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{as seen on cafe zupas blog}

Okay, I'm not going to lie, hub and I are major Harry Potter fans although I'm likely the more, how shall we put it, enthusiastic of the two. The whole idea of magic and a hidden world that's full of fantastical creatures and people; I'd love to go visit for a week or two, learn a few charms to make things go exactly my way, and hoard some fun candies and treats to trick everyone I know.

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Thank you Emily. :)

The blogs I want to pass this on to are ones I love, admire, and read every day. Meaning, I check my reader everyday to see if they've got something new for me to drool over, covet, laugh at, or bookmark. Of course I'm subscribed to many more than just the sites listed. Seriously, it's on the verge of redunk; but just the verge, so we're good.

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So a few weeks ago I went to Williams-Sonoma for a cookie demonstration. It was so fun, and if you recall, I flooded a cookie for the first time.
Right after the class I drove over to the Bosch Kitchen Center in Orem. Usually when I want something I'll go there first. If they don't have what I'm looking for I'll get it at Williams-Sonoma.

As I was checking out, the girl at the counter mentioned they were looking for someone to teach their Holiday Cookies class sometime in November. I hesitated, then volunteered myself if they couldn't find anyone. Later that week I got a call from them.

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(also seen on Cafe Zupas blog)

Apples are in abundance this season and apple butter is an easy recipe that takes little preparation, even less hands on time, and lots of apples.

This apple butter recipe is from a vintage cookbook that had no measurements, so you know the recipe is tried and true. Most of it is eyeballed and according to your own taste. So every time you make it, it'll be your best batch.

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A few months ago, too long ago really; my sweet sister for a cousin flew out with my brother for a cousin to visit. We had such a wonderful time with them. We went hiking, ate fire grilled hamburgers, toasted s'm s'mores, visited anywhere we thought was visit-able and said long good-byes. While in Utah Valley, we went to see the place where they filmed this famous dance scene from footloose, Lehi Roller Mills.

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It's been snowing today and we finished the last of our Stephen's Mint Truffle Hot cocoa last evening. sad day.

I went to Williams-Sonoma this morning for their Cookies & More demonstration with Chelsea from Mmm Cafe. In the bubble they hold their weekly classes on Saturday instead of Sunday, like the rest of the world. I got to flood a cookie with icing and decorate it. It was my first time ever. Honest, I've always wanted to make cookies with that perfectly glazed look but never tried it, until this morning.

What do you think?

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Okay, this recipe isn't necessarily an autumn recipe but more of a late summer transitioning into autumn recipe. I think it's obvious that I've been pushing the coming of autumn like crazy, I hope you don't mind me sharing with you this little delicacy before all the red currants are gone, unless they already are. Then I regret I did not get this to you sooner.

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Here it is, that long awaited book review,
and a giveaway.

Now; I'm an honest person, so I will warn you right now. I'm a much better cook than I am a book review-er. So don't expect much else than a blurb on what I got from the novel and my own opinion on whether I thought it was worth the time to read.

That said; I thought it was great, actually. :)

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My bff has a fetish for movies that are strange, eccentric, weird and wonderful. The Nightmare Before Christmas being one of her favorites.
She's in Georgia, and I miss her this time of year more than ever. Since we can't be chatting together on the phone all day, we text instead. Occasionally they become e-mails. This little vignette is from our latest correspondence. I said I'd blog it, therefore...

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I was so happy when I found about this month's Recipes to Rival Challenge. It was inspired by my baba's homeland. Dumplings!

During the Summer Olympics our TV was always on. We seldom watched anything else. Hub and I would even eat our meals while watching it. We were religious in our support. I think because it was in China, I felt a special connection. Although I am only half, and I've never been there, I still think that there's a sense of pride and brotherhood in all Chinese people. We're awesome. Seriously, didn't you watch that opening ceremony? ;)

When I found out about the challenge, I'll admit I was a little nervous, but also a little smug. I thought back to my childhood, sitting at the kitchen table dipping my fingers in the water, folding the skins just like baba showed me albeit with less precision and grace. I thought, I've got this, I've made these a hundred times. But then I thought, not the dough, and from scratch? I assumed it wouldn't be that difficult though. I can make bread. right?

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