baking, books and spices

November 12, 2010

I was sitting down reading recent back-posts of some of my favourite food blogs the other day when it hit me that I’m finally back. Reality hits hard.

I haven’t done a scrap of exercise in two weeks and I still haven’t got fully back on the cooking wagon. I’m constantly exhausted. But I’m happy to be home and I’m slowly but surely settling back into life.

I have to be honest, Austin is on my mind constantly. Ok, not just Austin but the wedding day. I can’t shake it out of my head. I dreamed about all the pieces of that day for a long time and then they came together and happened in a mad, exciting, happy jumble… and then it was over. It really is pretty crazy.

Anyway, I’m home and catching up on life and normality and having free time again. It’s pretty awesome. I have cats to pet and Mad Men to watch. Life is good.

If you’re catching up with me then here are some things I’ve been making and doing recently as well as what’s been getting me excited and inspired.

I’ve well and truly got the Autumn bug! Everything I seem to be drawn to is spiced, warm and toasty. It’s infectious. I’m excited for baking more butternut squash bread and making little batches of pumpkin pie spice to give as gifts around the holidays. Yum.

In that vein, I’m also totally coveting this book, Baked Explorations. Their sweet and salty brownies are calling my name! Has anyone read it? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

I also have a couple of cases of mason jars left from the wedding (any guesses as to what we used them for?!) which makes me want to can like nobodies business. Enter this book:

Canning for a New Generation would go down a treat one of these quiet non-wedding planning weekends I have coming up! I have big plans for some delicious winter jams.

And that reminds me, I am beyond excited to get our wedding photos back! They should be here in a couple of weeks and the anticipation is killing me! I’ll be sure to share :)

Finally – I updated my recipes page and my about page. Check them out and while you’re at it, check out Eating for England on Facebook and Twitter. I’d love to see you there.

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