There’s nothing better than spontaneously discovering a dining treasure in a rural area. It usually happens like this; I’m driving somewhere far from home, I forgot to eat before I left, my stomach is screaming so loud passing traffic can hear it, and I know I must placate the demon before said stomach finishes consuming my body and moves on to my soul. Out comes the iPhone, up pops the Yelp app, and I am ready to hit whatever food haunt shows up first.
I don’t make cupcakes without sprinkles. Ever. Cupcakes without sprinkles is like a dalmatian without its spots.
Lemon Cupcakes with Blueberry Jam and Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
Christmas is pretty serious business around here, with family. Advent, cookie bake, Christmas Eve game night. Christmas morning at extended family’s house opening stockings, having brunch and mimosas, opening gifts, setting up and trying out the kid’s new toys and gadgets, trying out our own toys and gadgets. Lots of games and laughter and food.
Its a BUSY time of year, enough to make one’s head spin. So my husband and I have a few of our own traditions for the holidays, like having our own little family gift exchange on Solstice rather than Christmas day. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have time. So My husband takes the day off work, we gather around our little tree and share presents and breakfast.
When we get home and begin unpacking our bags my dear husband holds up the package and asks, “do you realize you got maple syrup bacon?”
What? NO!!!!!!! Someone must have tossed the maple crap on top of the pile of my beloved hardwood smoked thick cut.