My Favourite Yellow Cake + Icing Recipe

Yellow cake is so simple, yet there are many different recipes. It seems like a baker should have a favourite classic yellow cake recipe. After years (maybe that’s an exaggeration, but not really) of trying different cake recipes this has been my favourite by far!

Recipe

It is originally from Ana Olsen. Link to the recipe here.

Ingredients

3/4 cup unsalted butter. I used salted and it turns out fine.

1 1/3 cup sugar

3 large eggs

2 tsp vanilla

2 1/2 cup cake and pastry flour. In this recipe, I remove 2 tbsp out of each 1 cup of flour and replace it with 2 tbsp of cornstarch. For the 1/2 cup I only replace 1 tbsp. This is an alternative to the cake and pastry flour combination.

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup buttermilk

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 and grease and flour 2 8-inch cake pans. Parchment paper can also be used to cover the cake pans.

Beat butter and sugar on high in an electric mixer until nice and fluffy. Then add one egg in at a time beating between each addition. After the eggs, add in vanilla.

In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients. Starting with the dry ingredients, add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately into the butter and sugar mixture. Beat well between additions.

Once the batter has been well mixed, pour evenly into 2 cake pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Mine tend to be ready at 25.

Icing

This is by far the best icing recipe I have found. It was originally from C. Taylor on Genius Kitchen here.

Recipe

The only adjustment I usually do is to use whipping cream instead of milk. In this case, I will usually put in more cream until the frosting is very light and fluffy. This also tones down the intense sweetness a little.

Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened

3 1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp milk. Or about 2 tbsp whipping cream, until icing looks fluffy

1 tsp vanilla

1/8 tsp salt

For chocolate icing, add 1/4 cup cocoa powder.

Instructions

Beat butter on high in an electric mixer until it appears to have gone very white. The fluffier the better. I let it beat for awhile here then a lot more later on.

Add in sugar, milk, vanilla and salt. Beat even more, stopping to scrape down walls of the bowl. Continue to beat until very fluffy. If making chocolate icing, add in cocoa powder and beat some more. Frost cake once it is cool and enjoy!

What is your favourite flavour of cake?

P.S. It’s Peri

Bloglovin | Newsletter |  Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter

Christmas Cookies This Year

It wouldn’t be Christmas without baked goods! Christmas Eve Eve is always a crazy baking day getting everything ready for the next couple days of family get-togethers. Instead of going all out with tons of different cookies and sweets for Christmas Day this year it’s a few of the faves to keep things light and a little healthier.

This year’s faves

C3CCEAD9-C9B7-4BB5-BAFE-32EF8343FA83.jpeg

Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars Skinny Copycat

This recipe is adapted from SkinnyTaste Bliss Bars. These are honestly much better than the not skinny version! But, disclaimer, I have no actually had one from Starbucks because of my peanut allergy. They seem a little weird at first but then they become kind of addictive and now they’re a Christmas classic here.

Recipe

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon orange zest

2/3 cup sugar

2/3 cup brown sugar, not packed

1/4 cup melted butter

1 egg

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce ( peel 2 large apples, slice thinly, add a splash of water, microwave for about 5 minutes until it is mushy. )

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2/3 cup white chocolate chips

1/3 cup dried cranberries, chopped

8 oz of light cream cheese, softened

1/2 powdered sugar

2 oz of white chocolate chips, melted

1/4 dried cranberries, chopped

 

Directions

Line 9 x 13 in a pan with parchment paper. Combine sugars, butter, egg and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add in flour, baking soda, salt and orange zest until well blended. Fold in the unmelted chocolate chips and 1/3 cup of cranberries, spread evenly into the pan and bake 10-14 minutes in a preheated 350 oven. While the base is cooking, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until the frosting is well combined. Once the bars have finished cooking and cooled, ice them with the frosting, drizzle with a bit of the white chocolate and top with extra dried cranberries.

 

 

Shortbread

9CC86A4E-84CD-48CC-9C65-24418A0200AA

A simple classic that you can never go wrong with. This recipe is from Robinhood Flour.

