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Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Well hello, didn't see you there.

I'd started to write a blog post the other day about a delicious recipe for Hot Toddies that I made, and an equally delicious recipe for Corn Chowder that I made the same day. (It was nice and cozy that day. I got distracted though.....waaay distracted.

I'm taking a new tack with my life I think. I'd done months of research and writing and planning for jobs I could do to get myself out of my current work situation. I finally hit on a great idea. I have Etsy to thank. I kept trying to think of ways I could work from home, something I could make and sell to the general populous seemed like the ideal situation. The problem was, what do I make? I spend a lot of time crafting items....lots of them.... of various kinds. It occurred to me that maybe I shouldn't be choosing what to sell to people.....maybe THEY should be choosing for me. So I've opened a shop on Etsy. I've posted a number of different types and styles of things that I make. Starting with the ones that seem to be the most well-received as gifts at Christmas. It's taken work, and research, and will continue to be an uphill battle for a little while, but this is what I like to do, so why not do it.

So, today includes no photos, but there will now be a new section on my blog where you'll get to see items from my Etsy shop.

You can find me there at PenguinCraft

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Warm nights by the not-fire

So the other day it was coooold out and I was craving warm food. I was flipping through recipe books looking for something warm and delicious and stumbled across a recipe for Hot Toddies. Now for all you non-English folks (english heritage not english speaking.....or maybe ALSO english speaking....but if you don't speak english how are you reading this???) a "Hot Toddy" is a wonderful, creamy, rum based drink designed to warm you up on cold nights (believe me this works). This recipe is adapted from "Company's Coming - The Rookie Cook" book

I also made a delicious corn chowder, but that will be for the next post.

Hot Toddies

For a batch of mix you'll need:
4 cups vanilla ice cream (splurge on the good stuff, no cheaping out)
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 cups icing sugar
1 cup butter (real butter, softened...or melted like mine was)
1 tbsp cinnamon
2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice

For each drink you'll need:
1 1/2 - 2 oz of rum (pick your favourite smooth light rum)
boiling water

Toddy Mix Directions
1. Mix all the mix ingredients in a BIG bowl. (See my pictures for the hilarity of making a big mess in a small bowl....it DID all fit in the bowl once I mixed it, so I'm not entirely an idiot).

Sugars and Butter

Ice Cream Goes IN

Delicious Spices Are Added

2. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. Stir it again before using because it will separate. (If you'd like it to separate less, add a fake egg to the mix using Pane Riso powder and water, do NOT use real eggs).

See! It All Fits!

Hot Toddy Drinks Directions

1. For each drink put 3 tbsps of mix in a large mug, add 1 shot (1 1/2-2oz) rum and fill mug with boiling water to taste.

2. Stay warm.

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