Sugar Bush Walnut Cake II

I'm curious, how old is your oldest cookbook? I don't know exactly how old mine is, but I remember my aunt giving it to me when I was 18, and that was... well, a while ago. The book shows its age, with brownish paper, worn print and a zillion splatters and stains within its pages, … Continue reading Sugar Bush Walnut Cake II

Focus Concept: Future Me

I am by nature a very unfocussed person. The kind of person who will go to the grocery store because I suddenly need one thing, pick up a bunch of other things while I'm there (to be efficient), and then come home and realize I forgot that one thing I actually went there for. The … Continue reading Focus Concept: Future Me

Handmade Business 101 – Pricing

There isn't a single one of us who doesn't take it personally when someone overlooks what we have made. It's okay, we work hard. We imagine things, and give life to them with our hands. I own a handmade business and I'm a cake decorator, so when someone admires something I've put my heart and … Continue reading Handmade Business 101 – Pricing

Gluten Free / Dairy Free Brownies

Day in and day out, I watch food videos online and from the day I saw my first "Tasty" video, up until a few weeks ago, the evolution of my thoughts were as follows: I want to eat that. I think I can make that. I think I can make that video. It took me … Continue reading Gluten Free / Dairy Free Brownies

The Giving Plate – a Sharpie Craft

For as much as I love to shop in craft stores, they're also a great source of inspiration for me. I find that a good hour of wandering through the aisles, with latte in hand, can do wonders for my creativity so I try to plan those times and make them happen. Let's call them … Continue reading The Giving Plate – a Sharpie Craft

Construction Cookie Template

I was asked this week to make some construction themed cookies for a little mans birthday party, so as usual, I made doe-eyes at my graphic designer husband so he would agree to make me a template. I'm willing to share, so you can download your free copy here: Cookie Shapes - Construction. To make … Continue reading Construction Cookie Template

Easiest Pasta Recipe, Ever

This homemade pasta is so hearty, takes on other flavors very well, and is really quick and simple to make! No resting time required, just throw it all in a mixer, roll it out very thin and boil. This recipe also happens to be 100% gluten free; Not because I was converting it, but simply … Continue reading Easiest Pasta Recipe, Ever

Gluten Free Cookies & Feelings

I've been homeschooling since my daughter was in grade 3, but we always knew that the day would come when she'd be ready to go back to a classroom. This past August, we were presented with the opportunity for her to attend a private school in the fall, and she could hardly contain her excitement … Continue reading Gluten Free Cookies & Feelings

Sweet Orange Butter Cake

Once upon a time I was seized by cravings for lemon loaf, but it was about 11pm and I had no lemons.  I had oranges.  There were probably more than a few years of experiments, with a lot of tasty successes, but in the end I settled on a specific favourite. Sweet Orange Butter Cake.  … Continue reading Sweet Orange Butter Cake

Cantaloupe Citrus Butter

Canning and preserving food used to mean long days, boxes and bins overflowing with fruits or veggies, bees swarming, a hot kitchen and sticky floors.  I was 6 when that impression was made upon me, and that's how I always saw it.  Obviously I wasn't too excited about doing my own once I reached adulthood, … Continue reading Cantaloupe Citrus Butter

Rhubarb Muffins

We moved into our house 8 years ago this summer, and on the day we moved in, I discovered I was now the owner of a giant rhubarb patch. I had so little experience with the stuff that I had to actually get its identity confirmed, but at the same time I was told to … Continue reading Rhubarb Muffins

The Heart of a Mother

I'm going to tell you one of my most favourite bible stories. It involves King Solomon, two women of low, cultural status, and a baby. I'm also paraphrasing, telling the story. If you would like to read the actual biblical account, click this link: 1 Kings 3:16-28. One day while the King held court, two … Continue reading The Heart of a Mother

Hot Cross Buns

One of the best things about making something yourself, is being able to make it the way you enjoy it. I wouldn't consider myself a picky eater (frog legs are something I've enjoyed twice!), but there are some foods stuck on my "hit or miss" list. Hot Cross buns would be one of them. For … Continue reading Hot Cross Buns

