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Musings about life, and weekly recipe updates

Friday Thoughts at Pie Lady Bakes!

Winter is here!

It has been so cold here in Toronto, Canada with our first big snowfall and temps hovering around the -10C/14F! Time to get the dog boots out too. Putting on 12 dog boots in the morning takes some time, but well worth to protect those little feet from all of the salt that gets put on sidewalks and roadways!

Tuesday night marked the end of Hannukah. We’re a Judaeo/Christian home, so we celebrate both Hannukah and Christmas, which makes for lots of fun. This year I thought I would try to make Rugelach, those sweet cream cheese pastry crescent cookies, filled with apricot jam, nuts and other sweetness.

rugelach cookies piled on a plate, covered in powdered sugar with white christmas trees in the background


Even though they are popular as Hannukah Cookies, these little guys are the perfect ‘winter’ cookie, just pour yourself a cup of Hot Chocolate and see what I mean!  You can see the recipe right here.

What we’re Baking this weekend….

Sunday is Christmas Eve, and we are gathering at our oldest daughter’s home.  I’m in charge of desserts, surprise, surprise!  So in addition to another batch of Rugelach, there is a call for a Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie, and since our son-in-law James love cheesecake, I will be baking an Eggnog Cheesecake and I’ll post that recipe next week.  This will be the first time I’ve made a cheesecake with eggnog.  It’s so exciting to try new recipes, don’t you think?

TV Shows We’re Watching…

This week we saw the finale for the Great Canadian Baking Show, and also enjoyed some Christmas episodes of the Great British Baking Show!  And The Voice is over until February!  Mark asked me what on earth will I do with all this free time. 🙂  I’m also fitting in a bunch of delightful Christmas movies, especially the romance ones!

 

My weekend plans….

In addition to baking, we’ll be wrapping presents!  Usually our gang prefers gifts of $$ so they can get what they want, but that all changed this year so Mark and I were shopping on December 21st!  It was really quite fun, and we were able to wrap it up at one major store.


Mark is getting to spend quality time with our Louisa – being a grandparent is so awesome! This week we spent Wednesday morning with her, since mom had to go to a meeting.  We were exhausted!  But of course we loved every minute. 🙂

 

Our Top Five Posts this week…

  1. Tourtiere
  2. Old Fashioned Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake
  3. Biscotti
  4. Pie Crust
  5. Coffee Cake

 

I’ve had this week off from work and it’s been a great to spend time with my honey and our family.  It’s so hard to believe that Christmas is only 4 days away!

Time to go…

But with the fun and joy of the holiday season, we’ve had some bittersweet moments too.  Sadly one of our furry family members had declined rapidly over the past couple of weeks, so we had to say goodbye.  Max you have been an amazing pet, a loving friend, and companion to Millie and Barkley.  We will miss you so much.  But we know that you have crossed the Rainbow Bridge and are now happily playing as the healthy, sweet boy you have always been.  This is one my all time favorite pics.  The joy on his little face is a delight to behold.

Friday Thoughts – What Do You Think?

This will now be a weekly post, to share my thoughts, what’s going on in our lives, our top posts for the week, and any baking news – or new recipes that are coming up.  I would love to hear your feedback in the comments below! 

Happy Holidays!

May you be blessed during this season of Peace, Hope, Love and Joy.  I know life isn’t always like the Currier and Ives Christmas Card.  But whatever way you celebrate – and even if you don’t, my wish is that you have some time for you to reflect, renew, and relax.

Best,

Judy 

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