Thick Molasses Cookies

When I was little, I loved when Mom would read me the (in hindsight, rather gruesome) story of Little Red Riding Hood. I loved hearing all about her red hooded cape and how she walked through the forest on her way to Grandma's house. However, my favourite part of that story was the basket filled with the thick molasses cookies that Red Riding Hood was taking to Grandma. In my mind's eye, I can still see mounds of thick molasses cookies tucked into a red and white gingham lined, round … [Read more...]

Hello Dolly Squares {aka Magic Bars} ~ Special Edition

This recipe has been around for as long as I can remember. Just about everyone I know has some version of the super popular, Hello Dolly Squares (aka Magic Bars). I have no idea where the name of these squares originated. However, in my active mind, I imagine this scenario: Fifty, sixty, seventy or one hundred years ago someone created these squares. She (yes...c'mon, it had to be a woman who created these delicious layers of yumminess!) had no name for them, they were just a layering … [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 other … [Read more...]

How to Make Peanut Butter Balls

For as long as I can remember, Peanut Butter Balls have been a Christmas tradition in our home. We always make them, often a double or triple batch. Christmas just wouldn't seem the same without them. 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 … [Read more...]

Cranberry Sauce Two Ways

This may sound a little strange, but one of my favourite parts of a big turkey dinner is the cranberry sauce. Sure, I like the main event. The turkey, squash, brussel sprouts, corn, mashed potatoes, gravy and especially the dressing, but I LOVE cranberry sauce.  For me, every fork full of turkey and dressing is always covered in gorgeous, ruby-red, cranberry sauce. Yes, you can buy canned cranberry sauce in the grocery store, but, don't. Honestly, it is so easy to make and tastes so … [Read more...]

Preserving Your Herbs

We don't have a garden, per se, however, we do grow herbs in a couple of pots on a deck off our kitchen. We fill up a big pot with the herbs that we like to use all summer. This year we planted parsley, rosemary, thyme, oregano and chives in a bigger pot. Some years we have also included sage, but this year, I couldn't seem to find any at the garden centre. In a smaller pot, we planted some basil. It has been my experience, that basil doesn't like as much water as my other herbs, so I … [Read more...]

Granola Bars with a Molasses Twist!

My family loves granola bars.  They are handy to grab, perfect for a lunch bag, a quick breakfast or as a midnight snack.  However, like many of you, I do worry about what is actually in store-bought granola bars. Not too long ago, I checked out a few boxes from our cupboard and found that some bars contained as many as thirty-seven ingredients!  Included in some, but not all bars were such unpronounceable names as: Sodium Carboxymethycellulose Tocopherols Acetylated Tartaric Acid Esters … [Read more...]

How to Make Blueberry Pie

I love the fall of the year. The blistering temperatures and high humidity have been replaced by comfortable temps and a cooling breeze. Another reason I love this time of year is the abundance of local fruits and vegetables available at markets and roadside stands. One of our favourite fruits is blueberries. They grow in wild abandon in fields all over southern New Brunswick. Not only are they delicious, blueberries are very high in antioxidants. One of my favourite things to make … [Read more...]

Banana Oatmeal Muffins

By now, I am sure many of you know that I LOVE muffins. I love baking them and unfortunately, I also love eating them! This past weekend, my sister, a friend and I were having a big multi-family garage/yard sale at my place.  The sale was starting at 8AM but we decided we needed to meet by 7:30 to put up some signs and make a few last-minute adjustments to the placement of some larger items. I knew we would be going through multiple pots of coffee...another of my weaknesses, so I wanted to … [Read more...]

A Trip to the Farmers Market and Grilled Pork Tenderloins

Grilled Pork Tenderloins Our son, who lives in Ontario, is home for a visit. This is always a fun time for all of us. In addition to spending lots of time together laughing and catching up; most evenings we all work together to make a delicious dinner. One of the things we enjoy doing on many Saturdays is to make a trip to a nearby farmer's market. The farmer's market that we usually visit is about 15 minutes from home and involves a short car ferry ride. Although I have been on this … [Read more...]

Skor Squares ~ Only Four Ingredients!

I first had these super simple to make Skor Squares way back in 2004 or 2005. One of my colleagues would often bring them in to work. We would have them as a little treat with afternoon coffee or just grab one to munch on as we walked past her desk. We all raved about how good they were and she always told us how simple they were to make. Not sure we really believed anything so tasty could be so easy; that is until she brought in the recipe. There are only four ingredients! Only four … [Read more...]