100% Whole-Wheat Brown Bread

For the past week, we've enjoyed spring rains, some sunshine, and best of all, warmer weather! Around here, when spring arrives we all put on an extra layer of clothes and I throw open every window in the house. There is almost nothing more intoxicating for me than the feel of fresh air flowing through … Continue reading 100% Whole-Wheat Brown Bread

DIY Cake Mix, 3 Ways

I don't have anything against a box of cake mix. I may not like the fact that there are ingredients I can't pronounce listed on the box, but if I took a stand against that, I'd have to return half of my shopping cart on any given grocery day. Let's face it, unless we live … Continue reading DIY Cake Mix, 3 Ways

Homemade Brown Sugar

Brown sugar is a staple in my house. No matter how much I enjoy healthy cooking, I will not mess with the ingredients of my favourite dessert recipes! Dessert is a treat, and it should be sweet, and decadent, and make you avoid the scale for about a week. I'll do what I can to … Continue reading Homemade Brown Sugar

Homemade Instant OatmealĀ 

This past week I have been sharing all kinds of things on my Facebook page related to Valentine's Day. While I enjoy any holiday that celebrates the people I love, I have to admit I had an extra special interest in setting that particular theme, for this week. 10 years ago today (Feb. 10) I … Continue reading Homemade Instant OatmealĀ 

Cake Decorating: Home vs. Bakery

If you've ever decorated a cake and loved it, took a cake decorating class, or thought about becoming an actual Cake Decorator, this blog is for you. Hopefully this will help you decide if this is a path you want to embark on, and what route you want to take! I've been baking cakes my … Continue reading Cake Decorating: Home vs. Bakery

Fermentation is a Thing

I think it could be easy, to make you think that the girl behind this blog is 100 years old. I could tell you stories of how my family had little money when I was growing up, so my parents reared meat rabbits and raised chickens. They grew their food on less than 1 acre … Continue reading Fermentation is a Thing

Why I Have a Dollhouse

New Years is a great time to start something new, and unlike the year I decided to not shop on Sundays, or last years "bagless garbage system", this years NEW thing will not effect my sweet husband in any way. Haha. Maybe. Everyone knows I have my hands in a lot of different projects, but … Continue reading Why I Have a Dollhouse

Fabric Candycane Tutorial

I may never be one of those people who experiences a life of balance and routine. I tend to give the most attention to whatever is in front of me, and I'm easily distracted. To prove my point, I wrote that first sentence an hour ago. My daughter needed me for a second, then I … Continue reading Fabric Candycane Tutorial

Christmas Dollies

I don't even know what to say about this recipe. I was in the kitchen. I had cravings. It happened. But oh-my-goodness, I'm so glad it did. I love cookies and squares. And I love Christmas time. And I really love Starbucks Cranberry Bliss bars. My husband loves cookies and squares. And he also really … Continue reading Christmas Dollies

Repurposed Old Jeans = Cute Skirt!

First of all, can I have just one February where I don't end up sick?! And I mean, fog headed, fevered, lost a week of my life, SICK! Thankfully, I'm coming out of it now. I felt like I had turned a corner around 10pm last night, and had it confirmed this morning when I … Continue reading Repurposed Old Jeans = Cute Skirt!

Cotton Patch Gospel Review

I've been blogging for over 10 years, and in those years I've never tread over the controversial line. My following is small, approximately 300 people, and most of them are just here because we are like minded. My posts are often recipes, patterns or personal reflections about life, and I didn't see that ever changing, … Continue reading Cotton Patch Gospel Review

Mr. Rabbit Robinson

My rabbit died. Such a small little thing, not really important, and of absolutely no consequence... except that I loved him. He passed away two weeks ago on a Thursday, and he left a little, painful, rabbit sized hole in our family.He had a lot of names; Butterscotch, Detective Bunny Hopper, Bunny-Bunny, and Ribbit-Rabbit. Mostly … Continue reading Mr. Rabbit Robinson