simple to make and so worth the twice baked wait.  The recipe is from an old recipe book of my Mamas called “Notes From a Scandinavian Kitchen.” 

Swedish Almond Rusks    

     1 cup butter
     1¾ cup sugar
     2 eggs
     2 teaspoons almond extract
     5 cups flour
     1 teaspoon baking soda
     1 teaspoon salt
     1 cup sour cream
     1  cup chopped almonds

Cream butter and sugar, add beaten eggs. Blend in almond extract. Sift dry ingredients; add alternately with sour cream and almonds. Divide dough into six equal parts. Shape into 15 inch long rolls. Place 3 rolls on each of the two ungreased cooky* sheets. Allow space between as they spread in baking. Bake 30 minutes at 350°. Remove rolls from pans and cut diagonally into ¾ inch slices. Place slices cut side down on cooky* sheet, return to oven, toast 10-15 minutes until brown, turn rusks and toast the other side.

*cooky. That is how they spell it in the recipe book. So cute. ♥

I am going to go make some of these right now. They will be for my uncle. I think he will like them. Very much.

{You really should make some too…}

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This is my friend, Erin.  She is cutting the apple pie that she (with the help of her wonderful family) baked out-of-doors.  Yes, they baked it with coals outside and it was simply amazing.

I was at Erin’s house for dinner on Sunday night and we had soup and bread.  The bread was baked in a dutch oven outside as well.  (It is crazy what you can do in those things!)  And for dessert we had Dutch oven apple pie a la mode with hot tea.  I think it was the best apple pie I’ve had… that I remember anyway.  Good food and fellowship are always abundant at Erin and Dean’s house.  I always leave that house feeling more and more thankful for their friendship.  Thank You Erin and Dean!

This morning… I drank an entire pot of tea.  It was good tea.  I just ordered an entire pound of it.  Boston.  By Harney & Sons.  It’s my new favourite.  I went to a new coffee shop this afternoon too!  I drove by it a few days ago and wondered if it was open or not.  I tried it today.  I felt pretty special to be a customer on their first day open too.  I loved being friendly.  I have tried to break the habit of acting shy, and I like it.  Today, I chatted and laughed with the employees for a while and it made me happy.  I almost gave the man in charge my name and number and said if he needed anybody to work this fall, call me.  But I didn’t.  I have a lot of praying to do about work.  I’m at a bit of a crossroad.  I’ve been thinking all week but I can’t figure out what I should do.  I would like to make the right decision… I just don’t know what that is.  I’ll keep praying.  Only My Lord knows.

St. Patrick’s Day is coming…. and Spring

Enjoy your weekend.

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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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