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…

3.14

Every spring I look forward to Pi Day. When I worked in the bakery, we celebrated by putting all of our mini pies on sale for $3.14, and we gave away a large pie every hour on Facebook. It was a lot of fun (for me, because I wasn’t making the pies), but I think…

Homemade Apple Pie Filling

My mom gave me her apple pie filling recipe back when I was 18. It was the first pie I ever made, and while I have my own method for pastry, I’ve never messed with the apple pie filling. It’s just perfect the way it is, and it turns out every single time I make…

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…

Preparing Your DIY Cake Mix

If you’ve landed on this page by accident, you’ll need to go back and see my recipes for DIY Cake Mix, 3 Ways, first. These instructions are for Full Batches, or 6 cupcakes if you want to just make a small amount, and a 1-minute Cake in a Mug option. CAKE IN A MUG INSTRUCTIONS:…

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…

Homemade Instant Oatmeal 

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…

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…

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…

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…

Santa (bread) Baby

About 5 years ago, we went to my mothers for Thanksgiving and she had made a cornucopia of bread. An actual cornucopia, of BREAD! Stuffed with more bread! I was in awe. Long story short, it started me on a path of food art that was entirely new for me, and while I’ve never done…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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……

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…

Pyrography

When I was a little kid, the neighbors grandson and I got ourselves in all kinds of trouble. Between the ages of 5-11 we were inseparable; We climbed trees, built forts and rode our bikes all over imagination land. He taught me how to catch crayfish, pick the best apples and make cherry bombs –…

A Hug from my Dad

I haven’t seen my dad in about 3 months, but tomorrow I’ll be going down to visit him and I can’t wait! I’m like my mother, pretty self-sufficient, and time can get away from me so fast! I’m always approaching the calendar with surprise, and a trip to see my parents is long overdue. So…

8 Years

Growing up, I always knew marriage was “that” thing, where you stay with the person you love forever. You buy a house, raise some kids and wash a lot of dishes and laundry. You go camping on weekends and drink coffee together in the mornings. I knew that two people could fight, but they could…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

A Whole Summer, Smushed into One Blog.

Two days ago I noticed one, brilliantly coloured, red leaf on my sand-cherry. I don’t know it’s taking me so off guard this year, but I’m shocked each time I see a sign of autumn approaching! As usual, the cooler weather and earlier sunsets have shaken me out of fun-mode and caused me to think…

Chocolate Haystacks – GF/DF

My mother is a baker, which is why most of my favourite memories involve food. For example, I remember coming down the stairs for breakfast one morning and I found racks of fresh, golden doughnuts, dripping with honey lining the counter. My mother had been at it since before dawn, and this was breakfast <3….

My Garden Scrapbook

I had an amazing childhood, but we were always moving. As a result, I can adapt well to new environments and make friends easily, but it also left a desire in me to some day just stay still. So 7 years ago I married this incredible guy and one year later, we bought a house…

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…

Test Results

Two weeks ago I decided tell people about some tests I was having, and since then I’ve retreated back into my world of privacy about the issue; but I started something and now it’s time to finish the update. The first procedure happened. A small marker was implanted surgically and although the procedure was more…