Sweet Nosh – Homemade Lemon Curd and Almond Scones

This sounds like a great recipe for new years morning.


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Creamy, sweet lemon curd is the perfect partner to a freshly baked almond scone for a light breakfast or an afternoon nosh. See lemon curd and scone recipes below.

Any excuse to make lemon curd is a good excuse. I’ve been playing around with a lemon lava cake recipe and decided the ingredient it needed is lemon curd. With the lava cake in mind, I whipped up four cups of this zesty conserve, which happened to be more than my recipe required. What to do? Enjoy the tangy, sweet, creamy curd with a freshly baked batch of almond scones.

I’ve made many iterations of scones in my kitchen, but lemon curd seemed to fit with savory almond flavor as opposed to blends of fruits or other sweet ingredients.

The curd is a cinch to make. The Meyer lemons that grow in our backyard in Sacramento would have been the choice…

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Rich, Custardy Eggnog Ice Cream: A Christmas Tradition

Oh yes. Even after Christmas, I will have to make this due to my love of eggnog!


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A big mug of freshly brewed coffee and a couple scoops of eggnog ice cream dressed up with shaved nutmeg: Bring it on, Winter!

This ice cream is divine.

Rich Eggnog Ice Cream


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup sugar


  1. Heat cream and milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves and heat until mixture almost boils, about 5 – 8 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to low, using a heat diffuser if necessary.
  4. Meanwhile, beat yolks and sugar until the mixture is light yellow and smooth.
  5. Add 4 tbsp of hot cream mixture to egg mixture and stir until combined. This will temper the eggs.
  6. Slowly add warmed yolk mixture to warm cream. Stir continuously in order to not cook/curdle eggs.
  7. Cook entire mixture…

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Plus Size Pattern Pyramid – 4 for 4


As the ‘winner’ of plus size pattern pyramid I yesterday took reciept of the wonderous pattern package, it finally got through the chaos of Christmas post and deite it having been clearly kicked round the sorting office, all 19 patterns were there. Guess the postal workers don’t make from scratch like us talented folk 😉

Thank you Bea for sending all this loveliness my way x

There are some really great patterns in here, I have chosen 4 that I feel I cannot live without and replaced with what I hope will appeal to coming recipients of the package. Remember, this is for us curvier ladies so patterns are a more generous sizing to fit our femininity in to!

So heres how it works …… Comment on this post indicating your wanting to take part, at the end of the alloted period of time all names are entered into a…

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Stollen (Weihnachtsstollen) | frugal feeding

I haven’t been very “good” about my holiday baking (having only made one batch of cookies thus far, but oh, the recipes I am finding are leading me to maybe change this in the near future!  Must give this one a try!

Stollen (Weihnachtsstollen) | frugal feeding.



Almond Lace Ice Cream Cups

YUM, need I say more?


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Extra rich vanilla ice cream is a delicious accompaniment for these elegant, lacy almond ice cream cups.

Every fall we enjoy making homemade ice cream in a variety of interesting and delicious flavors. And thinking as photographers, we wanted to show off one of this year’s star creations with something less ordinary than a store-bought cone. So, continuing with the almondtheme we seem to be on recently, we created a sweet, candy-like bowl featuring the flavor and crunchy texture of this very versatile nut.

The finished ice cream cups came out a beautiful golden brown, supremely crunchy and sturdy enough to handle multiple scoops of ice cream or mounds of fresh fruit and whipped cream. We already have plans to heap them with three flavors of ice cream, sliced bananas and toppings for tomorrow’s dinner – banana splits!

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This almond lace cup is in the final stages of cooling…

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Simple and Satisfying Minestrone Soup

I LOVE soup – especially in the cold of winter. Here is a recipe that is on my list to make this week.

Main St. Cuisine

simple minestrone soupToday we are headed out to choose our Christmas tree.

In the past, we’ve made the trek to a Christmas tree farm, but since we are a little late on that expedition, we are staying very local.

This will help maximize our time stringing the lights, pulling out decorations, sipping cocoa and listening to Christmas music.

My boys are looking forward to digging through our ornament collection which is filled with many sentimental things, including a few that their mom made in elementary school and of course, beaded candy canes, pine cones dipped in glitter and other special creations made by tiny hands over the years.

I just love those!

I confess that I really enjoy these types of evenings and even more so than the frenzy of Christmas morning.  It’s a slower pace and sometimes I just slip the ornament holders on, hand them each and ornament and…

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Honey Glazed Polar Bear Claws – Grrrr, Grrrr

One of my favorites! I will have to make these sometime in the future – probably January


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A tempting polar bear claw from our Arctic bakery. No bears were harmed in the making of this pastry!

Topping my baking to-do list this winter were bear claws. There is something about the sweet almond filling that makes these a mainstay of bakery shops – or perhaps it’s their cool name. Jack and I usually pass on these confections because most bakeries prepare them with an overload of sweetness. In researching recipes, I found a plethora of styles, from giant grizzly-sized pastries smothered in sliced nuts to tiny paws with a perfectly manicured almond on the end of each claw, and everything in between.

The recipe I settled on took a bit of time and effort. I wanted a medium-sized confection that emphasized not sweetness but almond flavor.The resulting pastry was superb – a little lighter than standard bakeshop fare and with a nicely balanced taste of almond.


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Santa’s cookies tradition


Tell me, who (with children) doesn’t leave cookies for the big man?

I’ve seen plates with “Cookies for Santa” which is cute but when I found this fillet crochet pattern for a placemat  (from Crochet patterns by Herrshners, November/December 1988, no longer in publication, if interested, let me know and I will figure out a way to share it with you) I couldn’t resist.

Last year I crocheted one for my nephew’s son.  This year my niece’s daughter is old enough to begin the tradition as well so I opted to crochet one for her as well.  Now I know children probably don’t believe in Santa as long as they used to and there are also parents who would rather not “feed” this belief but, come on, they are only children for so long and should be able to hold onto that innocence.  My eldest nephew, when he found out…

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