Saturday, December 11, 2010

baking/beans 101


As the Christmas season is almost upon us…time for some baking and some beans…

Carlie shared the Christmas baking experience with her lovely decorated apartment..



a vast array of twinkling lights and festive  decorations.( she has put me to shame this year..I taught her well, though, so that makes me proud)....soon the apartment was filled with the smells of chocolate…


butter tarts with nuts… 2010_12_111

and shortbread….


and then it was ‘beans experience’..Carlie wanted some help making some ‘spicy beans’ I will be the first to admit that I was bit nervous about   doing this task..I am not a canner and don’t know that much about it..

After a quick call to Keremeos and a conversation with her Auntie Karen..we were off and canning..reading and re-reading the the hopes that this will actually work…

well.. we cut the beans..and the red peppers..cleaned the garlic..made a quick trip to our house for a stainless steel pot..and we were ‘canning’..well six jars anyway…


now we just have to wait and see if the jars seal…and we can hope that they will taste don’t like beans..but I will sure have the ‘Ceasar’ that they are going to beans for me..maybe a  just a stick of celery!

so cook me up some baking and some beans..Christmas baking 2010 is now complete!!…all nicely stowed away in the freezer…safe from the ‘Nanaimo bar monster!’


  1. Oh man seeing this has made me hungry and it's after 10pm! All that food looks fantastic!! :)


  2. I'm with you on the green beans, especially after seeing all that chocolate and butter tarts - forget the green stuff!!

    Same thing's going on in our house again tonight - lot's of good stuff coming out of the oven!

  3. Everything looks good to me!! Have a great weekend....

    Gordon and Juanita

  4. You don't like beans!? They are without a doubt my most favorite veggie and when they are fresh from the garden..omg...yummy!!!! I use to pickle beans and carrots years ago..oh and pickled garlic, a lot of work but so worth it!!!

  5. They are all pretty, red and green.

  6. Oh yeah! Bring on the food porn!! :) Me likey seeing what you've got cookin in the kitchen!!

    (36 year old fulltime RVer living la vida loca with a cute-butt husband and a stink-butt dog!)

  7. What a delicious post! Thanks for sharing. Everything looks so festive. =0)


  8. Butter tarts must be a Canadian tradition--Paulette was making them the other day and now you guys. I may need that recipe!

  9. Beautiful and yummy looking post!

    I'm curious about the butter tarts?? Rick and Paulette had made them too ~ leads me to believe they must be a Canadian thing? They look good!

    I think I'm with you on the beans, just because of the spiciness though. I can handle them plain.

  10. I love the spicey beans. Would be my favorite,even more than chocolate.

  11. Hmmm, by your title, I was thinking of a different musical fruit! :)

  12. The beans look nice...but, I'm with you, no beans for me. Give me chocolate. Really pretty photos of the food and decorations.


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