Grammie’s Oatmeal Molasses Brown Bread

I mentioned in an earlier post how most of Canada is now in the midst of the "dog days" of winter.  I live on the east coast and we have already been totally pummeled this year and winter has officially, barely begun.  On December 23rd we were entombed in ice more than an inch thick, lost power for days (many for up to 11 days!) had four successive snow storms and are now in the midst of bone chilling, record breaking cold temperatures. What is a girl to do with all of this wild weather but … [Read more...]

Top 10 Recipes of 2013

I thought it would be fun to do a round-up of the Top 10 Recipes of 2013.  To determine which recipes made the top 10 list, I went to my site stats and looked at the top posts for the last year and picked out the top 10 recipes. It is actually very interesting and sometimes a bit surprising to look back over the last year and see what posts brought in the most traffic.  If you haven't already done so, you should have a look at your stats, I'm sure you will find it very interesting … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Crosby’s Molasses = Fabulous Goodies {w/Giveaway}

Whenever I think of molasses, the first thought that comes to my mind is my grandmother's "Molasses Cake".   Even though Grammie has been gone for many years now, I swear I can still smell and taste that dark, delicious, moist cake.   Over the years, I have tried to recreate this dessert but have never had any luck.  Grammie cooked on a woodstove/oven and I think that may well be the element I am missing. I also have fond memories of my dad coming home for lunch and after the noon meal he … [Read more...]

Wholly Guacamole and Salsa = Easy Entertaining!

Most of us need no reminder that the busiest entertaining season of the year is barreling down on us like a runaway train! There is no turning back and before we can blink, we will be inundated with parents, in-laws, siblings, and friends.  Whether they are staying for an hour or a few days, they will be looking forward to some tasty treats from our kitchen.  And, because it is the season of joy and good will toward men, we cannot  disappoint! Honestly, I love a "traditional" meal or snack as … [Read more...]

Let President’s Choice® Lighten Your Workload This Holiday Season!

Let President's Choice® Lighten Your Workload This Holiday Season!  I don't know about you, but I am pretty sure I am not alone when I say I am stressed to the max, and it isn't even December! We still have ALL of our shopping to do; the house is only half decorated; we purchase a fresh tree, so we don't have that yet; then there is always the decorating of said tree; wrapping of gifts (if they are ever purchased...lol), addressing, writing  and mailing of cards (I'm already contemplating … [Read more...]

PC® Red Velvet Cake with Raspberry Buttercream

Are you thinking you would like to make a show stopping dessert this holiday season, but you don't want to spend all day baking or mortgage your house to pay for the ingredients?  I have just the recipe for you, PC® Red Velvet Cake with Raspberry Buttercream!  Notes: Raspberry buttercream icing has a lovely pale-pink hue that sets off red velvet cake. For a darker pink icing, add more raspberry purée to buttercream 1 tbsp (15 mL) at a time. CHEF'S TIP:  For a softer icing, add 35% … [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...]

“52 Breads in 2013” – #9 Pita Bread

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...]

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...]

Vanilla Mocha Fudge

I have found myself in a bit of a Christmas baking rut; so last week I went through my recipes and cookbooks searching for inspiration...nothing!!  Then I remembered a little recipe booklet that was included in a holiday goody box I had recently received from Kellogg's and...BINGO!! … [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...]

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...]

~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Pumpkin Spice Muffins {w/LINKY}

These Pumpkin Spice Muffins are...totally yummy!! {RECIPE} … [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...]