Best laid plans of bakers and cooks…

Two raspberry turnoversNot too long ago, I bought a bunch of frozen puff pastry to make a holiday version of Chicken Wellington, though it was well past the holiday season. Chicken. Cranberries. Stuffing. Puff pastry. Gravy. It was a lot of fun and very tasty, in my opinion. But as a result, I had a couple of boxes of puff pastry left over in the freezer that really needed to be used up.

So on Labour Day this year, I decided I was going to cook, and bake, and see what I could come up with.

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Too hot for tea? Put it on ice!

A decorative carafe filled with chai-flavoured ice tea sits in front of a Chinese buddha bust, a cadle sits next to it.I’ve been concerned about how much pop (for my American friends, soda) I drink. I only drink ginger ale, but of that, I drink regular pop, not diet pop. The reason? I have bad reactions to artificial sweeteners. Aspartame gives me nasty, nasty migraines and I find that Splenda gives horrible body pains. So I  figure, sugar is the lesser of the evils, so to speak. But really, pop isn’t the best when it comes to beverages. While I won’t cut my ginger ale right out of my diet, I have been looking for other  alternatives. I love water, but it gets boring sometimes. Often, I’ll resort to tea, as I love tea and it’s better for me than pop.

But then the hot, sticky weather slammed into my neck of the woods and it’s left me very uninterested in hot tea. What’s a girl to do in the hot summer months when she’s trying to cool off?

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