Mom’s Lemon Loaf with Lemon Icing Drizzle

Lemon Loaf with Lemon Icing Drizzle ~ Since moving to a temporary house a few months ago, ALL of my recipe books are still packed away and in storage. I didn't want to unpack anything that wasn't necessary, only to have to repack it in a few months. I remember packing my treasured recipes thinking, well if I need a specific recipe, I'll just check the blog. Most of my often used recipes are there. Well, you can imagine my surprise when yesterday I decided to make Lemon Bread (or Loaf) … [Read more...]

Orange Loaf with Orange Icing Drizzle

Orange Loaf with Orange Icing Drizzle ~ A couple weeks ago, because they were on sale,  I bought a big bag of oranges.  We did well eating them the first few days and then...well, we seemed to forget about them. Consequently, a couple of days ago when I was rummaging in the crisper, I came across three lonely oranges that, while not "bad", had certainly seen better days. I hate to waste food, so I was wracking my brain to come up with a recipe to use them in. I remember years ago … [Read more...]

Double Chip Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies

Double Chip Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies ~ I do believe one of my favourite things to bake is cookies. There is just something so satisfying in mixing up a bunch of ingredients in a bowl and an hour or so later having a big batch of fresh from the oven, still warm (or hot...depending on how long you wait to try one...lol) cookies cooling on a rack. Sure, in a pinch, I have purchased packaged cookies from my local grocery store. But, let's face it, there is really nothing as tasty as … [Read more...]

Cranberry Orange Bread

Last week I was craving something sweet (which is nothing new...) to have with an afternoon cup of tea. As I stood, staring blankly into the fridge and freezer, I noticed a bag of frozen cranberries which were left over from Christmas. Then I remembered there was also a big orange in the fruit bowl...eureka, I could make Cranberry Orange Bread! Ever since Christmas, and knowing I had the frozen cranberries,  I had thought of making a Cranberry Bread. Originally I thought of pairing the … [Read more...]

No Churn Rhubarb Ice-Cream

No Churn Rhubarb Ice-Cream ~ You may have noticed that many of my recent recipes have had a bit of a recurring theme. The theme? Rhubarb! As I mentioned in an earlier post, my sister lives in the country and has a big rhubarb patch on her property. She made the mistake of telling me to help myself…so, these days, I have raided her rhubarb patch on a fairly regular basis! In the past couple of weeks, I have made Rhubarb Sour Cream Muffins, Stewed Rhubarb (delicious over ice cream or spooned … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

The first time I ever made Whoopie Pies was way..way..way back in time.  So far back that it was practically the Troglodyte Era! This recipe came from a recipe book that the staff at a small community hospital, where I worked, created as a fundraiser. In fact, this hospital is where I had my very first full-time job. Although it has seen far better days, I still have the recipe book. I actually use it quite a bit, so often in fact, that I know many of the recipes from memory.  Good thing … [Read more...]

What Does Valentine’s Day Mean to You? {w/ Recipe for Sugar Cookies }

What is Valentine’s Day? Is it a day that we hold special, taking the opportunity to do something nice for the one, or one’s we love? Or is it, as the cynics among us proscribe, just a day created by companies to move product during a particularly slow period in the retail calendar? Actually, it’s neither. Saint Valentine’s Day is, or was, a religious celebration honouring Valentinus, an early Christian Saint. The day didn’t really take on romantic overtones until 18th century … [Read more...]

Glazed Clementine Loaf

It seems that from December through much of the winter, clementines are in abundance. I can't go into my local grocery store without seeing a big display of this tasty, easily peeled fruit. Not only are clementines perfect in lunch boxes or as a midnight snack, they are also the perfect fruit to put in a citrus loaf. I have made my Mom's recipe for Lemon Bread for a hundred years. Not only is it simple to make and delicious, it turns out perfectly every time. My Mom died in January of … [Read more...]

Hello Dolly Squares {aka Magic Bars} ~ Special Edition

This recipe has been around for as long as I can remember. Just about everyone I know has some version of the super popular, Hello Dolly Squares (aka Magic Bars). I have no idea where the name of these squares originated. However, in my active mind, I imagine this scenario: Fifty, sixty, seventy or one hundred years ago someone created these squares. She (yes...c'mon, it had to be a woman who created these delicious layers of yumminess!) had no name for them, they were just a layering … [Read more...]