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Events this week: Bookish Bakes & Cookie Swap

Hello Bakers!

There are two fun baking events to choose from this week, and of course you are more than welcome to do both!

1. Bookish Bakes, Tuesday December 2nd at Summerland Library 6-8pm. This doesn’t mean that you have to bake a cake in the shape of a book, although you can if you want. Whether it’s a pie inspired by a novel or crackers inspired by a poem you loved as a child, it’s entirely up to you. Along with your bake, bring along the book or poem (or essay or diary entry…) to share your baking story. The library has created a beautiful display of books for food lovers, and we’ll be sharing our baking and bookish stories over cups of tea.

So far I have heard that we have some Pork and Bean Bread coming (Hooray, Jean!), and I have claimed Queen of Hearts Jam Tarts from Alice in Wonderland. Still looking for inspiration? Here are some helpful links on baking in literature:

If you’re attending Tuesday’s Bookish Bakes and haven’t already joined the Facebook event, email me at

2. The 2nd Annual Great Summerland Cookie Swap, December 6 10am-noon, organized by the lovely Chantelle and hosted by Lisa L. Lessen your holiday baking load: Bake 6 dozen of one kind of cookie and bring it along to swap with fellow bakers. Of course, we eat some while we’re there. And we drink tea and have a laugh. Bring bags or containers for your cookie swap haul.

So far on the swap list:

  • Chocolate peppermint cookies
  • Peanut butter cups
  • Turtle pretzels/Graham almond cracker drizzled with a sugar butter
  • Butter tarts
  • Gingerbread kiss cookies
  • Snickerdoodles
  • Poudre Douce Butter cookies

If you’re attending this one, email Chantelle with your chosen cookie and she will send you directions to Lisa’s.

Other events to look forward to:

  • Movie Night at the Summerland Waterfront Resort in January (Date tba)
  • Cafe Noir at the Summerland Art Gallery, February 21st


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In which many carbs are consumed

2014-11-13 18.29.52I used to think that flower delivery person must be the best job ever, because everyone smiles when they see you. But now I know differently. Now I know that nothing beats standing behind a long table full of homemade, incredibly beautiful sweets, while holding a pair of tongs and addressing the approaching throng of dazed looking people with a single word in the form of a question: “Carbs?”

Last Thursday was the SHINE fashion show in support of SADI. More than 200 tickets had been sold, and it is safe to say that a splendid time was had by all. I certainly had a wonderful time handing over sweet thing after sweet thing to people going weak in the knees from the wafting cloud of sugar drifting around the room.

Something to think about: our twin group, the Edinburgh Bakers, often do charity events in which participants can either be Bakers or Eaters. Bakers pay £5 to attend and can still eat goodies, and Eaters pay £10. All the funds go to their chosen charity. We’ll be doing something similar in February for Cafe Noir with the Art Gallery and Potters Guild. Bakers will get a discount on the ticket price, and we still get to eat chocolate and take home a made-in-Summerland mug – how cool is that? If charity events are of interest to anyone, let me know and perhaps we can choose a few community fundraisers to support each year. It’s a such a blast, and fewer calories because you’re sharing!

On to SHINE! Coco’s Collections provided all of the outfits for the models – they were stunning and everyone did a brilliant job.

Women Business wearProm 2Prom 1To all the bakers who created the most amazing goodies in the land, Thank you! You have no idea how much they were enjoyed. Now for a slew of photos to make you drool!

We start with a mystery. Apparently these were made by the mum of one of the models. All I can say is who is this woman and why is she not in our club? Look at these cookies! Look at the detailed icing! Look!

Fancy Dress cookies

Next we have Janice’s Date Squares, which drew people in like a magnet. It was like they were hypnotized – it was amazing to watch. “Matrimonials!” they cried, going on to explain that their mother/grandmother/aunt used to make them. Some people came back for seconds – that’s how good they were.

Date Squares

You want to eat one now, don’t you? I knew you did.


Jane's Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, because you need to be a little bit healthy!

Jane’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, because you need to be a little bit healthy!

Lisa J's Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Drizzle.

Lisa J’s Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Drizzle.

Lory's Lavender Shortbread (so dainty and delightful!) and Chocolate Dipped Cookies.

Lory’s Lavender Shortbread (so dainty and delightful!) and Chocolate Dipped Cookies.

Sandra's Lemon Cupcakes with Coconut. These didn't last long.

Sandra’s Lemon Cupcakes with Coconut. These didn’t last long.

Sophia's Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Icing. I attribute there success to fancy paper.

Sophia’s Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Icing. I attribute their success to the fancy paper.

Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies. I can't remember who made these. Lisa?

Jumbo Reese’s Pieces Chocolate Chip Cookies, baked by Chantelle! The teenagers ate them all and I didn’t get to try one.

Jean's Buttertart Bars. Don't they look full of gooey goodness?

Jean’s Buttertart Bars. Don’t they look full of gooey goodness?

Christine's Chocolate Chip Blondies and Lisa J's Banana and Chocolate Chip Muffins.

Christine’s Chocolate Chip Blondies and Lisa J’s Banana and Chocolate Chip Muffins.

Sophia's Millionaire Shortbread. I kept calling them "square diabetes," but it didn't seem to put people off.

Sophia’s Millionaire Shortbread. I called them “square diabetes,” but it didn’t seem to put people off.

Lisa J's Pineapple Crunch. Lisa baked A LOT.

Lisa J’s Pineapple Crunch Muffins. Lisa baked like a mad woman!

My photo of Janice’s Marble Cake did not turn out. Can you blame me – I was so high on adrenaline and sugar, we’re lucky there are any photos at all. Here is one more, courtesy of Erick from ET2media. Don’t I look just a little bit nuts? I am the face of the Sugar High.




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