Scandinavian Pine Bark Flour

…We ate the pine bark bread slightly toasted with some vegan margarine and drizzled with some of my homemade dandelion honey. I loved the rustic combination of flavours. You could definitely taste the pine tree bark, but somehow that woodsy flavour paired with the strong floral flavour of the dandelion honey made it such a pleasant experience…

Blueberry Cinnamon Scones

Being busy means I have to think ahead when it comes to food. Being on a vegan diet, AND avoiding processed food means I don’t have a lot of ‘quick’ options on a busy day. This recipe takes about 10 minutes to put together, and gives me 8 good sized servings, so I’m set for tea breaks or light lunches for the next few days.

Chickpea Scramble

A born and raised foodie, an extreme cheese snob and homogenized milk drinker, I would never have guessed I could find satisfaction in this new lifestyle but I really have.  I may not have chosen to be a vegan, but I would definitely choose it now.  Setting my love of vegan food aside, I’ve alsoContinue reading “Chickpea Scramble”

Canine Christmas Cookies

I have been trying to figure this whole thing out for a very long time.  What I wanted was an easy to make/bake cookie for my dogs, something quick, healthy and pretty, without relying on sugar. I used to work for a canine bakery and even they had to rely on sugar, but I knewContinue reading “Canine Christmas Cookies”

Cookie House Template

Every year, I have the grandest plans, and the best intentions. I make 3lbs of gingerbread, measure out a few dozen tiny pieces, and set about making the most amazing masterpiece you’ve ever seen. You don’t remember? That’s because that part never happens. I either forget about it in the freezer, it collapses, a crucialContinue reading “Cookie House Template”

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. TheContinue 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 andContinue 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 meContinue 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 themContinue 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 makeContinue 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 simplyContinue 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 excitementContinue 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 inContinue 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 toContinue reading “Rhubarb Muffins”

Whales! (w. Stencil)

This weekend I had the opportunity to make a 1-year birthday cake, for one of the cutest baby boys on the planet. Not only was this his first birthday cake, it was actually his first CAKE. Ever. Period. A whole year on the planet, and he hadn’t experienced the world of “dessert” yet. Well, we’veContinue reading “Whales! (w. Stencil)”

DIY Sprinkles and Funfetti 

Canada Day is almost here, so I’m trying to think more “red & white” when it comes to baking. Sprinkles and funfetti are an easy and fun way to add to holiday cakes or cupcakes, except for one problem…  I think they taste gross, and I’m not alone in that.  I always figured I hadContinue reading “DIY Sprinkles and Funfetti “

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, twoContinue reading “The Heart of a Mother”