Easter Magic Bars

If you are looking for a delicious, easy, make-ahead treat for Easter dinner, this Easter Magic Bars recipe is for you! All I did was take my traditional recipe for Magic Bars/Hello Dolly Squares (some people call them Magic Bars and some Hello Dolly Squares) and tweaked it a bit to make them more ”Eastery”. (I don’t think that’s even a word...but you get the idea!) I love how they turned out, not only do that taste amazing, the pretty pastel colours look very Easter and … [Read more...]

Earth Hour and Beyond – How to Participate

Earth Hour 2018 is on March 24th 2018 from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm, your local time zone. The goal of Earth Hour is to raise awareness of the fragility of our planet and to unite people in protecting Earth, our only home! It was started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then Earth Hour has grown to engage more than 180 countries and territories worldwide. How to Participate During Earth Hour and Beyond - From 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm on March 24, 2018 switch off all lights … [Read more...]

Mini Eggs & Pudding Easter Cookies

Mini Eggs & Pudding Easter Cookies ~ I have made this basic recipe, using chocolate chips, for what seems like forever! I think I got it from my mom, but I am not sure where she discovered it or its origin.  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. I have made the Pudding Chocolate Chip version … [Read more...]

7 Signs Spring has Almost Arrived

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. We can all identify the subtle signs of spring - birds chirping, longer days and blooming flowers. The warmer weather signifies a fresh start with more time outdoors, bringing your garden back to life, and of course, spring cleaning! While these telltale signs are positive for the most part, its common to feel unprepared when the new season comes so quickly. Here are a few … [Read more...]

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins ~ I’m pretty sure most of you are now aware of my “small” obsession with muffins! However, in my defense, I don’t make them as often as I once did.  When our kids were little and still lived at home I made muffins way more often than I do now! I do admit to still loving to make them though!  Muffins are so easy to whip up and are such a tasty treat with a cup of hot coffee, that sometimes I just can’t stop myself. If like me you already have … [Read more...]

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Is there anything more comforting on a cold, snowy night or a chilly, rainy day than coming home to a big bowl of steaming chicken noodle soup? To me, chicken noodle soup is the ultimate comfort food and the only way it could possibly be improved on...is to make it homemade! If we buy a little chicken for dinner, I always make chicken stock from the carcass and more often than not, a batch of some type of chicken soup. Sometimes it’s chicken and rice soup but often it’s this recipe … [Read more...]

Homemade Pan Rolls

Homemade Pan Rolls ~  Let’s be honest, I think just most of us would agree, there is absolutely nothing that smells as delicious as homemade bread baking! It makes me drool just thinking a lot it. Having said that, I haven’t been experiencing that delicious aroma very much lately. When my kids were younger and I was working full-time and life was super busy, I made bread way more than I do now. Go figure? You would think it would be the complete opposite, wouldn't you? I guess that old … [Read more...]

5 Tips for a Mishap-Free March Break

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. March Break is rapidly approaching. A time for a welcome change from the wintertime routine and hopefully an escape for some much needed rest and relaxation. Whether your idea of a vacation is relaxing at home, spending some quality time with family in a warm location or a deluxe trip to Vail for some skiing; we all want our vacation to be mishap-free. A well-deserved rest … [Read more...]

Glazed Lemon and Cranberry Muffins

A couple of days ago I found a bag of frozen cranberries, left over from Christmas no doubt, in the back of my freezer.  Since muffins are my favourite thing to bake and I also had a fresh lemon on hand, I decided to modify my recipe for Blueberry Muffins and try to make some Glazed Lemon and Cranberry Muffins. Wow, what a great decision! And, if I dare say so myself, they were incredible. They are light but not at all dry, I think that’s because of the sour cream. They have a bit of tang … [Read more...]

Just in Time for National Battery Day, 5 Tips for Safe & Easy Battery Recycling

My family and I are big proponents of following the three “R’s” - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. We have dedicated bins in our garage for all our recycling, consciously avoid over-packaged items, use reusable bags, have a big compost bin, used cloth diapers when our kids were babies, have switched to energy efficient light bulbs, and the list goes on. We actually dispose of very little in the way of “garbage” that is destined for landfills...and thankfully, we’re not alone. The majority of us are … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Coffee Cake Loaf

Hands up, who loves coffee cake? Maybe an easier question would be, who doesn’t love coffee cake!  For me, there is nothing quite as homey and cozy as curling up with a steaming cup of coffee and a small...okay, okay...a big slice of homemade coffee cake. What I really like about this coffee cake loaf, besides the amazing taste, is the manageable size. It’s not a huge cake that will be constantly tempting me for days on end. The loaf size is a bit smaller than a cake and once cooled … [Read more...]