Summer Morning Evening Beets

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Today seems like a quiet sort of day. I woke up early (for me) despite going to bed late after working on shop things^^^ The sun light  hazy and soft hitting all the cake toppers I’d worked on in the night that seem so peaceful. After I finish a batch it always seems like their waiting to go out into the world, ready for a party, ready to make a special little splash.

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There isn’t much human noise. I can hear the birds chattering loudly away, the insects rattling and the train. It’s a nice moment before the day really gets going and my little area of my little town wakes up.

The other night I experienced a big first for me…

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I’ve never made or even had beets before! To tell the truth I’ve always been a tinsy tiny little bit afraid of them. I’m a pretty adventurous eater. I will usually try things at least once and I’m not so sure why I’ve dragged my feets on the beets for so long 😉 BUT I finally worked up the courage to buy a bushel at the farmer’s market with a little encouragement from one of the regular venders.

I’ve been eyeing them for weeks. Even tough I was afraid to eat them, I’ve always thought they are beautiful! I found a recipe on pintrest from Angie Cooks in Portland. I think I went with this recipe not only because it sounded great but because this was also this bloggers first time with beets as well!

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As I started working with them

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My experience was the similar to hers. Seeing my hands turn red. Loving their beautiful color and earthy smell

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And looking at all the beautiful rings!

As it turns out I really like beets! They’re earthy and sweet! I ended up putting some on my turkey burger and that was a good idea!

 

Happy monday!

Lemon Two Ways & A New Friend

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Well it seems that summer is finally here. It’s “hot” and muggy and it seems like it’s here to stay. I say “hot” because 80-90’s isn’t that bad. Back home in Tucson temps are reaching 112. *___* blech! The mugginess on the other hand is terrible.

With the warmer summerier (I think I just made up a word…) weather, I’m starting to crave “summer” foods. I picked up a lemon at our farmers market, not sure what I wanted to do with it but hey you can ALWAYS use  a lemon right? right.

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I saw a recipe for lemon cookies on pintrest and knew THIS is what my lemon was destined for (!) but when I went to the recipe it required a box of lemon cake mix. This was a problem, I didn’t have a box of lemon cake mix and I definitely didn’t want to acquire one. So after a bit of searching I finally found one that seemed up my alley and I had all the ingredients for. I went with this one from little bitty kitchen. This was my first time at this blog but I will definitely be back. Its very lovely ^__^

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Cookies all crinkly and ready for another dusting of sugar..

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My boyfriend *had* to taste test a few and taste testing just can’t wait!

I decided to use the rest of my lemon for iced tea! I have fond memories of my mom making suntea in a big glass tea jar. I loovvveee sun tea there’s just a little something special the sun adds. I don’t know if it gets hot enough here to make sun tea but it may be worth a try.

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Sun or no this lemony tea hit the spot and a mason jar made it all the better 🙂

Now I’m sure you’re wondering where does the new friend come it?

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Do you see him?

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I’d like to introduce you to Sir Bartholomew Finderdinks the second. Sir Bart the first (as dubbed by a good human friend) was a companion in the fall but sadly he stopped visiting. Then the other day this fellow showed up! I must say I’ve never seen a squirrel wag its tail a someone before. I hope to see more of him. We love to watch the squirrels running about and playing with each other. Its especially entertaining when the birds hang out and yell at them. The squirrels don’t seem to notice or mind.

What summer foods are you making this summer?

A Garland and Focaccia Bread

Hello!

Its been a few days since my last post. I’ve been a busy bee working on orders for my shop. I did manage to squeeze in a little time to make a new garland!

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It has mint and pink scallops with hand glittered gold medallions.

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Simple and sweet..

I also managed to squeeze  a new baking adventure!

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Focaccia bread!

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Dough all oiled up with yummy rosemary!

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Just out of the oven..

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and ready for eaten! It was hard waiting for it to cool but so worth it!

Have you made focaccia before? I opted for the slightly thicker option and I think next time I will try making the loaf thinner 🙂

Happy wednesday!

Cookies and Gift tags

Hi Guys! I’m so excited to share a new project going into my Etsy shop later today!

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Polka dot gift tags! Of course I had to bake something to show them off right? Right.

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Cookies ready for the oven. I found this chocolate chip cookie recipe on a blog called Annie’s Eats. Her recipes are awesome, fool proof really… and I need that!

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Cookies out and they are huge!

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Lovely gold polka dots accompanied by soft pink, mint, and black ones. Perfect for a sweet note to give with a special something 😀

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One for me and one for you. Happy Monday!