Mother-daughter time at Christmas

I was so excited when I opened this gift from my mum on Christmas day.

I have wanted “The Newlywed Kitchen” cookbook for a while and I can’t wait to try out the recipes. As for the rolling pin, apparently it’s a little mother-daughter tradition in England. A mother gives a rolling pin to her newly married daughter so that she can keep her husband in line. I’m sure I won’t have to use it. . . all the time that is.

My mum and I have always had a close relationship. Actually, she’s been the one helping me to grow as a cook/baker. Well. . . when I’m not panicking about a recipe going wrong. I can be such a nightmare in the kitchen, but my mum is always there to help me learn or to save the day.

This year she started showing me how to roast a turkey. For the longest time I’ve felt that cooking a roast dinner is a bigger task than I’m ready for; however, next year I want to try. If hubby and I have our own place, I want family to come to our home for the holidays so that I can cook dinner. I know if I keep learning from my mum I’ll survive.

I’m so grateful for the time we share together, and even when I’ve moved out, I hope we’ll always begin new traditions during the holidays.

Picture by Fort Mill Photography


Happiness is a new baking gadget

For the last few weeks, my cousin-in-laws have been excitedly dropping hints about my Christmas present. Well, today we exchanged gifts, and let’s just say excited doesn’t even cover how happy I was.

Disney and a baking gadget for my kitchen? Oh how well they know me! If you can’t see the picture clearly enough (since my camera doesn’t take the clearest pictures), it’s a baking tool that makes mini Disney cakes/doughnuts/biscuits/pancakes and other yummy baked goods. What makes me the most excited is that Pluto, my FAVOURITE Disney character, is in there, too.

My cousins had the cake mix ready, so I didn’t even wait to get home to try my out my new gadget. Unfortunately I was too excited to remember to grab a picture. No worries though, I’ll definitely be making them again very soon!