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...]

Cranberry Orange Muffins

I think by now you are all aware of my obsession with muffins. Honestly, I think I could live on muffins alone! That reminds me of something. I remember working as a nurse on some of the hospital units and physicians would occasionally admit patients, usually women, under the diagnosis of "Tea and Toast Syndrome". What usually happened was, these wee women were living on their own. They didn't have the will or inclination to go to the bother of preparing a nutritious meal, just for … [Read more...]

Cranberry Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

  For as long as I can remember, Shortbread Cookies have been a Christmas tradition in our home. Back when I was first married, every December, I would spend hours pouring over recipe books and magazines in search of the perfect holiday treats. Then, my mom and I would get together a couple of days before Christmas for an epic, daylong baking session. By the end of the day, we would be very tired; but it was well worth it because we would each have tins full of cookies, squares, and … [Read more...]

Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroons I can barely believe it is the middle of December. It just feels like a few days ago we were sitting out on our deck...the same deck that is now covered in snow! Leisurely reading on the deck has been replaced with frantic shopping, cleaning, and baking! While we are trying to somewhat “cut back” on the madness, we still want to celebrate Christmas and make it fun and memorable. One of the areas I have decided to pare down is baking as I don’t think we will be … [Read more...]

8 Tips for Entertaining at Home {w/Recipe}

Disclosure: This post is sponsored in partnership with Canadian Turkey. As always, all opinions are our own. Well...it's official! We had our first snowfall of the season a few days ago, so I guess I can no longer ignore that winter is indeed on its way. Although I will miss the warmer weather there is something very comforting and cozy about cold winter days. It's time for ice skating, warm fires, tobogganing and my favourite part, making hearty, healthy and delicious dinners for family and … [Read more...]

Back to School Tips & “Meal Starter” Turkey Ragu

Disclosure: This post is sponsored in partnership with Canadian Turkey. As always, all opinions are our own. My birthday is in early May and I would swear that was just a couple of weeks ago...where did this summer go?  Even though I dread the thought of the long, relaxing days of summer coming to an end, the slight nip in the evening air is making it all feel real! With the end of summer upon us, we’re getting ready to adjust to new habits and back-to-school routines. Making the … [Read more...]

Chicken and Veggie Fajitas

A few days ago we went on a shopping trip to our local big box store to stock up on some essentials. Well, you can probably guess how that went — we came home with way more than just the essentials...hahahahaha! Really though, who can resist the great prices on all the fruits and vegetables? Apparently, not me! After a couple big dinners and a few appetizer veggie plates, we still had four peppers left that needed to be used ASAP.  So, whatever we made for dinner, had to include these … [Read more...]

Old-Fashioned Lemon Bars (Only 5 Ingredients)

There’s often a very good reason for the longevity of some recipes. You know, the recipes your grandmother made, your mom made and now you make. The reason? The recipe is often easy to make and the resulting product always tastes...incredible! This is one of those recipes. It has only five simple ingredients, you don’t need any fancy equipment plus these Old-Fashioned Lemon Bars can be whipped up in no time at all. I recently took these to a family barbecue and my aunt told me, her mom … [Read more...]

Brookies ~ Part Brownie, Part Cookie

I heard about brookies a couple of years ago, but only recently tried making this fun combination of brownies and cookies. You can make brookies in cookie form or brownie form...I decided to try the brownie method.  I do admit, I am kind of hooked on brookies now, so I may try the cookie form soon...lol! What I did was use a premium brownie mix...*gasp*!!... I know, I know... a little bit of cheating but it worked like a charm and was so much easier than making both batters from … [Read more...]

8 Ways To Build Big Flavour With Turkey On The Grill {w/Recipe}

Disclosure: This post is sponsored in partnership with Canadian Turkey. As always, all opinions are our own. I love this time of the year. The temperatures are finally starting to warm up and the long, glorious days of summer will soon "officially" arrive. Some of my favourite things about late spring and summer are the laid-back vibe, daylight lasting until almost 10 PM and barbecuing! On busy days, your BBQ can be your best friend!  Cooking on the grill allows you to prepare multiple … [Read more...]

Easy to Make Lemon Squares

If you love the fresh tangy taste of lemon, these Lemon Squares are for you! They’re pretty easy to make, a little different from the norm and have an incredibly luscious lemon taste. I also love the intense contrast of flavours in these squares. You have the rich, creaminess of the sweetened condensed milk and sugar contrasted by lots of tangy lemon zest and fresh lemon juice. Plus, the crust has a denseness and crunch while the filling is a soft, velvety and pale yellow with specks of … [Read more...]