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Long weekending

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I’ve been having such a lovely long weekend – friends, knitting, tv watching, great food. We’ve been canning so much the last couple of weeks, and there’s just a couple more things on our list before apple season starts to arrive. In anticipation of fall (ignoring the 30+ degree weather), we also made a pumpkin loaf (recipe from Back to Her Roots) and it was delicious. We used regular whole wheat flour, plain yogurt, and subbed brown sugar for the maple syrup.

I’ve also picked back up my Aidez cardigan, and between brunch and some tv with H, I’ve gotten most of one of the front panels done. The reason I’ve picked this back up is because I might be going to Rhinebeck (NY Sheep and Wool)! I am super excited even though it’s still over a month away – I’ve been planning my sweaters, perusing the vendor and class lists, and reading lots of recaps. Are you going? Any tips or suggestions for first timers?

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!

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The never-ending heat wave

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(Knitting details on Rav, recipe for the pickles posted last year)

I usually love summer… I’m always cold the rest of the year, and summer is the only time of year I can leave the house without a sweater. Plus summer has so many great events, there are picnics in the park, gardening, swimming, camping, and so on. But this year – oh my goodness. The heatwave has been never-ending and I am so warm. We’ve also gotten so little rain and everything is so dry and droopy. We don’t have AC and with the recent temperatures around 40-45 (105-115 fahrenheit) degrees with humidex, I am absolutely melting. I had a booth for Agrestal at the Kingston Sheepdog Trials last weekend, which is my only outdoor event this year. Let’s just say that it’s a good thing we were so close to the shaved ice stand.

I’ve been knitting lots of small things, reading lots of books, and eating lots of fresh, no-cooking-required food. Unfortunately the canning has to get done, even in the heat wave, so I’ve been trying to do everything in the evenings when it’s a bit less warm. I’ve done dilly beans and lots of dill cucumber pickles so far. The tomatoes are coming out of the garden pretty quickly now so soon it will be time for canned tomatoes, salsa, pasta sauce, and ketchup.

Are you also stuck in this heat wave? Any secret ways to keep cool?

P.S. As I’m writing this, funnily enough, a huge storm has rolled in out of nowhere, with lots of rain and wind! Thank goodness. (Now we just have to hope that everything doesn’t flood!)

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Lately.

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I can’t believe that Christmas is a week away. I’ve still got one exam left to write on Tuesday, and then I’ll be off from classes for over two weeks, which sounds wonderful. On top of studying, I’ve been frantically trying to knit on the last few Christmas gifts for this year.

Hope you are all having a lovely holiday season so far! Are you frantically knitting as well, or are you finished your Christmas knitting?

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Christmas cake.

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Over Thanksgiving weekend, my mum and I baked our Christmas fruitcake. The recipe is my grandmother’s and you’re supposed to bake it way ahead of when you want to eat it, and baste it with alcohol every week. Right before Christmas we’ll add a layer of marzipan and a layer of royal icing. It’s such a big cake that it takes 4-6 hours to bake, so we finished late into the evening. I always hear people complaining about fruitcake, but this one is really delicious. It’s always our first Christmas baking of the year and now I can’t wait to decorate for Christmas… only a few more months! (Although I have a lot of knitting to do in that time!). If you’re also impatiently waiting for the holiday season to start, you can see all of last year’s Christmas posts here.

What are your feelings about fruitcake? Love or hate?

Linking up with Heather.

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Strawberries.

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It’s finally strawberry season here in Ontario! We went to the first day of pick-your-own at Fruition Berry Farm and got 12 litres of amazing berries. I made my first truly successful strawberry rhubarb pie (recipe from Smitten Kitchen)- turns out the secret really is the minute tapioca! It thickens the pie filling superbly. I used the all-butter pastry recipe but did a lattice top instead of a full top. My mum also made up a few batches of strawberry jam.

What are your favourite strawberry recipes? We’ve still got loads left!

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White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies in a Jar

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I have a recipe for you today.. not only are these cookies delicious, but layered in a jar like this, they make a perfect gift! Only 3 ingredients need to be added to the contents of the jar before baking so anyone can definitely make these. You could, of course, also mix the ingredients together in a bowl if you plan to bake and eat them straightaway.

The cranberries and white chocolate go nicely together, and the pop of red makes these cookies perfect for Christmas.

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White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies in a Jar
Adapted from Taste of Home’s Best Loved Cookies and Bars

Yield: 1 jar, or approximately 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

(For assembling the jar)
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/3 cup granulated white sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup white chocolate chips

(For baking the cookies)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

You will also need a 1 quart glass jar and a funnel.

Filling the Jar:
In a bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
Layer ingredients into the jar using the funnel (or a piece of rolled up paper) in the following order, from first to last (or bottom to top):
White sugar
Brown sugar
Flour mixture
Oats
Dried cranberries
White chocolate chips

Making the cookies:
Preheat oven to 375 F (190 C/ gas mark 5)
Empty jar into large bowl. Mix in melted butter, egg, and vanilla extract. Refrigerate, covered, for 30 minutes.
Drop tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Enjoy!

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If you’re giving these as a gift, please remember to include the baking instructions (and the “for baking the cookies” ingredient quantities) for your recipient! You can print them or even write them out on a lovely gift tag.

I hope you enjoy the cookies if you make them! Let me know in the comments what your favourite holiday treats are! Happy Holidays!

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