I am from Gambo, NL, located on the east coast of Canada, in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. My hometown of Gambo was once divided into three smaller communities, known as Middle Brook, Dark Cove & Gambo. I grew up in Dark Cove, and absolutely love to cook and bake, so I thought what better name could there be for my first blog than 'My Dark Cove Pantry'. Even though I now live in Flatrock, and now have a new pantry, it will always be 'My Dark Cove Pantry'.
When hubby was moose-hunting in the North Pond area in central this fall, he brought back some nice clean birch. We like to have a good supply on hand for the fireplace at Christmastime, rather than just burning the fire-logs. I also had asked him to make me some birch tea light holders, for Christmas centerpieces.
Here's the birch sticks on the garage floor.........
Hubby dried the birch for a couple of weeks in the garage, then cut the sticks to the lengths I needed for the centerpieces. Then, he used a forstner bit to drill out just the perfect sized cavity, for a tealight.
In the meantime, I had been collecting different types of cones over the fall. I use them as filler on the centerpieces. I gathered some huge pine-cones on one of my walks.
To make a centerpiece, I arrange three pieces of birch, of different heights on a charger.
Add cones around the birch,
a few cinnamon sticks with some red berries (if desired), and
A nice little centerpiece to enjoy over Christmas.
This one is for the "Silent Auction" fundraiser at work!
You know that Christmas is right around the corner when you start hearing about cookie exchanges........and I love it!! Not only is it a great opportunity to make and trade some delicious cookies, but for me, the social aspect of it is awesome. I went to a cookie exchange last evening, and it was so nice to see everyone, some I hadn't seen in months. It was the perfect opportunity to just sit and chat, and enjoy your choice of some nice teas, coffee or hot chocolate, and just catch up.
Our hostess had pulled out some of her Christmas things, just for the occasion. There was some great Christmas music playing, and as we all sat around chatting and laughing, I think I got nipped by the Christmas Spirit!!! There were seven of us in the group, so we each made seven dozen cookies. You keep one dozen of your own and bring the other six dozen to "exchange". That way, we each came home with six dozen cookies (one dozen from each other person at the exchange). The hostess keeps track of who is baking what, so two or three participants don't bake the same type of cookie.
My contribution was a new recipe to me........Cuban Cups. My good friend, Kathy shared it with me a couple of weeks ago. These cookies are simple to make, yields a load, and are quite nice for a festive cookie platter. Here's the recipe.......
(makes 80 pieces)
2 cups peanut butter chips
2 cups butterscotch chips
2 cups chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups crushed plain-rippled potato chips
1 1/2 cups chopped peanuts
Melt first three ingredients in top of a double boiler.
I think my favorite Halloween treat, to make, is caramel apples. They are so easy to make and everyone just seems to love them. The tart and juicy apple combined with thick, chewy, sweet caramel is just divine.
For six large caramel apples, you will need one bag of caramel candy.
I always use Kraft caramels.....
You simply melt caramels in the microwave,
insert craft sticks into washed
dip apples in the caramel
and then roll in crushed peanuts.
Set them out on a parchment lined cookie sheet to cool, and enjoy.