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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]