Recipe

1 cup softened butter

1/2 cup powder sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cornstarch

3/4 baking powder

1/4 salt

1 cup toffee bits, optional. I’ve actually never tried it with the toffee bits.

Directions

Preheat oven to 350, beat butter, powdered sugar and vanilla until creamy. The more time spent here the better! It makes the cookies nice and soft when the butter is fluffy. Add in all of the remaining ingredients, don’t over stir. Roll into balls ( mine were done in a cookie press ) top with sugar and bake for 7-10 minutes. Cookies will spread so there needs to be space between each cookie on the pan.

 

What are some of your holiday favourite treats? Have a safe and happy Christmas everyone!

P.S It’s Peri

Email List | Bloglovin | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter

Granola Recipe

I may or may not have a smoothie bowl obsession. Being the good Millenial that I am ( or am I Gen Z?? ), I try to make my food pretty and ideal for Instagram and smoothie bowls are so colourful and healthy so they have been my platform for pretty food. To add a nice crunch and extra sweetness I usually add granola. After trying granola recipes and experimenting with things to add this has been my favourite!

 

Granola

This makes quite a bit, which isn’t a problem because the granola is kind of addictive. I put it on yoghurt and smoothie and just eat it straight up.

 

2 cups rice crispy cereal

1 cup large flake oats

1/4 cup melted butter

1/2 brown sugar

2 tablespoons honey

1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg. I only add this occasionally, but it gives it a sort of doughnut flavour with definitely not being doughnuts.

Directions

Mix everything together in a large bowl, making sure it’s very well combined and that there aren’t large chunks of brown sugar. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Let cool before using and putting away, it hardens and turns into almost like a brittle once it’s cool, then it can be broken up and sprinkled onto smoothies.

 

 

31C3C90E-3E24-43E1-BEEE-AF966505A674.JPG
Yes, I did make a collage of many of my smoothie bowls. Will there be smoothie recipes in the future? YES!

 

P.S It’s Peri

Email List | Bloglovin | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter

Favourite Gingerbread Recipe + My Pro ( Not Really ) Cookie Decorating Skills

We don’t take Christmas baking lightly in my house, it is planned out well in advance, recipes are tested and tried before the big day, the treats must be perfect. This is the family favourite gingerbread recipe. My brother and I always spend a day trying our best to decorate them and make them look very pretty, but we just don’t have those cookie decorating skills yet. Maybe someday haha

 

Cookie Recipe

This recipe is from GingerKitten D on GeniusKitchen

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon ground ginger

1 3/4 teaspoons cinnamon ( I did 2 teaspoons, partially because I was too lazy to get the 1/4 teaspoon, but mostly because the spicier the better! )

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons softened butter ( if you want softer gingerbread use 3 tablespoons butter and 3 tablespoons shortening instead )

3/4 cup dark brown sugar

1 large egg

1/2 cup molasses

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

Directions

Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and the spices until combined. In a mixer, blend butter and sugar until creamed, then add egg, molasses, vanilla, and lemon zest until well blended. Add dry ingredients and combine. Separate the dough into 2 balls and chill for as long as possible, I usually do overnight. Once dough is chilled, roll out until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. This works so much better on parchment paper because the dough is sticky and once the cookies are cut out they are very delicate so letting them be and not moving them much is best! Cut the cookies out like a puzzle and take away the extras, roll the extras out again and keep cutting cookies out until there is no more. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 for 7 minutes.

 

Lemon icing for gingerbread

This icing is a little runny so it can be glazed over the cookies, but when it dries it’s shiny and looks so pretty on the gingerbread! Also, the lemon really brings out the ginger flavour and is a great addition! I often triple the recipe so we can make many colours.

This recipe is from SaddleUp87 on GeniusKitchen

1 cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon light corn syrup

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Mix everything together in a bowl, if it is too dry, add a little water.

 

IMG_6366 (1)IMG_6367

P.S It’s Peri

Email List | Bloglovin | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter

Pumpkin Muffins – Fall Bucket List

I promised to keep the blog updated with doing things off of the fall bucket list and now that fall is almost over ( oops! ) it’s time to post!

