Now Bring Us Some Figgy Pudding!

Every year We Wish You A Merry Christmas plays on the radio, and the question that always follows “What is Figgy Pudding?” So this year I made it my goal to wonder no more, by surprising my family with homemade Figgy Pudding for Christmas. 🙂

The whole process was an adventure from finding and prepping the ingredients, to making and serving the pudding. I honestly had no idea what I was making until it was on my plate! I always pictured a fig puree with the consistency of pudding, but instead it was a cake with caramel sauce!

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Chopping the figs – very messy workIMG_20151225_144752

Boiling the dates and figsIMG_20151225_150047

What I expected the figgy pudding to be lol

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Cake batter?

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Grating chocolate is time consuming and messy work

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Combining all the ingredients…

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Fresh outta the oven – it’s a cake?!

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Prepping the caramel sauce

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Voila! The finished product.

I had a lot of fun doing it, and even more fun sharing it with my family! Merry Christmas everyone!

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

Did Someone Say Pie?!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Being culinar-ily disinclined, I have never made pie before. So this year I decided that in addition to my usual Thanksgiving contribution of Green Bean Casserole, I was going to surprise everyone by making a sweet potato pie. 🙂 No one in my family has ever made one, and I acquired a taste for it from working at a McDonald’s who sold them.

This decided, plans were then put into place on how to make this a reality. However while looking up recipes to compile my shopping list, pecan pie came up as a suggestion. I glanced at it and thought, Maybe another time. Stopping myself in my tracks, I asked Why not now? So I found a recipe for that.

As far as I’m aware, no one in my immediate family has made pecan pie either, so I decided to make both! :3

When I brought the pies to dinner this evening, they were well received, the pecan of course stealing the show. It was a lot of work, but so much fun and well worth the effort. I wonder what I’m going to make next… 😉

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

Golden Year Project: Complete!
Check out some of the nifty things I did down below!

Happy Halloween! 2015

Happy Halloween everyone!

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Happy Halloween!

This year is the last year my brothers are trick or treating, so I had to get in on the action!

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Vanellope Von Schweetz Cosplay

I had the Nightmare before Christmas soundtrack playing the entire time we were escorting my brothers and their friends around the neighborhood! x3 So much fun!

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My Halloween Loot

Hope you enjoyed your Halloween even more than I did!

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

Happy Easter! 2015

He is risen! He is risen indeed!

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you had a beautiful day today! Mine was amazing. 🙂 I cannot begin to express how blessed I am to have such a large close-knit family. My Mom and Grandmas’ are awesome cooks and one day I hope I’ll be one too! For now – everyone will just have to enjoy my super-extra-well-done oven french toast. LOL!

Traditions make holidays super special. Some of the ones we have for Easter are having poppy seed rolls (passed down by my Czech grandmother), purchasing an Easter Lily, having a butter lamb and eating horse radish before getting our Easter baskets – the last two which we adopted from the Polish parish we were members of before. (We’re not Polack! Lol!) Variety is the spice of life. 🙂

And… of course I couldn’t resist and had to record the day through a series of pictures. Enjoy!

easter decorated tree

Our decorated Japanese Maple :3

Easter Lily

My sisters gorgeous Easter Lily 🙂

butter lamb

Butter lamb – have you lost weight???

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Mom’s china out for the holiday!

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Some of Grandma’s goodies – so good!

mashed potatoes

Mmm…mashed potatoes.

Peep treats

More of Grandma’s yummy treats.

poppy seed rolls

Poppy seed rolls – our Czech family tradition! Yum-may!

candied yams

Candied Yams

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Beer spiked sauerkraut and kielbasa – seconds please!

Jello fluff

Other Grandma’s awesome jello fluff! You make the best Grandma!

strawberry cheese cake

Light Strawberry Cheese Cake

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In the famous words of Ponyo “HAMMM!!!” lol

lit candle

Ambience 🙂

wine glass

My glass – half full! 😉

salad

Grandma’s colorful salad. 🙂

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My Easter “basket” – Om nom nom!

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Daffodils at my parent’s home. So pretty!

 

Good food, great company and many wonderful memories!

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San