I was late getting my pie filling for this week's Bake Along, I only picked it up this morning and didn't get making my tarts until late this afternoon. In fact, I just finished baking them about an hour ago! So instead of posting two separate, almost simultaneous posts, one for my Tea Advent Calendar and the other for the Fantastic Bake Along, I thought I would do one double duty post.
Tracey at It's a T-Sweets Day! is hosting another bake along this month, and rather than a single recipe that everyone is making, this month the bake along has a theme. Apples! Our instructions this month were to choose a favourite recipe featuring apples, and make it for the bake along.
I fell in love with The Phantom of the Opera back when I was in high school. The first time I saw it, a friend had organized for a bunch of us to join a bus trip to Toronto to see it at the Pantages Theatre. I really had no idea what the story was about, so on the way up I read the book by Gaston Leroux, and I was really glad that I did because it gave me a much better appreciation of what was going on on stage. I fell in love with the spectacular music, and the beautiful costumes, and the venue made it a special experience.
I was honoured to be chosen by Tracy at It's a T-Sweets Day! to supply this month's bake along recipe, my grandma's famous (in my family anyway) Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.
I was so excited a few weeks ago to learn that I had won the first prize in Julia's giveaway at Julia's Creative Year. I am a little embarrassed to say that when she contact me I had actually kind of forgotten that I had entered. I usually enter these things, and assume that I won't win, so I don't keep track of them, I guess I should because I seem to be on more of a lucky streak lately.