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

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

Edible Cookie Paint

I love those cookies on Pinterest, with their perfectly smooth icing, crisp lines, and almost unreal piping. They look amazing. But they're not me. Not a bit. Polished. Smooth. Crisp. These aren't words usually applied to my stuff. My decorating is best described as either "Wow! That worked out!" or "Well, I tried". No in … Continue reading Edible Cookie Paint

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

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 

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

Candy Cane Cookies

Every family has it's own Christmas traditions, and in my family, they're largely food related. Actually, every tradition in my family is largely food related... So much so, that a few years ago for Christmas, my Mom made each of us girls a book of family recipes. All the foods that make us, US, together … Continue reading Candy Cane Cookies

Flourless Banana Muffins

I don't really have a story to go with this recipe, other than this: I was making muffins and I thought, "It's weird how many people on the internet claim to be the author of this recipe, I wonder who the real genius is?" Let's be clear, it wasn't me :P. But no matter who … Continue reading Flourless Banana Muffins

Fondant from Scratch

Dear Fondant, I've been working with you for about 10 years now. Overall, I'd say we've had a mutually beneficial relationship. You make me look good. When people praise my work, it's you they're really looking at, without you my work would be somewhat ordinary. I've learned not to test your limits, and in return... … Continue reading Fondant from Scratch

Flourless Chunky Monkey

Most of my sisters have at one time or another, brought their kids here for a few days of visiting. Greg and I are happy to the have the kids, we don't live close to any of our nieces or nephews, so the only quality time we get with them is when their parents are … Continue reading Flourless Chunky Monkey

Beef & Sweet Potato Dog Food

I'd like to recap all the insanity of the past 6 months with my pets, but then you'd decide to never have them, so instead, I'm going to share this really cool idea with you :P. Let's get to it! Yesterday I had to take my 7 year old Jack-Westie into the vet for some … Continue reading Beef & Sweet Potato Dog Food

DIY Microwave Popcorn

Here's a super short tutorial for making your own microwave popcorn, without all the fat and chemicals. If you hate microwaves, maybe this isn't for you, but if you are maybe even a little intrigued... read on! It's easy. All you need is popcorn kernels, a brown paper bag and a measuring cup. Place 1/4 … Continue reading DIY Microwave Popcorn

Corn Dog’ins!

That's the short name. The long name is "Hormone free, Antibiotic free, Preservative free, Gluten free, Dairy free, baked not fried, Corn Dog Muffins". Or just Corn Dog'ins will do. I'm kinda crazy about these things! Corn Dogs have that whole sweet/salty thing happening, and when you can make them guilt free, they make an … Continue reading Corn Dog’ins!

Extra Spicy Gingersnaps

This month is shaping up to be a pretty typical January, and we're falling into our usual winter patterns; A renovation of some kind (the kitchen this time), lots of sewing and crafting, and the odd sick day. I've started my annual countdown to March break (8 weeks) and have been charting weather patterns to … Continue reading Extra Spicy Gingersnaps