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 of … [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 the fridge and you are done! I let the butters/chip mixture … [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 … [Read more...]

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

We always try to have a "big" dinner on Sundays and I almost always make something for dessert. Sometimes it's as simple as Chocolate Chip Cookies or Banana Bread, but other times I will make a pie or sometimes even a cake, like this dense and delicious Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. If you are anything like me, you always have a couple overripe bananas hanging around in a bowl on the kitchen table.  Usually, I will make banana bread or banana muffins, but today I wanted to try … [Read more...]

How to Make a Traditional Apple Pie

Is it just me, or did anyone else think the summer flew by at light speed? Honestly, I can barely believe that we're more than halfway through September! When I think back over the summer, it seems like just a few weeks ago that our daughter and her two sweet puppies were home for a visit…and that was the end of May! While I will definitely miss the summer, there are many things about the autumn of the year that I love too.  Cool nights that make it easier to sleep, bright blue autumn skies, … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Blueberry Lemon Bread

  My mom made the best Lemon Bread ever! It was a staple at our house for every family gathering, Christmas, birthdays, wedding and baby shower or if we were expecting "company". This is my mom's hand written recipe and I believe it was passed on to her from her mom, my grandmother. With blueberries being at their peak season right now, I have been busy baking up a blueberry storm! Including Blueberry Sour Cream Muffins, Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake  and Blueberry Pie. With … [Read more...]

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

I have been on a bit of a strawberry rhubarb baking kick these past couple of weeks. But, in my defense, how could I not be? It seems that everywhere I go these early summer fruits are looking at me, begging to be transformed into a delicious dessert, like Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp and so many others. I recently made a Strawberry Shortcake Shortcut which is a quick, delicious and easy take on the original and an amazing Strawberry Rhubarb Galette. (Which I may have had more than two pieces … [Read more...]