Quick One-Pot Turkey Veggie Pasta

Disclosure: This post is sponsored in partnership with Canadian Turkey. As always, all opinions are our own. Even though it is “officially” spring, as I gaze out my kitchen window, the ground is covered in a white, snowy, winter blanket. However, I know the springlike weather will soon arrive and I am not going to allow this year’s lack of green grass, robins and spring flowers to dampen my enthusiasm for any planned celebrations. The coming weeks are filled with special occasions and … [Read more...]

Old-Fashioned Lemon Pound Cake Loaf

For some reason, pound cake reminds me of my childhood. I’m not certain why, but I think it’s because my mom often had pound cake on hand for “company” and my grandmothers seemed to often serve some variation of a pound cake whenever we visited. Although my maternal grandmother occasionally made hers from scratch, the pound cake from my childhood was most often the iconic, store-bought, five inch square cake, topped with a thick layer of vanilla icing and wrapped in red corrugated paper … [Read more...]

Easter Magic Bars

If you are looking for a delicious, easy, make-ahead treat for Easter dinner, this Easter Magic Bars recipe is for you! All I did was take my traditional recipe for Magic Bars/Hello Dolly Squares (some people call them Magic Bars and some Hello Dolly Squares) and tweaked it a bit to make them more ”Eastery”. (I don’t think that’s even a word...but you get the idea!) I love how they turned out, not only do that taste amazing, the pretty pastel colours look very Easter and … [Read more...]

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins ~ I’m pretty sure most of you are now aware of my “small” obsession with muffins! However, in my defense, I don’t make them as often as I once did.  When our kids were little and still lived at home I made muffins way more often than I do now! I do admit to still loving to make them though!  Muffins are so easy to whip up and are such a tasty treat with a cup of hot coffee, that sometimes I just can’t stop myself. If like me you already have … [Read more...]

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Is there anything more comforting on a cold, snowy night or a chilly, rainy day than coming home to a big bowl of steaming chicken noodle soup? To me, chicken noodle soup is the ultimate comfort food and the only way it could possibly be improved on...is to make it homemade! If we buy a little chicken for dinner, I always make chicken stock from the carcass and more often than not, a batch of some type of chicken soup. Sometimes it’s chicken and rice soup but often it’s this recipe … [Read more...]

Glazed Lemon and Cranberry Muffins

A couple of days ago I found a bag of frozen cranberries, left over from Christmas no doubt, in the back of my freezer.  Since muffins are my favourite thing to bake and I also had a fresh lemon on hand, I decided to modify my recipe for Blueberry Muffins and try to make some Glazed Lemon and Cranberry Muffins. Wow, what a great decision! And, if I dare say so myself, they were incredible. They are light but not at all dry, I think that’s because of the sour cream. They have a bit of tang … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Coffee Cake Loaf

Hands up, who loves coffee cake? Maybe an easier question would be, who doesn’t love coffee cake!  For me, there is nothing quite as homey and cozy as curling up with a steaming cup of coffee and a small...okay, okay...a big slice of homemade coffee cake. What I really like about this coffee cake loaf, besides the amazing taste, is the manageable size. It’s not a huge cake that will be constantly tempting me for days on end. The loaf size is a bit smaller than a cake and once cooled … [Read more...]

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins As many of you probably know by now...I am more than just a little obsessed with muffins! But, in my defence, what’s not to love about a muffin? They’re perfect with a cup of steaming coffee while reading the Saturday paper and also convenient as a grab and go breakfast on a busy workday morning. I also like muffins in the afternoons with a hot cup of tea or after supper as a bit of a dessert. Let’s face it, muffins are the ultimate convenience … [Read more...]

QUICK & HEARTY TURKEY BARLEY SOUP

Turkey Barley Soup I love the slow, easy pace of this time of year. The hectic holidays are just a memory and life has settled back into somewhat of a routine. Work and school have resumed and the off hours are reserved for fun winter activities like ice skating, tobogganing, skiing and snowshoeing. The cold weather and lots of outdoor activities make the winter months the perfect time of year for body and soul-warming comfort food. This is the time for hearty stews, casseroles, chili and … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies ~ While this recipe (minus the addition of chocolate chips) is technically a “shortbread”, it is quite different from what I traditionally picture when I think of a shortbread cookie. Usually, the only shortbreads I make or have eaten are the elaborately decorated, Christmas cookies. Did you know, traditional shortbread has four ingredients at most - sugar, butter, flour and sometimes vanilla. A large amount of butter is what makes shortbread “short”. The … [Read more...]

How to Make Seafood Chowder

This Seafood Chowder is a once or twice a year delicious indulgence and has been a Christmas Eve tradition in our home for years! It may seem a little fussy to prepare, but it really isn’t. I find it easiest to chop and prepare everything earlier in the day, then cover and refrigerate any perishables. When the time comes to make the chowder, it’s basically a little assembly process. (Note - if you prepare the potatoes ahead of time, cover them with water to prevent discolouration and then … [Read more...]