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...]

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...]

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...]

Oven Roasted Vegetables

  When I can't decide what veges to have for dinner, Oven Roasted Vegetables is often my go to recipe. This dish is so versatile and really easy to prepare. It is great to serve when you are having guests, you can prepare the vegetables ahead of time and then just pop them in the oven 40 minutes before dinner. You can use just about any combination of vegetables you have on hand. It is a great way to use up those couple of carrots, half a head of cauliflower, overripe tomatoes or most … [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...]

Raspberry Squares ~ Quick, Foolproof and Delicious!

I first had these Raspberry Squares when a work colleague brought them to a pot-luck dinner. I fell in love with them at first bite. I remember asking right away if she would mind giving me the recipe and if they were difficult to make. She was happy to share the recipe, which was her grandmother's and told me they were super easy to make. That was more than ten years ago now and I have made them ever since. And my colleague wasn't exaggerating when she said how easy these are to make. You … [Read more...]

Green Goodness Smoothie Bowl

Like I'm sure many of you were, I was thrilled when my 2016 Milk Calendar arrived.  Each year I look forward to scouring each page, making notes and planning all the recipes I’m going to try. The first page I always flip to is the month of May, which happens to be my birthday month. I always find it fun to see what recipe is featured in that month. This year’s featured recipe for the month of May is the Green Goodness Smoothie Bowl.  Loaded with fruit, kale, milk and chia seeds, not only … [Read more...]

Thick Molasses Cookies

When I was little, I loved when Mom would read me the (in hindsight, rather gruesome) story of Little Red Riding Hood. I loved hearing all about her red hooded cape and how she walked through the forest on her way to Grandma's house. However, my favourite part of that story was the basket filled with the thick molasses cookies that Red Riding Hood was taking to Grandma. In my mind's eye, I can still see mounds of thick molasses cookies tucked into a red and white gingham lined, round … [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...]

The Top 10 Recipes of 2015

As cliche as it sounds, it really is difficult to believe that 2015 is over. I could swear that just a few weeks ago we were sitting on our deck enjoying those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. Now the hustle and bustle of Christmas are behind us and we are looking hopefully toward a new year in 2016. Before totally engulfing myself in a new year of blogging, I always find it fun (and enlightening) to review our blog stats from the previous year. Recipes make up a large part of our blog … [Read more...]