 

Recipe

After experimenting with pumpkin muffin recipes my favourite has been adapted from BRETTNSHARA on All Recipes. They are moist and have lots of flavour without being overly spicy.  I’ve already made them at least 3 times!

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup oat flour. ( For extra fibre! )

1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice. A good recipe for pumpkin pie spice can be found here 

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup white sugar

2/3 cup vegetable oil

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the streusel

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup softened butter

1/4 large flake oats

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

 

Directions

Mix flour, oat flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder, and salt until it’s combined in a large bowl. Add all the other muffin ingredients to the flour mixture. In a separate bowl mix together all of the streusel ingredients until it’s crumbly and combined. Pour batter into muffin tins that are either greased or have muffin cups, add streusel on top and bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes or until a toothpick can be poked into a muffin and come out clean. Enjoy delicious muffins!

Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

 

Do you have a favourite fall baked good? And would you like to see more recipes?

 

P.S It’s Peri

Email List | Bloglovin | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter

Gluten-Free Muffin Experiments

I’ve been very gluten-free baking curious, often my stomach doesn’t like regular flour so I usually just avoid it but I had been craving muffins REALLY BADLY, so I decided to do some experiments with gluten-free muffin baking. Muffins are generally quite forgiving and you can not follow a basic recipe at all and they’ll still turn out pretty well.

 

The first try – testing flours.

Rice vs coconut

I, unfortunately, did not get any pictures of the first try because I was half awake while doing this. I had just woken up and decided that I needed muffins, looked up a recipe, then stumbled downstairs pre-caffeine to make these.

There was a bag of coconut flour and a bag of rice flour, I didn’t see many recipes with the rice flour and I hadn’t baked with coconut flour before so I decided to do a test mug muffin with both flours based off of this recipe for a coconut flour mug cupcake. Muffins are just cupcakes without icing.

Both of the test muffins were actually pretty awful because I didn’t put in vanilla or anything for flavouring, but it gave me a good idea of the flours. The rice flour muffin was almost gummy, I’m guessing the rice protein made it that way. It also seemed to require a lot more flour since it was very soupy, I then added another 2 tbsp of rice flour to that one. The coconut flour had an almost nutty taste to it. It was also pretty soupy but I later found out that coconut flour needs to sit with the wet ingredients for a bit to soak it in. Overall the coconut flour was much better.

 

Blueberry muffins

After deciding on the type of flour I was going to use I looked for some coconut flour recipes and found this one, which made quite a bit of muffins and gave an explanation on why there are so many eggs. Instead of 1/2 cup of coconut oil I used butter, which was probably too much butter, but they were really buttery and delicious.

IMG_9483

The batter was more like a dough, pretty crumbly and thick but they still turned out nice and fluffy.

IMG_9484

The texture was almost the same as regular flour muffins. All in all I really like them!!

 

 

Double chocolate muffins

Originally, I wanted to try to make these with black beans, but then I wasn’t sure if my brother would eat them then plus there were no black beans in the house, so that’ll have to be another experiment later!

FullSizeRender (16)

These I made from this recipe, which again, is for cupcakes. The muffin would be really great frosted actually, I might just do that.

I didn’t change anything from the recipe, the only thing I might change is try adding in some fat or apple sauce, or something because they’re a little dry. Or the frosting could help with that.

 

 

The best kind of experiments are baking ones.

 

P.S It’s Peri

Email List | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter

Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! This is a collab post with one of my bloggy friends Brianna! She has a wonderful lifestyle blog and we’ve been chatting about the post collab and she’s a sweetheart so please go check out her blog, as well!

Valentine’s Day

It doesn’t just have to be about romantic love! It’s a day to celebrate that love exists, that you love your friends, family, pets, hobbies, all things in your life. February can be such a dull month, it sort of feels like winter has been lasting forever and everything seems boring and the same ( It makes me think of this episode of Arthur ) so it’s great to have something different and a little celebration.

