I am so tired. I slept better last night than I have in a while and yet I am totally exhausted. I have a holiday hangover and it was not caused by too much alcohol. It was caused by too much food!
This past weekend was very busy.
Saturday we attended a wedding that was held at the Sterling Inn and Spa in Niagara Falls. It’s a gem that is tucked away off Lundy’s Lane. The food and service were excellent and the Inn is gorgeous.
The ceremony was one of the best I have ever been to. The two grooms were overcome with emotion several times. There was laughter and there were tears, and a whole lotta love.
Sunday was Chris’ birthday. I was up at the crack of dawn making pumpkin scones. My mother in law Clare gave me the recipe years ago. They are so good! Better than Starbucks!
They are incredibly easy to make too.
PUMPKIN SCONES – Serves 8
3 cups of all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup margarine
1/2 cup sugar
5 tsp baking powder
1 tsp pumpkin spice ( I use 2 because I like the extra spice)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup pumpkin pie filling
1/2 cup sour cream
Combine all ingredients with a fork. Your dough will be wet but it shouldn’t stick to your hands.
Turn it out on to a well floured surface and form into a ball.
Roll it out until it is 1 1/2 inches thick
Slice into 8 pieces
Bake at 350 for 20 minutes rotating at the half way mark.
Let cool for a few minutes and cover with glaze.
The glaze is very simple. 1/2 cup of icing sugar with a splash of vanilla and 1 tsp of milk. I like my glaze to be thick but if you want yours thinner just add more milk.
Word of advice, do NOT use canned pumpkin. It will not turn out well. Make sure you use pumpkin pie filling!
Sofie and I spent the remainder of the day in the kitchen making his favourite meal. Prime rib with garlic mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts with bacon and caramel crème brulee for dessert.
Sofie’s friend came over to help as well. They were super stars in the kitchen. Slicing and chopping and setting the table.
Everyone was very happy with the meal and very, very full.
Monday we celebrated Thanksgiving at my dad’s house. It is my father’s birthday on Wednesday so Sofie and I decided to make a cake to celebrate.
It took almost the entire day to make but it was so worth it.
Chocolate mousse cake with ganache and chocolate curls. It was heavenly. My dad said it was the best cake he has ever had.
So even though I am bone tired from all the celebrating and cooking I am extremely thankful for all the amazing people in my life that I can celebrate these wonderful occasions with. I am truly blessed to have such an incredible group of family and friends.