Super-Simple Freezer Jam

This sweet, juicy freezer jam takes just two ingredients, can be manipulated for any berry and is simple to make.

This freezer jam recipe is so super-easy that it is almost embarrassing to post on the blog.  All you need is the berry of your choice, white sugar and a large soup pot to whip out some of the best jam you have ever tasted.

The fact that you source the ingredients makes it as wholesome and organic as you want and […]

2018-08-13T12:14:55+00:00August 5th, 2018|RECIPES|2 Comments

Lightly Sweet Southern Sweet Tea

This recipe for Southern sweet tea is cool and refreshing, with just the right amount of sweetness –  perfect for a summer treat on the porch.

I’m recently back from a blogging conference in Charleston, South Carolina where the weather was hot, the history enthralling, and the food rich and savoury.  I can finally say I’ve tried Fried Green Tomatoes – which I assumed were un-ripe tomatoes deep-fried to hide their bitterness (not so, they are green when ripe – Duh!), […]

2018-07-23T20:33:10+00:00July 20th, 2018|RECIPES|0 Comments

Best Burgers Ever – hands-down, without-a-doubt, awesomeness

This post was originally written in the summer – when burgers are a staple – but that’s not to say you can’t whip up some of these super-juicy, cheesy, meaty, savoury best burgers whenever the mood strikes.

Some of the best parts of summer (for me) are the smells….
chlorinated pools, fresh cut grass, barbecues smoking, coconut sunscreen, the crisp, clean air after a storm…  

2018-06-18T13:38:30+00:00March 14th, 2018|RECIPES|5 Comments

Kitchen hacks – fresh-baked cookies anytime!

How many of you love warm, fresh-baked cookies?

Now how many of you love whipping together a batch (from scratch) every time that cookie-craving hits?

Sure you could buy pre-made cookie dough and cut it up every time you want a sweet treat

OR

you could make your own from scratch, save lots of money, look like a ‘June Cleaver Mom’, and have dozens ready in minutes!

I know which way I’d go.

Just call me “Junie C”.

One of our favourite treats in this house is […]

2018-06-18T13:38:31+00:00March 2nd, 2018|ORGANIZE, RECIPES|1 Comment

The key to gooey rice krispie treats

I wrote a similar article to this back in 2014 but it didn’t get any traction?  Could be because I dyed my super-gooey rice krispie treats green in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day – which I still think was a cute tribute – but perhaps wasn’t a very appetizing image.  (What!? You guys don’t pin green rice krispie treats?!)

Fair enough, I wouldn’t either.

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2018-06-18T13:38:34+00:00February 15th, 2018|RECIPES|0 Comments

Cream of tomato soup

One of the best things about winter (along with snow, hot cocoa, blankets, books and cuddling) is that it’s soup season.  Warm, hearty, healthy and oh-so-delicious soup season.  It’s like a hot bath for your tummy and a liquid savouriness (yes, that’s a word – at least with respect to this recipe) for your mouth… at least my Mom’s cream of tomato soup is.

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2018-06-18T13:38:34+00:00February 10th, 2018|RECIPES|2 Comments

Quick and Easy Christmas Treats

Are you ready?

Except for the cooking that is?

I am!!

Mainly because Hubby handles cooking the main meals, and I handle the baking, grocery shopping, cleaning etc.  (aka: he gets all the glory).

Fortunately for me, my baking has been pared down to a few seasonal favourites that we bring out every year – quick and easy Christmas treats that everyone enjoys and aren’t a lot of work.

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2018-06-18T13:38:50+00:00December 22nd, 2017|HOLIDAYS, RECIPES|0 Comments

Gingerbread Ornaments

A few years ago my Mom decorated her tree with gingerbread ornaments and I remember sitting near it and thinking how scrumptious it smelled.

This year I decided to make some of my own gingerbread ornaments (with help from Mom and the girls) to create that same warm and homey feel for my own Christmas tree.

The recipe and idea are from Martha Stewart Living circa 1995 – but the recipe tastes just as delicious now as it did then and the […]

2018-06-18T13:38:56+00:00November 17th, 2017|HOLIDAYS, RECIPES|1 Comment

Sugar cookies with buttercream icing

I had this dilemma last week – it was Mother’s Day, my pottery berry bowls that I’d made for my Moms weren’t glazed or fired yet and every cookie-maker in town was booked until August.

