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cake for breakfast!

And, I don’t even feel guilty about it!

Why not? Well, because it’s this cake:

Citrus, Pomegranate, Almond & Poppy Seed Cake by What Katie Ate

This is a picture from her website. I would take a picture myself but I wouldn’t do it justice.

Try this cake. It’s easy to make. It’s a bit different, but I think it’s lovely. Also check out the website above. I haven’t had a chance to explore it properly, but if this recipe is one to judge by then the rest of the site is probably delicious.

I hope you’re having a sunny Sunday just like we are here.
xo
A

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more christmas

We’re having a Christmas lunch at work today and I made goodies.  I made chocolate cupcakes with lovely buttercream frosting:

the icing isn't as neon red in real life...

And I made gingerbread cookies and decorated them with Royal Icing. This was my first foray into the world of Royal Icing and I have to say that, while I was terrified, I am so pleased with the results that I know I will be using it more and more often. The one thing is that this batch was made with real raw egg whites because they don’t sell Meringue Powder in the UK. Next time I will plan ahead and buy some from Amazon to have shipped here in time to decorate. Raw eggs don’t frighten me for health reasons, I just think they’re gross!!

So, here you go, my first ever Royal Icing decorated cookies:

look how melted he is!!

They are SUPPOSED to look like melted snowmen. If you tell me they look like fried eggs or wonky teddy bears/owls I am going to be very upset. That is very obviously a melted snowman. (If only the nose looked more like a carrot, right!?)

Anyway, that is what I am bringing to both of my Christmas parties today. I hope people like them!!

xo
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cupcakes

At work I have been labeled the cupcake queen. Whether I deserve this title or not is yet to be seen. All I know is that I make cupcakes a lot.

One of the lovely ladies I work with actually put in an order for her friend’s birthday and I thought I would show you what I made.

don't they look beautiful!

I made three different varieties of cupcakes for her.

The first were these Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with lovely green mint frosting.

mmm... minty goodness!!

Then these Cinnamon Swirl Apple Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting.

ohh.. lovely appley mapley gorgeousness!

Then these Caramel Pear & Ginger Cupcakes with vanilla bean buttercream.

...dripping...caramel...

I can tell you that they are all delicious. In fact, I had to clear some frosting off my greedy fingers to type this post!!

Go and try the recipes! They are LOVELY!!!

xo
A

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today…

Today I made Smitten Kitchen’s Spiced Applesauce Cake (and applesauce). They are both delicious beyond words, let me tell you. I am not sure the cake is going to make it through the weekend (much to my workmates’ dismay!). I have canned the leftover applesauce for use at a later date.

Tomorrow I am going to make Peabody’s Hot Chocolate Marshmallows and *possibly* this apple cake, too.

Maybe if I make the apple cake then perhaps some of the applesauce cake will make it to Monday!!

It’s the last day of October and I am way behind on my baking, so I am making up for it all this weekend! 🙂

Over the next few days I am going to start planning the Thanksgiving menu. I am not sure whether to go with old favourites or to branch out and try new things. Anyone have any suggestions?

xo
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tonight..

Tonight I am:

  • Watching The Shining because it is my favourite “scary” movie. I don’t buy into all those gore-fests with murderous zombies or possessed dolls raving around trying to kill infallibly stupid people. No, what scares me is the idea of a perfectly normal father going ape-s**t crazy and chasing his own wife and son with an axe around a completely empty hotel in the middle of a frozen wasteland.
  • Listening to the new Kings of Leon album which I haven’t stopped listening to since I bought it.
  • Making my own hot apple cider which is loosely based on this recipe.
  • Baking pumpkin-spiced molasses cookies which are very loosely based on this recipe. They are delicious – I made the dough a few weeks ago and have it stored in my freezer to bake when the mood strikes. Awesome.
  • Lamenting over the fact that the only baking tray that will fit in my oven holds just six cookies at a time. Silly UK oven sizes!!
  • Catching up on the thousands of blogs I’ve neglected to read over the past few weeks.
  • Desperately wishing I had about a million of these, these and these. And this. And this. Very thankfully I already have these (thanks Kate!) and these!
  • Finishing off my scary story assignment for the I.V.W.G. meeting on Tuesday.
  • Evening-dreaming about getting to see my niece, Erin again.
  • Playing around with Photoshop actions and editing some pretty ordinary photos like this:

before

To extraordianry photos like this:

after

(I LOVE photoshop. )

And that is what I am doing with my Friday evening. What about you?!

xo
A

 

 

 

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