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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Some Unknown Business, an Update of Sorts.

Since January, life has been a whirlwind. The cake decorator at work up and quit without notice so I’ve been back in the bakery a few evenings a week, and I’m still homeschooling during the day. It hasn’t left a lot of room for crafting and selling, but now that spring has arrived, the days…

DIY Chicken Breast Roast

Have you ever had an idea that you just couldn’t let go of? It happens to me all the time; Usually in the winter, usually in February, and usually it involves a lot of patience from my husband. Fortunately for him, when I got the idea in my head to make my own chicken roast…

The Make-Ahead Meal-Plan Experiment

Earlier this month, I made this post on Facebook: At the time there seemed to be some debate as to whether or not I understood what my husband actually meant :P. It was great fun, but none-the-less I took it upon myself to really try to be more efficient with our food purchases and consumption….

A Running Start at my Resolutions

In 2008 my sister Joan and I ran the 8km Alphie Shrubb in Bowmanville. We had planned it for months, and I was running almost daily, but I couldn’t seem to get past 4km. I apologized to my sister (who could run 10km) in advance, and we agreed that we would run what we could,…

Christmas 2014

Each and every August, I fall victim to the Christmas “bug”. That sudden, crazy bunny trail that dawns on me with the passing of my birthday; Summer is almost over. It’s almost fall. Starbucks pumpkin spice latte. With eggnog. It’s almost Christmas!!! Normal or not, my pinterest wall fills with idea’s for entertaining and decorations,…

Eggnog Cupcakes

You know I wouldn’t let the season go by without posting some kind of recipe, so here it is! This is my favorite dessert over the holidays, and gives you a quick fix in the summer months when Eggnog is no where to be found. It all started a few years ago when I was…

A Country Christmas

I hosted a craft show, and the past 3 months of my life have been a whirlwind as a result! It’s crazy how much work goes into one of those things; the endless hours at the computer, the endless emails, the endless expenses – it takes so much from you and seems to leave you…