Well, I don’t seem to be doing a very good job of getting back on track with this blogging thing. Frankly, if you didn’t have an abundance of green tomatoes this fall, I have not posted anything of much interest. It is not as though I haven’t been thinking about food, recipes or the fact that I want to share all the yummy things that have come out of my kitchen since the beginning of October, in fact my camera is full of photos I have been wanting to post. Unfortunately, however, my follow through has been abysmal with not only this, but all things electronically related due in large part to the fact that my computer is on its last legs.
Thus far, there is only one thing I have recently managed to succeed in doing with regard to this blog, complete the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2012. Last year, I participated in the 1st Annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, sending out three dozen of my Grandmother’s Gingersnap Cookies to three different food bloggers who I was paired with at random, and in return I received a dozen cookies each from three different individuals. After last year’s cookie swap success with more than 600 blogger participants, Lindsay, of Love and Olive Oil, and Julie, from The Little Kitchen, decided to continue this project to bring food bloggers from all over the United States, and this year, the world, together. Continue reading
Well, it is only mid December, and I am horribly behind on everything I have to do. This time of year is always crazy. Between all the decorating, shopping, baking and general Christmas merriment to be spread, never mind the fact that half my family and a sizable group of my friends were born in the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years, including myself, this always tends to be a hectic time of year. However, it is also one of my absolute favorite times of year! I love everything to do with the lights and family traditions that accompany this darkest time of the year.
This year is especially hectic for me however, because I have, as many of you many have undoubtedly noticed, been behind on my ‘to do’ list since the beginning of November. This is due to the fact that as of October 31st I started a new job that is quite different from anything I have ever done before, and has therefore been quite a change for me. I am still hope to get to all the delicious blog posts that I have on back log from the past month and a half, but I wanted to be sure and get my post up for the end of the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2011.
I am excited to announce that I have signed up to participate in the 1st Annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. This fun little event was conceived by Lindsey at Love and Olive Oil and Julie at The Little Kitchen as a way to stimulate ideas and relationships in the food blog community, and of course, to give us something fun to do! How does it work? Well, bloggers sign up, Lindsay and Julie take all the participant names and send each participant the addresses of three other participants on Monday November 21st. Each participant sends one dozen cookies to each of their three addressees by Monday December 5th, and receives a dozen cookies each from three different participants in exchange. All the cookies are enjoyed. On Monday December 12th each participant posts their cookie recipes on their blog, and everyone gets great ideas for Christmas and the year to come. I hope you will enjoy following along, I will repot more in the weeks to come!
I know, I know, two cookie posts in one week. I’m sorry. Normally, I don’t make cookies this close together (except for at Christmas), in fact, I still have some Gingersnaps in my cookie tin, but I couldn’t help it, I had and unbelievable craving.
I went to a local bakery yesterday morning, to buy some bread, and as I was leaving, the woman behind the counter yelled, “Miss, do you like peanut butter?” (Yes, of course, I love peanut butter!) One of the peanut butter cookies that she was putting out in their display case had broken, they couldn’t sell it that way, so she gave it to me, since I was the only customer in the shop. My lucky day! It was so good that I craved more for the whole rest of the day, I had to make some of my own.
Every birthday requires a homemade cake. I made this maple carrot cake with maple cream cheese frosting about a year ago and told my Mom how great it turned out, so this year for her birthday, this is what she wanted. All the maple syrup in this recipe makes the cake extra moist and very delicious.
This became one of my favorite sweet treats of the summer. It is so moist and has such a strong combination of peach and almond flavors I find that I enjoy it much more than a cobbler or a crisp.