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...]

The Top 10 Recipes of 2017

Top 10 Recipes of 2017 - With the dawn of a new year, this is often the time when many of us look back on our accomplishments and missteps from the past twelve months. I always find this to be very therapeutic, because we all learn and grow from our past experiences. Bloggers like to do this too. It is fun for us to take a look at our blogging statistics from the previous year and take note of posts that have been popular or not so popular. Among other things, it is a great way to gauge … [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...]

A Homemade Hot Chocolate Tradition

For many of us, Christmas is a blend of past and present experiences. The sights, sounds, smells and memories of the season often trigger an avalanche of emotions that take you back to the Christmases of yesteryear. For some it’s the aroma of those special cookies baking, you know the recipe I mean, the one that’s been part of your holiday since childhood! For others, it may be the smell of freshly cut cedar or the careful unwrapping of that special ornament that has been in your family for … [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...]

Turkey Falafel Bites – Appetizer

One of my favourite times of the year, the Christmas holidays are quickly approaching.  It’s funny, but when I think about Christmas, my thoughts are never about gifts, either given or received. My memories always centre on things like family gatherings, seeing old friends, the smell of a delicious Christmas dinner cooking. The emotions a special ornament can evoke as you carefully remove it from storage and hold it gently in your hand for the first time since last season. These are the … [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...]

Chocolate Walnut Ice Box Cookies

The cooler weather these days has me back in the kitchen, baking up a storm and this time it’s Chocolate Walnut Ice Box Cookies. I don’t know about you, but I find I don’t tend to do as much baking during the warmer months, as I do in the fall and winter. It’s most likely related to the hot, humid weather + hot oven = even hotter kitchen equation! I was digging through some old recipes yesterday and found this one for Chocolate Walnut Ice Box Cookies, that I haven’t made in years. I … [Read more...]

How to Make Turkey Pot Pie

Here in our home, we love turkey and eat it often. It's often the star of not only our Sunday dinners, but many a weeknight meal too! I love how tasty and versatile turkey is. Not only is it perfect for a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings, but is also the star of many other meals such as sandwiches, casseroles, soups, salads and my personal favourite, Turkey Pot Pie. I have made this simple and absolutely delicious, Turkey Pot Pie my entire married life. It’s a great … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Bread ~ One Recipe, Two Different Breads

Pumpkin Bread — One Recipe, Two Different Breads ~ While I am reluctant to fully admit it, it saddens me to know that summer is officially behind us.  Both the calendar and the weather now have me convinced there is no going back to summer this year. As much as I do hate to say goodbye to the long, glorious days of summer, there is something very comforting about the autumn of the year. This is the time of year for warm woollen sweaters, Farmer’s Markets bursting with the garden’s … [Read more...]

How to Make Classic Meatloaf

While I will definitely miss the summer, there are many things about the autumn of the year that I love! Farmer's Markets are absolutely bursting with the garden's bounty, life gets back to more of a routine, cooler evenings that make for a more restful sleep, fluffy blankets, warm woolen sweaters, and yummy comfort food! Like many people, we tend to barbecue a lot in the summer, but the autumn is the time of year for slow, oven cooked comfort food. One of our favourites to make and eat … [Read more...]

Mushroom, Leek and Turkey Sausage Stuffing

I don't know exactly where it went, but boy oh boy, did this summer ever fly by! Honestly, it just seems like a few weeks ago that our daughter and her two sweet puppies were home for a visit...and that was the end of May! Already, many of our trees are starting to show their stunning colours of gold, orange, and red. The days are still comfortably warm, but there is a definite nip in the air once the sun goes down. This is the time of year when I love to bake pumpkin muffins, apple pies, … [Read more...]

English Muffin Breakfast Sandwiches

Many of us have had an English Muffin Breakfast Sandwich at a local drive-thru restaurant. They're super convenient, especially in the car, as they provide a quick, filling breakfast in one small, manageable package. And, the only utensil required is your hand! While I often eat the sandwiches at the drive-thru restaurants when travelling, I much prefer to make them myself when we're home. Making them yourself means you can customize the ingredients, plus they're healthier...well, … [Read more...]

16 Fabulous Apple Recipes

  Is it just me, or did anyone else think this summer flew by at the speed of light? Honestly, I can barely believe that summer will officially be over in just a few days. 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, getting back to somewhat of a routine, Farmer's Markets bursting with garden bounty, BIG traditional Sunday dinners and of course, my … [Read more...]