Friday, November 30, 2012

Share Your Favorite Posts with The Gallery of Favorites

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Alea of Premeditated Leftovers and I want to welcome you to our weekend blog hop; The Gallery of Favorites, a place to share your favorite posts from your own blog. 

Thank you to everyone who shared posts last week. This week we are featuring three delicious pumpkin recipes. 

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Mincemeat Cake


This is THE cake for people who don’t like fruitcake. It’s got all the Christmassy flavours we crave without the heaviness of a typical dark fruitcake. 

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Stir Up Sunday


Today is Stir Up Sunday - the last Sunday of the Christian Church year, leading to the first Sunday in Advent next week. The ‘stir up’ refers to the Collect for today which begins “Stir up, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people”. Today is also traditionally the day for making Christmas puddings (stir up referring in this to the pudding batter) so that they have time to mellow and age before Christmas. A pudding could be made any time in the next week and still have time to age properly.  

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Friday, November 23, 2012

The Thanksgiving Edition of The Gallery of Favorites

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Alea of Premeditated Leftovers and I want to welcome you to our weekend blog hop; The Gallery of Favorites, a place to share your favorite posts from your own blog. 

Thank you to everyone who shared posts last week. This week we are featuring three delicious pumpkin recipes. 

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

The Importance of Story Time During the Holidays

Photo courtesy of Disney
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I have fond memories of my parents and grandparents reading Christmas stories to me when I was a child. From gentle storybooks depicting the Nativity to ‘A Visit from St Nicholas’ by Clement C Moore, I loved them all. As I got older I enjoyed Dr Seuss’ ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas’ and especially ‘Yes, Viriginia, There is a Santa Claus’. Story time was also a big part of the holidays when my son was growing up, and he still remembers the stories we shared.

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A Warming Stew Perfect for Entertaining


Beef in Red Wine is one of my go to comfort food dinners, but it’s also special enough for entertaining. While it involves a bit of work at the beginning and the end, the long slow cooking means that it’s pretty hands off for a good portion of the prep time. If you prefer you can even make this stew the day before, cool it quickly and refrigerate if for a day or so.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Yogurt Cake with Apples and Cinnamon

Photos Alex Harris
Yogurt gives cakes a lovely texture and moistness as well as a tiny bit of tang that really enhances their flavour. Quick and easy to throw together, this is the perfect autumn cake for absolutely any time of day...

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A Vintage Coffeecake Recipe


This is a recipe adapted from my Mom’s Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook (circa 1957). While I never learned why the recipe was called Cowboy Coffeecake, it remains to this day one of my favourite breakfast treats.

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Friday, November 16, 2012

The 16th November Edition of The Gallery of Favorites

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Alea of Premeditated Leftovers and I want to welcome you to our weekend blog hop; The Gallery of Favorites, a place to share your favorite posts from your own blog. 

Thank you to everyone who shared posts last week. This week we are featuring a heartwarming post from Aunt B. 

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

West Berkshire - The Place Where I Live

Photos copyright April Harris The 21st Century Housewife

This post is the fifth in a new series of posts called The Place Where I Live. Learning a bit about the place people call home is a great way to get to know them better, and also makes a wonderful resource of insider knowledge for places you might like to visit one day. (If you love the place where you live, and would like to write a guest post in this series please email me.)  I live in West Berkshire...

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Veggie Pasta Risotto

Photo Alex Harris
Risotto is classic comfort food but it can take a while to prepare, something that is less than desirable when you are actually in need of comfort food. While mindless repetitive stirring can be comforting in its own way, there is something to be said for comfort food fast.  

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A New Fall Wardrobe Staple


If you are looking to give your wardrobe a new lease on life without spending a fortune, one of the key pieces you should invest in is a statement sweater.

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Friday, November 09, 2012

The 9th November Edition of The Gallery of Favorites

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Alea of Premeditated Leftovers and I want to welcome you to our weekend blog hop; The Gallery of Favorites, a place to share your favorite posts from your own blog. 

Thank you to everyone who shared posts last week. This week we featuring two delicious traditional Custard Pies.

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Thursday, November 08, 2012

Disney's Winnie the Pooh Storytelling Academy

Photo courtesy of Disney
Disney research shows that busy parents are struggling to find the time for storytelling so they recently launched the Winnie the Pooh Storytelling Academy. The Academy is an online resource offering a wide range of tips, tricks and guidance designed to show modern parents how both traditional and modern multimedia storytelling techniques can help them achieve a rich, shared family story time experience whether at home or away. 

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Almond and Apricot Chicken

Photos Alex Harris
I love finding new ways to prepare chicken, so when I saw a recipe for Almond Chicken with Apricot Sauce in my Taste of Home Best Loved Recipes book I was keen to try it. 

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Tuesday, November 06, 2012

The November 6 Edition of The Hearth and Soul Hop

Hearth & Soul Hop

Welcome to The Hearth and Soul Hop, the blog hop for food from the hearth to feed your soul. Today I'm featuring posts from Passionate Perseverance, Louanne's Kitchen and Baker Becky.

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Makeup Trends for Holiday 2012

Photo credit Alex Harris
Bold jewel tones are offset by softly shimmering neutrals and the red lip is everywhere for Holiday 2012. Influenced by upcoming films like The Great Gatsby and television series like Downton Abbey, there’s a return to old fashioned glamour as well as a ladylike look reminiscent of a gentler age.

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Friday, November 02, 2012

The November 2nd Edition of The Gallery of Favorites

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Alea of Premeditated Leftovers and I want to welcome you to our weekend blog hop; The Gallery of Favorites, a place to share your favorite posts from your own blog. 

Thank you to everyone who shared posts last week. This week we featuring Rosemary Corn Muffins from akawest.

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Sweet Potato Cranberry Bread


Recently I accumulated a surfeit of sweet potatoes. I have a regular organic vegetable and fruit delivery and it seems sweet potatoes are very much in season. My favourite way to serve them is to roast the sweet potatoes along with ordinary potatoes and other vegetables, but as much as my family enjoy roast vegetables, I could see that there was some boredom setting in. Even I was getting a bit fed up. So when I came across a recipe for Cranberry Sweet Potato Bread in my Betty Crocker cookbook, I was intrigued. 

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My Maple Pecan Bran Muffins

Photo credit Alex Harris
I have been making Bran Muffins ever since I was a little girl and they are a real family favourite. The only thing is, the recipe calls for a whole cup of brown sugar which has always worried me a bit. I regularly cut it back to three-quarters of a cup without affecting the recipe, but even that is still a lot of sugar for a muffin that contains so many other healthy ingredients. 

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