Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

The first time I ever made Whoopie Pies was way..way..way back in time.  So far back that it was practically the Troglodyte Era! This recipe came from a recipe book that the staff at a small community hospital, where I worked, created as a fundraiser. In fact, this hospital is where I had my very first full-time job. Although it has seen far better days, I still have the recipe book. I actually use it quite a bit, so often in fact, that I know many of the recipes from memory.  Good thing … [Read more...]

What Does Valentine’s Day Mean to You? {w/ Recipe for Sugar Cookies }

What is Valentine’s Day? Is it a day that we hold special, taking the opportunity to do something nice for the one, or one’s we love? Or is it, as the cynics among us proscribe, just a day created by companies to move product during a particularly slow period in the retail calendar? Actually, it’s neither. Saint Valentine’s Day is, or was, a religious celebration honouring Valentinus, an early Christian Saint. The day didn’t really take on romantic overtones until 18th century … [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...]

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...]

The Top 10 Recipes of 2015

As cliche as it sounds, it really is difficult to believe that 2015 is over. I could swear that just a few weeks ago we were sitting on our deck enjoying those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. Now the hustle and bustle of Christmas are behind us and we are looking hopefully toward a new year in 2016. Before totally engulfing myself in a new year of blogging, I always find it fun (and enlightening) to review our blog stats from the previous year. Recipes make up a large part of our blog … [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...]

~ CLOSED ~ Decadent No-Bake Chocolate Mousse Squares are a Holiday Secret #BakersSecret

The holidays are rapidly approaching and we will soon be in the midst of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year's Eve preparations. However, we will still have all the regular family and work responsibilities along with random potlucks, school plays, office parties, the kids extracurriculars, hosting dinners for family and friends and the list continues. My chest is getting tight just thinking about it! I don't know about you, but I often find it difficult to keep the holiday juggling act … [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...]

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...]

This Summer, Do You Expect More? {w/Recipe}

Thank goodness summer has finally arrived! School is out, the days are less structured, the sun is shining and the barbecue is getting a great workout. I love the relaxed, easy-going vibe of summer! This year President's Choice© invites you to expect more from summer, from the food we eat, to the experiences we share. More sunny days. More spontaneity. More laughter. More human connection. And more food that makes these human connections complete. Some of this summer's "must try" items … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Squares

The first time I had these Chocolate Chip Squares, was at the home of a good friend of mine.  As soon as I tasted one, I knew I had to have the recipe! That was many years ago, and being the sweet person that she is, she willingly gave me her recipe. I have made them ever since. Not only do I love them, anyone who has tried these squares loves them too, especially my kids. They ask me to make these squares all the time, a couple of times they even wanted them in lieu of a birthday cake, … [Read more...]

Have You Ever Had Sex in a Pan?

Not sure how this yummy treat received its name, but I do know, the name is worthy of the dessert! I have made Sex in a Pan off and on now for the past twenty or more years. This is a bit of a throwback/retro type of dessert that you don't see everyday. If you decide to make this for your next dinner party, potluck or family get together, I can pretty well guarantee that all plates will come back licked clean.  OK, maybe not licked, but they will be clean! My daughter LOVES this dessert, I … [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...]