Hi there! A few weeks ago I published an article about how to be happy and the Danish key to happiness – Hygge. And you know what? You loved it! It has become one of my top posts! And we’ve just posted about all the fun you can have with summer hygge!
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.
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.
Our Top Five Posts this week…
- Old Fashioned Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake
- Pie Crust
- 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!
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.
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TGIF. Fridays. My favourite day. Thank Goodness it’s Friday. Thank God it’s Friday. We made it!
All things that people who work Monday to Friday say. And of course that includes me! I love Fridays. As I sit drinking my coffee in the morning after a quick walk with the dogs, I envision a weekend ahead of ‘to do’s’ including baking, time with family, cleaning up and of course somewhere among all that busyness, time for me to relax! I think that’s the hardest thing to fit in right now. You too?