Friday Five

I so have a case of the TGIFs and I am greatly looking forward to a rather chillaxed weekend!  Though, truth be told, I’m thinking most of those vibes are due to sleep has been an issue for me this week.  I am hoping next week will be better–especially since I’ll be in Edmonton for work for most of the week.

But, I digress.  This post isn’t about my sleep problems.  Rather it is dedicated to the five things I want to bake for the holidays this year.  P.S. I have included links to the online version of the recipes, if I was able to find them.

1. Nutter Betters– recipe from Bouchon Bakery cookbook by Thomas Keller.  Oh Thomas…thank you for creating these wonderfully adapted (improved upon?) sweet treats below (which I gleefully ate in the sun in Beverly Hills the day after the Dumbo Double Dare) and including the recipe in your cookbook.  I look forward to recreating these amazing treats at home, though, perhaps closer to their inspiration–the Nutter Butter.

Orgasmically Delicious!

Orgasmically Delicious!

2. The Homemade You Know Whats from Butter Baked Goods by Rosie Daykin.  Shout out to a wonderful Canadian baker from the West Coast.  I have not baked anything from this cookbook–having only had it in my greedy little hands for a little more than 24 hours, but I’m dying to make this faux-oreo…er Faux-reo(?) recipe.  I tried the Bouchon version of the Faux-reo in LA and have the recipe in the aforementioned book, but wasn’t blown away–I mean, it was delicious, but the only thing oreo-like about it for me, was the actual build of the cookie (chocolate sandwich cookie with vanilla frosting).   I think these could make lovely holiday cookies–especially with a pretty, piped, red and/or green swirl frosting in the middle or maybe, perhaps even a mint frosting?  Plus, doesn’t everyone like oreos?

3. Decorated Chocolate Sugar Cookies from the Sweetapolita on the interwebs.  I have made these cookies a number of times–for “gingerbread’ houses (but with extra flour for stability) and for decorating and munching and they are divine.

Snowman Cookies (free hand)

Snowman Cookies (free hand)

Chocolate Sugar Cookie House

Chocolate Sugar Cookie House

I’ve already received some requests to make these, so I guess I will be making them again.Oh and check here for an icing recipe for your cookie decorating (especially if you don’t like royal icing).

4. Alton Brown’s Overnight Cinnamon Rolls from Food Network.  I have made these a handful of times in my life and they have turned out perfectly each and every time.  Sadly, I have not made them in about 5 years but I can’t think of why.  They are super easy and delicious and well, I’ve always wanted to have the tradition of opening Christmas presents while eating a warm and gooey, fresh from the oven, cinnamon roll–maybe this year I will finally start that tradition. 🙂

5.  Macarons.  As I still struggle with making these pesky, delicious cookies, I feel an urge to get my bake on and, once and for all, master them–just in time for the holidays.  Looking for trouble shooting tips of your own for Macarons?  Try here, here, here and here.  Truthfully, there are plenty, so if you don’t find the answers to your questions in these links, just check out Google.  That being said, I find the last two links to be particularly helpful–the former for great photos for assistance in knowing whether or not you’ve mixed enough and the latter for general tips, visual cues and a great tasting shell recipe.

What are you looking forward to baking?  Any fun recipes to share?  If so, leave them in the comments.

Happy Friday!

~Princess Lisa

Throwback Thursday: Thanksgiving Edition

Hey Everyone!

Happy Small Friday to everyone and Happy Thanksgiving to our friends in the U.S!  Hope you are having a lovely day with friends and family and some delicious food–very jealous on the food part–especially since I missed Canadian Thanksgiving to hit up some cross border shopping and the Minnesota Vikings.

In celebration of Thanksgiving, I’m posting a Canadian Thanksgiving running photo–yep…it was my second half marathon ever–in a town just outside of Ottawa, Ontario.  It was the Fall Colours Half Marathon and it was beautiful.  Lots of rolling hills, beautiful fall foliage, farms with lots of animals and even a few BMWs from the rich people nearby who swore at me for taking up room on “their” road. 😐

Fall Colours Half Marathon circa 2007

Fall Colours Half Marathon circa 2007

After this race was over, T and I hit the grocery store so I could make key lime pie for a proper Thanksgiving feast that was being hosted by our mutual friends R & K.  It was K’s first time cooking a “Canadian” Thanksgiving dinner since she moved from India and it was tremendous.  I still look back on that weekend away so fondly.  It gives me great joy to know that I’m going to be seeing all the wonderful people mentioned in this post in about seven weeks–and R &K’s gorgeous baby girl…I can’t forget her–so excited to meet her!

Much luv and Happy Thanksgiving ya’ll!

~Princess Lisa