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Christmas Bakestravaganza 2010

So remember last year how I cyber-baked with my family over the intertubes? Not this year! This year I got to do my baking in person!

Baking, and especially Christmas baking, is one of my fondest memories from childhood. Every year at Christmas time, my Aunt Wendy would come over to our house and bake with my mom, my sister and me. Over the years, various other people joined us for baking good times and we always had a blast AND made delicious treats to give out to people! Baking simultaneously in Toronto and Vancouver while chatting via Google Video last year was fun, but nothing beats baking together with the fam.

This year, my sister’s friend Daniel joined us. Daniel was an early childhood educator at the daycare my niece went to and later was a babysitter for her. And he’s a tonne of fun, so he graduated to friend status and when he mentioned to Nancy that he was going to be doing his Christmas baking alone this year, she invited him to join us. Of course, this made for five bakers – my mom, Nancy, Madeline, me and Daniel – all in one kitchen. And we each had three different things we planned to bake! So Nancy, ever the creative problem solver, recruited the oven of the next door neighbours for the afternoon!

In the end, we made 11 different items over a span of only 6 hours1! Here’s the summary:

Daniel made:
  • lemon squares
  • rolled oat chocolate hay bales
  • thumbprint cookies

Beth made:

  • surprise cookies
  • shortbread cookies

My mom made:

  • rugala
  • chocolate-filled snowballs
  • white chocolate and macademia nut cookies

Nancy made:

  • black pepper cheese crisps
  • triple chocolate sandwich cookies
  • egg nog knots

And here are the photos!

Baking supplies

Just *some* of the baking supplies for the day

Nancy and her cookies

Nancy and her chocolate sandwich cookies

Day 183

Me and my mom!

My mom, Nancy & Daniel

My mom, Nancy & Daniel

Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies

Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies

Me and my niece!

Me and Madeline

Madeline baking

Madeline and me

  1. we started at about 2 pm and ended at 10 pm, but took a two hour break to hit The Friendly Greek for dinner. Because there was no way in hell any of us were going to be cooking any meals! []

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Nerd Stats 2010

Here is a quick summary of my blog stats for 20101:

2008 2009 2010 % change from 2009
Blog postings: 423 357 344 -4%
Tweets: 2,227 1,815 23022 +27%
Visits to my blog 32,410 45,153 44,689 -1%
Average number of blog visits per day 933. 1264 122 -4%
Busiest day on my blog: Sept 26, 2008 (460 views)5 July 25, 2009 (1,181 views)6 Feb 9, 2010 (233 views) -80%
  1. to see previous years’ nerd stats postings, click the year in the table []
  2. note to self: You started blogging in 2008, so you get these totals by simple subtraction, not by some fancy pants program or anything. I hope this helps you when you write your “Nerd Stats 2011” posting when you think “how the hell did I figure out how many times I tweeted in a given year??” []
  3. not sure why this value is not equal to the number of visits to my blog divided by 365 days. Probably some some of rounding error []
  4. ibid []
  5. thanks to the Hockey Hotties posting []
  6. thanks to the Blogathon! []