Thursday, December 29, 2011

Another year just around the corner

It is hard to believe that 2012 is just a couple days away.  So much has transpired in the last 12 months, it is hard to sit back and remember everything, although many of them were posted here on my blog.  I have been so involved with projects and such that I have not been here to update with anything new lately... that is since my "new kitchen".  Well, it got even better the week after my last post... I got a new stove.  It wasn't just a new stove, it has a smooth top, and a dual oven with convection in both ovens... I was afraid I would have to learn how to cook all over again, but I am finding it isn't such a big deal to learn how to use the convection oven.  I think with a little practice I could get pretty good at this. 

It has been a while since I really spent alot of time in the kitchen, but I am really enjoying getting back into the baking scene.  This is a raspberry cobbler that I adapted from my peach cobbler recipe. I thought it looked pretty when it came out of the oven. 

I made some oatmeal cookies and thought I would try putting 3 sheets of cookies in the convection oven at the same time.  What I had read said they would all bake evenly because of the circulating heat.  They all turned out awesome.  My husband isn't complaining.  I even made him a pie the other day... did I say he has a sweet tooth.

It is quite likely I will be sharing a few of my recipes in the weeks ahead as I get more comfortable with all my new toys in the kitchen.  All this has given me renewed energy to get creative in the kitchen.

It has been a couple years, maybe more, since my Christmas cactus has blossomed.  I have two, and they both have been loaded this year. 

The last picture here is a foggy morning last week and I thought it would make a cool picture the way the trees were peeking through.

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