Banana Oatmeal Muffins

  By now, I am sure many of you know that I LOVE muffins. I love baking them and unfortunately, I also love eating them! This past weekend, my sister, a friend and I were having a big multi-family garage/yard sale at my place.  The sale was starting at 8AM but we decided we needed to meet by 7:30 to put up some signs and make a few last-minute adjustments to the placement of some larger items. I knew we would be going through multiple pots of coffee...another of my weaknesses, so I … [Read more...]

Grammie’s Oatmeal Molasses Brown Bread

I mentioned in an earlier post how most of Canada is now in the midst of the "dog days" of winter.  I live on the east coast and we have already been totally pummeled this year and winter has officially, barely begun. On December 23rd we were entombed in ice more than an inch thick, lost power for days (many for up to 11 days!) had four successive snow storms and are now in the midst of bone chilling, record-breaking cold temperatures. What is a girl to do with all of this wild weather but … [Read more...]

Butternut Squash Risotto With Pancetta

Butternut Squash Risotto with Pancetta ~ My husband and I are not big on all the hoopla of candy and roses that are often associated with Valentine's Day. Sure, when we were dating I received roses and candy but honestly, $70.00 or $80.00 for a bouquet of roses and $20.00 for a heart-shaped box of chocolates, (which has about 8 chocolates), is not our thing. We would much rather spend that cash on a nice bottle of wine and ingredients for a delicious dinner at home. We like to cook … [Read more...]

Cranberry Orange Muffins

I think by now you are all aware of my obsession with muffins. Honestly, I think I could live on muffins alone! That reminds me of something. I remember working as a nurse on some of the hospital units and physicians would occasionally admit patients, usually women, under the diagnosis of "Tea and Toast Syndrome". What usually happened was, these wee women were living on their own. They didn't have the will or inclination to go to the bother of preparing a nutritious meal, just for … [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...]

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...]

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 … [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...]