Banana Chip Bread ~ Recipe

Banana Chip Bread is a bit of an easy and yummy variation on a traditional Banana Bread.  Kids and adults alike will love this simple to make and very tasty bread! If you are anything like me, you always have a couple overripe bananas hanging around in a bowl on the kitchen table.  Most banana bread and banana muffin recipes call for three ripe bananas. So, if I have only one or two, I peel them and slip them into a freezer bag, adding to the bag until I get three and then start a new … [Read more...]

Cranberry Pistachio Bark ~ A Little Piece of Heaven!

The first time I had this little piece of heaven on a plate, that is Cranberry Pistachio Bark, I fell totally in love!  It was about 15 years ago and a colleague of mine had brought in a tin of this luscious ambrosia during the holidays. After stuffing  a couple (OK, a few) pieces of this food of the gods into my mouth I knew I needed to have the recipe. Thankfully, my kind co-worker readily agreed and quickly gave me the recipe from memory.  Yes, it is that easy that you really don't even … [Read more...]

Pregnant? You May Want to Make a Groaning Cake! {#Recipe}

I just recently finished reading The Birth House by Ami McKay. In the book she spoke of labouring women making Groaning Cake and I knew, even though I will never again be pregnant, that I had to give it a try! Groaning Cake "The tradition of the groaning cake, or kimbly at (or following) a birth is an ancient one. Wives’ tales say that the scent of a groaning cake being baked in the birth house helps to ease the mother’s pain. Some say if a mother breaks the eggs while she’s aching, her labour … [Read more...]

Chocolate Mousse Squares {Recipe}

The first time I had these deliciously decadent, Chocolate Mousse Squares was several years ago.  A fellow nurse and I were working the week-end shift in the Operating Room and she brought in a pan of these squares as a little dinnertime treat! It was love at first bite!  These squares are a silky, smooth, creamy delight; once you have one, you will definitely be hooked. … [Read more...]

Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies {Recipe}

Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies ~ I have had this recipe for what seems like forever!  I think I got it from my mom, but I am not sure where she discovered it or its initial origin.  I do remember when we were kids we often had pudding for dessert.  Because of the somewhat unusual addition of a pudding mix to these cookies,  I suspect the recipe may have come from a pudding company. Perhaps, at one time it was written on the package itself or found in a magazine or product insert. … [Read more...]

Crème Brûlée {Recipe}

The first time I had Crème Brûlée I was in a little seafood restaurant in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.  It was definitely a case of love at first bite! Crème Brûlée is a dessert consisting of a rich vanilla custard base topped with a contrasting layer of hard caramel. I believe it is traditionally served at room temperature but I have taken it directly from refrigerator, sprinkled on the sugar and broiled it; and let me tell you, it was delicious.  I loved the contrast between the creamy, cold … [Read more...]

Lemon Meringue Pie {Recipe}

I have mentioned before how we look forward to having a big leisurely Sunday dinner... with lots of leftovers for Monday!  It is also just about the only time we will make a dessert to complete the meal.  On a recent Sunday, I made this delicious lemon meringue pie and I loved it so much I wanted to share the recipe with you! The lemon curd filling is the perfect balance of tart and sweet and the meringue is light and airy, a heavenly way to end a special dinner! … [Read more...]

~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Yummm…Carrots!

{Not so...} Wordless Wednesday ~ I usually make carrot cake to have with Easter dinner, this year I decided to switch things up a bit and made carrot cupcakes instead.  They are delicious and just the right size after a big dinner! … [Read more...]

Chocolate Yule Log {Recipe}

Chocolate Yule Log ~ Just in time for holiday entertaining, here is a great recipe from the Taste of Home: Best Loved Recipes book.  {Reprinted with permission} Chocolate Yule Log Recipe photo by Taste of Home … [Read more...]