WIWW: Busy, Busy

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Shouldn’t those gorgeous, French linens be in your house?
We’re slowly edging into spring again after hail, freezing rain and snow at different times.
Today, I actually don’t have my winter coat on.  Sort of a miracle.
This week is short (yay!) but don’t you find that you still have the same amount of work to get done?
I’ve got; a friend’s b-day, badminton coaching, a class trip, a meeting out of the school, marking, a massive pile of dirt to move off the front lawn, the Easter bunny to prepare for, full teaching schedule, staff meeting.
Oh!  And my little family. 
They are actually at the top of this list.
What to wear.
Since my Wonder Woman costume would be too chilly here’s what I’ve got on tap.
A reflection shot of me, clothes lined-up for the week, gorgeous bracelet from “The Ropes of Maine” and taking 300 grade 8’s to the “Hunger Games” meant: gap khaki’s, Cynthia Rowley top, and cashmere sweater.

How about today?
Coaching in the morning, then teaching and duty and the afternoon in a meeting means: Tom’s on my feet, Gap leggings, Esprit tunic with wide RL belt, Club Monaco massive wood necklace and Vera Wang Jacket so that I don’t forget my coat in a variety of locations.
Now, if I can only keep ahold of my phone. C:
How’s your week going?
I bet this is a big one for you too.

Food Trends: bring it back.

Hey!  Have you had a chance to enter for the MaisondeMichelle giveaway happening right now?
Go do that.
I’ll wait.  I’ve got dessert her to keep me company C:
Isn’t it weird how some foods go in and out of favour?
Remember everything with cilantro in it?
How about when every place needed to have a weird meat burger?
What about tiramisu?
Do you remember when every restaurant, cafe and corner shop had something slopped into a container with the label ‘tiramisu’ on it?
How about something fresher and lighter but with the creaminess of the original?
Blackberry tiramisu:
I started by making a blackberry syrup:  4 cups of frozen blackberries, juice and zest of a lemon and 1/2 cup sugar boiled down to let the berries release all of their juice.
Place 1/2 of the syrup on the bottom of a 9×11 pan.
Add 2 T. strong coffee.

1 T. (optional) creme de cassis.

Add a layer of lady fingers.  I bought these soft ones at the grocery store for even less than what I could have made them for.
Grate 1 square of dark chocolate over the top.

Whip 500 ml. of 35% cream, sweeten with 1/4 cup icing sugar, 1/2 cup ricotta cheese and another square of grated chocolate.

Actually, this looks like dessert on its own doesn’t it?

Layer half of the cream over the lady fingers.

Add more lady fingers and the rest of the blackberry syrup.

Top with the rest of the cream and more grated chocolate.
Let set in the fridge for a minimum of 1 hour.

Eat with lots of friends or keep for yourself to eat after a long day.

Maybe two portions would be a good idea C:

Very special day and I’m thrilled to co-host

 Have you met the wonderful Ginger from Gingersnap Crafts? I know, she’s great.  Look at that gorgeous family.   Ginger’s incredible blog is having a birthday today and I’m thrilled to help celebrate. Here’s Ginger!

Welcome to {wow me} wednesday!

So glad YOU are here!

I’m Ginger from Ginger Snap Crafts

& TODAY I am celebrating my 1 year blog birthday

with 20 of my most fabulous blogging friends

 who are each co-hosting this week’s party

& celebrating with all of YOU! Yay!

A special welcome & BIG thank you to my co-host:

Natalie from Johnny in a Dress

Randi from Dukes & Duchesses

Kim from Cups By Kim

Carrie from My Favorite Finds

Jane from Adventures in Dinner

Molly from Just a Little Creativity

Amy from Permanent Kisses

Shannah from Just Us Four

Keri from Shaken Together

Jenilyn from Grits & Giggles

Karah from The Space Between

Kimberly from The Night Owl Blog

Krissy from The Taylor House

Laura Beth from A Step in the Journey

Erin from Chronic Christian Crafter

Sara from Applestone Drive

Crystal from A Pumpkin & a Princess

Holly & Nat from My Sister’s Suitcase

Steph from Crafting in the Rain

Jessica from Mom 4 Real

Please check out their amazing blogs!

I promise they don’t disappoint! πŸ™‚

I’ll be featuring the top 5 from last week

with my other features on Thursday.I’m also having a giveaway over

on my blog tonight to go along with our party.

So be sure to stop by & check it out.

It’s big! πŸ™‚

{Now on to the party!}

The β€œrules” are simple.

Please follow & visit as many of the co-host as you can.

Feel free to grab a {wow me} wednesday button

so you can party with us every week.

Must be something made by YOU.

Link up to your post, not your main blog.

{No etsy shops, giveaways or business links, please.}

Visit other links, make new friends &; most of all have fun!

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Can’t wait to see what YOU link up!!!

Back to bacon

Before we get to bacon just a quick reminder to get yourself into the draw for Michelle de Maison’s amazing giveaway!
And now for bacon.  
A lot of bacon.
You see the piece I had to work with? (just scroll down a little bit)
Looking at it now I think I was actually a bit reserved in my usage and that is not a way I usually describe myself.
I wanted mac and cheese but one that tasted like cheese fondue. 
Do I have you hooked already?
I cut three thick pieces of bacon into chunks (I would normally do six regular slices).
Brown them up in a medium pot with 1 clove of chopped garlic and add 1/4 cup of flour.
Cook for a minute to get rid of the raw flour taste.

Start to add 2 cups of white wine.  Creating a delicious and tangy sauce.

Add 1 cup of chicken stock, a dash of worstershire and pepper to taste.

Add 3 cups of cheese (I’m using grated swiss and cheddar mixed) a handful at a time letting each

 absorb into the sauce.

Smooth the whole thing out with 1/4 cup of chevre (like less tang? use cream cheese).

Add a head of chopped brocolli and 6 cups of cooked pasta.

Nice two big fat pans of happiness.

Top with panko crumbs and fishy crackers.

Bake for 20 minutes until browned and bubbly (330).

Enjoy with a crowd.

Like the look of the side dish?  I put this kale recipe on Facebook a little ways back.