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    I'm so glad you're here! My name is Krista, though my friends call me George, Phryne, Luna, FaFa, or Poppit, so take your pick. :-) I'm a wood-burning artist, goat farmer, author and photographer of all things food, travel, and lifestyle.

    Born in Canada, raised in the USA, and shaped by my European roots, I now live on a goat farm in Queensland, Australia with my husband Bear where I celebrate anything that leads to healing, thriving, and loving.

    I look forward to getting to know you and hope we get to visit often as we share good food, great conversation, and the little things that make each of our lives worth living. :-)

Spiced Maple Shortbread and A Slovenian Castle

With the arrival of September I’m delighting in all things autumnish. Yes, I’m still basking in gloriously hot sunshine during the day, but I confess I’m enjoying the cooler nights where I get to wear sweaters and tucked quilts around me while I read or watch movies.

I’m excited today because The Travel Belles are featuring an article I wrote on Bled Castle in Slovenia.:-)I’d love it if you’d pop over and take a look and leave a comment to let us know what you think.:-)Click here to visit this gorgeous castle.

This morning I got up bright and early so I could take my walk and still have time to pick some blackberries before work. I have grand plans for a Blackberry Nectarine Galette to feast on this weekend.:-)

This cooler weather has really put me in a baking mood, and my favorite thing right now is Spiced Maple Shortbread. Tender, buttery, not-too-sweet with all sorts of lovely Christmasy smells wafting through the house as they bake, these simple little cookies are so divine with a cup of strong black tea or sweet orange tea.

What does Autumn put you in the mood for?

Spiced Maple Whole Grain Shortbread


2 cups whole grain pastry or all purpose flour
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tsp maple extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3 Tbsp granulated sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Add maple extract to melted butter and stir.
  3. Mix dry ingredients and stir in butter.
  4. Press into a square 1/2 inch thick.
  5. Cut into squares and bake for 20 minutes.

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  • elra

    I haven’t made shortbread for such a long time, the maple extract sounds intriguing.

  • Zita

    Oh, I was gonna write about Bled for Travel Belles! :) Anyway, I had another experience there I can write about! :)

    Bled is real a gem in Slovenia, don’t you think? I will write about it on my blog. The photos we were taken are magnificent!

  • El

    I’ve never seen a shortbread like this. It looks great. How long are you traveling for? It seems like you’ve been everywhere! Enjoy!!

  • RamblingTart

    I know what you mean, Elra. :-) It’s one of those familiar things I just don’t think to make often. :-) The maple is really delicious. :-)

  • RamblingTart

    Oh no! Sorry, Zita! :-) I’m so glad you have another Slovenia experience – I can’t wait to see it!! I will be looking forward to your Bled photos on your blog. I just love it there! :-)

  • RamblingTart

    Thank you, El! It’s so scrumptious and quite healthy for a dessert. :-) I don’t feel guilty at all! :-)

    I’m actually home again, but will be heading to Europe in December for Christmas with my family. I can’t wait! :-)

  • Anna Johnston

    Spring is officially arrived in my neck of the woods, but Oh My, this recipe still looks good to me :)

  • Joanne

    I am always in a fall mood. Even throughout summer, all I can really think about is pumpkin and sweet potatoes and cranberries! Oh, and maple. One should never forget maple.

    These cookies look fantastic! I am going to add them to my Christmas cookie list!

  • bellini valli

    Shortbread is a favourite around here. I can’t wait to get to the farmers market now too for some blackberries. They do not grow here in our semi-desert climate.Have a fantastic long weekend!!

  • RamblingTart

    I can’t wait to see spring in Australia, Anna. :-) Hopefully next year!

  • RamblingTart

    I’m with you, Joanne!! Such fabulous, heart-warming flavors. :-)

  • RamblingTart

    Hope you find some juicy ones, Val!!! Have a wonderful weekend too! :-)

  • budgetjan

    Hi Krista, I was tempted by this post at the bottom of your blog and clicked on it. I have not seen it before (maybe it was when I was overseas or before I started following) and am going to make the shortbread. 1/2 butter – does that mean 250 grams?