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TGIF.  Fridays.  My favourite day.  Thank Goodness it’s Friday.  Thank God it’s Friday.  We made it!

Musings about life, and weekly recipe updates

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?


My work is in the heart of Toronto, a busy bustling city of contradictions.  Like these pics I took on my way to work this week.  Right beside the city’s major shopping district The Eaton Centre, the Entertainment District, we see homeless people, living on the streets, right at the busiest corner.  It somehow isn’t right that this happens, in our country, when so many of us have so much and yet others have so little.

This is something I think about all the time, not just during the festive season, when I walk through this area every day on my way to work.  I do what I can, but of course it’s not enough.

My weekend plans:

This weekend I get to try out my new Kitchen Island for baking and filming videos!   It’s too exciting.  We had so much fun putting it together last weekend.  And I baked Cousin Marie’s Old Fashioned Coffee Cake.  You can read about that here!

This is the first post of a new lifestyle category on the blog, and I would love to hear what you think.  I wanted a place to just talk with you, share my musings.

And stay tuned for a revival of RV Life!  In my About page I share how Mark and I split our time between Toronto and Lindsay, living in our tiny apartment and RV.  We have really embraced the Tiny Home Life!

Hey it’s Friday December 8th and we are hurtling towards Christmas and the holidays. Here are the top 5  posts on the blog this week.  A combination of easy sweets and comfort food!

Top 5 Recipes on the Blog this week:

Apple Pandowdy

Apple Pie Coffee Cake

Best Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Blueberry Pear Walnut Galette

Buttermilk Chocolate Bundt Cake

What we’re baking this weekend

We celebrate both Hannukah and Christmas in our home, and with Hannukah beginning Tuesday, December 14th, I wanted to create a special treat.  So Ruggelach it is and I’ll be posting it this coming week.  A sweet flaky pastry, shaped like a crescent roll and filling with sweet goodness.  Yum! Yum!  Also some Apple Crumble Lasagna, Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins, a new Pie Crust Video.  OMG and I only have two days!!!  LOL   Busy. Busy.  🙂

TV Shows we are crazy about right now:

The Great Canadian Baking Show

The Great American Baking Show

The Great British Baking Show

(notice a theme here?) 🙂

and my all time favorite The Voice!  

And we have lots of time for the home team right now: The Leafs! 

 

Are you stuck for gift ideas?  Be sure to check out our Holiday Gift Guide for Bakers 2017 and the many cool items in our Shop over at Easy as Pie on Facebook!  There will be something there for you to choose, I’m certain.

Do you have an Instant Pot yet?  That all in one pressure cooker, rice cooker, yoghurt maker, slow cooker, which is taking the internet by storm!  I bought one last Christmas and our popular Instant Pot Mint Chocolate Cheesecake just might convince you to take the plunge!  It’s so easy, and I swear the BEST cheesecake ever.

 

Recipes and Posts I’ve Save this week…..

Peppermint Mocha Fudge Tart by Inside Brew Crew Life! I love this blog, the recipes and photos are stunning.  Something I aspire to!

Strawberry Nutella French Toast Rollups by Recipetin Eats.  Nagi makes the most amazing dishes and I think this one will appear on our breakfast table over the holidays!

Christmas Lights Cookies – such a cute video, at Southern Living.  These would be so much fun to make!

 

My holiday shopping is almost done, except for Mark.  There is absolutely nothing either of us need, but nice to find a special something that will tickle his fancy and show some love.   It’s amazing when you are married to your best friend ever.  We celebrated nine years at the end of November.  I heart him.

They are forecasting some Big Snow this weekend, so cozy times ahead.  I hope you have a lovely week….. and don’t forget to make time for you.

 

Best,

Judy

 

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