November 8, 2010

deer hunting was awesome, as usual. the weather was perfect. a deer was shot. the vikings won. the food was amazing. the family keeps getting bigger. we drew names for christmas. we sang together before each meal. and heidi sent me home with a bottle of homemade vanilla extract. it went too fast, of course, but i loved it!

the monday after deer hunting always feels like, okay, it's christmastime now, right? i don't know if you're as hyper for it as i am, but no matter. i think we can all agree that there's something about this pre-holiday season that generates a need to bake. (or at least to eat what is baked.) so i'm here with an idea for you. today i posted my favorite favorite ultimate chocolate recipe on the smithfield blog. please scope it out. maybe it's what you need for the chocolate-lovers at your thanksgiving table. because not everyone is a pie person.. i can testify to that.


kristin said...

homemade vanilla- is it vodka with vanilla sticks in it? my sister just told me of this possibility and am surprised by the ingredients. lmk!

super glad that you guys had a great weekend. does the whole family share whatever the loot ends up being? what do you do with it all?

Josie said...
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Josie said...

Totally agree about options for Thanksgiving dessert.
We always have a cookie bar, with brownies and rice krispy treats.

{lovely little things} said...

I really want to start a drawing in my family for Christmas - good idea!

Plus, venison sounds AMAZING right about now. Enjoy it!

Christina said...

Yes, yes, yes! I am hyper and excited about Christmas! Today reality really started setting in--we had our first snow, and it snowed ALL DAY!

Sounds like your hunting camp was a fabulous success. : ) Lucky you to get some of Heidi's vanilla extract. I read about it on her blog, and it sounded fabulous.

And your Chocolate Zucchini Cake look fabulously fudgy-moist and delicious! Perhaps I'll thaw some of the dreaded zucchini and give it whirl one of these days when Benjamin won't have to eat too much of it. ; )

Cherish Stockdale said...

mmm that looks delish!

Anonymous said...

I made these last night, and they really were Monday goodness, especially when the chocolate chips were still melty straight from the oven. Yum! And your post reminded me to shred up my extra zucchini and freeze it for next time I made this bread/cake. Thanks. - Marilyn

Bridget said...




about this blog

Hello, I'm Summer. A people-loving introvert whose hope and life is in Jesus. His promises are my passion and my ministry is homelife. This blog is a place for me to write about everyday things. Especially food. My favorite thing to do is sit around a table, lingering over a long meal with good conversation. I live with my husband and our 2 littles. We like blizzards, thrifting, grammar, guacamole, cheerful hearts, nice manners, good movies, and making simple, real, nutrient-dense food.

"If Christ be anything, He must be everything."
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