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...]

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...]

Reverse Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you are looking to shake up your usual chocolate chip cookie recipe, here is a simple little switch.  All I did was take my recipe for Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies and substituted the vanilla pudding with chocolate pudding and the semi-sweet chocolate chips with white chocolate chips. I have made some version or another of this recipe since I was 12 or 13. They are easy to make, moist, chewy and unbelievably delicious.  Coincidentally, or probably not so coincidentally…as they both came … [Read more...]

Confetti Squares ~ Recipe

A good friend of mine used to make these squares often and I have always liked them. She gave me her recipe and I would often make them when my kids were younger.  Coloured marshmallows + butterscotch chips + peanut butter = happy kids! They are definitely not difficult to make.  Just a little melting of butter, peanut butter and the chips, then letting the mixture cool a bit. Stir in marshmallows, put them in a pan, toss in fridge and you are done! I let the butters/chip mixture cool … [Read more...]

How to Make Nanaimo Bars {Recipe}

For those of you unfamiliar with Nanaimo Bars, you don't know what you are missing! These little cubes of deliciousness are a no-bake square with a Canadian origin and named after the west coast city of Nanaimo, British Columbia.  Every self-respecting Canadian baker has a recipe for these amazing squares in their repertoire. They consist of a chocolate crumb-based layer topped by a layer of custard flavoured butter icing and then the entire works is slathered with melted chocolate. How could … [Read more...]

Apple Crisp

We all need to have a fabulous recipe for apple crisp in a repertoire.  It is not heavy like a pie and has all the same tastes, but with fewer calories. Not only is it the perfect dessert for a Sunday dinner, Thanksgiving or even Christmas, it is also easy to whip up for a midweek treat. I have made and tasted many apple crisps over the years, but none is as delicious as this one.  Honestly, you will want to hide in a closet with a pint of vanilla ice cream and a pan of this apple crisp and … [Read more...]

Banana Chip Bread ~ Recipe

Banana Chip Bread is a bit of an easy and yummy variation on a traditional Banana Bread.  Kids and adults alike will love this simple to make and very tasty bread! If you are anything like me, you always have a couple overripe bananas hanging around in a bowl on the kitchen table.  Most banana bread and banana muffin recipes call for three ripe bananas. So, if I have only one or two, I peel them and slip them into a freezer bag, adding to the bag until I get three and then start a new … [Read more...]

Cranberry Pistachio Bark ~ A Little Piece of Heaven!

The first time I had this little piece of heaven on a plate, that is Cranberry Pistachio Bark, I fell totally in love!  It was about 15 years ago and a colleague of mine had brought in a tin of this luscious ambrosia during the holidays. After stuffing  a couple (OK, a few) pieces of this food of the gods into my mouth I knew I needed to have the recipe. Thankfully, my kind co-worker readily agreed and quickly gave me the recipe from memory.  Yes, it is that easy that you really don't even … [Read more...]