christmas baking is cool & so is cans for comments... :) || vancouver photographer

23 days til christmas day...and i'm still WAY busier than i had wanted to be!

i came home from portland running - 8 sessions culled & edited up in galleries within 3 days. and a wedding consultation. plus booking a couple real estate shoots. and a maternity session.

oh did i mention my LOOOOOOOOONG list of things to do?

how about take my truck in for an oil change? or make sure the fundraisers at school are underway? or shooting some headshots? how about getting some of my fine art together for an okanagan business to display and sell? um, can someone say "we need groceries!"???? or sipping coffee with some of the best photogs in the city? wait, that last one isn't on my "to-do" list..that's what i do for funsies!

yes..i'm busy. tomoro i have yet another shoot in the early am...a lunch meeting with dear libby, my co-founder of vancouver weddings photographers and second shooters group...the end of season bash BLUE OLIVE party tomoro night - YAY! gots to love my olive friends for opening their new studio to us all.. xo

the weekend is pretty much nutso too! :) rosie gets her hair permed wavy, layered and bangs (and not in that order i'm sure!) saturday morning.. a maternity shoot in the afternoon.. perhaps saturday night will be relaxing.. :)

then sunday..well sunday...lemme tell you about sunday! it's GOT CRAFT! yay!! then my friend's little guys 1st birthday party...then the fabulous annual AISLEWALK launch party hosted by erin g.

aren't you glad you know now? thought you'd be interested in my craziness.... :)


speaking of craziness...i'm wanting to do some big time christmas baking this year...first time since moving to burnaby in '07. i have some favorites that i do..but i want something new this year...

can you give me suggestions of some of your favorite recipes?

your recipe will give TWO cans per comment. this post only. :)

so come on now..lemme try your fave christmas recipes!

PS - oh, don't forget - 2 for 1 gift cards on sale til dec 8! you don't want to miss out on this killer deal! contact me today!

tracey [at] 604.512.4679


ohana photographers said...

Snickerdoodle Cookies

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons cinnamon

* Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
* Line baking sheet with parchment paper. (I used one 14 X 20 and was able to get all 20 cookies on one sheet. Place about 3 inches apart and they won’t bake into each other.)
* In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
* In a mixer, cream butter, shortening, and sugar on medium for about 2 minutes.
* Add egg and mix until combined.
* Add the flour mixture and beat until combined.
* In a small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon.
* Use a small 1 1/4 inch ice-cream scoop to form balls. Release in the cinnamon-sugar mixture and roll until covered. When coated, you can shape them in a nice round ball and place on the baking sheet. (reserve any leftover cinnamon sugar to top the cupcakes)
* Bake for about 10 minutes or until the cookies begin to crack. Remove and let cool on a wire rack.

awesome cause! let's make a difference :) we're on the can wagon too!

Audra Colpitts said...

Mmmmm.... coooookkkkkiiiieeeeessss! :D

jeanie said...


Michelle said...

Favorite Recipes :

Eggnog Loaf
granulated sugar 1 cup
large egg 1
butter or hard margarine 1/4 cup *melted*
eggnog 1 1/2 cup
all purpose flour 3 cups
baking powder 1tbsp.
salt 1 tsp.
cinnamon 1/2 tsp
nutmeg 1/2 tsp.
chopped pecans or walnuts
cut glazed mixed fruit * in the baking aisle*
beat sugar and egg in mixing bowl ,beat in melted butter + eggnog.mix well.
sift flour , baking powder,salt,cinnamon ,nutmeg,over the eggnog mixture.stir until moistened.mix in pecans & fruit.turn into greased 9*5*3 loaf pan.bake in a 350 oven about an hour or until a inserted toothpick comes out clean.let stand 20 minutes..makes one loaf.

Chow Mein Clusters
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
1/2 butter
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 cups dry chow mein noodles
1 cup salted peanuts
candied cherry halves.
in top of doubel boiler over hot (not boiling)water,melt chocolate chips and butterscotch chips,peanut butter,butter,and stir often until melted.In bowl stir noodles with melted chocolate mixture and also peanuts,spoon into 1 inch mounds on waxed paper lined baking sheets.garnish with cherry .let stand in the freezer or fridge.until firm ....

food said...

Yum! I love cookies!

lotus events inc. said...

3/4 cup & 2 tbsp flour
3 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup sugar

Mix flour and cornstarch. Cream butter and sugar. Stir everything together.

Makes 12. Bake 320F for approx. 25 minutes.

(Just made 4 batches to freeze)

. s h e r r y * said...

Chocolate chip cookies! :) :)

• 3/4 cup sugar
• 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
• 1 cup butter, softened
• 2 large eggs,beaten
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 3/4 teaspoon salt
• 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 375F
2. Cream butter and sugar together
3. To that mixture, add the eggs and vanilla extract
4. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt
5. Finally, mix in the chocolate chips
6. Drop tablespoonfuls onto baking sheet
7. Bake for 8-10 minutes

Kyla Deatherage said...

(I know you got your 7 - but what's the harm in extra!)

Chocolate Truffles

1 1/2 lbs semisweet chocolate
1 1/2 lbs bittersweet chocolate (good quality)
1 cup heavy cream or whipping cream
1 tablespoon instant coffee
2 tablespoons coffee liqueur
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup cocoa

1 Chop both chocolate's coarsely and set to the side.

2 In large saucepan, mix and cream and instant coffee until the edges begin to bubble. Remove from heat.

3 Add chocolate and stir until melted and mixed inches.

4 Leave sit for 10 minutes.

5 Add vanilla and your choice of liqueur and stir until mixed inches.

6 Cool for approx 15 minutes, then cover with wrap and move to fridge for a minimum of 4 hours. (will keep in this state for a week.).

7 After cooling, use a spoon, cookie scoop or melon baller to create 1 inch balls.

8 Place balls on parchment lined cookie sheet, and refrigerate another 15 minutes.

9 Roll balls in cocoa powder, and place on wax paper.

10 Can be refrigerated again, and are best eaten at room temperature (although I love popping them out of the fridge and into my mouth!).

GInger said...

OK just made these last night, quick and easy. Got it when we were in New Orleans a few years ago - it is YUMM-O, BAM-A-Licious, Easy-Peesey!

Southern Pecan Bourbon Bites

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp bourbon or rum or jack daniels (I usually put a little extra slosh in for good measure)
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixer beat the butter with 1/2 cup of the sugar until light and fluffy. Place remaining 1/2 cup in a shallow dish and put aside. Beat bourbon and vanilla into butter. Add flour and salt next, gradually beating, until just combined. Stir in pecans by hand until evenly distributed.

2) Roll dough into 1 inch balls. place on lined baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake in the centre of oven until cookies appear set, about 8-10 minutes. Bottom of cookies should be a light golden colour. Watch carefully as they brown quickly. Rotate baking sheets half way thru if baking more than one sheet at a time. Remove cookies to a rack, while they are still warm, roll (or i just sprinkle the tops) with the remaining sugar. Cool completely on the rack, store in and airtight container in a cool place or refrigerate up to one week or freeze up to 3 months.

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