On my Twitter feed this week, I mentioned that I may have bitten off more than I can chew with an overly ambitious gingerbread project. For some background: my office is having a gingerbread house contest and the competition between teams is fierce. My team and I have come up with a fantastic idea, and my part of it is the biggest and most complex. I knowingly volunteered to do this, having never actually built a gingerbread house from scratch. Whoops.
I’ve never been a competitive person. It may have something to do with the fact that I am absolutely atrociously terrible at all sports. But there is an awful lot of smack talk happening in my workplace between teams right now, and I can’t help but be a wee bit competitive. It’s basically a baking contest. I’m good at baking! We can win this one. I know it.
So this week I created a scaled template, found a gingerbread recipe, found/created a good royal icing recipe, bought a metric ton of candy from my local bulk store, and set out on a gingery adventure. I don’t want to tell you what it is yet, but (fingers crossed) I will snap some pictures of the finished product this week and share them with you next Sunday.
What I posted:
- Cheddar Tarragon Scones with Garlic Butter . A scrumptious, buttery, cheesy scone reminiscent of Red Lobster’s Cheddar Bay Biscuits.
- Apple Pecan Olive Oil Cake. Loaded with grated apples and extra virgin olive oil, this lovely cake is dairy-free and will make your house smell like Christmas.
- Berry Burst Pancakes. A delightfully simple breakfast recipe that you can put together in the time it takes your griddle to heat.
What I purchased:
Reader, I bought a new camera. I’ve been shooting with a 3-year-old hot pink Canon PowerShot Elph: a beaten-up and scratched point-and-shoot that’s been dragged across the globe with me shooting vacation pictures. I know people say not to invest too much in a DSLR if you aren’t really a serious photographer, but I got a wicked deal on a Canon Rebel (Cyber Monday sale!), so I took the plunge. Once I figure out how to use it, look forward to some improving photography here on Devour!
What I read:
I’m still reading Titus Groan and The Jungle. Titus Groan is still weird and wonderful, and The Jungle is still heartbreakingly sad. I am almost through with the latter; I’m thinking I need something a little bit more lighthearted for my next pick. Perhaps a trashy romance? A grown-up fairy tale of some kind? If you have any recommendations, please let me know.
What I pinned:
- Caramelized Apple Gorgonzola Pizza from Sally’s Baking Addiction. I just discovered this delightful blog this week (I know – where have I been?), and while all of her sprinkles-filled cookies and confections look amazing, this pizza just made my dinner wish list for this week. Yum.
- Candied Grapefruit Zest from Blogging Over Thyme. How beautiful is this? I love grapefruit, and can see myself eating this by the pound.
- White Chocolate Cranberry Crumb Bars by Crunchy Creamy Sweet. Crumb bars are one of my absolutely favourite things for dessert (or coffee time), and I always crave cranberries this time of year, don’t you?
That’s all for now. Until next time,