Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint Cookies have been around for a long time and for good reason! Over the years, I remember seeing them at many “special” occasions. One of my sisters makes a very similar cookie and she would often have them for baby showers, wedding showers and included on a tray of Christmas goodies. These aren’t difficult to make, but they are a little bit time-consuming, however, the result is well worth the little bit of fiddling. Make sure you read through the recipe from … [Read more...]

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

If you are looking for an excellent chocolate cookie, this recipe for Chocolate Crinkle Cookies is the one for you! Not only is this recipe prepped ahead of time, these cookies are full of rich chocolate flavour and look spectacular.  Plus, they are a bit magical!? Really, they are! You roll them in icing sugar and they look like little snowballs. Then you put them in the oven...and 12 minutes later that have been transformed! These Chocolate Crinkle Cookies have a texture that I … [Read more...]

How to Make Scalloped Potatoes

Okay, this is a bit of debate in my house, what do you call this potato dish? Scalloped Potatoes or Potato Scallop? I grew up with it being called Potato Scallop, but I most often hear people refer to this as Scalloped Potatoes. And...when I googled it (to try to settle the debate in my own mind), Scalloped Potatoes is what appeared most often. So, that's what I went with...lol. I guess it doesn't really matter what you call it, Scalloped Potatoes or Potato Scallop, or whatever your name … [Read more...]

Asparagus, Bacon, and Gruyere Tart

Who else loves asparagus? It is probably my favourite springtime vegetable. Even though asparagus is available pretty much all year, spring is the time of year when it is the tastiest and most abundant. We bought a big bunch a few days ago, had some with dinner and I decided to make a tart with the leftover asparagus. I have made a few variations of this tart and while they are all really good, this Asparagus, Bacon, and Gruyere Tart is my favourite so far! I used about 22 … [Read more...]

Old-Fashioned Roast Beef Hash

When I think of good, old-fashioned comfort foods, this recipe for Roast Beef Hash would definitely be near the top of my list. When I was growing up, my mom often made a variation of this hash. It’s the perfect way to use up some leftover potatoes and stretch out the remainder of your Sunday roast beef dinner. (I grew up in a working-class family of seven, so being creative with leftovers was a must!) Music Man grew up eating roast beef hash too. So, after we married, we weren’t long … [Read more...]

Old-Fashioned Lemon Pound Cake Loaf

For some reason, pound cake reminds me of my childhood. I’m not certain why, but I think it’s because my mom often had pound cake on hand for “company” and my grandmothers seemed to often serve some variation of a pound cake whenever we visited. Although my maternal grandmother occasionally made hers from scratch, the pound cake from my childhood was most often the iconic, store-bought, five inch square cake, topped with a thick layer of vanilla icing and wrapped in red corrugated paper … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]