Sunday, January 10, 2016

Great Great Aunt Inie's doughnuts

Last summer I travelled with some of my family to Westport, Nova Scotia, a teeny tiny little town located on Brier Island, just off the southern tip of Nova Scotia in the Bay of Fundy where my grandparents grew up and where my mother and her siblings spent their summers as children.

During our week there, my uncle reminisced about Aunt Inie (my grandmother's aunt, Inez Moore) and her amazing homemade doughnuts. On our last day there, we dropped in unannounced on Aunt Inie's daughter-in-law Pat who still lives on the island, only to find her making those very same doughnuts! So, after introductions were made, I was promptly put to work helping and got a hands-on lesson in making the infamous doughnuts. I taste-tested, for quality assurance purposes of course, and can confirm that they were indeed lovely. Pat was kind enough to share the recipe with me and I promised to do my best to master the recipe.

Since getting back, I have tried my hand at them a few times, and they've turned out ok, but never as well as Pat's. Last weekend I tried them again, and while I came closer, they still weren't right... so this weekend, I gave it one more shot. And finally, success! They came out crisp and fluffy and still a little dense, with that lovely nutmeg scent.

So, after a bit of trial and error, here is my take on Great Great Aunt Inie's Doughnuts:

Friday, January 8, 2016

The Rainbow Quilt

I can't say I'm the world's fastest learner, but at thirty-*cough*grumble*mutter* years old, I _have_ finally figured out that I should over-estimate and under-commit when it comes to making handmade gifts for Christmas. This year, I didn't make any Christmas ornaments or decorations, my holiday cooking was kept to a minimum, and I only made one gift... a lap quilt for my mom. And even still, I just barely got everything finished in time ;)