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...]

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...]

Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroons I can barely believe it is the middle of December. It just feels like a few days ago we were sitting out on our deck...the same deck that is now covered in snow! Leisurely reading on the deck has been replaced with frantic shopping, cleaning, and baking! While we are trying to somewhat “cut back” on the madness, we still want to celebrate Christmas and make it fun and memorable. One of the areas I have decided to pare down is baking as I don’t think we will be … [Read more...]

8 Tips for Entertaining at Home {w/Recipe}

Disclosure: This post is sponsored in partnership with Canadian Turkey. As always, all opinions are our own. Well...it's official! We had our first snowfall of the season a few days ago, so I guess I can no longer ignore that winter is indeed on its way. Although I will miss the warmer weather there is something very comforting and cozy about cold winter days. It's time for ice skating, warm fires, tobogganing and my favourite part, making hearty, healthy and delicious dinners for family and … [Read more...]

5 Ingredient Cranberry Squares

If you’re looking for a homemade square that tastes amazing but is simple to make, do I have a great recipe for you! These 5 Ingredient Cranberry Squares are not only easy to make, they are delicious! This is a tried and true, old-fashioned recipe. You will most likely have most of the ingredients already in your pantry. The only thing you may not have is the cranberry sauce. I advise you to make your own cranberry sauce the night before or earlier in the day and then refrigerate to give it … [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...]

Homemade Macaroni & Cheese

Once you make this easy recipe for Homemade Macaroni & Cheese, you'll never again reach for a boxed Mac & Cheese. Yes, you're right, making it from scratch does take a little extra time. But honestly, not that much and there is absolutely no comparison in the quality and taste! It's really easy: Add flour to butter and onion. Cook flour for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly.  You are basically making a roux and cooking the flour ensures you don't have an unpleasant "raw" … [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...]

Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato Pinwheel Appetizers

Last week I was going to a girls get together with some family and friends. I wanted to take some of the burdens off the host and offered to bring along an appetizer. (Although, that being said...there ended up being enough food on the buffet table to feed a small army for a week...lol, so I don't think I was much help!) A couple of Christmases ago, I made some Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Pinwheel Appetizers...but apparently, we were all quite hungry that evening.  As it turned out, they … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Master Thanksgiving Prep & Planning

Disclosure: This post is sponsored in partnership with Canadian Turkey. As always, all opinions are our own. Although I’m sad to see the long, laid-back, lazy days of summer come to an end, I’m actually excited for the start of autumn.  I find the cooler weather, vibrant colours, fuzzy sweaters, big family dinners and returning to more of a routine to be comforting. Speaking of big family dinners. Thanksgiving is almost here and Canadians are gearing up to celebrate one of their favourite … [Read more...]