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Donation for cake

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Fruitcake: GET IN MY BELLY!

Ever have trouble finding that perfect gift for someone? Or perhaps you like baking things for the holidays and giving that as a gift, but don’t always feel like your baking may be enough of a gift? A friend and I have come up with a solution!

Who likes fruit cake? There seems to be a clear divide between those that LOVE it and those that HATE it. I’m one of those people who LOVE it.

Recently, I posted a photo of a fruitcake on Facebook and commented “Fruitcake: GET IN MY BELLY!!” A host of comments came in:

  • Sam you might be the first person in the history of fruitcake or Xmas to like fruitcake lol
  • There should be a “Yum” button on here
  • My mon makes dattt but i hate fruits lol
  • Yuck.
  • That looks like a great fruitcake. I LOVE fruitcake.

And then there was one comment from my friend Aurora that stood out among the pro and con fruitcake vote:

Inbox me your address and I’ll mail you some of my great-grandmother’s Christmas cake and some of my Nonna’s struccolo when I make them this month!

First of all, what a generous offer! This particular friend of mine lives on the East Coast – so the generosity is stretching across the country! I was excited and floored by this offer. I replied with a private message:

NO WAY! OK – I can’t just ask for free fruitcake. Is there anything fun and/or exciting that only Toronto or the GTA has? Send me on a fun errand, and I’ll send you something fantastic in return!

I thought it was in the spirit of Christmas to have an exchange! How fun! But the response I got back was WAY better than I expected!!!

Well you didn’t ASK, I offered! But if you insist, I’m not sure! …
I don’t know. Make a donation to a local underfunded museum, animal shelter, David Suzuki, or whatever other charity moves you?

THUS was born DONATION FOR CAKE!

We had a brief chat about charities that we were thinking about. Supporting mental health was one idea, as well as animal welfare, human welfare, and the environment. Aurora left it up to me to choose something that was close to my heart. I looked around at many websites and read a lot of articles about different charities. I almost went with David Suzuki when I remembered seeing an article on another friend’s blog about supporting Nature Conservancy of Canada. So that’s what I settled on!

Aurora and I are thinking this might be a great thing for people to do this Christmas, and in future! We all know there are people out there who are amazing bakers, and there are those of us who just aren’t sure what to get for people. This is a great solution! One person gives a donation to a charity of their choice, and in return their gifting partner sends them some baked goods (FRUITCAKE!!!). Both people are giving to a worthy cause!

So this year – if you’re not sure what to get someone, send the gift of a donation in their honour. Maybe you’ll get some tasty fruitcake in return!!!

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Christmas Leftovers

Christmas OrnamentsNope, not sick of the decorations yet! I love turning the lights on and seeing the glow fill the room. I’d also like to point out that on Monday night, when my girlfriend came home from work she asked me why I hadn’t turned the lights on yet. I think the Christmas spirit is spreading!!!

So… we put lights up on the balcony 🙂 I ended up standing on a chair and tying wire to existing screws in the cement at the top of our balcony so we could string one strand up along the edge. It wasn’t too cold out, so my hands didn’t freeze, and the job was done quickly. We had to run an extension cord out one of the windows, but it lets in minimal air, and we have a bar to lock it just in case 🙂

The one strand fits perfectly on the outer rim of the top of our balcony! But if you remember, we bought two strands… We’ll have to figure out what to do with the extra string of lights!

It’s perfect out on the balcony now, with the warm glow of classic frosted Christmas lights shining! I made a suggestion that we just keep them up, because it’s nice to have that extra light on the balcony when you’re out enjoying the view. I think it might fly! 😀 With the exception of that last strand of lights, the Christmas decorating is done. I have a few presents that I already purchased that I can wrap and slide under the tree. Then it will REALLY look festive!

Next up? I’m thinking of making a wreath for the door. And of course there’s always holiday cookies and baking to do!!! The holiday cheer continues!

Balcony christmas lights
The lighted balcony!

Mini post, mini cookies, traffic smiles

Happy Friday!

I just wanted to share some joy with you today. I only have two photos for this mini-post…

The first is a photo of this morning’s snack: Teeny Bits! They are little tiny chocolate-covered confetti cookies that I found at the local supermarket in the imported foods aisle! So cute and tasty – and they go so well with coffee!

Teeny Bits cookies
Teeny Bits cookies

The second is a photo I snapped while waiting in traffic on the way to work. I was having a grouchy morning, and I looked out my window and saw this unexpected street sign… It made me smile and snapped me out of my grouchy-ness!

Happy Heart street sign
Happy Heart street sign

I hope you all have a superbly awesome Friday! Hooray for the weekend!!!

Teaser: Next week I’ll be featuring a new and exciting series of photo posts about a recent cooking adventure!

How to make cookies – Pixel Holiday Edition

It’s the holidays, and making cookies is part of everyone’s to-do list, so I thought I’d post a photo diary of exactly how to make the PERFECT holiday cookies!

First you take STUFF (also called ingredients)

Buttah
Buttah
Sugah
Sugah
Bakin Sodah and Cinnamonz
Bakin Sodah and Cinnamonz
Some cups o Flowah
Some cups o Flowah

Then you Mix them all up in a bowl. (I forgot to take a picture of that). Then get someone to roll them into nice balls for you. And then roll them in cinnamon and sugar!

Balls o dough
Balls o dough
Roll dem in cinnamonz
Roll dem in cinnamonz

Always test taste your cookies before you bake ’em. Don’t worry, you won’t get food poisoning from the raw eggs (*NOT an actual disclaimer).

Always test taste the battah
Always test taste the battah
cinnamon ballz
cinnamon ballz

Then you must juggle the cookies to ensure that they are evenly balanced. Any cookies that fall on the floor are fair game to be eaten before baking!

cookie juggling is essential to ensure the correct balance
cookie juggling is essential to ensure the correct balance

Then you place them on a cookie sheet. Oh yeah – don’t forget to preheat the oven to something or other (when in doubt, 375 is the bestest!).

place dem on da tray
place dem on da tray

Put the little cookies in the oven. Watch them as they bake – they CRACK! Also – watching them helps prevent burning… which happens FAST, especially when you’re super distractable, like me!

put 'em in da ovenz
put 'em in da ovenz
mmmmm cookieses
mmmmm cookieses
watch dem bake... and Crack!
watch dem bake... and Crack!

Then take the cookies out to cool….. Check out the cool cracks!

cracky cinnamon goodness
cracky cinnamon goodness

Then stack them nicely on a plate so that you can eat them all yourself so that you can serve them to friends!

stack dem artfully on da plate
stack dem artfully on da plate
serve dem to frienz (or eat dem all yo-self!)
serve dem to frienz (or eat dem all yo-self!)

And that is how holiday cookies are made!!!

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