Yes, this is gonna be a photo-laden post.
But that’s because it’s been a week of friends, fun, and food!
Our dear friend, Kathleen, was visiting from Toronto:
And what terrific timing, as she was here for our Gamesmas party last weekend! (Christmas + Games = Gamesmas!)
‘Twas a merry evening full of laughter, fun games and crafts, good conversations, food and drinks galore, and wonderful friends…
Kathleen and I also went on a couple of refreshing outdoorsy excursions…
New Brighton Park and Burnaby Heights Trail (at least that’s what I think the trail was called):
No matter how long I’ve lived here, the sight of those mountains never fail to take my breath away…
And the next day we wended our way through misty Lynn Valley Park:
Classic Kathleen look :
Somebody decked out a park bench with some Christmas cheer:
It was, as always, a great visit with Kathleen!
I’m officially in the holiday mood! I’m fully immersing myself in all things Christmas, from humming Christmas tunes all day, to writing Christmas cards, to holiday baking…I’m lovin’ it all!
Speaking of which… We were left with a full, unopened carton of eggnog after Gamesmas, and as no one in our home is a huge fan of drinking it straight up, I decided to use some of it up in the form of muffins:
1 C whole wheat flour
1 C whole wheat pastry flour
1 TB baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 C brown sugar, firmly packed
1 C eggnog
1/4 C canola oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 C chopped nuts (I used hazelnuts today)
1/2 C dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Sift together the first 6 ingredients in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, brown sugar, eggnog, oil, and vanilla until combined.
Pour wet mixture into the dry and mix together until just combined. Do not over-mix; a few floury lumps are fine.
Fold in nuts and cranberries.
Spray a muffin tin with oil. Divide batter amongst the 12 tins. Bake for 15 – 17 mins.
Lightly spiced, nutty, and with just enough sweetness, these muffins made our whole house smell like Christmas.
And because this post isn’t photo-laden enough, I’ve two more for you…while I was outside doing my little photoshoot for my muffins, I discovered this beautiful frosted spider web:
Happy Friday everyone!