Self-love

Self-love is so important and since this is a day of love then why not celebrate self-love and “treat yo self”?!

img_9030

This weekend a couple of friends and I went to Sephora and I decided to get myself something since I never had gotten anything at Sephora and I love makeup. Plus the bag is so cute! I’m like one of those babies who loves the package more than the actual thing that came in it! I got this Too Faced mascara and honestly, it wasn’t that great for all the hype. Usually, I use Maybelline Pumped Up mascara and I like it quite a bit more than the Too Faced one. Too Faced flaked off by the end of the day, but it gave a nice soft finish on my lashes and the volume was good. But, I prefer the Maybelline one.

 

Today I did sparkly pinkish eyeshadow and great big false eyelashes. There’s nowhere I have to go today so I can go as crazy as I want, with still keeping it pretty natural. I have a small false eyelash obsession, they’re so pleasing to me LOL, so anytime I can wear them I will. And, of course, glitter just makes me happy.

img_9047
I don’t know how people on Instagram can take good eye makeup pictures??? Tell me your secrets Beauty Gurus.

I’m also going to do some focusing on my mental health and nutrition, read about that and try to make a good plan to stay on top of those things today!

A little self-love today

Some things you can do to be nice to yourself today.

  • Make your favourite meal. I had curry yesterday!
  • Take a little money and buy something you’ve been wanting. Or
  • Set a small budget and go shopping then get something that pleases you.
  • Go outside and find something beautiful, admire the world and get some fresh air.
  • Make a playlist of some of your favourite songs and listen to it, especially if they’re on self-love like Can’t Get Enough Of Myself, one of my faves.
  • Have a nice warm drink of your choice and watch your favourite TV show.
  • Take a warm bath. STORY TIME. Last time I had a bath I made it wayyy too hot and ended up sweating more than I do during a hard workout and finally decided that I should just get out.
  • Write in a journal.
  • Write down things you’re thankful for.
  • Wear something that makes you feel good!

One small thing that makes you feel good!

Family and friend love

When I was little I used to make Valentines by cutting out construction paper in a heart shape and trying to write “I love you” on it, but once you hit about 14 the charm of that seems to wear off. My cut and paste skills couldn’t keep up with my age. So instead I made my family heart-shaped brownies with 2 of my favourite recipes. Whatever Floats Your Boat brownies, which are tradition, chewy and delicious brownies, then Black Bean brownies. Everyone seems to be a bit afraid of the black bean brownies, but they are actually really good and super fudgy!

Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

Spread the love

Spread it like butter on toast. That sounds odd, but also really delicious and now I want toast.

  • Send funny Valentines. I’ve been sending so many of these. Sorry people I’ve sent these to! 2e4ef2fa0cc9573cff7918c92c6ed6cc
  • Call family members.
  • And friends!
  • Make heart-shaped baked goods or pizza and give them to your friends.
  • Have a cookie decorating get together.
  • Drop little packages of cookies off at neighbours.
  • Leave positive messages in random places to brighten people’s day.

I should actually do some of these things….. Oops.

I hope everyone has a great day and thank you so much for the love on my blog!!

P.S It’s Peri

Email List | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter

The Mystery Blogger Award 

Apparently, this is awards week because I was just nominated by Stella from Rainy Day WritingsAlli from wormalBeatrice from How To Start Adulting  for The Mystery Blogger Award! Thank you so much to both of you!! And if you haven’t already seen their blogs you should check them out because they’re some of my faves. The award was created by Okoto Enigma, so thanks to her, too, for making it!

The Award Rules:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.

Tah dahhh

2. List the Rules.

3. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.

5. Tell your readers three things about yourself.

6. Answer five questions from the nominee.

7. Nominate anywhere from ten to twenty bloggers.

8. Notify the bloggers by leaving a comment on their blog.

9. Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice, including one weird or funny question.

10. Share the link to your best post.

3 things about myself

  • I love baking. Having a peanut allergy has forced me to make my own baked goods and get good at it.

  • I actually don’t really like cake but I always think I do. I make a cake. I think I like cake. I try a piece. I don’t like it. Then the cake cycle repeats.
  • I hate the smell of chocolate cake. I’ve purposefully left the house because a chocolate cake was baking.

I think I’m in a baking mood. The Cake Boss theme song has been stuck in my head all day.

