I really waited until the very last minute of this month to post these photos. Our challenge this month for the King Arthur Flour Bake Along was to make dark chocolate eclairs. This was a new experience for me. I had never made choux pastry before. It was lots of fun and we had yummy dark chocolate eclairs for a couple of days. I am sorry to say that they were eaten WAY TOO FAST!!! But now that I know how easy this was to make, I will definitely be making them again.
This year I decided to challenge myself to some new adventures. I am crafting again. I am expanding my geocaching trips. I joined a new book club and I am participating in a monthly "Ladies Who Lunch" group. I am also following a baking challenge on King Arthur Flour website. Today was my first step into the later.
King Arthur Flour produces a blog called Flourish. Each month they publish a recipe with tips and tricks to teach you to bake up a storm called #Bakealong. This month the recipe is Pizza Party Buns. It was a lovely yeast bread recipe that smelled heavenly even as it was rising. While the recipe called for unbleached bread flour, I only had all purpose in my kitchen. Also my yeast was slightly out of date, but still rose wonderfully. Here are my results:
Hubby says we will need to make more in the future. I guess they were a hit.
I have been collecting and bundling my received Christmas for years now with every intention of creating a scrapbook layout with them. I have a friend who does this every year and it's usually one of my favorite layouts this creative lady makes. After not scraping for a number of months, maybe even years, I was inspired to create this after seeing her layout today. I fussy cut images and words from my cards. I made a pocket for the page with the collage of images and inserted photo cards, personal notes and images from the cards that did not really match the layout I created. My paper is My Mind's Eye Vintage Christmas.