Archive of ‘Goodies’ category

Christmas cookies – Butter Tarts

Back when we lived in Alberta, it was a tradition every year for my closest girlfriends to get together and do some Christmas baking, and Joleen’s butter tarts were always at the top on the list of things to make!  Sadly, all but one of us have moved away from that town now (although I’m the farthest away in Ontario) but we’ll see each other next month at a scrapbooking/visiting weekend and I can’t wait.  These butter tarts are delicious and so easy to make – but don’t tell anyone that and just Read more […]

What’s for dessert – Pumpkin Spice Latte cupcakes

It’s no secret that I love my coffee in almost any form.  I saw the recipe for Pumpkin Spice Latte cupcakes on my Facebook feed a week or two ago and have been waiting for a free afternoon to bake them.  Today it finally worked out and this is the results.   Even Ashlyn likes the cupcakes – what 2.5 year old likes something coffee flavoured?  And now I have a jar full of vanilla bean caramel sauce (except that I cheated and just used a teaspoon of vanilla instead of a vanilla bean – still Read more […]

What’s for Dessert – 5 Minute Chocolate Cake

Some days just need to end in chocolate…with or without an accompanying glass of wine. It’s been a long day here – the baby decided that 5:30am was a perfectly good time to wake up and that naps were overrated today, the toddler has a fever and is cranky but also wants to play outside all day, my husband is out of town – and while I would love nothing more than some Bobbly Flay brownies I just might fall asleep before the first step is done. Enter the 5 minute chocolate cake.  I got the recipe Read more […]

What’s for Dessert – Strawberries

I love when strawberries are in season!  I’ve got 2 very easy, very tasty recipes to share.  Strawberry Mallow Dessert was found by my husband and it was quite a hit. Strawberry Mallow Dessert (makes 2 servings) Ingredients 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows 1/4 cup sour cream handful of chocolate chips Directions Place strawberries in a bowl and sprinkle with sugar; stir and let stand for 5 minutes. Add marshmallows, sour Read more […]

What’s for dessert – Bobby Flay’s Peanut Butter Caramel Swirled Brownies

I love my brownie recipe but I also love to try new things.  I was watching Food Network one day last week and one of my favourite shows, “Throwdown with Bobby Flay” was on and they were having a brownie throwdown (for those of you who don’t watch Food Network, it’s basically a competition to see who makes the best dish, Bobby or his competition).  As soon as the episode was over I was online looking for his recipe!  Thankfully I found it, and made it over the weekend. I used regular Baker’s Read more […]

What’s for snack time – Minty hot chocolate

I was having a rough day today (a toddler who refuses a nap when Mommy has a cold will make for a long day) and I needed a little pick-me-up.  I was chatting with my friend Beth of Keeping The Shiny Side Up and she suggested a really simple but really tasty little treat for my afternoon snack. Make a mug of hot chocolate as you usually do, then add a peppermint tea bag to the mug and let steep for 5 minutes.  Take the bag out and add marshmallows as needed.  That’s it, that’s all – I love Read more […]

Christmas cookies – Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles are my brothers favourite Christmas cookies, so I’ve been baking them for him for years.  They’re also great for mailing and for cookie exchanges because one recipe makes a TON!  I can’t wait until Ashlyn is old enough to help, I think she’ll really enjoy rolling the cookies in the cinnamon sugar mixture. This recipe says it makes about 80 cookies, but I’ve gotten closer to 100 before; it all depends on how big you want the cookies to be.  I like them to be bite sized so I make Read more […]

Christmas cookies – Shortbread

I’ve made these shortbread cookies for years.  It’s another recipe from my Aunt Jina and they are by far the best shortbread cookies I’ve ever made.  They were my grandpa’s favourite and I’d send them to him every year at Christmas. You can make the dough a day or two ahead and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to bake it, or make it way in advance and freeze the dough.  These also freeze beautifully, so they tend to get made in November and then are taken out closer to Christmas. Shortbread Read more […]

Christmas cookies – Ricotta cookies

I make these every year; the recipe came from a girl on a bridal forum I used when I was planning my wedding 4 years ago.  They taste like cinnamon buns!  Important note: I’ve posted the filling amounts as the recipe was given to me, but it makes so much that I only do half and still have some left over.  This is a great cookie for cookie exchanges because it makes a ton and it’s not really hard to do; it just takes a little bit of time because you need to chill the dough before you cut and bake Read more […]

Bon Appétit Desserts – review & giveaway

I like to cook, but I love to bake!  I’m always on the lookout for new recipes to try and cookbooks to add to my collection, so I was very excited when I was offered to preview the newest offering from Bon Appétit magazine.  Bon Appétit Desserts has over 600 recipes in 9 categories; there is truly something for everyone! Bon Appétit Desserts is authored by Bon Appétit magazine’s editor-in-chief  Barbara Fairchild, whom you may recognize from a wide variety of television shows such as Food Read more […]

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