How to Make Caramel Squares

Years ago, I made these squares quite often and they were always a huge hit. But for some reason...my age perhaps??.... I forgot all about them until a couple of days ago. I was thumbing through some older recipe books and discovered this recipe, scribbled on a piece of paper, shoved between some pages. I love so much about these squares! They’re caramel, which is a nice change and the caramel frosting is amazing. Plus they’re chock full of coconut and walnuts, so really, how could you go … [Read more...]

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...]

Strawberry Rhubarb Galette

In my neck of the woods, strawberry season is now in full swing! Add to that, the fact that rhubarb is still going strong too and the dessert ideas are endless. I have been baking up a storm these days and recently posted my recipe for Strawberry Shortcake Shortcut. Music Man, who isn't usually a dessert guy had this about three times in the past week...and he assembled it himself!  Not that he doesn't make meals, because he does.  It's just unusual for him to tackle a dessert, but this … [Read more...]

Super Easy Strawberry Shortcake Shortcut

I love to cook and bake, but some days you just need to take a shortcut. Today is definitely a strawberry shortcake shortcut day. (Shortcake shortcut...is that alliteration?) Yesterday, because I have been craving strawberry shortcake, we picked up a couple of boxes of fresh strawberries. I HAD every intention of making biscuits today for the strawberry shortcake...but, it's way too hot and humid today to even think about turning on the oven! We still wanted the shortcake though, so I … [Read more...]

Orange Loaf with Orange Icing Drizzle

Orange Loaf with Orange Icing Drizzle ~ A couple weeks ago, because they were on sale,  I bought a big bag of oranges.  We did well eating them the first few days and then...well, we seemed to forget about them. Consequently, a couple of days ago when I was rummaging in the crisper, I came across three lonely oranges that, while not "bad", had certainly seen better days. I hate to waste food, so I was wracking my brain to come up with a recipe to use them in. I remember years ago … [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...]

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

If you are looking to re-create Peanut Butter Cookies like your grandmother used to make, you know the cookie; a little crunchy on the outside and totally chewy on the inside, then this is the cookie for you! This is a delicious, peanut buttery, old-fashioned cookie like your Grammie would have made. My hubby is a peanut butter cookie fanatic, so I thought this would be a fun cookie to make for him and hopefully it would bring back lots of great childhood memories. This is a very simple … [Read more...]

Chocolate Pudding Dirt Cups

I admit it; when I was thinking about making these Chocolate Pudding Dirt Cups to celebrate Earth Day, I was leaning toward using a packaged pudding.  However, when Music Man went grocery shopping he remembered the worms but forgot the pudding...lol. In the past, I have made pudding from scratch, but it had been a long time. But I did remember that it wasn't difficult so I decided to give it a go! I am so glad the instant pudding never made it home because I had totally forgotten how silky … [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...]

Raspberry Squares ~ Quick, Foolproof and Delicious!

I first had these Raspberry Squares when a work colleague brought them to a pot-luck dinner. I fell in love with them at first bite. I remember asking right away if she would mind giving me the recipe and if they were difficult to make. She was happy to share the recipe, which was her grandmother's and told me they were super easy to make. That was more than ten years ago now and I have made them ever since. And my colleague wasn't exaggerating when she said how easy these are to make. You … [Read more...]

Glazed Clementine Loaf

It seems that from December through much of the winter, clementines are in abundance. I can't go into my local grocery store without seeing a big display of this tasty, easily peeled fruit. Not only are clementines perfect in lunch boxes or as a midnight snack, they are also the perfect fruit to put in a citrus loaf. I have made my Mom's recipe for Lemon Bread for a hundred years. Not only is it simple to make and delicious, it turns out perfectly every time. My Mom died in January of … [Read more...]

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...]

Dark Chocolate Cookie Butter Blondie Bars

I can hardly believe that in just a few days, Santa arrives! Are you all ready for the big day? I am not! However; somehow, someway, it will all be finished before the 25th. This is such a fun, but busy time of the year. I love to bake and have already made a big batch of Pecan & Cranberry Sandies, as well as a large pan of Christmas themed Hello Dolly Squares. I was looking for one more sweet to have tucked away in the freezer when I came across a recipe in the PC Insiders … [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...]