Painted Pastry

Every year my church hosts an event called Western Day, and one of the main attractions is the pie baking contest. As of this date, I have never won, but in all fairness there are some pretty amazing bakers to compete with! The pie baking contest is a great motivator to try something new though,…

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…

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…

Old Fashion Marble Cake

Lately I’ve been revisiting some of these old recipes. I have a few vintage cook books that were given to me, and while some recipes are flops (lime, cucumber and horseradish jello – don’t go there)…

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’ve…

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…

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 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…

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…

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……

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…

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…

$8 Pumpkin Lamp

Craft pumpkins are the perfect decoration for fall, Halloween or Thanksgiving, but they are so darned expensive! I have bought a few and made floral arrangements from them, but what I’ve really wanted to do is make a festive lamp! I planned it out in my head; The jack-o-lantern face, the lighted cord attachment and…

Roasting Garlic

I’m a big fan of freezing things in portion sized balls for quick access and no waste, like when I have too many zucchini so I grate and freeze them, or balls of cookie dough for a quick, fresh-baked cookie fix… or when I roast 3 lbs of garlic. It has a shelf life of…

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 and…

Quick Floor Mat, DIY

I’m not saying that my daughter is high maintenance, but like every other kid she wants something the second she sees it. Last week we were out running errands and she spotted a furry little carpet that she just had to have. I said no to the purchase but agreed to make her one if…

The Owl Bag

I find the week after a holiday to be the most disrupted. I cannot figure out what it is about that one extra day of “free time”, but the four that follow are so disjointed that it’s hard to fall back into our well managed routines. And it’s not just me, my daughter is the…

Fondant Roses

There really is no reason for this post other than I wanted to make a visual tutorial. Fondant used to be available only to cake decorators, and only the most skilled could figure out its strange and complicated ways… but that’s really not the case anymore! Fondant can be purchased anywhere you buy cake decorating…

A Sweater Coat

Here’s the pattern.  I really wanted my daughter to have something that I made her – I’ve sewn her some doll clothes, and knit her a shawl, but I wanted her to have something in her wardrobe that really got some use, so I settled on making her a sweater-coat. I think it took about 3…

A Teachers Treat

This past year I’ve had the opportunity to watch Jasmine fall in love with arts and crafts, and I’ve really enjoyed the challenge of finding crafts you can do with a child. One afternoon we went to the dollar store and spent a few dollars on clay pots, pipe cleaners and card stock. The result…

DIY Flame Pots

  Greg and I had two large flame pots for our deck, big sturdy things that took up a ton of table space, but they looked great. That is, until they got left outside and the first snow fell. A little cold air and some wet snow and they were reduced to mush, no kidding….

Cabled Purses

I love accessories, I love crafts, and I love making things so when I found the pattern for this purse I just went nuts :). The pattern knitted really fast, I could probably knock off two of these a day if I wanted, but the handles were another matter. I had seen what this purse…