Posts from — December 2014

Have yourself a merry little christmas. 4

December 24, 2014

 

Excuse me? Everyone? *Ting ting ting* I have an announcement. By the time you read this…we will be in….Whistler.

 

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Yes. The Whistler that art in Canada. Having a white christmas in the snow.

I know, I know, I didn’t mention it before. The truth is, it just did not seem real. How could it be? And yet, it is. By the time you read this we will be travelling with Matt’s family – parents, siblings, partners, kids, the whole shooting match (approx 145 people…kidding…sort of kidding…) – for a seriously epic Christmas and New Year’s which is going to involve sleigh rides, hot apple cider and snow angels.The B’s are beside themselves to be in the snow, stay with Grandma and Papa and play all day long with their cousins. There have been tour t-shirts and hats made. Ha! The Griswalds are alive and well and about to rock that mountain town. And then, as if that weren’t enough, we head to Hawaii. Because generosity. Because love. Because truly unexpected blessings. My head is still spinning.

But, just going back to that Canada business, you know who lives in Canada, right? One immensely talented author-Mama-chef-friend-blogger, perhaps?!?

Yup, the two halves of Fork and Fiction are meeting up after several years apart. At, where else but, a food market! Both Fork and Fiction families are catching up for an afternoon at Granville Island market at the end of this very month. Mainly so that Ria and I can talk as fast as we can about…Everything. We’re already sad that it won’t be long enough and when I think about it I get teary imagining saying goodbye. Isn’t that ridiculous? Pull it together, girl. I’m just so excited we will finally get to meet each other’s littlest babies and hug and watch our husband’s do that eye-roll thing when we speed-chat and gesticulate so enthusiastically we almost take out passing strangers.

So with all this wealth of good news there must be a little payback. Ria and I promise to take photos and post about our catch up, that is a given. I’ll also try and instagram practically every mouthful I eat and post pictures of the Bs looking like marshmallows in their snow gear. But between now and then, while Ria and I take a short break, I have compiled lists of some of my favourite things over the last few months. Stuff to read, to listen to and to watch. All very handy when you need to hide out in the bathroom away from any less tolerable relatives.

 

Here is…..The Fork and Fiction Santa Stocking!

 

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In: Books & Reading, Food, From Hannah, Kids and Parenting, Seasonal, Writing

A Festive Sweet Little Something 4

December 20, 2014

With Christmas creeping up faster than a light-footed elf, we thought it was time for some festive photos. Here are a couple of Christmassy photos to cheer you on for the days ahead. Feel free to post a comment, haiku or anything at all. We love hearing from you! Love H & R

From Hannah:

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From Ria

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In: From Hannah, From Ria, Seasonal, Sweet Little Something

Can’t Catch Me… 6

December 17, 2014

…I’m the gingerbread person of questionable nutrition but nonetheless a delicious breakfast choice.

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After promising myself last month that I’d be spare with my Christmas baking, that others around me would also be making tasty and waist-thickening treats and then delivering them to my kitchen, I have, once again, failed. December, apparently, is filled with broken promises, and they taste like gingerbread (and mince pies and shortbread and never mind). But there are kids in the house! Kids love gingerbread cookies, right? Well, the one kid that’s on solid food does, anyway.

So I’m backing up my decision with the fact that three-year-olds love crafts, especially ones that involve decorating and eating said crafts. And crafts that are Christmas-inspired, well. Just call me Martha. [I’ll be honest. As a parent, there is a much greater chance I’ll participate in/oversee crafting of edibles than non-edibles. It’s craft and snack in one! Why would I waste my time on cardboard or glitter?]

Ahem. And so.

I’ve found a recipe that makes dark, seductive cookies that are not too sweet and go well with any amount of icing–or none at all. The recipe calls for the normal rolling out of the dough on a floured surface but I tried to make things easier and less messy by doing the old wax paper sheet trick. It ended up being more time-consuming and annoying than rolling out with flour because the dough was fairly sticky and soft. I resorted to putting the sheets of dough between wax paper (with cookies cut out but not removed yet) in the freezer to firm them up and still it was a tense situation at times. So you can decide which avenue you take there.

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Gingerbread People

Adapted from this recipe

 

Ingredients

3  cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2  teaspoons ground ginger  (or more; some like it hot)

1 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

½ teaspoon ground coriander seed

6  tablespoons unsalted butter

3/4 cup dark brown sugar

1  large egg

1/2 cup molasses

2  teaspoons vanilla

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

 

Preheat the oven to 375 F. Line two or three cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, coriander and cloves until well blended.

In the bowl of a stand mixer (or by hand if you are very strong) beat first butter and brown sugar, and then egg on medium speed until well blended. Add molasses, vanilla, and lemon zest and continue to mix until fully incorporated. Gradually add dry ingredients until blended and smooth.

Divide dough in half and wrap each half in plastic and let stand at room temperature for an hour or more.

Place 1 portion of the dough on a lightly floured surface. Sprinkle flour over dough and rolling pin. Roll dough to a scant 1/4-inch thick. Use more flour to avoid sticking. Cut out your shapes with cookie cutters to suit your holiday inclinations.

Space cookies 1 1/2-inches apart on the cookie sheets and bake for 7-10 minutes, depending on how soft/crunchy you want them. Let cool on a rack before decorating with abandon.

 

XO

Ria

In: Food, From Ria, Includes a recipe!, Kids and Parenting, Seasonal

Sweet Little Something 1

December 13, 2014

Here we are again, weekend! We like to celebrate another seven days well-lived with a photo each. Feel free to post a comment, haiku or anything at all. We love hearing from you! Love H & R

From Hannah:

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From Ria:

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In: Food, From Hannah, From Ria, Kids and Parenting, Seasonal, Sweet Little Something

Genius idea #752 – The Alphabet Photo-book 10

December 10, 2014

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I’m prone to ideas for projects that will take a lot of time to complete. Ideas so full of good intentions they should have their own girl guide badges. Projects that before I even begin I start wondering “Why?! Why am I doing this?” This one, an alphabet photo-book, was no exception. Here’s what happened (cue crazed moment of ENTHUSIASM FOR LIFE):

 

Hey! I could make a special photo-book of our holiday for the girls!

 

Yeah? Sounds simple enough.

 

I could print one copy each, for them, and one for Matt and I to keep!

 

The thinking with exclamation marks is worrying me.

 

Perhaps I could make it a bit different..?

 

Uh oh. 

 

I know! I could make it an ALPHABET photo-book!

 

Here we go.

 

Photos for each letter of the alphabet! And a little rhyme to match!

 

Please someone tranquilize this woman.

 

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In: From Hannah, Kids and Parenting, Travel