Questions

Stella’s questions

  1. What is your zodiac? I have an Aries sun, Leo moon and Cancer rising. I’ve been kind of zodiac obsessed lately, it’s so fun to see if it actually comes true and how people of the same signs are similar.
  2. What is your favourite season? I used to really love fall, but I enjoyed last spring and summer a lot more than the fall.
  3. Do you have any pets? If so, tell us about them! I have 2 cats and a dog. They are kind of annoying a lot of the time but I still love them.
  4. What is your favourite band/musician? Beyoncé, Troye Sivan and Amy Winehouse.
  5. What is your favourite object in your bedroom? My bed?

Alli’s questions

  1.  What has been your favourite age so far? Why? I don’t really know, I’m too young for this 😂 Let’s go with 5 because I can kinda remember that and I remember going to Disney World and can’t pick out any bad things from that year LOL
  2.  If you had to be stuck in a room with one person for 72 hours, who would it be? I don’t know if I would drive myself crazier alone than if I was with someone. I feel like if I chose anyone I would get really angry at them then we’d both just end up mad.
  3.   What’s one of your guilty pleasures? Lattes. I have a bad latte addiction and a desire to learn latte art.
  4.  What’s something you should never look up on google images? Have you looked this up before? Basically anything. All Google image searches go bad at some point.
  5.   Who? What? Where? When? and Why? Me? A person? In Canada? At 11:30 am? Because I’m alive and here?

Beatrice’s questions

  1.  After a bad day, who’s the first person you go to?  My mum or one of my close friends.
  2. What’s something you’re scared of? Fish, death, and being upside down.
  3. What do you think of my new book, Into the Shadows? 😅😅😅 I’m sorry, I had to… I read some of the preview on Amazon and it looks interesting! I applaud you for writing a book, I think I’d get really bored of it.
  4. What’s the last thing you ate? Tikka masala curry! Curry is my comfort food.
  5.  If you were stranded on an island, what are the top three things you’d HAVE to have with you? A helicopter to get off the island. A pilot to fly the helicopter. And some food so I don’t get hangry and make the pilot mad since they’d be my only way out.

Best post link

My most popular post has been The Blogger Recognition Award.

 

Nominees

Just A Teen

Doni

Goal Digger

Ally

Beatrice from How To Start Adulting

The Coffee Bean

Jirah Merizz

Jessica

Just So Peachy ( Love the name btw )

A Homeschool Mom

My questions to the nominees

  1. If you could be one celebrity, who would it be? 
  2. What is your favourite book and why?
  3. Since I used a Disney GIF up there and mentioned going to Disney World, favourite Disney movie?
  4. Myers-Briggs type? I’m running out of ideas of questions lol
  5. Fav thing to do when bored?

 

 

P.S. It’s Peri

Email List | Pinterest | Instagram

Looking Back

Sometimes I can be a bit too sentimental and it seems so old fashioned or melancholy but it’s kind of nice to look back on the year and see what happened since it felt like it flew by with nothing happening.

 

January

I’m not going to sugarcoat it, January was not the best. Instead of taking 2 months off of school in the summer I took 1 the previous summer and then half of December off and half of January. After Christmas was over I was very bored, there weren’t that many people I could talk to, I wasn’t pushing myself to do my best in anything, I wouldn’t get tired because I was only taking a little walk for my exercise and I need more than that. But in February I worked to fix all that!

 

February

I tried to surround myself with people I had met and tried to make new friends online, it was pretty successful and I met lots of great people and would call with 3 of them every day which really helped me get to know them and others! During the day I would wake up super late because of being on calls all night oops LOL, and do school, dance and walk. Not a lot of change from now. For school I did Math U See as always, then some French videos off of YouTube which helped me learn to pronounce things but didn’t really work with me for learning words, I worked on Khan Academy’s computer programming a lot then, too.

 

March

This was when I started to really journal so this is more documented! I remember just being really bored in March, baking a lot because I wasn’t sure what else to do lol, I started digitally drawing. School was pretty much the same as in February.

 

April

The first week in April was a dance competition and I got to help out at some of the dance classes while others were at the competition. I got my haircut for the first time in 5 years. And it was my birthday, all I can really remember from my birthday is making muffins at 3 am for breakfast, otherwise, I didn’t know what to do for it. And I got braces, can’t forget that! I started to feel more motivated in school so I did Georgia Public Broadcasting’s chemistry course and Khan Acdemy’s biology.

