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An Update!

A lot has happened in the last two months since I posted last.  Life took over and unfortunately I was feeling fairly uninspired to come on here and tell you fun stories.

I finally got a job that has me out of the house and working.  It was a major adjustment due to working shift work which includes 12 hour shifts switching from day shifts to night shifts.  I was terrified of the change but I was able to embrace it and make it work as best as possible.  Unfortunately right now, work has slowed down and I have been temporarily laid off (for about 10 days).  With the days getting nicer as summer approaches it is actually quite difficult to think about going back to work.  Unfortunately the bills don’t stop so back to work I will go!

Shortly after I started work I became an Aunt.  It was a whirlwind of a day and we are all overjoyed to have this new little bundle of joy in our lives.  Her birth meant we were able to have everyone together for Easter which doesn’t get to happen as often as we’d all like with all of us spread around the country.   My brother and his wife have adjusted splendidly to having their beautiful baby girl at home.  I love that I am only ten minutes away so I get to hang out with the new family whenever I want as well as being able to babysit when needed.

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The Victoria Day long weekend has just recently passed and CB and I managed to get away for a three-day camping weekend that was much-needed.  I have never camped this early in the year but we were lucky enough to have three days of temperatures over 25 degrees.  We canoed into the camp-site, set-up our stuff and waited patiently for the rest of the crew to show up.  In total there were eight of us camping which made for an entertaining weekend.

CB’s plan for the weekend included fishing, fishing, fishing and more fishing!  He got a fair amount of fishing in but unfortunately there just weren’t a lot of big fish biting.  He did manage to catch two clams while we were trolling (which ended up being the most memorable catch of the weekend)…Perhaps his lure was going a little too deep….dragging the bottom of the lake!

I think we all managed to come home looking like we had a case of the chicken pox from the swarms of mosquitoes that were waiting in the wings ready to pounce whenever a fresh piece of skin became available.

The camping weekend also gave CB an opportunity to have fun with his GoPro camera.  Check out the Time Lapse photos and video below to enjoy a taste of our weekend!

Sunset at Camp

Canoe Trip to go Home

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CB requested I make a new favourite cookie recipe to take camping.  We received more than a few good reviews on these cookies.  And we may have used these to make S’Mores (talk about decadence! WOW!).

The Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies are the perfect chewy cookie.  I have made these in a single batch as well as a double batch and both worked out perfectly.  I found that the cookies don’t cook down very flat so when I made these the second time I pressed them down a little bit on the cookie sheet before baking mainly just for aesthetic purposes.

I am off to make a Thai dinner feast.  It feels great to be back here writing away to you and I will try to keep the information flowing.  Please feel free to let me know what you have been up to the past little while and what you are looking forward to most this summer.

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We Start with Introductions

I’d like to introduce myself.  My name is Kelly.  I am one week away from turning 25, the age at which I was sure I would have all of life’s questions answered.  Here I am, feeling like I have more questions than answers but throwing myself into something new to start 25 off with a bang!

I have a wonderful boyfriend that is the first in line to test my baking experiments, or the first to egg me on to try that really awesome new idea we found while browsing FoodGawker.   I have two great parents, two great brothers and my brothers have made excellent selections in their two significant others.   I must say we all count the days until our annual family camping trip as it’s always filled to the brim with laughs and maybe a few mosquito bites and sunburns.

I have loved baking for years.  This love was passed on from a babysitter I had at a young age as well as from my Grandma B.  I suppose some of my basic baking ideals were established through my Mom who ensured that on each of our Birthdays (my two older brothers and myself) we had a cake made at home, beautifully decorated with love.  It wasn’t until I went away to University that I fully realized you could BUY birthday cake’s at almost every grocery store and that people regularly did this!  Luckily my parents kitchen was fully stocked throughout my childhood so I could experiment whenever I felt like it (cakes, muffins, cookies, pies, candy moulds, lollipops, etc).

For the past few years I have religiously followed a few different blogs that have proven to be a great influence on my life.  I have rotated through a couple blogs but the best have stuck around.   I maintain my daily fixes through the quite variable posts of The Pioneer Woman, I Should Be Folding Laundry, Bakerella and How Sweet Eats.  Other guilty pleasures include: Joy The Baker, Annie’s Eats, almost any section within The GawkerVerse, Perez Hilton (total guilty pleasure) and finally the most wonderful accumulation of all things wonderful, Pinterest.

I have inherited my Mom’s love for reading and plan to include you in my journey through the highs and lows that come with reading the great and not-so-great novels.  I have learned you must trudge through the mud before you find gold!

I hope that through the creation of this blog I can expand my baking expertise (ha) experiments, my passion for learning new things and sharing them with others!

I hope you stick around to enjoy this journey with me.