Blog link!

Okay…I FINALLY decided on a name and it’s quite fitting actually!

My new blog will be over at (I feel like I need a drumroll, but I have no idea how to type that)…

http://inneedofacompass.wordpress.com/

I feel the name is quite appropriate! I’m forever directionless!

This is where I’ll be posting recipes, pictures and day-to-day happenings.

I’m starting with an apple pie recipe which I’ll be posting today…if I can tempt you to come over!

Thanks for reading and hope to see you over at the other site!

Julie

http://inneedofacompass.wordpress.com/

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expanding!

So I’m going to start a personal blog so that I can spread out my posts a little more. I’ll still be posting with my sisters on this blog, but also want a blog to post more recipes and photos on. But this is where I have a slight problem. I just can’t think of a name! Everything is taken.

Any suggestions?? I love the idea of something meaningful, but simple.

acanadiangirl.wordpress.com is available. What do we think of this?? Help!

I was thinking of these, but they were all taken…

thebeesknees (following my recent post and my new love of bees)

lifeasiknowit

Anything that ties into movies, song lyrics or quotes! All ideas welcomed!

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A fly-by post – John Lennon’s 70th Birthday

Would he still be relevent? Who knows. Doesn’t seem like many voices from that era are all that relevant anymore. Michael Jackson sang about love and peace – but with a pop-y simplicity that sounded  both over-manufactored and insubstantially thin.  Bob Dylan – the voice of a generation – has all but disappeared into his willed obscurity. Bruce Springsteen’s latest works? Seems more of balm then a call to action. Nobody looks to musicians to lead revolutions. Not anymore. What would Justin Bieber lead anyway? Where did Kurt Cobain try to go?

Dylan hates definitions, hates anyone looking to him to lead or define anything – even his own words. But Lennon was saying “yes” to this and “no” to that – he was standing up for and against things. Maybe it would have marganilized him. Maybe fewer people would have followed him, as the years passed. But maybe he would have used all his gifts – as an artist – as a communicator, and lead.

Lead in a way that maybe no one else could have, but certainly, no one else did.

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The bee’s knees

I made it a mission today to take a close up picture of a bee. Not as easy as I first thought and there was a lot of awkward chasing on my part. But, I persevered and am SO happy with the result.

I actually find bees quite cute.

My absolute favourite, the bee’s knees of this photography session, are the following two pictures.

I love the colours in these photos and love how industrious the bees are and how vibrant the flowers are. I’m going to miss this once the warm weather is gone (good thing I have the pictures to turn to!)

Coming soon…a perfect fall recipe that begins with an A and ends in pie! It’s the bee’s knees of pastry! (Sorry, I just had to slip in that saying once more…I’m done now)

:)

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A few photos over Thanksgiving

Just a short post as I’m up at my parents celebrating Thanksgiving. This has been the most amazing weekend of beautiful weather so I’m tiding you over with some pictures I took yesterday and today until I can write a proper post :)

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Brandy Snaps

As promised, a delicious recipe! I did something a little different…crazy, right?? I actually made a video of how to make brandy snaps. Check it out if you’re interested!

Here’s the recipe:

1/4 cup unsalted butter

2 tablespoons golden syrup

1/3 cup soft brown sugar (not the 1/4 cup I say in the video)

1/4 cup flour (not the 1/3 cup I say in the video…hey, it’s my first video, I was nervous!)

1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger

1/4 cup of chocolate (dark or milk)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Combine butter, syrup and sugar in a saucepan on med/low heat until the butter melts and the sugar has dissolved.

2. Take the mixture off of the heat and add the flour and ginger until just combined.

3. Drop a tablespoon of the mixture onto the parchment paper, leaving plenty of space for spreading. Bake for 5 minutes. Let stand 30 seconds and then roll the brandy snap around the handle of a wooden spoon. Repeat quickly. If the brandy snap hardens, put back in the oven for a minute or two to soften it.

4. Put the chocolate in a bowl and bring a saucepan to boil. Place the bowl of chocolate over the water and remove from heat. Stir. Chocolate will melt.

5. Let the brandy snaps cool and then dip both ends in the chocolate. Place on a cooling rack over aluminum foil.

I like to refrigerate the brandy snaps as they can start to melt, especially in the summer. Just take out 10-15 minutes before serving to soften them a little.

They’re so good!!

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A delicious post to follow…soon!

I feel that my baking/cooking has gone to the wayside so I will be posting a recipe soon!

Something else that I have been meaning to do more of is read! For some reason I just keep re-reading my favourites and don’t bother with new ones…something I mean to change. I’m posting a photo I took of the New York library this past spring to inspire me.

Although, frankly, based on the spines of the books, I wouldn’t actually pick any of these! hmm, perhaps I should have selected a different picture!

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