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”

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”

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”

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)”

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 throughContinue reading “100% Whole-Wheat Brown Bread”

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 toContinue 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) IContinue reading “Homemade Instant OatmealĀ “

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 acreContinue reading “Fermentation is a Thing”

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 reallyContinue 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, togetherContinue 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 whoContinue reading “Flourless Banana Muffins”

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 someContinue reading “Beef & Sweet Potato Dog Food”

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.Continue reading “Chocolate Haystacks – GF/DF”

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 anContinue reading “Corn Dog’ins!”

How to Make a Light Box

For the past few weeks my little one has been enjoying various VBS camps at some friends churches, and she’s had such a great time! They’ve been to the water park, berry picking, the splash pad, and each morning is full of music, crafts, singing and dancing. So while she’s been having some fun andContinue reading “How to Make a Light Box”