DIY Baking mixes – CAKES!

Move over Betty Crocker, we are making our own cake mixes! Yes you no longer need those over priced boxes from the grocer. Here are the Duncan Hines/Betty Crocker copycat recipes I promised you. There are always a couple of these floating around my pantry – yes, even a pastry chef needs a short cut…

DIY Baking mixes …

Instant mixes are easy to grab and save time but at a cost. They tend to be over priced. I had long since stopped buying them, because of additives, preservatives and colourings. When I dedicated myself to creating a pantry for bit more self sufficiency, I wanted to replace all those mixes you see in…

Good dishes & Peaches and cream pie…

Summer Vacation is almost over. I reflect on things as I sit and eat my Peach pie off my “good dishes”. I once heard a story of a christian woman’s prized dish set, a gift, sat in the china cabinet untouched her whole life. She never brought it out for company, it might break. Kids…

School Lunch Envy – Fruit Cocktail

I always envied the kids that had wagon wheels or chocolate cupcakes or little Debbie brownies in their grade school lunches. It was like they struck pure gold. Every kid in the class would oh and awe when they opened their lunches – others look mournfully look at their own peanut butter sandwiches sadly. But…

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie filling

There is something magical about pulling out glistening jars of freshly canned preserves. They seem almost jewel like in colour and retain their natural beauty long into winter. June is strawberry season round here. Which means local farmers are up to their eye balls in berries and figuring out how exactly to get them to…

I scream, You Scream – Strawberry Sauce

Sundaes were a happy accident growing up. We never had them until that one summer. I mentioned before in pervious posts how my mother and grandmother never really canned when I was a child… well that is not “entirely” true. There was one summer – when I was about 13, my sister 9 or so…

A Confession – Baked Apple pie oatmeal

I have a confession, I have eaten pie for breakfast once or twice. Ok- a lot more then once or twice. I rise early before the rest of the house and have just sliced myself a piece of pumpkin, apple or berry and pop it cold right into my mouth. Yup, I am a pie…

Raw Cookie Dough …need we say more?

Have you ever just wanted to sit down eat a bowl of cookie dough and cry… No, no one – just me. Ok maybe that was too much information. This Covid isolation is really messing with my brain. I am constantly forgetting what day of the week it is. I literally have to input everything…

Cheers to Gummies

Gummies, what is with the texture that people love so much. They have love hate relationship in our house…my kids love them- I hate what they do to their behaviour. My sweet children become children akin to zombie apocalypse after eating just a few. I instantly became the evil no fun mom when I told…