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This past weekend has been one of those weeks, where everything spins off in every direction but the one you want it to. Work is crazy busy. The rains haven’t stopped, and now my backyard is a river with the sides of my house transformed into rushing rapids, and then on top of that, lightning struck a nearby telegraph pole, sending us into a blackout. So, hubby and I did the next best thing; we went to the shops for a coffee.

When we got back home, I decided it was time to use my slow cooker since it’s a bit nippy, and I’m craving a hot meal. (more…)

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All right, it’s not pumpkins attacking us, thought that might be cool, especially if they sprouted miniature legs and arms.. hmm that sounds cute actually.

Anyway, I’m digressing. Halloween! That’s what I want to talk about, and how much I love this holiday. Why? For two reasons. Okay just thought of three.
1. An excuse to get together with family and friends
2. Bake to my heart’s delight and hold a halloween tea party
3. This one is obvious – Horror!! I love the black stuff 🙂

I know halloween is still over a week away, but I convinced a few people at work to hold a halloween morning tea, and before long everyone in the department was on board. Yipee. Everyone brought a plate of anything they wanted. I decided to bake up some chocolate frosted cookies in the shape of pumpkins and bats… muahahaha (more…)

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Tomorrow my friend’s son, Connor, is turning 7 and I’ve just finished making his birthday cake. He loves Sonic The Hedgehog so I’ve made him a racetrack following the curve of number 7. Hubby did a great job with the carving of the cake and details. (more…)

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I’m basically addicted to Stumble Upon – surfing sites that I never would have found otherwise, and I found the most awesome site – Sweet Pea’s Kitchen. Highly recommend checking it out.

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Cheesecakes are one of those desserts that most people can’t resist, and that’s me to a T (oops, no pun intended 🙂 ). I have a standard cheesecake recipe that I always make in a round pan topped with strawberry jelly. The vanilla cheesecake and cool jelly are a perfect union. But lately I’ve been on a cupcake roller-coaster, so I adapted my recipe to cheesecake cupcakes and even made some variations – cookies with cheesecake filling, vanilla cheesecake topped with a Hersey’s kiss, and a caramel cheesecake surprise cupcake. Treat yourself to some yummy goodness. Plus, no-baking required! (more…)

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Wood-Oven Baked Bread

This week is whizzing past way too fast, and I’m still chasing my tail, way behind on my scheduled editing and blogging. Here we are in Thursday, the one day a week I share what I’ve baked… and I baked nothing 😦

So instead, I’m going to cheat since it’s my blog, and share with you some wonderful photos of delicious bread my mom baked in the wood fire oven my dad made… yep, he’s very hands on and creative when it comes to building almost anything.

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Last Christmas just happens to be one of my all time favorite George Michael songs. But last Christmas is also when I gave my father-in law an old-fashioned metal cookie jar brimming with snickerdoodles. I was so proud of myself for coming up with such a cool gift, but it has now backfired on me. (more…)

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