daring baker's strudel challenge

So this monthly daring  baker's challenge is well... a little late and a little on the rough side, sorry guys I was pushed for time, time is running so much quicker these days!  With the help of a very impatient  six year old, my dough was a bit thick, and well not quite that flaky.  But we did have fun and enjoyed our little mini strudels... they still tasted pretty good, so I shouldn't complain! I'm sure if I had more time I could have done it right.  So here's to my blueberry-rhubarb little strudel's and where this May 2009 Daring Bakers’ Challenge is brought to us by Linda of make life sweeter!and Courtney of Coco Cooks.

Find the recipe for the strudel dough here.
Hope you all had a great weekend!

weekend waffles

   Love waffles?  I sure do!  Especially when you can enjoy them on those lazy weekend days, dribbled with warm maple syrup. These here are just the classic waffle, but if you love them like I do, check out Mr. Breakfast. Over there, there is the largest selection of waffle recipes I've ever seen !
happy weekend!

uh oh...something good

  What's that you say?  Another lemon treat?  Yep, it sure is! For the love of all things lemon this one reaches the top. What could be better then lemon, coconut and shortbread combined? Right now, I'm not quite sure.  At first I wasn't too sure about them, but now?  ...I think I may be in love.

lemon coconut
shortbread squares

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup sifted icing sugar
1/2 unsalted butter, at room temperature.
6 eggs
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (aprox. 4 lemons)
1/2 all-purpose flour
2 3/4 cup granulated sugar

For the base, preheat oven to 350F (180C).  Lightly butter bottom and sides of a 9x13-in baking dish.  In a large bowl, stir 1 cup flour with coconut and icing sugar. Cut up butter, using your fingers blend until the mixture resembles course crumbs.  Pat down mixture in to pre-pared baking dish evenly over bottom. Base will be thin.  Bake for 15-22 min total. Remove from oven and set temp to 325F.
For filling, in a large bowl, whisk eggs with lemon juice. Stir together flour and sugar then add to egg mixture and combine. Pour over hot baked crust, then place back in the oven for 30-35 min until the filling is set when the pan is jiggled. Cool then enjoy!

P.S. and I love lemon Sanpellegrino 

there here!

   My moo cards have arrived and I couldn't have been more pleased! Okay, I know this isn't a food post, I'm branching out, but don't worry, my next post will be a baker's delight! I promise.
I just couldn't help myself show you what a great job the moo team did and how easy was it to create them you're self?   A little too easy that I almost couldn't stop! As for the other pic... that is what I was up to this weekend...  I think I'm going threw a crafty streak. 
Apparently I needed another necklace to add to my already growing collection, can you have too many?
  In my attempt to get crafty...  
  project number 1 complete.

rhubarb love

  Okay, can you believe I haven't baked in some time? As in some time I mean it's probably been over two weeks.  Apparently that's a long time for me. It's crazy I know.  I've been busy and well when I'm not busy I've been pretty lazy.  I seem to have gotten my read on and I find myself too far into a good book that I can't pull myself out.  But now that I've finished and a little sad that it has, I'm giving myself a breather until the next one, so this gives me a chance to fall back into some good ol' baking. Here's the first round.

rhubarb vanilla crumble

850g (1 3/4 lb) rhubarb (mine was frozen)
2/3 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean split and seeds scraped
crumble topping
1 cup plain (all-purpose) flour
1/3 cup of sugar
100g butter

Preheat  oven to 180 c (350d). Combine rhubarb, sugar and vanilla bean and seeds.  Place in a 6 cup capacity oven proof dish ( I split mine into 3 little ones).  To make the topping, combine flour, sugar and butter. Pile the mixture  on top of the fruit. Bake for 50min or until the topping is golden and the rhubarb is soft.
recipe adapted from Donna Hay

the number 8

I've been tagged!  

For all you who want to get to know me a little better, Jessy from apparentlyjessy has tagged me with the number 8: a very cool little questionnaire.  So here is goes....

8 things I'm looking forward to:
1. summer 
2. NYC trip with the gals
3. new moon movie
4. tonight's dinner
5. watching harry potter & the goblet of fire with Lyndz tomorrow night.... ohhh Robert Pattinson.... it's sad, I know.
6. summer's farmer's markets
7. Bill Grangers new cook book
8. outdoor BBQ/movie nights (eating and watching under the stars... the best!)

8 things I did yesterday:
1. worked
2. attempted to do get rid of lots of clothes... sadly only 5 things made the cut
3. fell up the stairs (yep, I did)
4. played wii
5. yelled at my mom (I know... I feel bad)
6. finished reading The Host (so good!)
7. drank hot lemon and honey tea (which in turn woke me up in the middle of the night with a sore throat leading me to think I had swine)
8. ate too much... oh but it was good!

8 things I wish I could do:
1. travel....NOW!!
2. find a better job
3. knit
4. take a road trip, canada style
5. own my own shop
6. make a perfect batch of french macarons
7. think of better things to say when the time comes, not 5 minutes after
8. swing dance

8 shows I watch:
1. gossip girl
2. the main
3. the graham norton show
4. re-runs of three's comany
5. Anna and Kristina's grocery bags
6. fraiser
7. that girl  (I clearly like the oldies)
8. french and saunders (so stupid it's funny)
(sorry, I don't watch too many new shows)

Now I have to tag some peeps:

gine from dolcifelici
lucy from teen baker
cherie from la bohemecherie
miette from miette's

Hope you all had a great weekend!

a little bit of the lake

    So in sense of sharing photo's other then food. I took a little trip down to the lake... I guess its not so much of a trip when the lake is quite close to our house, but in not seeming to go there often enough I could actually call it somewhat of a trip.   Heading out there with camera in hand I thought I wasn't going to get any really great shots... our little beach isn't something to be the proudest of, especially the car park that faces the main beach, only a sidewalk comes between the cars and sand.  So while being constantly  self conscious and a little cautious of automobile onlookers that don't dare step out of their cars and the small group of enthused motorcyclists straying off to the side, watching everyone walk along...I wasn't stopping to take any pics... is that a better part of the beach up ahead?
I won't complain, over all it is the beach... and the only one in town. 

happy weekend!