 

May

More dance competitions, more drawing, I talked to someone who was going to school for illustrations and decided that I wanted to work on that more. Every day in May I did at least 200 squats, which was crazy but it really built strength fast! Took lots of pictures of spring showers, got lots of school done, assisted with a dance class for a bit, made a contentment plan, got my first phone, walked outside and explored the area a lot. In May I was pretty motivated since spring had arrived and it would soon be summer! It was a good new start from the winter.

From a walk.

 

June

June was the end of dance classes for summer, there was an end of year recital and my company choreographed a dance together for it, I started to run a tiny bit, baked lots, started my hummus obsession, tried to finish up all the school I had procrastinated before it was summer break, put up our trampoline for the summer and got really sunburnt and that was probably the most I was outside all summer. No one ever talks about how hard it is to put a trampoline together, but it’s really hard. A bunch of my friends started calling every night. I decided that I liked Troye Sivan’s music.


A sunrise before I had gone to bed one very late night.

 

July

Finished all the school that needed to be done before the break. Started summer break!! Basically, all I did in July was stay up for most of the night with my friends LOL which was so much fun and I definitely do not regret! That also sparked my newfound love for coffee in order to actually stay awake during the day.


More super late night sunrise.


Coffee and a half eaten black bean brownie.

August

The same thing as July!! But at the end of August, I had Summer Dance that is all afternoon spent at the studio learning routines, strength and conditioning, stretching, it’s one of my favourite parts of summer! I got to go see some world class theatre, as well. I also discovered the TV show Glee which I was really late to but now I love it. And dyed my hair purple!



Random pics.


Hair dye mess.

September

I got to see the journals of the author of my favourite book series Anne Of Green Gables which was such a cool experience and these particular journals were very exciting with stories of proposals. It always inspired me to journals more. Got them bottom half of my braces, which hurt a lot more than the tops. My one cat ran away for 11 days and we got a call from a couple who he had decided to go stay with, we got the cat back now. Started working on really running and strength building, again. And also went back to doing school and was highly motivated so got lots done. Dance started again, as well. Started to question if I should continue homeschooling. More posts on this later!! I did a little work with my dad. Fewer calls happened as friends went back to school and started to get busy. It was a new start to the school year and I was highly motivated to get as much school as possible done! Added in other subjects that I was interested in like Khan’s Wi-Phi Wireless Philosophy and Khan’s health course.

A picture of Lucy Maude Montgomery in her journal.

October

My friends and I decided to put on an awards show, which we’re now doing for every season. We all suggest categories that there will be awards in, then nominate 3 of us for the award and make polls online. Everyone votes between a couple dedicated voting days, then two people “host” the awards and make a YouTube video together of them announcing who has won. I was one of the hosts for the first one and it took quite awhile to come up with everything so most of my time that wasn’t spent working out, dancing, or doing school, was spent on the videos and the rest of the awards for a good 2-3 weeks of October. It was also Canadian Thanksgiving so there was lots of cooking and visiting family.


Pumpkins!


Leaves changing colours.


Thanksgiving cake fail.


Driving home from thanksgiving visits.


First snow!

 

 

November

By November a lot of my motivation from before had faded, and I started to realise how many things need to be changed to work better for me. Most of November was spent researching universities, careers, laying out pros and cons to going to school, trying to figure out what needs to be changed here, all things I’m still trying to figure out and I will definitely write more on these!

Fresh apples.

Corn maze.

Troye Sivan concert!

December

Still trying to figure out how things need to be changed, more university research, less motivation for school and everything. Then Christmas! See Christmas 2016. Then it brings us to the end of the year and now!
Christmas market.


Snowy mornings.


Cardinal visiting.

 

Not a tonne happened in 2016 which isn’t really a bad thing! What were some of the highlights of your 2016?

 

P.S. It’s Peri

This Week ( Dec 19th ) 

This week was pretty crazy with getting ready for Christmas and I’m so excited for actual Christmas Day to come!

