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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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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 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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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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mini Vacation.

I left town on Sunday, April 19th.
I traveled 129 miles.
I hugged my best friend.

Grace.

She is amazing. I am so blessed to have her friendship. I cannot even begin to describe what a special time we had together. I spent four nights with her and her family. It was so much fun. And really, for only four days… we got a lot accomplished!
We baked scones…cinnamon oatmeal scones.
We drank tea. Boston tea. I almost forgot to pack that.
We milked goats. Well… I guess I didn’t. Grace and Mary Beth did.
We made an amazing gourmet dinner (well worth the wait, everyone agreed.). We made stuffed chicken breasts with wild rice and a tasty sauce and a balsamic salad dressing on fresh greens. It was oh so good. I don’t like mushrooms- the chicken was stuffed with a mushroom mixture- Lewis didn’t even know there were mushrooms- It was THAT good. We recieved an A++.
We weeded the strawberry beds. Oh so many weeds.
We scoured the milk room (that was invigorating!). Ah! runaway water! Bleached knees. Don’t know why we didn’t get out the squeegee earlier. I Loved that thing.
We stayed up untill 2 o’clock in the morning. I will never forget those long late night chats. I felt like we’d both grown up since I was last there. I seemed to be looking into a picture of two young women in conversation on a crisp white bed. Whispering, smiling, laughing, and enjoying each others conversation. I liked it ever so much.
We baked the most amazing cinnamon rolls. Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls. Devoured in no time and enjoyed by all!
Drank more tea…
We sewed ourselves some new summer skirts. I sewed button holes on a machine for the first time. It’s so easy! And addicting. I serged for the first time too! So professional, I know.
We listened to NewWorldSon.
We laughed. A lot.
….Yes, It was a very productive week.

Coming home and getting used to my own schedule again is kinda rough. My alarm woke me up at 6 o’clock this morning… I didn’t want to hear it.

There will be pictures of my mini vacation coming soon! Thanks to Mary Beth… the official photographer of the week. *smile*

I hope you all had a good weekend!

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