Chocolate Walnut Ice Box Cookies

The cooler weather these days has me back in the kitchen, baking up a storm and this time it’s Chocolate Walnut Ice Box Cookies. I don’t know about you, but I find I don’t tend to do as much baking during the warmer months, as I do in the fall and winter. It’s most likely related to the hot, humid weather + hot oven = even hotter kitchen equation! I was digging through some old recipes yesterday and found this one for Chocolate Walnut Ice Box Cookies, that I haven’t made in years. I … [Read more...]

How to Make Turkey Pot Pie

Here in our home, we love turkey and eat it often. It's often the star of not only our Sunday dinners, but many a weeknight meal too! I love how tasty and versatile turkey is. Not only is it perfect for a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings, but is also the star of many other meals such as sandwiches, casseroles, soups, salads and my personal favourite, Turkey Pot Pie. I have made this simple and absolutely delicious, Turkey Pot Pie my entire married life. It’s a great … [Read more...]

How to Make a Traditional Apple Pie

Is it just me, or did anyone else think the summer flew by at light speed? Honestly, I can barely believe that we're more than halfway through October! When I think back over the summer, it seems like just a few weeks ago that our daughter and her two sweet puppies were home for a visit…and that was the end of May! While I will definitely miss the summer, there are many things about the autumn of the year that I love too.  Cool nights that make it easier to sleep, bright blue autumn skies, … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Bread ~ One Recipe, Two Different Breads

Pumpkin Bread — One Recipe, Two Different Breads ~ While I am reluctant to fully admit it, it saddens me to know that summer is officially behind us.  Both the calendar and the weather now have me convinced there is no going back to summer this year. As much as I do hate to say goodbye to the long, glorious days of summer, there is something very comforting about the autumn of the year. This is the time of year for warm woollen sweaters, Farmer’s Markets bursting with the garden’s … [Read more...]

How to Make Classic Meatloaf

While I will definitely miss the summer, there are many things about the autumn of the year that I love! Farmer's Markets are absolutely bursting with the garden's bounty, life gets back to more of a routine, cooler evenings that make for a more restful sleep, fluffy blankets, warm woolen sweaters, and yummy comfort food! Like many people, we tend to barbecue a lot in the summer, but the autumn is the time of year for slow, oven cooked comfort food. One of our favourites to make and eat … [Read more...]

Middle Eastern Mezze Platter #BlueYourMenu 

Wow...where did this summer go? I can barely believe that fall is already here! It just seems like yesterday we were setting up the patio furniture, and planning day trips and vacations. While I will definitely miss the summer, there is something rather comforting about the autumn of the year. The hectic comings and goings of the summer are in the past and life settles into more of a routine. This is the time of year for fluffy blankets, warm woolen sweaters, and yummy comfort food! In my … [Read more...]

Mushroom, Leek and Turkey Sausage Stuffing

I don't know exactly where it went, but boy oh boy, did this summer ever fly by! Honestly, it just seems like a few weeks ago that our daughter and her two sweet puppies were home for a visit...and that was the end of May! Already, many of our trees are starting to show their stunning colours of gold, orange, and red. The days are still comfortably warm, but there is a definite nip in the air once the sun goes down. This is the time of year when I love to bake pumpkin muffins, apple pies, … [Read more...]

English Muffin Breakfast Sandwiches

Many of us have had an English Muffin Breakfast Sandwich at a local drive-thru restaurant. They're super convenient, especially in the car, as they provide a quick, filling breakfast in one small, manageable package. And, the only utensil required is your hand! While I often eat the sandwiches at the drive-thru restaurants when travelling, I much prefer to make them myself when we're home. Making them yourself means you can customize the ingredients, plus they're healthier...well, … [Read more...]

APPETIZER ~ Loaded Baked Potato Skins

If you are looking for a high impact appetizer, that is delicious, easy to prepare and doesn't cost a fortune, then you need to make these Loaded Baked Potato Skins.  They really couldn't be simpler to make and cost very little. They are very easily customizable too! I often will add some cooked, crumbled bacon, but you could easily add finely diced and seeded tomatoes, peppers or whatever you like to have with your regular baked potatoes. These are the perfect appetizer alone or even … [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...]

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...]

How to Cook Brussel Sprouts (w/Recipe}

Our family has long been a fan of the often maligned, little brussel sprout!  I remember how my kids when they were just little, would beg me to make brussel sprouts for all of those special meals. Thanksgiving, Birthdays, Easter and Christmas;  really??...what kids want brussel sprouts for their birthday dinner...lol. When I began cooking brussel sprouts I knew very little about them, in fact, I am certain the first time we had them, they were frozen and from a bag.  I guess I must have … [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...]

Broccoli Salad ~ Simple & Delicious {w/Recipe}

This recipe for Broccoli Salad has been floating around since long before Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook and probably even the Internet itself!  I have several variations scribbled on bits of paper and tucked into "old-school" recipe boxes and books. There is a very good reason for the longevity of Broccoli Salad. It is simple to make, delicious can be made ahead of time (bonus!) and is easily customizable to suit your own family's likes and needs. Set your imagination free and switch up the … [Read more...]