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 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...]


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...]

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...]