Currant Scones {Recipe}

Last weekend I was having a craving for something sweet, but not cake or cookie sweet.  I was thumbing through my recipes and came upon this one for currant scones.  I hadn't made this recipe before but it seemed to be exactly what I was looking for, so I thought I would give it a try. … [Read more...]

Flaky Homemade Biscuits {Recipe}

A simple to make, flaky and delicious recipe for homemade biscuits.  Great on its own with butter or jam or use it in your next recipe that calls for biscuits...like Strawberry Shortcake...YUM!   5.0 from 2 reviews Biscuits   Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 15 mins Total time 30 mins   Author: Monica Serves: 12 Ingredients 2 cups all purpose flour 2 Tbsp. white sugar 1 tsp. salt 4 tsp. baking powder ½ tsp. cream of tartar ½ cup cold … [Read more...]

Nanaimo Bars: A Canadian Treat {Brief History and Recipe}

According to many, this bar originated in Nanaimo, British Columbia. Mabel Jenkins, a local women from Cowichan Bay, submitted the recipe to the annual Ladysmith and Cowichan Women's Institute Cookbook. This cookbook was sold in the early 1950s in the region as a fundraiser. It became popular in many of the province's households, especially in company towns, and was sold in many of the coffee shops on Nanaimo's Commercial Street. Tourists in the region came to refer to these as "Nanaimo … [Read more...]

Butter Chicken ~ A Delicious and Easy Recipe

Prior to making this recipe, the only time I had Butter Chicken it was blistering hot, there was so much heat I was only able to eat a couple bites. Last weekend my daughter suggested we try making Butter Chicken, I was a little hesitant at first, but figured we could control the heat factor, so we decided it would be fun to give it a try. I am now totally addicted!  This recipe it is pretty simple and unbelievably good! … [Read more...]

52 Breads in 2013 – #10 Swiss Mountain Buns

Please join me in giving a warm Canadian welcome to "Life without Lemons".  Originally hailing from the UK and now living in Canada, we are very excited to announce that, Elyse with her fabulous "52  Breads in 2013" will be our weekly guest blogger.  If you are looking for some fabulous bread recipes, drop by each week and see what delicious bread Elyse has baked in her kitchen. … [Read more...]

Carrot Cake ~ The Perfect Dessert for Easter!

This dense and delicious carrot cake is the perfect dessert for Easter dinner.  I cannot count how many times I have been asked for this recipe, it is that good! … [Read more...]

Perfect Pie Pastry {Recipe}

I have been using this pastry recipe for as long as I can remember and it has never once let me down.  When I first started making this recipe I used shortening; but the last few years I have switched to butter as I prefer the taste, however, the choice is yours. There are a couple tricks to making this pastry turn out perfectly each time: … [Read more...]

Baked Beans ~ Delicious and Economical {Recipe}

In our home we all love baked beans and every fall/winter I make a big batch at least 3 or 4 times.   Served with a delicious loaf of molasses brown bread and a couple slices of ham, with some pancakes on the side {my husbands favourite!} or as part of a big Sunday brunch or dinner you cannot beat baked beans for economy as well as taste. … [Read more...]

Pancakes ~ Fluffy, Delicious and Easy to Make {Recipe}

This past week we celebrated Shrove Tuesday which is also known as Pancake Day, Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras (which is French for Fat Tuesday). Shrove Tuesday gets its name from the custom for many Catholics of marking the day with feasting on pancakes (in ancient times it was a good way to use up eggs, milk and sugar) before the fasting season of Lent begins. For Tuesday's dinner we had a feast of delicious, fluffy pancakes and home-made baked beans, it was so good! … [Read more...]

Cranberry Pistachio Bark {Recipe}

This recipe is from a former co-worker of mine.  I'll caution you to resist the urge to double the recipe, if you do, trust me, you'll eat it all!  We make it every Christmas and it is unbelievably good and super simple to make! Cranberry Pistachio Bark   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 10 mins Total time 20 mins   Author: Co-worker Recipe type: Dessert Ingredients 1 pound good quality white chocolate (I use Belgian) 1 cup dried cranberries 1 cup shelled … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Wholly Guacamole & Beanitos to the rescue!

For many the back to school chaos has started; lessons, basketball, piano, soccer, cub scouts, choir, football, hockey, girl guides and the list goes on...!! Most are taxiing kids from one event to another and trying to balance all the activities with work, school and dinner.  On weeknights, no one has time to spend hours in the kitchen preparing a nutritious and quick dinner.  Let Wholly Guacamole and Beanitos come to the rescue and save your back to school dinners!   … [Read more...]

Quesadillas ~ Simple, Quick and Delicious! {Recipe}

Quesadillas are perfect for busy school nights, prepare the ingredients the night before; when you get home, simply spread the flour tortillas with cream cheese, top with your favourite ingredients, pop them into frying pan for a couple minutes on each side and voilà, dinner is served! This recipe is adapted from -  Fresh with Anna Olson … [Read more...]

July Means it is Strawberry Shortcake Time! {Recipe}

Where I live, in southern New Brunswick, the first week of July usually means its strawberry season.  Well for me, strawberry season means it's time for Strawberry Shortcake! I know there are many variations on this tasty treat...first there's the bottom layer; there's biscuits, white cake, sponge or angel food cake and marianne shells to name a few.  Then the berries themselves; whole, sliced, mashed, lots of juice, a little juice or maybe even frozen.  Finally the cream; freshly whipped, … [Read more...]

Deer Guard ~ Do The Deer Think of Your Planters as a Salad Bowl?

Deer Guard ~ Until a couple of days ago, we had some pretty lush looking planters on either side of the garage door...notice my use of the word "had".  The poor deer have come to think of our planters and flower gardens as one big salad bowl.  I don't blame them, massive subdivisions have sprouted up overnight and the deer have nowhere to go. … [Read more...]