Monday

I was planning on starting my winter break on Friday but ended up starting it on Monday. Monday morning and early afternoon was spent getting all the food we’d need for Christmas with my mom. It’s actually one of my favourite things to do the shopping with my mom because we play Christmas and Disney music really loudly in the car and end up having lots of fun! We got food for baking and for Christmas dinner, some more gifts for relatives, and cat food, because no one wants hungry cats in the house. Got home and had a nice cup of tea then worked out and relaxed after dinner before going to bed.

 

Tuesday

Tuesday was gingerbread day! In other years gingerbread baking has been kind of a chore, trying to have beautiful cookies and taking awhile to actually make, bake, and decorate. But this year was the best yet! I made the dough last week when I was bored and froze it so there was no worrying about putting it together and chilling it. 

We narrowed down the shapes to only a few that were sturdy enough so they didn’t all lose a head or something. I had great dreams of having beautiful cookies like these from Sweetopia


But when you aren’t getting lots of cookie decorating practice that’s pretty hard to do. 

At least I gave it a good shot lol. Cookie decorating has gotten worse with age. After baking up a storm, I worked out and relaxed then went to bed.

Wednesday

Wednesday was cleaning day! I journaled a lot because I had forgotten to write in there for a couple days. Then we all got the house ready for visitors and just as a winter clean up. Blasting peppy Christmas music makes it a lot more tolerable. After cleaning for awhile I made probably my favourite Christmas treat and that’s graham cracker “brittle”


It’s a layer of graham cracker, a layer of toffee and a layer of chocolate. Honestly can’t go wrong with anything toffee and chocolate. It’s super easy to make, too!

Ingredients:

16 oz graham cracker ( 2 sleeves )

1 cup butter

2 cups brown sugar

12 oz milk chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350F. Lay out graham crackers on a cookie sheet until the sheet is completely cover. Melt the butter and sugar in pot on the stove until sugar is desolved. Pour butter and sugar over graham crackers on the cookie sheet and spread evenly, then bake in the oven for 5 minutes. The toffee should be bubbly. Then remove from the oven and spread chocolate chips all over making sure they’ve all melted. Chill until chocolate is hard and enjoy!

Had tea and the some of the delicious brittle then ran. After dinner was ballet and I brought the teachers some of the gingerbread from the day before, got home, relaxed, then bed.

 

Thursday

I felt so lost on Thursday I wasn’t sure what to do with myself. I can’t even really remember what I did so I’m thinking I didn’t really do anything. I did make Christmas crackers, though! They seem to be a more British or Canadian Christmas tradition since when I lived in the US they were never in stores. It’s a really weird tradition if you think about it. Christmas crackers are little cardboard tubes that are wrapped in festive paper and inside of the tubes are usually a candy, a paper crown, a really cheesy joke and a little toy. The crackers have a little almost firework inside of them so when you pull the ends it makes a pop. When you sit down for Christmas dinner everyone gets their own cracker and each hold the end of the person next to them’s cracker and everyone pulls at the same time. Whoever gets the biggest end of the cracker gets to keep what was inside of it. I started making my own a couple years ago and it’s really fun because then I get to choose what goes inside of them. This year I made tissue paper crowns, which I tried to get a picture of but the cat decided it was a good bed. 

A cheesy Christmas related joke. And little Rolo candies.


I went for a black and white colour palette because that was all the tissue paper we had. It was also dance day so I brought in brittle to class for everyone and then it was the last class of the year!

Friday

Friday was cooking day! For Christmas Eve my family is hosting my mom’s side of the family and we’re having appetizers. I made hummus, samosas, spanakopita, more brittle ( because it’s so good and there needs to be a constant supply ) and shortbread! Shortbread is quintessential Christmas for me. I remember being really little and using the cookie press to pump out shortbread for Christmas. They always turn out quite pretty and are one of the best tasting baked goods. 

My brother and I spent almost all day making shortbread but it was well worth it. After that I ran, and then fell asleep while watching a Christmas movie. Now I’m all ready for Christmas!!
I hope everyone has fun, safe and happy holidays!! ❤❤

 

P.S. It’s Peri