How can people be so ahead of the game that they know they’ll need sugar cookies in August!?  I don’t even know if I have underwear for tomorrow morning? (except that I keep 30 pairs just in case)

I digress; my gifts weren’t ready and now I couldn’t even bring […]

2018-06-18T13:39:29+00:00May 21st, 2017|RECIPES|0 Comments

Strawberry Brownie Kebabs – an Easy Valentine’s Treat

These strawberry brownie kebabs are an easy treat that you can whip out in minutes (especially if you buy two-bite brownies) to make for Valentine’s day at school.

There’s not much to it really, you will need:

  • large marshmallows
  • two-bite brownies (or bake-your-own and cut them into 1″ bites)
  • kebab skewers
  • fresh strawberries – washed and hulled
  • semi-sweet chocolate chipits

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2018-06-18T13:39:49+00:00February 11th, 2017|HOLIDAYS, RECIPES|0 Comments

Easy Meringue Poppers – Great classroom treat!

My Mom makes meringues.

She makes a LOT of meringues.

Up until I made this recipe, I’d assumed that she adored meringues for the volume she turned out.

Now I know that a little goes a looooooong way.  (No wonder she kept offering them to us!)

This recipe – adapted from Kraft Canada uses 3/4 of a cup of egg whites and it makes roughly 140 meringue poppers.

This is the kind of treat you want to make when you have to send snacks to […]

2018-06-18T13:39:53+00:00January 24th, 2017|HOLIDAYS, RECIPES|5 Comments

The BEST Protein Bars in the world

“The BEST protein bars in the world” sound like a tall order to live up to?

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You need to try these and tell me I’m wrong.  I don’t even like protein bars as a rule, but I’ve been snacking away on these like they were candy.  Truly, I even had one as dessert the other […]

2018-06-18T13:39:53+00:00January 20th, 2017|HEALTH/FITNESS, RECIPES|0 Comments

Marshmallowy Soft – Aunt Mary’s Divinity Fudge

One last recipe.

I thought I’d shared it on the blog before, but when I went to find the post there was nothing?

Shame on me.

This is a fudge my Great-Aunt Mary used to make for my Dad every year for his entire life.  She has left us, but her recipe and the memories it brings up are still a staple at our family Christmas.

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2018-06-18T13:39:57+00:00December 24th, 2016|RECIPES|0 Comments

Easy, Delicious and Quick Turtle Fudge

I know we’re down to the wire here and your baking window is closing rapidly but this turtle fudge is so easy to make – you can whip out a batch in about 15 minutes!  (and no one will know you didn’t spend hours stirring!)

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Look at the caramel drizzling out!

Turtle Fudge

2018-06-18T13:39:57+00:00December 23rd, 2016|RECIPES|0 Comments

Cake Batter Truffles

The best part of baking is getting to lick the spoon.  I thought it as a child, and while I do love a warm chocolate chip cookie, I still agree today.

There’s just something about the sugary sweet dough melting in your mouth, or perhaps it’s the temptation of sneaking a taste-test… the forbidden fruit so-to-speak.

Regardless, once I saw these cake batter truffles I knew they had to be on my Christmas treat list for all the batter-eaters in my house.

2018-06-18T13:39:57+00:00December 19th, 2016|RECIPES|0 Comments

Chocolate-Dipped Gingersnaps

If you’ve followed the blog you’ll know that I’m all set up with my faux-fur pillows, my birch candles (from my book), I’m over-stocked in chai lattes and I have a new read – The Nest.  All I need to complete this vision of a perfect Sunday afternoon is a roaring fire and a treat….

a sweet treat….

a sweet, but slightly spicy treat.

I’m thinking ginger, […]

2018-06-18T13:39:58+00:00December 16th, 2016|RECIPES|6 Comments

Make Your Own Mosquito Repellent

Using just three dollar-store ingredients and you can make your own mosquito repellent!

I saw this post on Facebook and decided it was worth giving a try;  Miss Madison is our family’s ‘sweet meat’ and the bugs can’t seem to leave her alone.

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We use spray on mosquito repellents like Deep woods and Off and Avon, but I really don’t like the thought of spraying her […]

Strawberry Sangria

I wrote the other day about our Ladies Night yoga and the post-workout binge-fest which included a new concoction I created.

Mainly for lack of ingredients for the “real” version, but since it turned out to be a GIANT hit, I thought I’d share my recipe here:

Strawberry Sangria

2018-06-18T13:40:33+00:00June 23rd, 2016|RECIPES|0 Comments
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