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pumpkin cranberry scones

pumpkin cranberry scones

I don’t have much to say about these scones except that I ate six of them in the past two days. Whoops. Sorry husband and child. I barely shared. Now, this confession alone should surely convince you that you ought to be feasting on them for your next meal, but if it doesn’t, perhaps the maple cinnamon butter they pair with will. That’s right. Not only am I sharing a recipe filled with butter and sugar, but two recipes full of nothing but butter and sugar! Maybe that will get you off your rocker and into the kitchen.

Don’t get me wrong. The hearty taste of pumpkin still rings thru beautifully. And to be fair, there is only 1/2 cup of sugar for the entire batch of scones, so the calorie count could be higher. But indeed, these scones are a true treat: studded with tangy cranberries and swirled with… Continue reading

cinnamon-swirl banana muffins

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If you happen to be craving cinnamon rolls, or perhaps a piping hot slice of banana bread smothered with a good pat of butter, this muffin (equally delicious as a loaf) marries the two most scrumptiously and will certainly hit the spot. The first few times I made this banana-cinnamon-sugar treat, I made loaves, but Sunday I had a crowd to feed so I experimented with muffins. I was taking these beauties to a gathering of musical people who were helping my husband and fellow band-mates record their newest album. I figured muffins would be a welcome guest and much easier to handle than slices of moist and cinnamon-sugary bread. They turned out perfect and were handled, consumed and enjoyed by all in attendance.

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Making muffins is a tad more labor-intensive, requiring you to split the batter and the cinnamon sugar topping twice each amongst the dozen muffin tins. Whereas… Continue reading

pear crisp

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Now those are some purty pears. When I saw them at the market, in a 3lb bag for only $1.97, there was no question as to whether or not they were coming home with me. I’ve adapted a new way of grocery shopping. Instead of making up my list (checking it twice) and shopping from the list, I now go to the market and fill my trolly (as the Aussies say) with all the produce on sale that week. So that did mean that last week’s planned chicken pot pies (Mr. Bates’s Mushroom and Chicken Pie from this book to be exact) became mushroom and barley stuffed peppers, and apple crisps became pear crisps. But heck, I’m saving money and playing The Price Is Right in the process.

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Speaking of games in the grocery store, once Graham and I actually witnessed a real, live Supermarket Sweep. It was while… Continue reading

moroccan chickpea stew

It’s good to be back. I’ve been away far too long from this lovely little space. With Christmas and traveling and family gatherings, it was hard to find time to slip away to write about food. Especially since I was all too busy eating it. And playing games. There was many-a-game played over the last few days (and still more to come, as we have yet another family gathering kicking off tonight!).

Our family favourites? Ticket to Ride (I prefer Europe) and now that we’ve learned to play it, Settlers of Catan. What a great game. If you’re a game person and haven’t heard of either of these, I suggest you rent them from your local library (wouldn’t that be nice) or hunt them down at a thrift shop (OR pay a hefty price online which would be cheaper than a game store price). Because these games are… Continue reading

baked pumpkin spice donuts

The stars aligned for me this past week and my desire to make donuts finally came to fruition. You see, we have this little thing called a grocery budget. And typically, everything I place in my grocery cart has a destiny, a meal it will soon be a part of. There ain’t no room for fluff (or Fluff® for that matter) or any other item that isn’t on one of my little recipe cards back home. But it was Thanksgiving week and I wanted to make something pumpkin, darn it. (Sorry to get worked up.) So I veered from the list and threw in a can of Libby anyway. Wait, that sounds bad. Especially since I just started watching The Walking Dead… Let me rephrase. I threw in a can of pumpkin and knew I’d find good use for it at some point during the week. Every day… Continue reading

slow cooker applesauce

So I lied. Now is not the time to post about a new type of coleslaw anyway. It’s apple time. Time for making all things apple. I’ve made this here batch of applesauce twice in the last two weeks, and I plan on making it again once I come into another half bushel of apples. This was my first time making applesauce, and I regret not jumping on the wagon of applesauce making long ago. It was a piece of cake (well, actually like a bazillion pieces of apples) and only took about 30 minutes to throw together. Not to mention that for the six sweet hours of cooking time, your home will smell like a cider fest and soon thereafter, your fridge or freezer will be stocked with lots of appley goodness.

The first time I made this applesauce I made it with a dozen apples. The second time… Continue reading