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Season’s Greetings! Plus Sneak Peek for January

Dear Readers,

To those of you who celebrate and enjoy this time of year, Merry Christmas! To those of you who don’t, I hope you have a good time all the same. Thank you to everyone who has visited Z’s Cup of Tea, left comments, and emailed me as well as the tweets and follows on Twitter and sharing on Facebook throughout this year of 2012. I read them all and do my best to respond to every single one. All of your feedback and support is appreciated and I am grateful for it.

For the month of December, I know I’ve been quite negligent in my blogging (including no new holiday baking recipes, unfortunately). I had wanted to do so much more, but ultimately it didn’t end up that way. Some of the ideas I had and things I wanted to post about have been pushed to Christmas next year or until January.

Some things to look forward to in January 2013:

A cookbook giveaway (and review)
A post on personal health and wellness
New recipes and more reviews

These are things just lined up so far! There will be more as I plan and as we go into the New Year.

Merry Christmas!



P.S. This is the first time I’m emailing my blog, so forgive me if this post looks wonky.

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Kitchen Confidence


Model peanut butter chocolate chip cookie

The only thing I’m able to make properly right now, it seems, is peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. My other baking endeavours haven’t been successful in how I expected them to be.

On Tuesday I tried making rice crackers. The flavour was there, but they were so hard that I feared someone would break a tooth.

Yesterday I tried making chocolate meringue cookies, but had to make them into cupcakes: the batter was too runny. I think it was probably something to do with using honey instead of powdered sugar. The cupcakes turned out well, though, dense and fudgey, with an intense chocolate flavour suited to only the best chocolate cake you can imagine. Nothing half-fast. The kind you’d want to eat with vanilla ice cream. I wrote a beautiful post about those cookies last year (it’s in my drafts), when I first discovered the recipe around this time last year. Now I’m not sure if that post will see the light of day – I mean, your screen. Anyway.

(Allow me to move on before I start confusing myself over whether that last sentence makes any sense.)

My main reason for writing this is that I don’t know where my baking mojo’s gone. I’m generally confident in the kitchen, I don’t often make mistakes or have things flop on me. My ultimate testament to that is that I made gluten-free puff pastry perfectly the first time I tried.

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Sunset Over Vancouver

Looking Back on 2011

It’s New Year’s Eve and I thought before we fondly say adieu to 2011, now would be a good time to write a retrospective of this year; mostly my thoughts on it. It would also make up for my lack of an anniversary post – I was away and not really able to blog. (Hopefully I’ll be home in 2012 when this blog of mine turns three.)

First, I want to thank you all – my family and friends, readers, blogging friends I’ve made along the way, as well as all my followers on Twitter and fans on Facebook, for making all that happened this year possible. Thank you for providing the motivation to continue writing this blog and inspiring me. While in my head I think I could have continued blogging if no one was reading this blog, I know really part of the reason why I continue to blog is because of you who are reading it and leaving comments when I post something new.

Every time now when I’ve finished a post and I click the publish button, I see that post landing in all the inboxes of people who follow Z’s Cup of Tea by email, appearing in their Twitter and Facebook feeds. Then I get embarrassed when I notice a typo afterward or my Mum does.

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