Thursday, August 23, 2012

Joy the Baker

It's been a long time since I have added a new feed to my list or gushed about a blog here, mainly due to the limited time I have to explore new sites.  But I have to tell you about Joy the Baker.  I was innocently checking in books at the library a few weeks ago when I saw this:

How could I resist a book that is 'A Celebration of Butter and Sugar'?  I placed a request on the book, and reluctantly put it on the shelf to fulfill someone else' request.  Soon afterward, I opened my account to find that it was available, and with great enthusiasm, I took it home.  I read the introduction on the bus and knew I would need to read the whole book, rather than just browsing the recipe titles for something appealing.

Joy Wilson has an engaging writing style that made me subscribe to her blog posts and podcast (yes, she's THAT cool), without even thinking about it.  Her website is the same mix of humourous anecdotes, tips, and mouth-watering recipes (that in this case are not limited to baking - see this as an example).  Go have a look, now!

"And what about the recipes?" I hear you ask...  Well, I haven't tried any yet, but the first on the list to try is 'Single Lady Pancakes'.  I know, right?  Noone publishes recipes for baking yummy things for one!  Fabulous!  Other must-makes include 'Perfect Kettle Corn', 'Carrot Cake Pancakes', and 'S'mores Brownies'.  But it's not all decadence - 'Kale and Spinach Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie' and 'Seaweed Parmesan Popcorn' sound like enough to justify your having an extra slice of cake later on...  Expect to see more mention of her recipes here.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Living in the Future: The first bus-written post

I know I keep moaning on about how I have such long bus journeys, and how this means I have very little time for blogging.  And I keep apologising for my extended absences.  This must seem disingenuous as it keeps happening, but it's not that I don't WANT to blog, it's that there are far easier things to do to relax and be creative when I do finally get home from work.  Miraculously I have kept up with reading, crochet, and computer games, as well as perusing my absolute favourite blogs/websites (geekcrafts, pinterest, mr x stitch, and bookporn, I love you so).

But I've just downloaded the blogger app and discovered that I can write posts (all be it without my usual resources) on my ipod, whether I have an internet connection or not!  I am not promising I'll be posting more often, but at least now I feel like posting more often is actually possible!

I have some projects to share, such as my spectacularly succesful attempt at pink-iced finger buns, the lemon baby blanket, the discovery of caramel drops, and my current project (yup, it's another present, and yup, another surprise, so no posting about it until it's done).

But for now, a will sign off; typing on an ipod is tricky - it's taken 25 mins to write just this small post!   Here's to living in the future!

(PS:  I'm not on the bus right now, I was when I wrote this, I am just publishing it now - NZ is not THAT far into the future that there's wireless on the busses, woe is me)


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