Festive Friday – Checkerboard Cookies

Holiday Baking is a Christmas tradition in most houses. Since my mother was a business woman and not the cooking type – we did not bake cookies at Christmas. Instead we were given beautiful cookie trays and baskets from her employees as gifts. As I got older, my mother sold her business and I strived…

Lick the spoon – Pumpkin Spice Bars

I have learned many lessons over the years cooking. Like never trust the cookbook times, Vanilla extract makes the dessert and never omit salt completely. It was my son who taught me the most unusual lessons about culinary terminology … My eldest was 3 the Christmas I learned my most unique cooking lesson. We had…

Question of Faith – Apple Turnovers

What do you want out of life this season? This was a question our pastor posed from the pulpit. She encouraged the people not to be domesticated christians, but to be vibrant Holy Spirit filled warriors. As I sat there and thought, my mind drew a blank. What did I want out of life this…

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, cornbread, muffins pancakes oh my!

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…