Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

If you are looking to re-create Peanut Butter Cookies like your grandmother used to make, you know the cookie; a little crunchy on the outside and totally chewy on the inside, then this is the cookie for you! This is a delicious, peanut buttery, old-fashioned cookie like your Grammie would have made. My hubby is a peanut butter cookie fanatic, so I thought this would be a fun cookie to make for him and hopefully it would bring back lots of great childhood memories. This is a very simple … [Read more...]

Vegetable and Cheddar Frittata

Let me paint you a picture.  I am pretty sure you will recognize this picture, most of us have been there at one time or another.  It's 5:30 PM, everyone has just arrived home after a long day of...work, school, endless appointments, soccer practice, ballet or whatever, and "everyone" is hungry. You go to the fridge, hoping by some miracle of miracles that something suitable for dinner has appeared, but not a dinner worthy item in sight. Or, maybe there is? Last week, I was that person … [Read more...]

Spinach and Bacon Mason Jar Salad w/Poppy Seed Dressing

I love having some of these made up in advance and tucked away in the refrigerator. They are so easy and let's face it...they're pretty darn cute too! Spinach and Bacon Mason Jar Salad  ~ Summer is almost here and that means everyone is spending lots of time outdoors, having fun. No one wants to make complicated, labour intensive meals. We all want something delicious, but it also must be no muss and no fuss to prepare. Check out the yummy layers of dressing, red onion, bacon, … [Read more...]

Banana Nut Oatmeal Muffins

It's no secret at all, that I LOVE muffins! They are perfect as a grab and go breakfast or snack and equally perfect to enjoy while reading the newspaper and leisurely sipping your second (or fourth) cup of hot coffee. In fact, I find it hard to think of anything even remotely negative about muffins. Over the years, I have made many, many muffins of all sizes and flavours, but this recipe for Banana Nut Oatmeal Muffins definitely ranks very near to the top on my list of all time … [Read more...]

Chocolate Pudding Dirt Cups

I admit it; when I was thinking about making these Chocolate Pudding Dirt Cups to celebrate Earth Day, I was leaning toward using a packaged pudding.  However, when Music Man went grocery shopping he remembered the worms but forgot the pudding...lol. In the past, I have made pudding from scratch, but it had been a long time. But I did remember that it wasn't difficult so I decided to give it a go! I am so glad the instant pudding never made it home because I had totally forgotten how silky … [Read more...]

Canadian Beef ~ Gather Your Family Around the Sunday Dinner Table

I did not grow up having Sunday dinners, but it was a Sunday tradition in my husband's family. Before we had kids and when they were little, we ALWAYS went to my in-laws for a big dinner on Sunday. My daughter and I, out to dinner with friends. As the years went by and my mother and father-in-law became older, the dinners were held more and more often at our home.  Even now, with our grown children scattered across the country, it is a tradition that my hubby and I continue every … [Read more...]

How to Make Confetti Chili

Not sure what the weather is like where you live, but where I live there is still a cold nip in the air. Here in the Maritimes, this is the "I don't know what to wear" season. One day it is sunny and plus 10°C and the next day it is snowing and minus 10°C. I am not complaining. I take comfort in the knowledge that vacations, gardening, barbecues and lounging on the deck with a glass of wine in one hand and a book in the other are not too far away! While we are still experiencing cooler … [Read more...]

How to Make Perfect Meringue

I have topped pies with meringue for as long as I can remember.  At least, since I was a pre-teen.  I remember my mom making Lemon Meringue pies and I would watch intently as she made the meringue.  I found it quite amazing that you could transform egg whites from this slimy gel-like substance to huge billowy clouds! The art of mastering the perfect meringue is something that takes time, patience and practice. Hopefully, though, I can help demystify the process and make it a little easier for … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie Bowl {w/ #PCInsidersCollection GC Giveaway}

After a fairly mild, but still very long winter, if I cautiously peek around the corner I can see spring finally making her way toward us. I can barely wait to shed my winter clothes, put out the patio furniture and start digging in the garden. for me, spring is always a hopeful time of year. It holds the promise of long hours of daylight, warmer temperatures, barbecues, hiking and finally being able to  get out of the house without twenty layers of clothing! I'm also trying to shed some … [Read more...]

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

We always try to have a "big" dinner on Sundays and I almost always make something for dessert. Sometimes it's as simple as Chocolate Chip Cookies or Banana Bread, but other times I will make a pie or sometimes even a cake, like this dense and delicious Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. If you are anything like me, you always have a couple overripe bananas hanging around in a bowl on the kitchen table.  Usually, I will make banana bread or banana muffins, but today I wanted to try … [Read more...]

Pistachio Cupcakes

Pistachio Cupcakes I wanted to make something special for Saint Patrick's Day, but  I didn't want whatever I made to be too Saint Patrick's Day"ish"...I wanted to be able to make the recipe throughout the year. So, what's a girl to do but hit Pinterest! After 583 straight hours of browsing Pinterest, I finally decided on Pistachio Cupcakes. Pistachios are green and the pistachio pudding mix that I have added gives just a hint of green to the batter, but not so much that you couldn't … [Read more...]

How to Make Irish Coffee

I am a big lover of hot coffee cocktails, like Irish Coffee. And it is no small wonder, you do remember I live in cold Canada, right? The first hot coffee cocktail I ever had, was a Spanish Coffee. I don't remember where it was, but I do remember it was pure heaven...and I may have had two! For years, Spanish Coffee has been my hot coffee cocktail of choice and in place of dessert, has finished off many a special occasion meal.   We have recently started adding Irish Coffee to our hot … [Read more...]

How to Make Chicken Parmesan

My husband is what I refer to as a Chicken Parmesan fanatic! This is his favourite meal and always his request when I ask him what he would like for his birthday dinner or any dinner for that matter. Have I ever mentioned that his birthday is the end of July, in the oppressive heat of summer? Standing over a hot stove in the dead of summer is true love...lol Believe it or not, we have even made Chicken Parmesan on our wood stove. A few Christmases ago, our son was living in London, Ontario … [Read more...]

No-Bake Chocolate Macaroons {aka Frogs}

I have made the basic recipe for what I know as “Frogs” for as long as I can remember. Many people refer to these cookies as Chocolate Macaroons, but to me, they will always be “Frogs”.  How or why they came to have that name escapes me; they are not green, greenish or frog shaped. What these cookies are, is delicious mounds of chocolate that can be made in a flash using ingredients most of us always have in our kitchen. Nothing exotic or unusual in this cookie, just oatmeal, coconut, … [Read more...]